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Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

Media captionPrince al-Faisal: “It is a very negative development” A senior member of the Saudi royal family has warned against a US troop withdrawal from Syria. Prince Turki al-Faisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact, further entrenching Iran, Russia and the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump announced […]

Khashoggi murder: Pompeo to seek update in Riyadh

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a multi-stop tour of the Middle East US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will ask Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to hold the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “accountable”, ahead of a likely meeting between the two men. Mr Pompeo […]

Syria conflict: Pompeo ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has an estimated 2,000 troops in northern Syria US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves. He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with […]

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Image copyright AFP Image caption A video obtained by AFP news agency appeared to show a drone exploding in mid-air A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials. A video appeared to show one drone exploding above al-Anad […]

Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gonen Segev (centre) reportedly said he had intended to “fool” Iran with his actions Former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev is to be jailed for 11 years after he admitted spying for Iran, Israel’s justice ministry says. Segev, who served as energy minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited while […]

UK museum in row over Great Pyramid stone

Image copyright National Museum of Scotland Image caption The museum claims the stone is the only casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza to be displayed outside Egypt The Museum of Scotland has been caught up in a row about whether it has permission to exhibit a casing stone from an Egyptian pyramid. It […]

Egypt recovers smuggled artefact from UK auction

Image copyright Egypt Ministry of Antiquities Image caption The archaeological item is said to be part of a tablet carving of Egyptian King Amenhotep I An ancient Egyptian artefact illegally smuggled out of the country has been returned after being displayed at an auction hall in London, officials say. It was retrieved following searches of […]

EU agrees fresh sanctions on Iran over alleged assassination plots

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Dutch minister of foreign affairs has accused Iran of involvement in two assassinations The European Union has announced fresh sanctions on a unit of the Iranian intelligence agency and two individuals over alleged assassination plots. The EU accuses them of attempting, or carrying out, attacks within several European countries. […]

Syria conflict: Turkey says US plea on Kurds ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters have been battling IS militants, but are also being targeted by Turkey Turkey’s president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such statements made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton at the weekend were “unacceptable”. […]

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman pleads for asylum

Image copyright EPA/THAI IMMIGRATION BUREAU Image caption Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, pictured at Bangkok airport, says she “wants to be free” away from Saudi Arabia An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend has reiterated her plea for asylum in Canada, the United States, Australia or the UK. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to […]