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Syria war: ‘Explosion kills at least 23’ in rebel-held Idlib

Syria war: ‘Explosion kills at least 23’ in rebel-held Idlib

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syrian emergency workers at the site of the explosion in rebel-held Idlib At least 23 people are reportedly dead and many more injured after a large explosion in the rebel-held city of Idlib, in north-western Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck the headquarters of […]

Gaza conjoined twins survive separation surgery

Gaza conjoined twins survive separation surgery

Image copyright AFP Image caption The baby girls were joined at the abdomen and lower body A life-saving operation to separate a pair of Palestinian conjoined twins from Gaza has been successful, doctors say. The baby girls, named as Farah and Haneen, underwent surgery at King Abdullah Children’s Hospital in Riyadh. They shared a leg […]

Syria war: Explosion reportedly kills at least 23 in rebel-held Idlib

Syria war: Explosion reportedly kills at least 23 in rebel-held Idlib

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syrian emergency workers at the site of the explosion in rebel-held Idlib At least 23 people are reportedly dead and many more injured after a large explosion in the rebel-held city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck the headquarters of […]

Ahmed Shafiq: Egyptian ex-PM withdraws from election

Ahmed Shafiq: Egyptian ex-PM withdraws from election

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ahmed Shafiq was deported from the UAE after announcing plans to run against Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has withdrawn from the running for the country’s presidency, saying he is the wrong person for the job. Mr Shafiq announced his candidacy in November in […]

Israel dig unearths prehistoric ‘paradise’

Israel dig unearths prehistoric ‘paradise’

Image copyright Tel Aviv University Image caption Hundreds of flint hand axes were discovered Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a rare prehistoric site near Tel Aviv described as a “paradise” for hunter-gatherers living 500,000 years ago. The site, next to a busy motorway at Jaljulia, has revealed hundreds of flint axes and other artefacts. Experts say […]

Iranians missing as ships crash in China

Iranians missing as ships crash in China

Thirty-two people are missing after an oil tanker and a cargo ship collided off China’s east coast on Saturday evening. The Sanchi tanker, a Panama-registered vessel carrying 136,000 tonnes of Iranian oil, caught fire after the crash. China’s Ministry of Transport said the missing people are its crew – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. The […]

Saudi princes arrested for holding anti-austerity protest

Saudi princes arrested for holding anti-austerity protest

Image copyright AFP Image caption The protest took place in the Saudi capital Riyadh, local media reported Saudi authorities have arrested 11 princes for holding a protest at a royal palace in the capital Riyadh. The group were angered by the government’s decision to stop paying the water and energy bills of royals. Those involved […]

Iran protests: Students ‘among more than 1,000 arrested’

Iran protests: Students ‘among more than 1,000 arrested’

Image copyright EPA Image caption There have been clashes with police at Tehran University since the protests began last month Ninety university students are among more than 1,000 people arrested since anti-government demonstrations began last month, say reformist MPs in Iran. Mahmoud Sadeghi told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that many of them were not […]

Iran protests: Russia berates US for UN talks on ‘internal affair’

Iran protests: Russia berates US for UN talks on ‘internal affair’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia spoke with his American counterpart Nikki Haley before the meeting Russia has fiercely criticised the US for convening the UN Security Council over protests in Iran. Russia’s envoy Vassily Nebenzia said involving the council in an “internal affair” damaged the top UN body. Minutes earlier, US […]

Saudi Arabia gives handout to compensate for new tax

Saudi Arabia gives handout to compensate for new tax

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Saudi government wants to reduce the country’s dependence on oil State employees in Saudi Arabia are to be given money to compensate for a new sales tax and a rise in fuel prices. King Salman has ordered monthly payments of more than $260 (£190) for the next year. The […]