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Israel: metal detectors removed from holy site in Jerusalem

Late-night announcement regarding al-Aqsa mosque comes after days of violent confrontations that have claimed seven lives Israel has announced it will remove controversial metal detectors from entrances to the sensitive compound that houses the al-Aqsa mosque. Show More Summary

MPs must act to bring about a ceasefire in Yemen | Letters

Ann Clwyd MP calls for the parliamentary committee on arms export controls to be reconstituted. Plus Rina Vergano on the shame of London hosting the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair I am dismayed that UK arms sales...Show More Summary

European and African ministers discuss plan to tackle flow of refugees

Meeting in Tunis follows pressure from UN refugee agency, which says EU efforts to train Libyan coastguard are not enough European and African ministers are to meet in Tunis on Monday to discuss a plan to try to regularise the flow of...Show More Summary

Israeli security Cabinet meets to reconsider metal detectors at sacred Jerusalem plaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddled with Cabinet ministers Sunday to reconsider the placement of metal detectors at the entrance to a sacred Jerusalem plaza, which touched off a wave of deadly Palestinian unrest and a diplomatic crisis for Israel. Palestinian leaders and Israel’s Arab neighbors...

'I just want to go home': German teenager who joined Isis speaks of regrets - reports

16-year-old Linda Wenzel, who is being held in an Iraqi prison after joining the jihadist group, says she wants to get away from the war A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported. Show More Summary

At least one person killed in shooting near Israel embassy in Jordan

An Israeli and a Jordanian reported hurt in Amman days after anti-Israeli protests in the Jordan capital At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman, a Jordanian security source said. Show More Summary

UK’s visa ban raises spectre of apartheid | Letters

Author Beverley Naidoo condemns the UK’s decision to deny an Iranian artist a visa to attend the Edinburgh festival The UK government’s denial of a visa to Ehsan Abdollahi (Iranian artist barred from Edinburgh festival after ‘Kafkaesque’ visa refusal, 21 July) suggests a game of snakes without ladders in a hall of mirrors. Show More Summary

UK arms sales to Saudis continued after airstrike on Yemen funeral

Campaigners say Britain should have halted weapons exports after attack that caused international outrage The government approved £283m of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after a Saudi airstrike on a funeral that killed scores of people and was criticised by the UN, new figures reveal. Show More Summary

The art of making a jihadist

We know about jihadists’ dedication to violence, but that’s not the whole story, says expert Thomas Hegghammer. There’s a hidden culture of poetry, music and storytelling that sustains their ideology When Jihadi John, the Islamist terrorist...Show More Summary

City of Ghosts review – gruelling but essential

The citizen journalists of Syrian website Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently are the haunted heroes of this tough documentary The 18 certificate awarded to Matthew Heineman’s documentary about the citizen journalists behind the website...Show More Summary

Fresh Jerusalem clashes as Israeli official asks Arab nations for holy site security solution

Palestinian killed in unrest outside city as global concern mounts before UN security council meeting on Monday Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of Palestinians throwing...Show More Summary

Israeli troops on high alert as violent protests continue in Jerusalem

East Jerusalem continued to smolder Saturday after one of the worst days of Israeli-Palestinian unrest in years. Masked youths clashed with riot police on streets littered with stones hurled by rioters and shops were shuttered to protest violence that left three Palestinians dead the day before...

Political Prisoners Including Swedish Resident Hidden from Ambassadors During Evin Prison Visit

Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Djalali and his wife, Vida Mehran-nia. Shortly before Iranian officials took the Swedish and other foreign ambassadors on a staged tour of Evin Prison on July 5,

Impoverished Children Without Identification Documents Deprived of Education in Iran

Children without state-issued identification documents mostly from Iran’s underdeveloped border provinces are being denied education in Iran, attorney Osman Mozayan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Iran only provides education to citizens and establishes citizenship based on the father’s nationality. “The

Iranian State Censorship Body Blocks Websites Belonging to Persecuted Sufi Gonabadi Order

State authorities in Iran have blocked access to websites belonging to the Sufi Gonabadi Order to erase the religious minority’s presence on cyberspace, their lawyer told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Tyrannical totalitarian regimes ban

Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Pledges To “Get Rid of” Foreign Social Media Despite Past Failed Attempts

President Hassan Rouhani’s Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi has refuted criticism that he has been unwilling to block online content deemed immoral by state authorities and has pledged to “get rid of” foreign-based social media networks despite previous failed attempts. At the same time, the

Prosecutor confirms German girl arrested in Iraq is Linda Wenzel – video

Lorenz Haase from the eastern German city of Dresden says the girl arrested in Iraq last week is 16-year-old Linda Wenzel, previously reported as missing. Haase doesn’t confirm media reports that Wenzel had been fighting for IslamicShow More Summary

German girl arrested in Mosul is missing Linda Wenzel, say authorities

Wenzel disappeared from her home near Dresden last year and is believed to have been fighting for Islamic State in Iraq A German girl who was believed to have been fighting for Islamic State in Mosul when she was arrested last week is the missing 16-year-old Linda Wenzel, German authorities have confirmed. Show More Summary

The 20 photographs of the week

The earthquake on the Greek island of Kos, clashes in Jerusalem, wildfires in California, the Tour de France and protests in Caracas – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...

A byline for Erdo?an? Liberal megaphones for illiberal voices | Open door | Paul Chadwick

Why did the Guardian give Turkey’s president space to lay claim to the credentials of a democrat? Some readers bristled when the Guardian published an article with the byline of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the president of Turkey. Why hadShow More Summary

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