Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has ended his hunger strike after the authorities accepted one of his two demands. Mehdi Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital after hunger strike

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital after hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has been admitted to hospital a day after he began a hunger strike, his family says. Mehdi Karroubi stopped eating and drinking […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi underwent a heart operation to fit a pacemaker earlier this month An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has been admitted to hospital a day after he began a hunger strike, his family says. Mehdi Karroubi had stopped eating on Wednesday to press the […]

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

Saudi border to open for Qatari pilgrims attending Hajj

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Arabia had threatened to impose conditions on Qatari pilgrims attending the Hajj in Mecca Saudi Arabia will open its border with Qatar to allow Muslim pilgrims to attend the annual Hajj in Mecca beginning this month, state media say. The announcement came after the first high-level meeting between the […]

Lebanon rape law: Parliament abolishes marriage loophole

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

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

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

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 […]

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

Archaeologists discover three ancient tombs in Egypt

Image copyright AFP Image caption A sarcophagus from one of the three tombs found at burial grounds south of Cairo Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt. They were found in burial grounds in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province, south of Cairo. The tombs contained a […]

Iran could restart nuclear programme within hours – Rouhani

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 […]

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