Asma al-Assad: Syria’s first lady treated for breast cancer

Image copyright Getty Images The wife of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Officials confirmed on Wednesday that Mrs Assad was receiving treatment for an early-stage malignant tumour. Born and raised in London, the Syrian first lady has been a highly controversial figure. She was one of twelve people placed […]

Israeli tank fire kills two Hamas militants in Gaza

Image copyright EPA Image caption Relatives of the two men killed reacted with grief and anger The Israeli military has struck a Hamas border post in northern Gaza with a tank shell, killing two members of the Palestinian group’s military wing. The military said the tank responded to shots fired at soldiers from the post. […]

Iran sanctions: Rouhani condemns US ‘psychological warfare’

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal? Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has hit out at the United States over its reinstatement of economic sanctions. He described the measures, which came into effect overnight, as “psychological warfare” which aimed to “sow division among Iranians”. The sanctions take aim at various sectors, with further punitive action planned […]

US to fully enforce reimposed Iran nuclear sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Donald Trump says the Iran nuclear accord was a “horrible, one-sided deal” President Donald Trump says he will fully enforce the sanctions being reimposed on Iran as a result of the US withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal. Measures targeting Iran’s automotive sector as well as its trade in […]

Dubai tourist racks up £36k in speeding fines in rented supercar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The British tourist sped down the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai It is not uncommon to run up some hefty bills while on holiday, but one British tourist will be feeling particularly glum this week. The unidentified man racked up tens of thousands of pounds in traffic fines in […]

Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties for urging activists’ release

Image copyright AFP Image caption Samar Badawi, pictured here with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, received an International Women of Courage Award in 2012 Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade with Canada and expelling its ambassador over its “interference” in the kingdom’s domestic affairs. A Saudi foreign ministry statement said it […]

Saudi Arabia freezes Canada trade ties, recalls envoy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Women’s rights activist Samar Badawi was arrested last week Saudi Arabia has said it is freezing all new trade and investment with Canada over its “interference” in the Gulf Kingdom’s internal affairs. In a series of tweets, the Saudi foreign ministry said it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and […]

Syrian conflict: Government scientist killed in blast

The head of a suspected chemical weapons’ research centre in Syria has been killed in a car bombing, pro-government and opposition media report. Aziz Asber was the head of a facility belonging to the government’s Syrian Scientific Research Centre. Western intelligence agents have said the organisation is linked to a Syrian chemical weapons programme. A […]

Osama Bin Laden: Mother Alia Ghanem remembers ‘good child’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The organisation he ran was behind a number of terror attacks worldwide, including the 9/11 attacks in the US The mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time, seven years on from his 2011 death. Alia Ghanem gave an interview […]

Yemen war: Deadly ‘air strike’ near hospital in rebel-held port

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces recently launched a major offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen At least 20 people in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hudaydah have been killed in air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition. The strikes hit a fish market and the entrance to a nearby hospital, eyewitnesses […]