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Tunisia unions call for president to form new government

UGTT union body urges president, Kais Saied, to form government, nearly two weeks after he sacked PMTunisia’s powerful UGTT trade union body has urged the country’s president, Kais Saied, to form a new government, nearly two weeks after he assumed executive power and sacked the prime minister.Saied also suspended parliament for 30 days on 25 July, and has since dismissed four ministers and other top officials. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia, UGTT, Kais Saied, Saied


Taliban suicide-bomb attack targets defence minister’s Kabul home

Islamist group escalate insurgency with assault on Green Zone in Afghan capitalA suicide-bomb and gun attack in Kabul’s Green Zone that targeted Afghanistan’s acting defence minister and killed eight people on Tuesday was claimed by the Taliban, as the hardline Islamist group continued to escalate violence across the country.The suicide bombing, which targeted the house used by Bismillah Mohammadi, was one of the most significant in the Afghan capital in recent months. It came amid heavy fightin...
Tags: World news, Afghanistan, Middle East and North Africa, Taliban, Kabul, Green Zone, Bismillah Mohammadi


‘No sense of safety’: how the Beirut blast created a mental health crisis

A year on from the devastating explosion, people are struggling to sleep and PTSD is widespread – amid economic chaosRayan Khatoun has been dreading 4 August. She has been constantly on edge as the anniversary of the port explosion in Beirut approached.The blast threw Khatoun into a wall as she came home from work and left her with a head injury, a fractured cheekbone and torn tendons. Since then, she has suffered from recurring nightmares, insomnia and anxiety attacks. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Beirut, Lebanon, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Khatoun, Beirut explosion


Oman confirms tanker boarded off UAE was target of ‘hijacking incident’

Confirmation comes as British navy says armed group has left Panama-registered Asphalt PrincessOman has confirmed that a tanker boarded off the coast of the United Arab Emirates by a group of armed men was the target of a “hijacking incident”.The incident, involving eight or nine armed men ended after the group left the ship on Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the British navy. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Israel, UK News, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Uae, British Navy, Shipping Industry, Asphalt PrincessOman, British navy Continue


Shattered and scarred: Beirut’s devastation then and now – in pictures

One year on from the huge explosion in the port of Beirut in Lebanon the devastation from the blast is still visibleAt least 200 people were killed, and more than 6,000 injured in the Beirut blast that devastated the port area on 4 August 2020. The explosion is believed to have been caused by an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse.Away from the broken grain silos, and their rotting contents, Lebanon remains paralysed and anguished. The investigation into the blast has ...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut explosion


Suspected tanker hijacking off UAE coast is over, says British military

Armed group has left the Panama-registered Asphalt Princess, says British navy, after initial reports Iranian-backed forces had raided vesselA group of armed men who boarded a tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman have left the targeted ship, the British navy has said without elaborating.The notice on Wednesday came after the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) warned of a “potential hijack” under unclear circumstances underway the n...
Tags: Business, Israel, UK News, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Uae, Gulf of Oman, British Navy, Shipping Industry, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations UKMTO, Asphalt Princess


A year on from Beirut explosion, scars and questions remain

Lebanese capital remains a shell of a city as efforts to find who is to blame for tragedy have made little progressWhen his workplace blew to pieces, dockworker Yusuf Shehadi was waiting to hear back from colleagues who had scrambled to help firefighters extinguish a blaze in the port of Beirut. The fire was bad and getting worse, they told him in their last conversation before a giant explosion killed them, and 210 others, a year ago today.The catastrophic blast laid to ruin the place Shehadi h...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut explosion, Yusuf Shehadi, Shehadi


Iranian-backed forces suspected of tanker hijacking off UAE coast

Panama-registered Asphalt Princess was reportedly seized by eight to nine armed individualsIranian-backed forces are suspected of being behind the seizure of a tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, after Britain’s maritime trade agency reported a “potential hijack” in the area on Tuesday by eight to nine armed individuals.Maritime security sources identified the vessel as the Panama-flagged asphalt tanker that was reportedly intercepted in an area in the Arabian Sea leading to the st...
Tags: Business, Israel, UK News, World news, US news, Iran, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Uae, Arabian Sea, Shipping Industry, Asphalt Princess


Extreme caution urged in Gulf of Oman after potential hijacking

Local media reports suggest two vessels’ automatic ID system trackers indicated they were ‘not under command’A serious maritime incident has reportedly occurred in the Gulf of Oman with a UK maritime monitor warning other shipping in the area to exercise “extreme caution” apparently following a potential “hijacking.”The warning notice was issued on Tuesday afternoon by the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, which warned ships that “an incident is currently under way”. C...
Tags: Business, UK, Israel, UK News, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Gulf of Oman, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations, Shipping Industry


Extreme caution urged in Gulf of Oman after ‘non-piracy incident’

Activity reported off coast of United Arab Emirates follows suspected drone strike on tankerA “non-piracy incident” is under way off the coast of Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported on Tuesday.The UKMTO warning notice, based on a third-party source, advised vessels to exercise extreme caution in the area, about 61 nautical miles east of Fujairah. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Israel, UK News, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Gulf of Oman, Shipping Industry, United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations UKMTO, UKMTO


US to return 17,000 looted ancient artefacts to Iraq

Items smuggled out after 2003 invasion include 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh clay tablet The United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artefacts that were looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet that bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Iraq has said.Tens of thousands of antiquities disappeared from Iraq after the invasion that toppled its leader, Saddam Hussein. Many more were smuggled out or destroyed by Islamic State (Isis), whic...
Tags: Iraq, US, World news, US news, United States, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, Saddam Hussein, Islamic State ISIS, Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh Iraq


‘Still going through hell’: the search for Yazidi women seven years on

As two women are rescued in Syria after being kidnapped by Isis years earlier, Yazidis renew calls for international help to find the thousands still unaccounted forFor seven years, their families waited and hoped for news. In July, they finally received it. Two young women, kidnapped by Islamic State as teenagers, had been found alive in Syria.Salma*, now 25, was located in Deir el-Zour province, in the east of the country. She had “suffered all kinds of injustice”, said the Yazidi House in the...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Women, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Deir el Zour, Al Jazira, Rape and sexual assault, Women's rights and gender equality, Syria Salma, Yazidi House


Dozens of bodies found floating in river between Ethiopia’s Tigray and Sudan

Witnesses report some of the corpses had gunshot wounds or their hands tied amid escalating conflict in the region in recent weeksA Sudanese official has said local authorities in Kassala province have found around 50 bodies, apparently people fleeing the war in neighbouring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, floating in the river between the countries over the past week.Some bodies were found with gunshot wounds or their hands bound, and the official said on Monday a forensic investigation was needed to...
Tags: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan, Associated Press, Kassala, Tigray


Johnson: Iran must face consequences of 'outrageous' ship attack – video

Boris Johnson has said Iran must face up to the consequences of its 'outrageous' attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea that killed two crew, including a British national. The Liberian-flagged Mercer Street, which is linked to an Israeli tycoon, was hit off the coast of Oman late on 29 July in what is thought to have been a swarm attack involving multiple dronesUK summons Iranian ambassador after oil tanker drone attack Continue reading...
Tags: Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Oman, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Mercer Street


Palestinians facing eviction from East Jerusalem offered deal

Judge proposes compromise to settle dispute over home ownership with Israeli settlers in Sheikh JarrahPalestinian residents of the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah facing forcible eviction from their homes have been offered a compromise deal with Jewish settlers by Israel’s supreme court, in an unexpected development in the high-profile case.The session on Monday, which was supposed to reach a final decision on whether to accept an appeal from four Palestinian families ove...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, East Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, Jarrah


UK summons Iranian ambassador after oil tanker drone attack

Foreign Office says Iran must ‘immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security’Britain has summoned the Iranian ambassador to London for a meeting at the Foreign Office, accusing Tehran of an “unlawful attack” by a drone that killed a British citizen on a ship off Oman last week.James Cleverly, a Foreign Office minister, stressed to Mohsen Baharvand, the ambassador, that Iran must “immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security”, and reinforced that “ve...
Tags: UK, London, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Water transport, Oman, Tehran, Foreign Office, James Cleverly a Foreign Office, Mohsen Baharvand


War crimes trial could cast harsh light on Iran’s new president

Case before Swedish court may reveal further details about Ebrahim Raisi’s role in mass executions in 1988The war crimes trial in Sweden of a former Iranian official could reveal further damaging details about the role played in the mass execution of prisoners 30 years ago by Iran’s president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi, barely a week after his inauguration.Hamid Noury, 60, was charged last week with “war crimes and murder” over the killings of more than 100 armed opponents and political prisoners duri...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Iraq, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Ebrahim Raisi, Hamid Noury


True Stories: Spaces review – impressive short docs from folk horror to a Lebanese marvel

This short film collection from the True Story platform ranges across continents to look at how we interact with our environmentsDeeply psychogeographical, this collection of documentary shorts from the streaming platform True Story roams among spaces old and new, and across continents. Personal and public memories are intertwined, creating portraits of how human beings interact with their environments, and vice versa.Paul Heintz’s nocturnal Shānzhài Screens is a meditative study of liminal urba...
Tags: Film, Scotland, China, Americas, UK News, World news, Colombia, Culture, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Lebanon, Van Gogh, Paul Heintz, Short Films, Documentary films


Fruit baskets from fourth century BC found in ruins of Thonis-Heracleion

‘Incredible’ discoveries at submerged ancient city off coast of Egypt have lain untouchedWicker baskets filled with fruit that have survived from the 4th century BC and hundreds of ancient ceramic artefacts and bronze treasures have been discovered in the submerged ruins of the near-legendary city of Thonis-Heracleion off the coast of Egypt.They have lain untouched since the city disappeared beneath the waves in the second century BC, then sunk further in the eight century AD, following cataclys...
Tags: Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Heritage, Archaeology, Thonis Heracleion


The Guardian view on Fortress Europe: a continent losing its moral compass

The increasingly draconian approach to irregular migration betrays the spirit of the 1951 refugee conventionSeventy years ago, the 1951 UN refugee convention established the rights of refugees to seek sanctuary, and the obligations of states to protect them. Increasingly, it seems that much of Europe is choosing to commemorate the anniversary by ripping up some of the convention’s core principles.So far this year, close to 1,000 migrants have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean, more than...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Greece, Angela Merkel, Africa, European Union, UK News, World news, Turkey, Afghanistan, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Nigel Farage, Italy, Refugees, Libya


‘Parents are dressing up their children to be buried’: Syria’s war on young escalates

Mural artist Hussein Sabbagh, 13, one of 27 children killed in government attacks in north-west of country in two months Amid the rubble of bombed homes in Binnish, a town in north-western Syria, a brightly painted mural stands out. The image shows an intact house, with love hearts streaming from the windows. Overhead, however, the dark silhouettes of birds are accompanied by helicopters, warplanes and missiles, and the garden’s red and yellow flowers look like flames. Related: Syria: Assad sh...
Tags: Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Aleppo, Deraa, Hussein Sabbagh


‘Highly likely’ Iran carried out deadly oil tanker attack, says Dominic Raab

Foreign secretary backs Israeli PM’s claims Iran was behind attack that killed one Briton and one RomanianThe UK has said it is “highly likely” that Iran carried out an “unlawful and callous attack” on a ship in the Middle East, which left a Briton dead.The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said the government believed the drone attack on the oil tanker off the coast of Oman was “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran”. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Israel, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Oman, Dominic Raab


‘Highly likely’ Iran was behind fatal oil tanker attack – Dominic Raab

Foreign secretary backs Israeli PM’s claims Iran was behind drone strike that killed Briton and RomanianThe UK has said it is “highly likely” that Iran carried out an “unlawful and callous attack” on a ship in the Middle East, which left a Briton dead.The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, said the government believed the drone attack on the oil tanker off the coast of Oman was “deliberate, targeted, and a clear violation of international law by Iran”. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Israel, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Oman, Naftali Bennett, Dominic Raab


Israel supreme court decision expected on Sheikh Jarrah evictions

Verdict due in case that could lead to Palestinians being forcibly displaced to make way for Jewish settlersIsrael’s supreme court is due to make a decision on whether to evict Palestinian families from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, in a final hearing in the controversial case that helped spark communal violence inside Israel and a new war with Hamas earlier this year.A verdict in the deeply contentious case, which could lead to the neighbourhood’s current residents being fo...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Hamas, East Jerusalem, Naftali Bennett, Jarrah


Tunisia shows that democracy will struggle if it can’t deliver prosperity

Political liberty has been overturned – with majority support. That will delight authoritarians everywhereImplicit in US and western support for pro-democracy movements and transitions around the world is an assumption that, given a free choice, a system of elected, representative government is what people will always naturally prefer. But what if this assumption is wrong? What if a majority believes democracy doesn’t work for them?Emerging testimony from Tunisia, the latest country to face a cr...
Tags: Vladimir Putin, Republicans, China, US, World news, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia, Mohammed Ali, Ben Guerdane, Kais Saied


Israel: protests against renewed Covid restrictions as cases hit highest in months

Demonstrators in Tel Aviv express anger over reimposed health orders in heavily vaccinated countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeveral hundred Israelis have demonstrated in Tel Aviv against new coronavirus restrictions and vaccination as positive cases and hospitalisations rise to levels not seen in months.The health ministry reported on Saturday that 2,435 new Covid cases had been recorded the day before – the highest number since March – driven by the more contag...
Tags: Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Delta, Coronavirus


A year after Beirut blast, Lebanon sinks deep into mire of corruption

The response to the explosion in August 2020 has been marked by chaos and paralysis in what is now a failed stateAt ground zero of Lebanon’s apocalypse a stench of dead rats seeps from hulking piles of rotting grain. Broken silos teeter above, their sides ripped apart by the catastrophic blast that also broke the soul of Beirut; the contents that should have fed a nation still lie spilt over the gaping ruins of its main port.A year ago this week, one of the planet’s gravest industrial accidents ...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut explosion


Israel blames Iran for attack on tanker that killed Briton and Romanian

Israeli foreign minister contacts Dominic Raab and says ‘Iran is not just an Israeli problem’Israel has blamed Iran for a suspected drone attack on a tanker in the Arabian Sea that killed two crew, including a British national, and has vowed a harsh response.The Liberian flagged Mercer Street, which is linked to an Israeli tycoon, was hit off the coast of Oman late on Thursday in what is thought to have been a swarm attack involving multiple drones. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Israel, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Liberia, Water transport, Oman, Yair Lapid, Mercer Street, Dominic Raab


British national among two crew killed in attack on Israeli-linked oil tanker off Oman

Deaths of Briton and Romanian in suspected drone attack come amid heightened Israel-Iran tensionsA suspected drone attack on a freighter linked to an Israeli tycoon has killed two crew members, including a British national, off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.The attack hit the Liberian flagged Mercer Street late on Thursday. Though Japanese-owned, it was managed by an Israeli-owned company, Zodiac Maritime, part of billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group, which acknowledged the deaths and ini...
Tags: Africa, Israel, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Liberia, Water transport, Oman, Mercer Street, Zodiac Group, Eyal Ofer, Zodiac Maritime


Briton among two crew killed in attack on Israeli-linked tanker off Oman

Romanian also killed in suspected drone attack in Arabian Sea amid heightened Israel-Iran tensionsA suspected drone attack on a tanker linked to an Israeli tycoon has killed two crew members, including a British national, off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.The attack hit the Liberian-flagged Mercer Street late on Thursday. Though Japanese-owned, it was managed by an Israeli-owned company, Zodiac Maritime, part of the billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group, which acknowledged the deaths and i...
Tags: Africa, Israel, UK News, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Liberia, Water transport, Oman, Arabian Sea, Mercer Street, Zodiac Group, Eyal Ofer, Zodiac Maritime