Iranian President Rouhani’s brother ‘released on bail’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hossein Ferydoun has always denied any wrongdoing The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been released after being detained for two days by police, Iranian media say. Hossein Ferydoun was freed on Monday night after reportedly paying millions of dollars of bail. Mr Ferydoun is believed to have been […]

Qatar crisis: UAE denies hacking news agency

Media captionThe UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, denies it hacked Qatar’s news agency. The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed […]

Jordan soldier who killed US trainers jailed for life

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maarik al-Tuwayha (left) denied all charges A Jordanian soldier has been sentenced to life in prison with hard labour for killing three US military trainers last year. Marik al-Tuwayha, who pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, attacked the men as their vehicles approached al-Jafr airbase in November. One was killed […]

UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

Media captionThe UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, denies it hacked Qatar’s news agency. The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar’s state news agency in May. The Washington Post cited US intelligence officials as saying the UAE had orchestrated the posting of incendiary quotes attributed […]

Egypt Cairo: Deadly battle between police and island ‘squatters’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Local people ran for cover when tear gas was released One person has been killed in the Egyptian capital Cairo in clashes between police and alleged squatters on an island in the River Nile. Police met resistance when they went to demolish buildings that had allegedly been constructed illegally. They […]

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s brother detained

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hossein Ferydoun has always denied any wrongdoing The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Ferydoun, has been detained, a judiciary spokesman says. Mr Ferydoun failed to meet the bail terms on unspecified financial issues and was taken to prison. He has previously been linked to officials at the centre […]

Israeli police killed in attack near Jerusalem holy site

Media captionThe attackers were shot dead after being pursued into the sacred compound Two Israeli policemen have been killed and a third wounded in a shooting attack near a sacred site in Jerusalem. They were shot by three Israeli Arabs close to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as […]

Iraq ‘investigating Mosul cliff killing video’

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Human Rights Watch said it had verified the location where the video was filmed The Iraqi government has said it is investigating a video seemingly showing troops killing suspected Islamic State militants detained in the Mosul area. In the footage, men wearing uniform throw an unarmed man over a cliff. […]

Qatar Airways CEO sorry for calling US air hostesses ‘grandmothers’

Qatar Airways CEO sorry for calling US air hostesses ‘grandmothers’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Akbar Al Baker boasted that the average age of his company’s cabin crew was “only 26” The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for comments he made about flight attendants that were condemned as both sexist and ageist. In a speech at a dinner in Ireland last week, Akbar […]