Israel to speed up Gaza tunnel barrier

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Image caption Israel says the barrier aims to end the threat from militants tunnelling from Gaza Israel is to accelerate the building of a huge barrier along its boundary with Gaza aimed at preventing militants from tunnelling under the border. The 64km (40-mile) long construction will reach a depth of 40m (131ft) below and 6m […]

Saudi singer arrested for dabbing

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Image copyright NCNC A popular singer has been arrested for “dabbing” during a concert in south-west Saudi Arabia. Abdallah Al Shahani, a TV host, actor, and Saudi national, was performing the dance move, which involves a person tucking their head into the crook of their arm, at a music festival in the city of Taif […]

Smuggler blamed for mass drowning

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Image copyright IOM Image caption The survivors were found by IOM staff on a beach in Shabwa, Yemen At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN’s migration agency says. They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler […]

Iran’s Rouhani appoints female vice-presidents after criticism

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Ms Ebtekar has been reappointed as a vice-president Iran President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice-presidents and one as a civil rights assistant following criticism of his all-male cabinet. Iran’s 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. There has been only one female cabinet member since Iran’s […]

Iran’s Rouhani appoints female vice-presidents after criticism

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Ms Ebtekar has been reappointed as a vice-president Iran President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice-presidents and one as a civil rights assistant following criticism of his all-male cabinet. Iran’s 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. There has been only one female cabinet member since Iran’s […]

Iraq Shia militia ‘lose dozens in attack’

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Dozens of Shia militiamen have been killed in an attack in Iraq close to the border with Syria, reports say. There are conflicting accounts as to what happened. The group said US aircraft were to blame, though the US-led coalition denied this. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it killed scores of Iraqi troops in […]