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Qatar vows ‘no surrender’ in row with Arab states

Qatar vows ‘no surrender’ in row with Arab states

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states have suspended flights to and from Qatar Qatar has vowed it will “not surrender” its foreign policy in a row with other Arab states over its alleged connections to extremism. Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said he favoured diplomacy to resolve […]

Iran FM Zarif slams ‘repugnant’ Trump statement on Tehran attacks

Iran FM Zarif slams ‘repugnant’ Trump statement on Tehran attacks

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The attackers targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini and Iran’s parliament on Wednesday Iran’s foreign minister has denounced as “repugnant” a White House statement on Wednesday’s terror attack in Tehran that said Iran was a “terror sponsor”. President Trump had said he was praying for the victims, but added that […]

Mosul battle: IS kills 230 fleeing civilians, says UN

Mosul battle: IS kills 230 fleeing civilians, says UN

Media captionIS snipers targeting Mosul civilians The UN has received reports that 231 Iraqi civilians have been killed by so-called Islamic State while attempting to flee Mosul over the past two weeks. At least 204 are believed to have been shot dead by militants during clashes with Iraqi security forces in the Shifa district last […]

Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic

Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic

Media captionThe UN says it is struggling to deliver medicine to treat those with cholera because of the ongoing conflict The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says. A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease have been recorded in […]

Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kirkuk’s Kurdish-led council recently rejected calls from Baghdad to lower Kurdish flags Top government officials and political parties in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region have agreed to hold a referendum on independence on 25 September. The date was set at a meeting in Irbil chaired by President Massoud Barzani. A statement […]

Tehran attackers ‘were IS recruits from Iran’

Tehran attackers ‘were IS recruits from Iran’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption After hours of intermittent gunfire around parliament, officials said all the attackers were dead Iran says the attackers who killed 12 people in the capital Tehran were Iranians who had joined so-called Islamic State (IS). Suicide bombers attacked parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini. […]

Iran attacks: ‘IS’ hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

Iran attacks: ‘IS’ hits parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

Media captionPeople were evacuated from the parliament building Twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, have killed at least 12 people and injured many more. After hours of intermittent gunfire, officials said both incidents were over and the attackers were dead. The Islamic State (IS) group has said […]

Qatar crisis: UAE threatens sympathisers with prison

Qatar crisis: UAE threatens sympathisers with prison

Image copyright EPA Image caption Food and water could be flown in from Turkey or Iran as supplies in Qatar run low The United Arab Emirates has warned that anyone expressing sympathy for Qatar could face up to 15 years in prison, as a regional crisis escalates. UAE officials said Qatar needed to end its […]

‘First of our kind’ found in Morocco

‘First of our kind’ found in Morocco

Media captionThe shape of a Jebel Irhoud skull (L) is almost identical to ours (R) The idea that modern people evolved in a single “cradle of humanity” in East Africa some 200,000 years ago is no longer tenable, new research suggests.  Fossils of five early humans have been found in North Africa that show Homo […]

Iran attacks leave 12 dead at parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

Iran attacks leave 12 dead at parliament and Khomeini mausoleum

Media captionGunfire could be heard from outside the parliament in Iran Twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in the capital, Tehran, have killed at least 12 people and injured many more. The assault on the parliament building appears to be over, after hours of intermittent, audible gunfire there. A suicide bomber […]