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Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis is the greatest faced by the Gulf region in decades Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut […]

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionIraq’s military circulated a video it said showed the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the Great Mosque of […]

Deadly car bomb targets Afghan bank

Deadly car bomb targets Afghan bank

At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a car bomb explosion outside a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say. Armed attackers have entered the bank and a gun battle is going on with security forces, Tolo News reports. Civilians and members of the security forces are reportedly […]

Donald Trump talks up solar panel plan for Mexico wall

Donald Trump talks up solar panel plan for Mexico wall

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the US-Mexico border was a campaign rallying cry US President Donald Trump has told supporters that his proposed wall along the border with Mexico could have solar panels fixed to it. Addressing a rally in Iowa, he said the panels would provide cheap energy and […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Otto Warmbier: Trump condemns ‘brutal’ N Korea as student dies

Media captionDonald Trump says the US will ‘handle’ North Korea US President Donald Trump has called North Korea a “brutal regime” after the death of a US student who had been jailed there for more than 15 months. North Korea returned Otto Warmbier, 22, to the US last week, saying he had been in a […]

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Syria conflict: Australia suspends military air operations

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Australia says it is temporarily suspending its military air operations over Syria, after a warning from Russia that it would treat aircraft from the US-led coalition as potential targets. The pause was a “precautionary measure”, […]

European Court blasts Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law

European Court blasts Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gay rights activists marched against the law in St Petersburg in 2013 Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The Strasbourg judges said Russia had discriminated against three gay rights activists who opposed the law. It was adopted in 2013, […]

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Barclays charged with fraud in Qatar case

Image copyright Getty Images Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case relates to the billion of pounds the bank raised from Qatari investors enabling it to avoid a government bailout. Former chief executive John Varley is one of the […]

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

US coalition in first downing of Syrian army plane

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian army plane A US-led coalition fighter jet has shot down a Syrian military plane in Raqqa province, the US has confirmed. The SU-22 fighter bomber was engaged by an F/A-18E Super Hornet after it had dropped […]