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Wonder Woman Gal Gadot dress trouble for Lebanese designer

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot dress trouble for Lebanese designer

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Gal Gadot (pictured as Wonder Woman) served two years in the Israeli army as a combat trainer The posting of a photograph of Israeli actress Gal Gadot in a dress by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab has caused consternation on social media. Israel and Lebanon have technically been at […]

Iran nuclear deal: UK challenges US to find better alternative

Iran nuclear deal: UK challenges US to find better alternative

Media captionBoris Johnson on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea’ UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has challenged the US to show there is a better alternative to the deal with Iran that limits its nuclear programme. Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he […]

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters Protesters across Tunisia have rallied for a third successive night, as anger over the government’s austerity measures spilled over into unrest. Police used tear gas against large crowds demonstrating against price rises affecting basic goods. PM Youssef Chahed condemned acts […]

Iran protests: US urges release of ‘peaceful’ demonstrators

Iran protests: US urges release of ‘peaceful’ demonstrators

Media captionIran protests: Why people are taking to the streets The US has demanded that the “brutal” leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-government protests. A White House statement said the Trump administration was “deeply concerned” that Iran had imprisoned thousands for engaging in “peaceful protests”. It is not known how many […]

Iran drug law change could spare thousands on death row

Iran drug law change could spare thousands on death row

Image copyright AFP Image caption An Iranian policeman guards 3,000kg (6,600lb) of opium seized from drug smugglers Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has […]

Syria war: Assault on rebel stronghold of Idlib ‘displaces 100,000’

Syria war: Assault on rebel stronghold of Idlib ‘displaces 100,000’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fighting in south-eastern areas of Idlib province has forced civilians from their homes Some 100,000 Syrian civilians have been displaced by a government offensive on the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold, the United Nations says. Since the start of November, fighting and air strikes have intensified in the north-western province […]

Israel searches West Bank after settler killed in drive-by shooting

Israel searches West Bank after settler killed in drive-by shooting

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Israeli military said its focus was on locating a “terror cell” and preventing additional attacks Israeli security forces are searching for a suspected Palestinian gunman or gunmen who killed an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Raziel Shevach, a 35-year-old rabbi and father of six, was […]

Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video

Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Police said the incident had “surprised” people at a festival in a Mecca resort Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a “gay wedding scene”. In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti […]

Turkey renames UAE embassy street after minister row

Turkey renames UAE embassy street after minister row

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Turkish television carried footage of the street signs being changed Turkey has symbolically renamed a street where the United Arab Emirates’ embassy is located in Ankara, following a diplomatic spat between the nations. The street has been named Fahreddin Pasha Road, after an Ottoman military commander the UAE foreign minister […]

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Imad al-Alami – pictured here in Beirut in 1999 – lived in exile for more than 20 years A senior Hamas figure in Gaza has been shot in the head in what the militant Palestinian group says was an accident. Imad al-Alami shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon in […]