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Birmingham University to open campus in the Gulf

Birmingham University to open campus in the Gulf

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Birmingham’s plan to open a campus in Dubai is the latest example of universities expanding with international branches. Vice-chancellor Sir David Eastwood said the campus in the Gulf would show the university’s “global mission”. The first phase of Birmingham’s new outpost in the United Arab Emirates will open […]

Rouhani dismisses Trump comments

Rouhani dismisses Trump comments

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani was speaking at his first news conference since his re-election on Friday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that regional stability cannot be achieved without Tehran’s help. Mr Trump began a trip to Israel on Monday by saying that it shared a “common […]

Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric’s home rises to five

Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric’s home rises to five

Image copyright adhrb Image caption Amnesty International said one of those killed had suffered birdshot wounds to the head The death toll from Tuesday’s raid by Bahraini police on the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric has risen to five. The interior ministry said 286 people were also arrested after officers came […]

Bahrain protester ‘killed in raid on sit-in’ near Shia cleric’s home

Bahrain protester ‘killed in raid on sit-in’ near Shia cleric’s home

Image copyright AFP Image caption Last June, the authorities stripped Sheikh Isa Qassim of his Bahraini citizenship A protester has been killed in a raid by Bahraini police on a sit-in near the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric, activists say. Witnesses said officers had opened fire as they moved into the […]

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 […]