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Suspected US drone strike kills three al-Qaida operatives in Yemen – report

Tribal and security officials report attack on southern coast AFP photographer seriously wounded in separate missile strike Tribal and security officials said on Sunday a suspected US airstrike had killed three al-Qaida operatives on Yemen’s southern coast. Related: 'They're going to kill me next': Yemen family fears drone strikes under Trump Continue reading...

Florence Nightingale's 'rubbish' amulets to go on display for first time

Fake objects Nightingale rated highly to join ancient Egyptian amulets she thought ‘shabby’ at World Museum in Liverpool A collection of ancient Egyptian amulets acquired by Florence Nightingale in the winter of 1849 when she went on...Show More Summary

Trump’s offensive to ‘wipe out’ al-Shabaab threatens more pain for Somalis

Efforts to avert a disaster caused by drought are at risk from renewed offensive A new US-backed military offensive against Islamist militants in Somalia could undermine the massive international effort to help millions of people threatened by the worst drought there in more than 40 years, aid officials in the unstable east African state fear. Show More Summary

How Churchill helped to shape the Middle East we know today

Imperial War Museum exhibition will highlight his love of the region – and his legacy as colonial secretary One of the most controversial and understudied aspects of Winston Churchill’s life – his involvement in the Middle East – is to be the focus of a major new permanent exhibition staged by the Imperial War Museum in London. Show More Summary

The 20 photographs of the week

Protests in Caracas, mass dancing in Pyongyang, the Paris shooting and anti-government protests in Istanbul – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists Continue reading...

Isis leader behind Turkey nightclub attack is killed by US forces

Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, believed to be from Uzbekistan, was killed during ground assault near Mayadin, Syria, on 6 April, says US central command The United States has announced that a secret military ground operation killed an Islamic State...Show More Summary

Qatari royals released from captivity as part of Syria population swap deal

Extraordinary pact brokered by Iran and Qatar sees release of 26 members of royal hunting party and evacuations from four Syrian towns A group of 26 Qatari royals held hostage in Iraq by an Iranian-backed militia have been released after nearly 18 months in captivity as part of an extraordinary regional pact centred on four besieged Syrian towns. Show More Summary

Former MP Urges Iranian Government to “Trust” and Allow Sunnis to Run For President

In the run-up to Iran’s May 19, 2017 presidential election, a Sunni Muslim former member of Parliament has renewed his call for members of his faith to be allowed to run for the country’s executive office. Article 115 of Iran’s Constitution requires the president to be a member of the country’s “official religion,” which, according […]

Kidnapped, tortured and thrown in jail: my 70 days in Sudan – podcast

Twelve years after reporting on the conflict in Darfur, film-maker Phil Cox returned. But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head • Read the text version here Continue reading...

Donald Trump remarks raise fears of US disengagement in Libya

President says US has no role in embattled country as Italian diplomats watch Russia’s involvement with concern Donald Trump’s declaration that the US had “no role” in Libya has raised doubts about whether a political compromise canShow More Summary

Syrians call their sons Putin in honour of Russian president

Many families adopting name following Vladimir Putin’s support for Bashar al-Assad during war Syrian families are naming their children Putin as a mark of gratitude for the Russian president’s support for his Syrian counterpart in the six-year war, a government official has said. Show More Summary

'Even the stones reek with sadness': Here is what's left of Aleppo

Amid the rubble fields of eastern Aleppo, Ibrahim Shabelle was hawking a traditional licorice drink to shoppers, tradesmen and others frequenting a shattered but lively main drag. “Cold juice!” Shabelle cried out, offering cool glasses of the dark beverage to all takers for the equivalent of about...

Law firm reports surge in Iranians' UK bank accounts being closed

Firm says closures continue despite lifting of sanctions after Iran nuclear deal and have risen since Trump’s inauguration A UK law firm handling more than 60 complaints by Iranian nationals who have had their UK bank accounts closed allegedly because of their nationality has reported a surge in such closures since Donald Trump assumed office. Show More Summary

Concern grows over airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition as civilian casualties mount in Mosul

A recent airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq is believed to have caused more than 270 civilian deaths, a tragedy that provoked an international outpouring of grief and outrage. But the uproar over the March 17 deaths in the Jadidah neighborhood of Mosul masks a grim reality: Hundreds, and...

Letters from Baghdad review – Gertrude Bell gets the documentary she deserves

Tilda Swinton reads from the letters of the colourful and charismatic explorer, diplomat and archeologist who, along with TE Lawrence, shaped modern Iraq It is one of the injustices of the universe that the fame of TE Lawrence, AKA Lawrence...Show More Summary

Iran disqualifies Ahmadinejad from bid to regain presidency

Six politicians given go-ahead to run in presidential election, which is likely to boil down to a three-man race on 19 May Iran’s former hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been disqualified from running in Iran’s presidential elections next month, according to the final list of approved candidates announced on Thursday. Show More Summary

Iranian Judiciary Blocks Popular Telegram App’s New Voice Call Service

Iran’s judiciary has ordered internet companies to block the Telegram messaging application’s newly released “Voice Calls” service, calling it a threat to national security, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. An informed source said the order was issued in a letter to 20 internet service providers (ISP) on April 17, 2017. […]

Iran is quiet, for now, in the face of fresh threats from the Trump administration

With Iran’s presidential election weeks away and its beleaguered economy showing signs of improvement, the nation’s ruling clerics seem uninterested in a new round of hostilities with the United States. The Trump administration’s escalating threats against the Islamic Republic have elicited muted...

Low Female Participation Rate in Iranian Elections Symptom of Gender Inequality

The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an academic women’s periodical, said Iranian women are denied many […]

Iran chides US over 'worn out' accusations about nuclear deal

Iranian foreign minister’s comments come after Rex Tillerson accused Tehran of following in the footsteps of North Korea Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, has criticised the US after his counterpart, Rex Tillerson, said Tehran was creating “alarming and ongoing provocations” to destabilise countries in the Middle East. Show More Summary

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