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‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ a disaster zone

‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ a disaster zone

Image copyright Getty Images The island chain of Socotra, famed for unique plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet, is coping with the aftermath of a powerful cyclone. The archipelago was struck by Cyclone Mekunu on Wednesday night, leaving at least 17 people missing and forcing its native population to flee floodwaters. Socotra […]

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei lists demands for European powers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran could no longer deal with the US Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has set out several conditions for staying in the nuclear deal with world powers. The conditions include protecting Iran oil sales and safeguarding trade. US President Donald Trump has said he is withdrawing from […]

Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women’s rights activists

Saudi Arabia widens crackdown on women’s rights activists

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aziza al-Yousef is reportedly one of the women’s rights activists being held Saudi Arabia has reportedly arrested three more women’s rights activists in a crackdown launched just weeks before a ban on women driving will be lifted. Human rights groups said at least 11 people, most of them women who […]

Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger ‘arrested’

Wael Abbas: Prominent Egyptian blogger ‘arrested’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wael Abbas has spent more than a decade documenting alleged police abuses A prominent Egyptian activist and blogger known for documenting alleged abuses by the security forces has been detained, his lawyer says. Heavily armed officers raided Wael Abbas’s home in Cairo overnight and took him away blindfolded to an […]

Palestinians demand full ICC investigation into ‘Israeli war crimes’

Palestinians demand full ICC investigation into ‘Israeli war crimes’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Riad Malki said the Palestinians had “ample and insurmountable evidence” The Palestinians have asked prosecutors at the International Criminal Court to launch a full investigation into alleged Israeli human rights abuses. Foreign Minister Riad Malki submitted a so-called “referral”, which he said detailed evidence of crimes committed on occupied Palestinian […]

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

Image copyright Israel Defense Forces Image caption Israel has ordered 50 F-35s The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force. The air force chief showed an image of jets over Beirut, Lebanon, and said the planes had “already attacked twice on two […]

Panama says new evidence shows 1994 plane crash ‘terrorist’ incident

Panama says new evidence shows 1994 plane crash ‘terrorist’ incident

Image copyright EPA Image caption Panama’s President Varela held talks in Jerusalem last week with Israeli PM Netanyahu A plane crash in Panama in 1994 that killed 21 people, many of them Jews, was the result of a terrorist incident, Panama’s president has said. Juan Carlos Varela said the evidence came from Israeli intelligence and […]

Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Iran sanctions: Zarif condemns Pompeo announcement

Media captionUS vows ‘unprecedented pressure on Iran’ Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has condemned the US for promising to impose the “strongest sanctions in history” on his country. Measures outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said, showed the US was a prisoner of its “failed policies” and it would suffer the consequences. EU […]

Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption The southern Hajar al-Aswad district of Damascus has been devastated by the fighting The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years. “Damascus and its surroundingsā€¦ are completely secure,” spokesman Gen Ali Mayhoub said […]

Iran mushroom poisoning: More than 800 sick from deadly fungi

Iran mushroom poisoning: More than 800 sick from deadly fungi

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not yet clear what kind of mushroom the victims ate, but the poisonous Amanita phalloides, or death cap, is found in Iran More than 800 people have been poisoned after eating toxic wild mushrooms in around 10 provinces in the west of Iran. At least 11 people […]

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