Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands have made the risky crossing to Italy this year An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved […]

Megrahi family seeks Lockerbie appeal

Megrahi family seeks Lockerbie appeal

Image copyright PA Image caption Megrahi abandoned his appeal shortly before being allowed to return to Libya The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction within a fortnight. Lawyer Aamer Anwar confirmed files will be handed to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC). The SCCRC will […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

Lebanon rape law: Wedding dresses hang in Beirut sea front protest

Lebanon rape law: Wedding dresses hang in Beirut sea front protest

Image copyright AFP/getty Activists campaigning to change Lebanon’s law on rape have staged a macabre protest on Beirut’s famous sea front. What appeared to be more than 30 white wedding dresses were hung from nooses, strung up between the palm trees. Lebanese law currently allows a rapist to be exonerated if he marries his victim. […]

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Syria war: US ground troops kill ‘leading IS member’

Image copyright AFP Image caption At any one time it is estimated there are around 500 members of US special forces in Syria US troops have targeted and killed a leading member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in a commando raid in Syria, military officials say. The attack took place near the town […]

‘No doubt’ Syria has kept some chemical weapons – Mattis

‘No doubt’ Syria has kept some chemical weapons – Mattis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The OPCW says ‘incontrovertible’ tests show sarin or a similar nerve agent was used in Khan Sheikhoun The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said there can be “no doubt” that Syria retains chemical weapons. Gen Mattis also said the Syrian government had moved its warplanes in recent days, speaking […]

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

Iran election: Ahmadinejad barred from running

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Ahmadinejad (above left) stood as a candidate in defiance of the advice of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from standing in next month’s election by a government-controlled vetting body, state media report. Mr Ahmadinejad, a vocal critic of the West, served […]

Israeli comic novel up for International Booker Prize

Israeli comic novel up for International Booker Prize

Image copyright Jonathan Cape Image caption David Grossman’s works have been translated into 36 languages A novel about an Israeli stand-up comic having a meltdown on stage is one of six titles shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. David Grossman’s A Horse Walks Into a Bar is one of two books by Israeli […]

Iran election: Rouhani set for showdown with rival Raisi

Iran election: Rouhani set for showdown with rival Raisi

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Rouhani was elected by a landslide in 2013, on a platform of ending the country’s diplomatic isolation Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and leading hardliner Ebrahim Raisi have both been approved to run in elections next month, state media has reported. However former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred from standing […]

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