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Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saad Hariri said he hoped to form a government of “national accord” quickly Lebanon’s newly elected President, Michel Aoun, has asked Saad Hariri to form a new government. Mr Hariri is a leading Sunni Muslim political figure and previously served as prime minister between 2009 and 2011. His return to […]

Egypt allows its currency to float freely

Egypt allows its currency to float freely

Image copyright AFP Egypt has floated its currency in a move that has reduced its value by almost 50% against the dollar. One US dollar is buying 13.5-14 Egyptian pounds, up from the nine Egyptian pounds the central bank was trying to keep it at. The country’s central bank said the move was one of […]

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parts of Aleppo’s rebel-held east have been damaged in airstrikes Russia and Syria have told rebel forces in Aleppo to leave by Friday evening. The Russian Defence Ministry said rebels would be allowed to leave unharmed and with their weapons via two special corridors on Friday, while six other routes […]

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves

Media captionJohn Kerry: “If this arrangement holds then we will see a significant reduction in violence across Syria” Russia and the US have announced an agreement on Syria starting with a “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. […]

Saudi Arabia Hajj: Millions begin annual pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia Hajj: Millions begin annual pilgrimage

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pilgrims this year face tougher security measures with the host nation introducing measures for them to be identified more speedily About 1.5 million Muslims have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, unperturbed by a 2015 stampede which killed more than 2,000 people. The pilgrims face new safety measures, […]

UK-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘jailed on secret charges’

Media caption“She’s weak and frustrated and is quite cross, embittered that she’s missed a quarter of her daughter’s life” A British-Iranian mother has been jailed for five years in Iran on “secret charges”, her husband says. Richard Ratcliffe said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: […]

Congress passes Saudi 9/11 lawsuits bill

Congress passes Saudi 9/11 lawsuits bill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The rubble of the World Trade Center smoulders following the attack of 11 September 2001 US Congress has unanimously passed a bill allowing 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Saudi government, on the eve of the attacks’ 15th anniversary. The House of Representatives held a voice vote on legislation […]

Syria conflict: Senior militant leader ‘killed’ near Aleppo

Syria conflict: Senior militant leader ‘killed’ near Aleppo

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Al-Nusra Front, now called Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, has been heavily involved in fighting around Aleppo A senior commander of the Syrian militant group formerly known as al-Nusra Front has been killed near Aleppo, rebel sources say. The group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham said on its Twitter account that commander Abu […]

IS takes responsibility for Nice attack

IS takes responsibility for Nice attack

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of tributes have been laid on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice Five people believed to be linked to the man who killed 84 people in Nice are in police custody, the Paris prosecutor’s office says. Three arrests were made on Saturday and two on Friday, including the […]

Assad: No talks with Russia about leaving power

Assad: No talks with Russia about leaving power

Image copyright EPA Image caption Fighting in Aleppo has intensified in recent weeks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Russia has never talked to him about leaving power. “They never said a single word regarding this,” Mr Assad told NBC News, referring to conversations with President Vladimir Putin and officials. He said “only the Syrian […]