World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media. Bild newspaper says it has obtained the “suppressed” 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia. Bild’s report includes […]

US warns Syria against ‘chemical attack’

US warns Syria against ‘chemical attack’

The US says it has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities are similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to carry out […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul’s Old City. IS deployed suicide bombers in different parts of the northern city but the affected areas were brought under control, Iraqi officials say. The Iraqi […]

Qatar demands difficult to meet, says US

Image copyright AFP Image caption The land borders have been closed for days now Some demands set by four Arab states on Qatar in return for lifting sanctions will be “difficult to meet”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says. However, Mr Tillerson said the proposals provided a basis for dialogue leading to a solution […]

Dodging IS snipers on Mosul frontline

Iraqi fighters are closing on in a hospital where so-called Islamic State militants are making a last stand in the fight for Mosul. Orla Guerin is in on the front line in the old city. Cameraman Nico Hameon Dodging IS snipers on Mosul frontline}

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn […]

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opium, the main ingredient in heroin, makes up the bulk of drug consumption in Iran The number of people suffering from drug addiction in Iran has more than doubled in the last six years, local media report. A survey carried out by a drug control group has found that […]

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) are uninhabited save for peacekeepers and troops Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi […]

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Image copyright EPA Image caption Qatar, which is rich in natural gas, is home to 2.7 million people Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, […]

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Saudis ‘foil suicide attack’ on Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The building collapsed after a suicide bomber blew himself up, the Saudi interior ministry said Saudi Arabia says it has foiled a “terrorist action” against the Grand Mosque in Mecca – Islam’s holiest site. A suicide bomber blew himself up when security forces surrounded the building he was in, the […]