Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video

Saudi Arabia police arrest men over ‘gay wedding’ video

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Police said the incident had “surprised” people at a festival in a Mecca resort Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a “gay wedding scene”. In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti […]

Turkey renames UAE embassy street after minister row

Turkey renames UAE embassy street after minister row

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Turkish television carried footage of the street signs being changed Turkey has symbolically renamed a street where the United Arab Emirates’ embassy is located in Ankara, following a diplomatic spat between the nations. The street has been named Fahreddin Pasha Road, after an Ottoman military commander the UAE foreign minister […]

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Imad al-Alami – pictured here in Beirut in 1999 – lived in exile for more than 20 years A senior Hamas figure in Gaza has been shot in the head in what the militant Palestinian group says was an accident. Imad al-Alami shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon in […]

Israeli PM’s son sorry over secret tape

Israeli PM’s son sorry over secret tape

Image copyright AFP Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu said his son Yair had “no input” in the gas deal involving Kobi Maimon The son of Israel’s prime minister has apologised after an audiotape of him bragging about his father’s role in a controversial gas deal was broadcast. In the tape – said to be from 2015 […]

Iranian tanker still burning off China coast

Iranian tanker still burning off China coast

Media captionHuge plumes of smoke were seen rising from the tanker No large oil spill has been detected so far from a tanker that has been burning since Saturday evening off the coast of China, Chinese officials say. The Sanchi is still alight and bad weather – with waves of up to 4m (13ft) – […]

Egypt police detained after custody death triggers protests

Egypt police detained after custody death triggers protests

Image copyright AFP Image caption Egyptian security forces have been accused of routinely torturing and mistreating detainees Prosecutors in Egypt’s capital Cairo have ordered the detention of two police officers after the death of a prisoner triggered violent protests. On Saturday, people tried to storm a police station in the Moqattam district where 22-year-old Mohammed […]

Iran bans English from being taught in primary schools

Iran bans English from being taught in primary schools

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran’s supreme leader has criticised foreign influence through languages in the past Iran has banned teaching the English language in primary schools, calling the subject a “cultural invasion”. The education ministry “envisages strengthening Persian language skills and Iranian Islamic culture of pupils at the primary school stage”, its secretary told […]

Syria war: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib ‘kill 40’

Syria war: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib ‘kill 40’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residential buildings in the rebel-held city of Idlib were badly damaged by the explosion At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist […]

Syria war: ‘Explosion kills at least 23’ in rebel-held Idlib

Syria war: ‘Explosion kills at least 23’ in rebel-held Idlib

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syrian emergency workers at the site of the explosion in rebel-held Idlib At least 23 people are reportedly dead and many more injured after a large explosion in the rebel-held city of Idlib, in north-western Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck the headquarters of […]

Gaza conjoined twins survive separation surgery

Gaza conjoined twins survive separation surgery

Image copyright AFP Image caption The baby girls were joined at the abdomen and lower body A life-saving operation to separate a pair of Palestinian conjoined twins from Gaza has been successful, doctors say. The baby girls, named as Farah and Haneen, underwent surgery at King Abdullah Children’s Hospital in Riyadh. They shared a leg […]