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Tehran's towers: how the Iranian capital embraced bold architecture

Despite its rich history of boundary-pushing designs, Tehran’s architecture scene had lain largely dormant since the 1979 revolution – until now From its iconic Azadi (freedom) tower, which has ridden out a revolution, an eight-yearShow More Summary

Canadians are embracing Syrian refugees. Why can't we? | Amos Roberts

In the past year, 30,000 Syrian refugees have been settled in Canada. One small town raised funds to sponsor the Hendawi family for a year, and the culture shocks were not what they expected Nobody warned the Hendawis about Canadian girls. Show More Summary

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women

Protest movement seeks to end Saudi Arabia law requiring women have permission of a male guardian to travel, marry or do other fundamental tasks Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia cuts ministers' pay by 20%

Perks for public sector employees will also be scaled back in one of the most drastic measures yet to save money at a time of low oil prices Saudi Arabia will cut ministers’ salaries by 20% and scale back financial perks for public sector...Show More Summary

Bunker-buster bomb reports may mark new stage in Russia's Syrian assault

Deployment of munitions designed to destroy underground structures, if proven, might indicate Russia’s desire to bring siege of Aleppo to speedy end The recent claims by the Syrian opposition and the United Nations that Russia is using...Show More Summary

Arabic-language film is Israel's official Oscar entry

Sand Storm depicts the lives of Bedouin women in an impoverished and conservative village and has already won a slew of awards Israel’s official entry for the best foreign language category at the Oscars is a drama in which the dialogue – for the first time – is exclusively in Arabic. Show More Summary

Canadian-Iranian professor released after being detained since March

Homa Hoodfar, who was among a string of dual nationals that had been arrested in recent months, has returned to Canada on ‘humanitarian grounds’ A Canadian-Iranian retired professor has been released from prison on “humanitarian grounds”...Show More Summary

'Hell itself': Aleppo reels from alleged use of bunker-buster bombs

People in the rebel-controlled east of the city express horror at the impact of the bombs - and fears of what may come next The roar of the explosion was unlike anything Abdulkafi al-Hamdo had heard before. Stones from a kilometre away fell in front of the home where the teacher had taken shelter with his wife and seven-month-old daughter. Show More Summary

UK supports proposal for independent UN human rights mission to Yemen

Shift in government policy comes as abuse accusations mount against both Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels The UK has put its name to a call at the UN this week to set up an independent mission to report on human rights abuses in Yemen. Show More Summary

Iran's Supreme Leader tells ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run again

With political pressure mounting on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ahead of elections next year, Tehran was abuzz with rumors that the combative former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considering a comeback. Not so fast, Iran’s Supreme Leader said Monday. Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told an audience...

U.S. Decries Russia’s ‘Barbarism’ in Syria Amid Fresh Attacks on Aleppo

Moscow's envoy said ending the war in Syria would be “an almost impossible task”

Donald Trump links Mexico border wall plan to Israel's 'successful' separation barrier

Republican’s campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders Donald Trump attempted to draw parallels between Israel’s separation barrier and his much-touted border wall pledge...Show More Summary

Rock archway collapses on to beach in Morocco

One of two archways regarded as natural wonders comes down at Legzira beach, leaving a pile of rubble on Atlantic coast One of two rock archways at Legzira beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast has collapsed. A pile of red rubble was all...Show More Summary

Jordanian writer shot dead as he arrives at trial for insulting Islam

Nahed Hattar killed outside court in Amman where he was being tried for sharing an Isis-themed cartoon on Facebook A prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear. Show More Summary

Syrian activist barred from travel after UK seizes passport at Assad’s request

‘Damascus dictator’s arm can reach even to Britain’ says award winning campaigner British authorities have confiscated the passport of a prominent Syrian critic of Bashar al-Assad at the request of the government in Damascus, effectively preventing her from travelling and blocking her work as an activist. Show More Summary

Russia accused of war crimes in Syria at UN security council session

Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session,...Show More Summary

Canadian and two Italians taken hostage in Libya

Canadian government confirms citizen taken hostage and says it is ‘diligently’ seeking more information, after Libyan authorities reported kidnappings Canada confirmed on Sunday it had become aware of a citizen taken hostage in Libya and was “diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information”. Show More Summary

Fifa urged to kick out Israeli football clubs located in West Bank

Human Rights Watch says football body is breaking its own rules by allowing clubs in occupied Palestinian territories to compete Football’s international governing body, Fifa, is facing pressure to rule next month that six Israeli football...Show More Summary

Cousin of slain Jordanian writer reacts to shooting – video

Saad Hattar, cousin of prominent and controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Attar, reacts over his fatal shooting on Sunday, saying that his death is a ‘huge loss to the nation’. Nahed Hattar was shot tree times in the head outside Amman...Show More Summary

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