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Medical rescue ship suspends work after alleged threats by Libyan coastguard

Doctors Without Borders told by Italian authorities that increasing aggression by Libyan ships poses a security risk Doctors Without Borders has said that it is temporarily suspending the activity of its rescue ship owing to alleged threats from Libya. Show More Summary

Auschwitz survivor who was world's oldest man dies at 113

Israel Kristal, who was only member of his family to survive war, described as ‘very hardworking’ by grandson Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both world wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family have said. Show More Summary

The 20 photographs of the week

Protests in Nairobi, wildfires in Europe, the World Athletics Championships and airstrikes in Syria – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled review – voices from Syria

Wendy Pearlman’s remarkable collection of testimonies from Syrian refugees offers a strong anti-Assad narrative Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few actually talk to them. Perhaps that’s why Syria’s revolution and war have been...Show More Summary

Egyptian emergency services respond following train crash – video

Egyptian civilians and emergency services attend the site of a train crash near Khorshid station between Alexandria and Cairo on Friday. Dozens of people have died and many more have been injured in the incident Dozens killed and injured as two trains collide in Egypt Continue reading...

Yemen: aid offers ‘only hope of survival’ in cholera epidemic, says Priti Patel

Development secretary says ‘catastrophic disaster’ is looming unless foreign donors follow UK lead to tackle disease that has infected half a million Yemenis Humanitarian aid is “the only hope Yemeni people have to survive”, said the UK development minister, Priti Patel. Show More Summary

Dozens killed and injured as two trains collide in Egypt

Death toll likely to rise as train from Cairo collides head-on with one coming from Port Said in coastal city of Alexandria An Egyptian official says that a train collision in the coastal city of Alexandria has killed 25 people and injured 65 others. Show More Summary

Beach balls in Budapest and a giant Van Gogh: the best photos from around the world

A selection of today’s best images, including a Berber horse fair, an Australian rodeo and a paper boat race Continue reading...

Syria: US-led coalition accused of failing to avoid civilian deaths

Hundreds of Raqqa residents reportedly killed by airstrikes on Isis stronghold amid changes in targeting policy under Trump Concerns are mounting over the civilian cost of the US-led coalition’s campaign to reclaim Islamic State’s de...Show More Summary

Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July

More forceful action by Libyan navy and EU-funded boats credited with reducing migration to Italy to 11,500 last month The Italian government has hailed a fall of more than 50% in the number of migrants from Libya reaching its coastline...Show More Summary

Iraq sends workers home as 'ungodly' heat grips Middle East

Power networks struggle in Baghdad and building work halted in Riyadh, while high humidity affects coastal cities While Europe does battle with a heatwave named Lucifer, the Middle East is enduring a summer so brutal that even thoseShow More Summary

At least 55 people feared drowned off Yemen after being forced from boat

Five bodies recovered and 50 people missing after smuggler pushes Somali and Ethiopan migrants into sea, UN agency says At least 55 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Yemen after being forced from a migrant boat by smugglers in the second such incident in two days, the UN migration agency has said. Show More Summary

Bombed bin trucks, breeding bacteria, dirty water: Yemen’s cholera explosion

Red Cross worker Choung-Kyu Ryu describes the devastation being caused by the two-year long conflict in Yemen, where one in 62 now has cholera The first time I laid eyes on the Yemeni town of Taiz, I was taken aback by the festive colours on display. Show More Summary

UK defence contractor billed US more than $50m in expenses

Expenses included luxury cars and salaries paid to ‘significant others’ of company’s top executives, according to Pentagon A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the US government for more than $50m...Show More Summary

Yemen: dozens drown off coast as smugglers force refugees into water

Women and children among the 29 dead and 22 missing from group of Somali and Ethiopian migrants Smugglers forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into rough seas off Yemen on Wednesday, leaving 29 dead and 22 missing, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Show More Summary

Iranian children arrested for teaching Zumba and 'western' dance

Six charged with dancing and failing to wear proper hijab after posting clips on social media, say Revolutionary Guards Four boys and two girls have been arrested in Iran for teaching “western” dance moves including Zumba, a Colombian fitness routine, a Revolutionary Guards commander has said. Show More Summary

'We hate the headscarf': can women find freedom in Tehran's female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public “I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran.Show More Summary

Qatar dispute puts UK-Gulf trade talks on hold

Delay to prestigious London summit threatens UK plans for quick free-trade deal with rich Middle Eastern states after Brexit Plans for a prestigious UK-Gulf Co-operation Council meeting in London this year have been put on hold, threatening...Show More Summary

For Israel’s Netanyahu, a legal net tightens and talk turns to an agile political survivor’s possible demise

It has all the hallmarks of a classic political scandal: a combative leader’s forceful denials, family members and intimates caught up in burgeoning but slow-moving investigations, prosecutors leaning on a tarnished former aide with tales to tell, arcane legal arguments over power and its limits....

Jordan's King Abdullah II makes rare visit to West Bank after Jerusalem shrine crisis

Jordan’s king and the Palestinian Authority president held a short meeting in the West Bank on Monday, a move seen by some observers as an act of unity during a time of heightened tension with Israel. King Abdullah II met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah during the king’s first...

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