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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At any one time it is estimated there are around 500 members of US special forces in Syria US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say. The attack took place near the town […]

‘No doubt’ Syria has kept some chemical weapons – Mattis

‘No doubt’ Syria has kept some chemical weapons – Mattis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The OPCW says ‘incontrovertible’ tests show sarin or a similar nerve agent was used in Khan Sheikhoun The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said there can be “no doubt” that Syria retains chemical weapons. Gen Mattis also said the Syrian government had moved its warplanes in recent days, speaking […]

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Ahmadinejad (above left) stood as a candidate in defiance of the advice of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month’s election by a government-controlled vetting body, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served […]

Qatar hunting party ‘freed in Iraq’

Qatar hunting party ‘freed in Iraq’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Asian houbara bustard, found in Iraq, is highly prized in the Arab Gulf states A group of Qatari hunters – possibly including members of the ruling family – have been freed 16 months after being kidnapped in Iraq, officials say. The Iraqi interior ministry said “all 26” were […]

Saudi ‘should be blacklisted’ over Yemen hospital attacks

Saudi ‘should be blacklisted’ over Yemen hospital attacks

Image copyright STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Nineteen people died and 24 were injured when the Saudi-led coalition bombed an MSF-run hospital in Hajjah, the report says The UN should put Saudi Arabia back on a list of violators of children’s rights because of attacks on hospitals in Yemen, two rights groups say. In a report, […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

Media captionRex Tillerson: ‘Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international security’ US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to […]

Mosul violinist Ameen Mukdad returns to play amid ruins

Mosul violinist Ameen Mukdad returns to play amid ruins

Media captionAmeen Mukdad played the violin in secret under IS rule A violinist has given his first public performance in the Iraqi city of Mosul since so-called Islamic State took control there nearly three years ago. Ameen Mukdad, 28, who had played in secret at home until fighters seized his instruments, performed at a site […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rex Tillerson raised concerns about Iran as a “state sponsor of terrorism” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path […]

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrations were held in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails The Palestinian Authority has criticised Israel’s refusal to talk to more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike against conditions in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe, head of detainees’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority, warns […]

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