Iraq investigates alleged abuses by Mosul troops

Image copyright AFP Image caption The journalist said he documented “war crimes” by an Iraqi interior ministry force Iraq has opened an inquiry into claims that its forces abused and killed civilians in the battle for Mosul against so-called Islamic State (IS). An interior ministry statement said it would take legal measures against anyone proven […]

Syria war: Air strike near Raqqa ‘kills 16 civilians’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting around Raqqa At least 16 civilians have been killed in a US-led coalition air strike near so-called Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, activists say. Women and children were among those who died overnight in the village of al-Baruda, […]

Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

Image copyright Dubai Media Office Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions. People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by the robot will also be […]

Qatar says state news agency hacked after report cites emir criticising US

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump urged Qatar’s emir and other Arab leaders on Sunday to “isolate” Iran Qatar has blamed hackers for a story on its state news agency website that quoted the emir as criticising US “hostility” towards Iran. On Tuesday, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) quoted Sheikh Tamim Al Thani as […]

Bahrain unrest: Death toll from raid on cleric’s home rises to five

Image copyright adhrb Image caption Amnesty International said one of those killed had suffered birdshot wounds to the head The death toll from Tuesday’s raid by Bahraini police on the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric has risen to five. The interior ministry said 286 people were also arrested after officers came […]

Bahrain protester ‘killed in raid on sit-in’ near Shia cleric’s home

Image copyright AFP Image caption Last June, the authorities stripped Sheikh Isa Qassim of his Bahraini citizenship A protester has been killed in a raid by Bahraini police on a sit-in near the home of the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s most prominent Shia cleric, activists say. Witnesses said officers had opened fire as they moved into the […]

Trump meets Palestinian leader Abbas in West Bank

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump is hoping for a “fruitful” meeting US President Donald Trump is meeting the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on the final day of his visit to the Middle East. Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Mr Trump […]

US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon

US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, says Pentagon

US forces have carried out a raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the US military says. They were killed “through a combination of small arms fire and precision air strikes” in the Marib governorate, east of Sanaa, on Tuesday morning. The primary objective of the operation was to gather intelligence. The […]

Rouhani dismisses Trump comments

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hassan Rouhani was speaking at his first news conference since his re-election on Friday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that regional stability cannot be achieved without Tehran’s help. Mr Trump began a trip to Israel on Monday by saying that it shared a “common […]

Trump to meet Palestinian leader Abbas in West Bank

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rioters threw stones at a protest against Mr Trump’s visit in the West Bank on Monday US President Donald Trump is to meet the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on the final day of his visit to the Middle East. Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct […]

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