Qatar blockade: Gulf states silent on Tillerson plea to ease measures

Media captionTillerson calls for the blockade of Qatar to be eased Nations behind a blockade on Qatar have welcomed strong comments from President Donald Trump backing their move, but were silent on calls from his secretary of state to ease the measures. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have cut ties, […]

Qatar blockade: US urges Gulf states to ease restrictions

Media captionTillerson: Ease blockade of Qatar US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Gulf countries must ease the blockade on Qatar, which is accused by Arab neighbours of funding terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday. Mr Tillerson said the blockade was […]

Iraq suicide bomb: IS kills at least 20

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A firefighter hoses down a street after the suicide bomb attack A suicide bomber has struck a market in Iraq in a town near the Shia holy city of Karbala, killing at least 20 people. The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has said it carried out the attack in Musayyib. […]

Saudi football chiefs apologise over London attack tribute

Image copyright Reuters Image caption At least one Saudi player stood still, but most of the team did not Saudi football chiefs have apologised after their national team elected not to take part in a minute’s silence for victims of the London Bridge attack. Australian players linked arms as a sign of respect before Thursday’s […]

Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states

Image copyright EPA Image caption German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met his Qatari counterpart in northern Germany Germany has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a growing crisis over Qatar, which is accused by four Arab neighbours of funding terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties […]

Qatar vows ‘no surrender’ in row with Arab states

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saudi Arabia and several other Arab states have suspended flights to and from Qatar Qatar has vowed it will “not surrender” its foreign policy in a row with other Arab states over its alleged connections to extremism. Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said he favoured diplomacy to resolve […]

Iran FM Zarif slams ‘repugnant’ Trump statement on Tehran attacks

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The attackers targeted the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini and Iran’s parliament on Wednesday Iran’s foreign minister has denounced as “repugnant” a White House statement on Wednesday’s terror attack in Tehran that said Iran was a “terror sponsor”. President Trump had said he was praying for the victims, but added that […]

Mosul battle: IS kills 230 fleeing civilians, says UN

Media captionIS snipers targeting Mosul civilians The UN has received reports that 231 Iraqi civilians have been killed by so-called Islamic State while attempting to flee Mosul over the past two weeks. At least 204 are believed to have been shot dead by militants during clashes with Iraqi security forces in the Shifa district last […]

Yemen cholera cases pass 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic

Media captionThe UN says it is struggling to deliver medicine to treat those with cholera because of the ongoing conflict The number of suspected cases of cholera resulting from a severe outbreak in Yemen has passed 100,000, the World Health Organization says. A total of 798 deaths associated with the disease have been recorded in […]

Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kirkuk’s Kurdish-led council recently rejected calls from Baghdad to lower Kurdish flags Top government officials and political parties in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region have agreed to hold a referendum on independence on 25 September. The date was set at a meeting in Irbil chaired by President Massoud Barzani. A statement […]

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