Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun The US says Syria’s government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will “pay a very heavy price” if one takes place. The White House said similar activities had been seen […]

Qatar facing indefinite isolation, UAE says

Qatar facing indefinite isolation, UAE says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis shows no sign of being resolved With less than a week remaining for Qatar to comply with a tough set of 13 demands from its Gulf Arab neighbours, it is looking increasingly likely that this month’s economic and political sanctions imposed on Qatar will become permanent. Saudi Arabia, […]

US deportations of Iraqis halted by Michigan judge

US deportations of Iraqis halted by Michigan judge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters rally outside a federal court hearing in Michigan over the removal of some Iraqi nationals A federal court in Michigan has blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis living in the US who have been targeted in recent immigration raids. US District Judge Mark Goldsmith expanded an order […]

Fifa releases Qatar World Cup bid probe report

Fifa releases Qatar World Cup bid probe report

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Football’s world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It comes after German newspaper Bild published extracts of a leaked copy of the report on Tuesday. The […]

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Image copyright US Air Force/SrA Jordan Castelan Image caption The US-led coalition against IS has conducted more than 21,000 air strikes in Syria and Iraq Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for […]

World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

World Cup 2022: Claims of corruption in Qatar bid published in Germany

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Claims of alleged corruption in Qatar’s successful 2022 World Cup bid have been published in the German media. Bild newspaper says it has obtained the “suppressed” 2014 report authored by former Fifa independent ethics investigator Michael Garcia. Bild’s report includes […]

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

The US says it has identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul’s Old City. IS deployed suicide bombers in different parts of the northern city but the affected areas were brought under control, Iraqi officials say. The Iraqi […]

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opium, the main ingredient in heroin, makes up the bulk of drug consumption in Iran The number of people suffering from drug addiction in Iran has more than doubled in the last six years, local media report. A survey carried out by a drug control group has found that […]

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) are uninhabited save for peacekeepers and troops Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi […]

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