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Qatari royal says he is ‘being held against his will’ in UAE

Qatari royal says he is ‘being held against his will’ in UAE

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan A Qatari royal says he is being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani – who played a role in negotiating with Saudi Arabia during the Qatar diplomatic crisis last year – […]

Iranian oil tanker sinks off China

Iranian oil tanker sinks off China

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the […]

Tunisia protests: Reforms announced amid new rallies

Tunisia protests: Reforms announced amid new rallies

Media captionRallies in Tunis mark the Arab Spring anniversary The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters. There were fresh protests on Sunday, the seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Emergency government meetings have been held in response to the […]

Iranian oil tanker ‘sinks off China’

Iranian oil tanker ‘sinks off China’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say. The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the […]

Tunisia protests: Reforms announced after days of unrest

Tunisia protests: Reforms announced after days of unrest

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Demonstrations have broken out across the country in recent days The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters. Protests broke out ahead of Sunday’s seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Emergency government meetings were held […]

Iran nuclear deal: Mnuchin expects new US sanctions

Iran nuclear deal: Mnuchin expects new US sanctions

Media captionA timeline of what Trump has said about the Iran deal US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said he expects President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran. The news comes as Mr Trump faces a Friday deadline to decide whether to waive other major sanctions on Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear […]

Iran nuclear deal: European powers urge US not to withdraw

Iran nuclear deal: European powers urge US not to withdraw

Media captionBoris Johnson on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea’ European powers have urged the US not to abandon the 2015 agreement with Iran that limits its nuclear programme, saying it is making the world safer. After meeting his Iranian, French, German and EU counterparts in Brussels, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Israeli PM’s son sorry over secret tape

Israeli PM’s son sorry over secret tape

Image copyright AFP Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu said his son Yair had “no input” in the gas deal involving Kobi Maimon The son of Israel’s prime minister has apologised after an audiotape of him bragging about his father’s role in a controversial gas deal was broadcast. In the tape – said to be from 2015 […]