ILO drops Qatar migrant workers complaint after reforms

Image copyright AFP Image caption Workers’ representatives said the implementation of Qatar’s commitments was critical The International Labour Organization has closed a case against Qatar over its treatment of migrant workers, which had overshadowed preparations for the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The UN agency said reforms agreed by the emirate meant some two million workers […]

Alaa Abdel Fattah: Egypt court upholds activist’s sentence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alaa Abdel Fattah – seen here in court in 2015 – is also on trial for allegedly insulting the judiciary Egypt’s highest appeals court has upheld a five-year prison sentence for the blogger and pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, his family says. They said the Court of Cassation had confirmed […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi: Three things to know

The £1 billion museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, officially opens up this weekend. Artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso have work on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Louvre Abu Dhabi: Three things to know}

UK minister’s future in doubt over Israeli row

Image copyright PA Priti Patel has been ordered back from Africa by the prime minister following controversy over her meetings with Israeli officials, the BBC understands. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said “some kind of development” was expected today and Ms Patel’s sacking seemed “almost inevitable now”. Ms Patel apologised on Monday to the PM […]

Saudi boy of eight filmed driving car on motorway

Image copyright Twitter/@eMoroor Image caption Many social media users expressed shock and anger at the actions of the vehicle’s owner Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man after video emerged showing an eight-year-old boy driving a car on a motorway near Jeddah. The Red Sea city’s traffic police department said officers had also impounded […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption The port of Hodeida is a key entry point for UN aid Aid agencies are seeking urgent access for humanitarian supplies to war-torn Yemen, after the Saudi-led coalition closed all routes into the country. The UN and the Red Cross said a “catastrophic” situation threatened millions who rely on life-saving […]

UK FM: Iran remarks ‘could be clearer’

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent Boris Johnson has said he is sorry if his remarks about a British-Iranian woman caused anxiety to her family. The foreign secretary had been criticised for saying Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in prison in Iran, had been training journalists there. A charity said the remarks could worsen her sentence. […]

Saudis accuse Iran of ‘direct aggression’ over Yemen missile

Media captionA Yemeni TV station released footage of what it claimed was a Riyadh-bound missile Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has accused Iran of an act of “direct military aggression” by supplying missiles to rebels in Yemen. This “may be considered an act of war”, state media quoted the prince as telling UK […]

Saudi Arabia arrests: Anti-corruption drive ‘just the start’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The purge bolsters the position of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive, the attorney general says. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb issued a statement describing the detentions as “merely the start of a […]

UK FM urged to retract Iran remark

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent The husband of a British-Iranian woman, in prison in Iran, has urged Boris Johnson to retract his remark that she had been training journalists in Iran. Richard Ratcliffe said Iranian officials were using the foreign secretary’s statement to justify extending his wife Nazanin’s jail term. Mr Johnson […]

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