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Iran election: Hassan Rouhani says voters rejected extremism

Iran election: Hassan Rouhani says voters rejected extremism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turnout was surprisingly high, at around 70% Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright victory over his main rival, Mr Rouhani said he respected the opponents’ right […]

Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Media captionMoment President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump get off Air Force One The US has signed its largest ever arms deal with Saudi Arabia as US President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip begins in Riyadh. Mr Trump and his wife Melania were greeted in the Saudi capital by King Salman on Saturday morning […]

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Omar al-Bashir had been invited by King Salman Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to take up an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend an Islamic summit at which US President Donald Trump will be guest of honour. Mr Bashir, who cited “private reasons”, is wanted for alleged […]

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria and its ally Russia have condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”, while Russia said it was “unacceptable” and […]

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Image copyright AFP Polls have opened in Iran’s presidential election, where Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and former […]

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by […]

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in heavy fighting in Syria after so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Hama province. The militants targeted villages under government control, and clashed with the army and its militia allies. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 15 of the […]

Syria conflict: Turkey opens ‘city’ for orphans of the war

Syria conflict: Turkey opens ‘city’ for orphans of the war

Image copyright Orphans City Image caption Eighteen children will live in each two-storey villa at Orphans City Turkey has opened a vast centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment. […]

Sudan’s Bashir asked to Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

Sudan’s Bashir asked to Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders. Mr Bashir will travel to Saudi […]

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Image copyright AP Image caption Iran has pledged to restrict its nuclear activities Donald Trump’s White House has renewed sanctions relief for Iran, despite the US president’s past criticism. The easing of sanctions is part of a crucial nuclear deal brokered in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama with five other world powers. Mr Trump has […]

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