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Probe launched into Israeli opposition leader's former firm

Announcement could rock Benny Gantz’ campaign to unseat Benjamin NetanyahuIsraeli prosecutors plan to launch a criminal investigation into a bankrupted former start-up headed by opposition leader Benny Gantz, who is set to face off against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an election less than two weeks away.In a statement released on Thursday night, the Justice Ministry said police would investigate the failed cybersecurity firm, Fifth Dimension. It did not name Gantz as a suspect in the ca...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Justice Ministry, Gantz, Benny Gantz, Benjamin NetanyahuIsraeli


On the ground in Idlib: 'This is the last call to people with humanity to help' – video

The UN has estimated that 170,000 of the 900,000 civilians forced from their homes in a recent wave of displacement in north-west Syria are living out in the open. Laith, an activist who is part of the White Helmets volunteer group, has called for the international community to ‘stand with [those] who left their homes and be with them in the camps’. The massive displacement follows an escalation of Russian-supported offensives by the Assad regime to the destroy the last rebel bastions in Idlib a...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Un, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Internally displaced people, Aleppo, Idlib, Laith


Iran conservatives hope to harness popular anger to win elections

Hardliners aiming to take advantage of fury over corruption to take power and keep President Rouhani on a tight leash“They’ve been stealing the money. Cut off their hands, make them pay and answer,” shouted an elderly woman in a black chador, suddenly standing up at a conservative election rally in south Tehran.Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s minister for culture and Islamic guidance from 2009 to 2013 under the then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replied. If elected, he said, he would always be avail...
Tags: World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani, Tehran Mohammad Hosseini Iran


Ancient fish dinners chart Sahara’s shift from savannah to desert

Bones of fish eaten by humans thousands of years ago offer clue to region’s ancient climateThe Sahara’s shift from savannah with abundant lakes to a largely arid expanse has been traced in the remains of fish eaten thousands of years ago. Researchers analysing material found in a rock shelter in the Acacus mountains in south-west Libya say they have found more than 17,500 animal remains dating from between 10,200 and 4,650 years ago, 80% of which are fish. About two-thirds of the fish were catfi...
Tags: Science, Africa, Environment, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, Libya, Desertification, Deserts, Sahara, south west Libya


Abuse victim Manny Waks wins $800,000 in damages from paedophile David Cyprys

Waks, now an advocate for Jewish abuse victims, was one of a number of children Cyprys abused at Melbourne’s Chabad Yeshivah centreA child abuse victim who blew the whistle on abuse within the Orthodox Chabad sect of Judaism in Australia has been awarded $804,170 in damages in a civil case brought against his perpetrator and serial abuser, David Cyprys, in Melbourne.Manny Waks was about 13 years old when he was first abused by Cyprys at the Elwood synagogue, and he was also abused at the Chabad ...
Tags: Law, Australia, Israel, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Melbourne, Crime - Australia, Extradition, Elwood, Malka Leifer, Waks, Manny Waks, David Cyprys, Cyprys, Chabad Yeshivah


After Suleimani: Iran's scramble to recover from general's death

Loss of revered Quds Force commander and his aides has derailed country’s momentum in regionIn the early hours of 3 January, Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, frantically phoned his advisers. “Something big has happened,” he said, summoning them to a meeting in his office. “You need to come now.”Like their boss, the advisers had heard the boom of the explosions that crunched into the airport road just after 1am, and their phones had been ringing incessantly. Each call had brought the unth...
Tags: Iraq, Israel, World news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Saddam Hussein, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, Suleimani


Netanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israeli court

Prime minister is expected to attend initial hearing, where indictment will be readThe corruption trial of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will begin on 17 March, just two weeks after national elections are held, an Israeli court has said.Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust under a number of cases in which he is alleged to have accepted lavish gifts from billionaire friends and exchanged regulatory favours for more positive media coverage. He has denied a...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu


Netanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israel's justice ministry

Ministry says prime minister must be present at session, where indictment will be readThe corruption trial of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will begin on March 17, two weeks after a national election, the justice ministry said on Tuesday.In a statement, the ministry said Netanyahu would be required to be present at the session, at which an indictment against him would be read. The rightwing leader has denied any wrongdoing in three corruption cases. He is the first sitting Isra...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu


Syrian father teaches daughter to cope with shelling noise through laughter – video

In video posted on social media, Abdullah Muhammed and his daughter Selva, four, can be heard laughing at the sound of shelling in Syria. Muhammed, who moved his family from Idlib to Sarmada district, has tried to insulate his daughter from trauma by telling her the noise of bombs is part of a game. In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are prohibited, but since then more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by...
Tags: Children, Russia, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Assad, Idlib, Muhammed, Selva, Sarmada, Abdullah Muhammed


How Sudan's star of the tambour defied death and dictatorship

Once lauded as one of Sudan’s finest musicians, Abu Obaida Hassan faded into obscurity under the Bashir regime and was even pronounced dead. Now he is back – to global acclaimThe unpaved outskirts of Omdurman, Sudan’s second city, seem like an unusual place to find a musical superstar, but Abu Obaida Hassan is far from ordinary. The frail man in his 60s who holds court in the shaded yard of a squat brick house represents a musical revolution, one that electrified traditional Sudanese music. Stra...
Tags: Music, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Sudan, Khartoum, Bashir, Omdurman Sudan, Abu Obaida, Abu Obaida Hassan, Merowe


'I just wanted to die': the torture of an Iraqi protester

How a campaign of kidnapping, intimidation and killings is being used to try to quell uprisingAs the sun began to set, the evening of 14 December seemed destined to be no different to any other for Hayder, a former military medic in Baghdad. After leaving the protest camp in Tahrir Square, where he had been treating the wounds of injured anti-government demonstrators, he went out for dinner with friends in the neighbouring district of Karrada.Like thousands of other young Iraqis, Hayder first to...
Tags: Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Torture, Baghdad, Tahrir Square, Hayder, Karrada


Joe Biden championed the Iraq war. Will that come back to haunt him now? | Mark Weisbrot

The Iraq war has been a prominent, even decisive issue, in recent US presidential elections. That will make Biden’s history a liabilityJoe Biden has an issue that hasn’t played out yet in this election: his role in the launch of the Iraq war.The Iraq war has been a prominent, even decisive issue, in some recent US presidential elections. It played a significant role in the surprise presidential primary victory won by a freshman senator from Illinois named Barack Obama in 2008. His heavily favore...
Tags: Obama, Iraq, US, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, US Senate, Biden, Illinois, Mark Weisbrot


EU agrees to deploy warships to enforce Libya arms embargo

Operation in Mediterranean will come into force as mission to save migrants is wound downThe EU has agreed to deploy warships to stop the flow of weapons into Libya, as it wound down a military mission that had once rescued migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean.Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, announced that 27 foreign ministers had agreed to launch a new operation with naval ships, planes and satellites in order to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Eu, European Union, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, United Nations, Libya, Un, Arms trade, Mediterranean, Josep Borrell


Ireland revokes licence of livestock ship operator over low performance rating

Decision concerns two ships regularly transporting live animals to the Middle East, prompting questions about monitoring of fleetThe Irish government revoked approvals for the operator of two regular livestock carriers, the Atlantic M and the Express 1, last week, following questions from the Guardian and Irish farm animal welfare organisation Ethical Farming Ireland (EFI). Internal emails appear to show that Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) was unaware that the pe...
Tags: Europe, Animals, Cattle, EFI, Atlantic, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Animal Welfare, Middle East, Guardian, Farm Animals, Department of Agriculture Food, Ethical Farming Ireland


Shamima Begum says her 'world fell apart' after losing UK citizenship

In first interview since losing appeal the 20 year old said she was not surprised by Javid’s decisionShamima Begum has said her “whole world fell apart” when she discovered that she had been stripped of her British citizenship, in her first interview since losing her appeal against the decision.Pictured in a tent where she now lives in a refugee camp in northeast Syria, the 20 year old said that the decision made by former home secretary Sajid Javid was not wholly unexpected but she had hoped fo...
Tags: Politics, UK, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Home Office, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum


Unexploded bombs pose rising threat to civilians in Libya

Rights groups and UN warn of rapidly accelerating danger as banned cluster weapons are deployed The threat posed by unexploded bombs is rising exponentially in wartorn Libya, experts have warned, with the use of banned cluster weapons a source of particular concern.The UN’s Mine Action Service (Unmas) said that even parts of the country previously cleared of explosive material had been recontaminated following a surge in fighting since April last year, when the warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a ...
Tags: Africa, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Libya, Un, Arms trade, Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar, Conflict and arms, Mine Action Service Unmas


Erdoğan’s ‘crazy project': new Istanbul canal to link Black and Marmara Seas

Proposed route slices through a major drinking water source and an important stop for migratory birds To the west of Istanbul, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, lie diverse landscapes of forest, farms, marshes and ancient settlements. Following a curving line from north to south would connect you through the Terkos Lake, Sazlıdere stream and reservoir and Küçükçekmece lagoon, important water sources for migratory birds – not to mention the city’s residents.This line, however, is also th...
Tags: Environment, Water, World news, Turkey, Birds, Middle East and North Africa, Wildlife, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Black Sea, Istanbul, Marmara Sea, Küçükçekmece, Kanal Istanbul, Marmara Seas, Terkos Lake Sazlıdere


British tourists land in Sharm el-Sheikh on first flights since 2015 plane bombing

Celebrations as a TUI flight from Gatwick becomes one of the first to land in the Egyptian resort town after the bombing of a Russian airlinerBritish tourists have arrived on one of the first flights from the UK to the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh since restrictions were lifted. Flights between Britain and Sharm el-Sheikh were halted in November 2015, following the bombing of a Russian airliner soon after take-off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport, which killed all 224 people on board. Co...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Gatwick, Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh


Three-year-old Australian girl in Syria's al-Hawl camp may lose fingers to frostbite

Doctor’s believe Amirah’s blackened fingers cannot be saved, as temperatures in squalid camp for family members of Isis fighters fall below zero A three-year-old Australian girl held in al-Hawl camp in Syria will likely lose her fingers to frostbite, unable to be properly treated during a brutal winter in the squalid camp.Amirah is one of 47 Australian children being detained in the sprawling detention camp for the family members of Islamic State fighters, as the north-east of Syria endures a bi...
Tags: Health, Isis, Human Rights, Children, Islamic State, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Kurds, Australian Citizenship, Amirah, al Hawl


Israeli group plan Burning Man-like event in occupied West Bank

PLO secretary general calls invitation for Palestinians to attend insulting as Israeli ‘burner’ community also expresses dismayA plan by an Israeli group to hold a Burning Man-style event in the deserts of the occupied territories has sparked frustration among Palestinians and dismay from Israeli festival enthusiasts who say it goes against the original event’s founding principles.The annual gathering in America’s Nevada desert, with its massive art installations, costumes and symbolic burning o...
Tags: Israel, America, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Nevada, Saeb Erekat, PLO


Libya arms embargo is a joke, says UN envoy, as ceasefire talks continue

Blunt assessment follows Munich meeting to try to mediate between warring sidesThe UN-backed arms embargo in Libya has become a joke and the country’s financial position is deteriorating rapidly, the UN deputy special envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said after foreign ministers met in Munich to try to enforce a ceasefire between the two warring sides.Her blunt assessment came after world leaders had previously met in Berlin on 19 January to draw up a Libyan peace plan, and the UN security c...
Tags: Berlin, Africa, World news, Munich, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, UN Security Council, Stephanie Williams


Iran under growing pressure to hand over Ukraine jet black box

Canada, Ukraine, Britain and others ask for box to be sent to third country for examinationCanada and a group of other countries representing nationals killed in the Iranian strike on a Ukrainian civilian jet leaving Tehran have stepped up their requests for Iran to hand over the black box to a third country for examination.Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has suggested specialist equipment should be sent to Tehran to help the Iranians decrypt the contents of the black box and has given a c...
Tags: Europe, World news, Iran, Ukraine, Canada, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Javad Zarif, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, Canada Ukraine Britain


Families trapped by Assad’s assault on Idlib fight to survive in the snow

Vast numbers of people are caught between regime bombings and closed Turkish borderHundreds of thousands of civilians, many of them women and children, are stranded with little food or shelter in sub-zero temperatures in north-western Syria, forced from their homes by a Russian-backed military offensive that has often targeted hospitals and other civilian infrastructure.The assault on Idlib, the last stronghold of the Syrian opposition, has created one of the greatest humanitarian crises of a lo...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Bashar al-Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Assad


‘Virginity is an obsession in Morocco’: an extract from Leïla Slimani’s Sex and Lies

The author reflects on the challenges faced by young women in the country of her birth, where extramarital sex is a criminal offence• Interview with Leïla Slimani: ‘This book is a mirror to make the elite look reality in the face’I left Morocco more than 15 years ago. With the years and the distance, I have surely forgotten quite how difficult it is to live without the freedoms that have become so natural to me. In France it can be a struggle to imagine the disorientation that comes with a young...
Tags: Books, France, Africa, Women, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Feminism, Morocco, Autobiography and memoir, Leïla Slimani, Society books


Baghdad explosions: rockets strike near US embassy in Iraq

Multiple blasts and circling aircraft heard near enclave where US mission is locatedMultiple rockets hit near the US embassy in Iraq’s capital early on Sunday, an American military source said, the latest in a flurry of attacks against US assets in the country.The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the diplomatic compound but it was unclear exactly what was hit and how many rockets made impact, the US source and a western diplomat based nearby said. There were no immediate reports of cas...
Tags: Iraq, US, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Baghdad


Yemen airstrikes kill 31 civilians after Saudi jet crash

‘Terrible’ attack thought to be Saudi-led reprisal for the shooting down of one of its planes that was claimed by Houthi rebels Thirty-one people were killed in air strikes on Yemen on Saturday, the United Nations says, the victims of an apparent Saudi-led retaliation after Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down one of Riyadh’s jets.The Tornado aircraft came down on Friday in northern Al-Jawf province during an operation to support government forces, a rare shooting down that prompt...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Yemen, Riyadh, al Jawf


Saudi fighter jet crashes in northern Yemen, coalition says

Tornado aircraft came down in al-Jawf during operation to assist Yemeni forcesA Saudi fighter jet has crashed in Yemen, the Riyadh-led military coalition supporting the government said.The Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they had downed the plane. Continue reading...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Yemen, Riyadh, al Jawf


UK man arrested in Egypt for 'pat on the back' is released

Charges against Tony Camoccio are dismissed for lack of evidenceA British man detained on sexual assault charges in Egypt for what his family say was “a pat on the back” has been freed.The charges against Tony Camoccio, 51, were dismissed in court for lack of evidence according to the legal pressure group Detained in Dubai, which represents those jailed in the Middle East on potential miscarriages of justice. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Middle East, Dubai, Tony Camoccio


Syrian military helicopter shot down amid tensions with Turkey

Aircraft is second one to be shot down in a week in region where Turkish troops and Russian-backed Syrian forces are clashingA Syrian military helicopter has been shot down over the last major rebel bastion in the northwest of the country, the second such incident in a week of high tensions with neighbouring Turkey.The attack on Friday in a region where Turkish troops and Russian-backed government forces have engaged in multiple clashes came as Washington urged Ankara to look to its western alli...
Tags: Washington, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Moscow, Ankara


The Guardian view on Idlib: nowhere left to run | Editorial

Hundreds of thousands of civilians are fleeing a renewed assault by the Syrian regime, in desperate circumstances. Is anyone paying attention?After the torture and massacre of civilians, after the targeted attacks upon rescuers, doctors and schools, after the barrel bombs and chemical weapons, it should be hard to believe that there could be a new wave of misery for Syria unleashed by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers. Yet here it is. The assault on Idlib, the last rebel-held e...
Tags: Europe, Children, Vladimir Putin, Islamic State, Russia, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Nato, United Nations, Bashar Al Assad, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Idlib, Mike Pompeo