Tunisia protests: Reforms announced after days of unrest

Image copyright AFP/getty Image caption Demonstrations have broken out across the country in recent days The Tunisian government has announced a wave of social reforms, reacting to days of demonstrations by anti-austerity protesters. Protests broke out ahead of Sunday’s seventh anniversary of the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Emergency government meetings were held […]

Iran sanctions: Tehran vows retaliation over Trump move

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US strongly criticised Iran for a crackdown on recent protests Iran says a decision by the US to impose sanctions on the head of its judiciary has “crossed a red line”. The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate, but did not say what form such action might take. Ayatollah […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump to extend sanctions waiver – reports

Media captionA timeline of what Trump has said about the Iran deal US President Donald Trump is to extend a sanctions waiver for Iran, leaving the 2015 nuclear deal intact, according to unnamed officials. But Mr Trump is expected to set a deadline for Congress and European allies to improve the deal or the US […]

Iran nuclear deal: Mnuchin expects new US sanctions

Media captionA timeline of what Trump has said about the Iran deal US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said he expects President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran. The news comes as Mr Trump faces a Friday deadline to decide whether to waive other major sanctions on Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear […]

Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli troops

Image copyright AFP Image caption Youths held up Palestinian flags at a protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday Two Palestinian youths have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry says. Amir Abu Musaid, 16, was shot near Gaza’s border fence, reportedly during […]

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot dress trouble for Lebanese designer

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Gal Gadot (pictured as Wonder Woman) served two years in the Israeli army as a combat trainer The posting of a photograph of Israeli actress Gal Gadot in a dress by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab has caused consternation on social media. Israel and Lebanon have technically been at […]

Iran nuclear deal: UK challenges US to find better alternative

Media captionBoris Johnson on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea’ UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has challenged the US to show there is a better alternative to the deal with Iran that limits its nuclear programme. Following talks in Brussels with his Iranian and European counterparts, he […]

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters Protesters across Tunisia have rallied for a third successive night, as anger over the government’s austerity measures spilled over into unrest. Police used tear gas against large crowds demonstrating against price rises affecting basic goods. PM Youssef Chahed condemned acts […]

Iran protests: US urges release of ‘peaceful’ demonstrators

Media captionIran protests: Why people are taking to the streets The US has demanded that the “brutal” leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-government protests. A White House statement said the Trump administration was “deeply concerned” that Iran had imprisoned thousands for engaging in “peaceful protests”. It is not known how many […]

Iran drug law change could spare thousands on death row

Image copyright AFP Image caption An Iranian policeman guards 3,000kg (6,600lb) of opium seized from drug smugglers Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has […]