Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole

Image copyright AFP Image caption Women demanding the repeal of Article 522 protested at the Beirut Marathon last November Lebanon’s parliament has scrapped a law under which a rapist could be exempt from punishment if he married his victim, state media report. Women’s rights activists had long demanded that Article 522 of the penal code […]

IS conflict: Iraqi jets bomb Tal Afar ahead of ground assault

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iraqi federal police said armoured and special forces units were “regrouping” outside Tal Afar Iraqi warplanes are bombarding the jihadist group Islamic State’s positions in Tal Afar, in preparation for a ground assault on the town. Tal Afar became the last IS stronghold in northern Iraq in July after […]

Khaled Sharrouf: Australia cannot confirm IS militant’s death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Fighting involving Islamic State group militants and Syrian forces in Raqqa this week The Australian government says it is unable to confirm reports that one of its most notorious militants, Khaled Sharrouf, has been killed in Syria. According to Australian media, the so-called Islamic State fighter and two of his […]

Iran judiciary freezes assets of BBC Persian staff

Image caption The BBC was not notified of the court order, which names 152 individuals The BBC has called on the Iranian authorities to reverse a new order that appears to effectively freeze the assets of its staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said it deplored the apparent “targeted attack” on BBC […]

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours – Rouhani

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani said that under Donald Trump the US was not a “reliable negotiator” Iran’s president has warned that it could restart its nuclear programme “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions. Hassan Rouhani also said the programme would be more advanced than in 2015, when […]

Yemen cholera epidemic: Cases exceed 500,000 in four months

Image copyright EPA Image caption More than 99% of people infected who can access health services are surviving The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from an epidemic in war-torn Yemen has reached 500,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. At least 1,975 people have died since the waterborne disease began to spread rapidly […]

Syria war: Killing of White Helmet workers condemned

Image copyright EPA Image caption The motives of the attack are still unknown The US has condemned the killing of seven Syrian volunteer rescuers who were shot dead in a north-western town controlled by jihadists. Unknown gunmen attacked the White Helmet members at a base in Sarmeen, in the rebel-held province of Idlib. The motive […]

Iran votes to boost military defence by $500m

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran said the funding for its missile defence was “not in violation” of a 2015 nuclear deal Iran’s parliament has voted in favour of boosting investment in its missile defence and foreign operations programmes by more than $500m (£386m). The bill, which received overwhelming approval, is in response to […]

Egypt trains collide in Alexandria killing dozens

Image copyright EPA Image caption The crash is the deadliest train accident in the North African country since November 2013 Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 41 people and injuring more than 120 others, health officials say. A number of carriage were derailed by the accident in the coastal city […]

Egypt trains collide in Alexandria, killing many

Image copyright Ya5abar Image caption The crash is the deadliest train accident in the North African country since November 2013 Two passenger trains have collided in northern Egypt, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens more, health officials say. One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said when the accident […]

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