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Egypt detains photographer after dancer shoot at pyramid

Photographer arrested for disrespect after private shoot of dancer in ancient costumeEgyptian police have detained a photographer for disrespect after he shot images of a dancer in ancient costume at the Pyramid of Djoser outside Cairo, a security source has confirmed.Rumours had circulated on social media that the model, Salma al-Shimi, had been arrested after Monday’s shoot at the Saqqara necropolis, 20 miles south of Cairo, but the source said police detained the photographer on Monday. Conti...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Saqqara, Salma al Shimi


Kylie Moore-Gilbert thanks supporters after Iran prison release: 'My freedom is your victory'

British-Australian academic was held on espionage charges for more than 800 daysFreed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has paid tribute to her family, friends and colleagues who campaigned for her release while she was held in Iranian prisons for more than two years.After 804 days in prison on espionage charges widely dismissed as baseless, Moore-Gilbert was released last week in a complex and dramatic prisoner swap for three convicted Iranian bombers in prison in Thailand. Continue reading...
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Europeans urged to quickly set out roadmap on Iran nuclear deal

Diplomats call on UK, France and Germany to map out task facing incoming Biden administrationFrance, Germany and the UK must move quickly to set out a roadmap for Iran and the incoming Biden administration in the US to come back into compliance with the nuclear deal, some of Europe’s leading diplomats have said.They warn that unless the three countries, known as the E3, coordinate a joint public statement setting out what both sides must do to end the impasse, there is a real risk that Joe Biden...
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Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade

Deal supporting third biggest export market ended abruptly. In October, Australia heavily criticised Qatari officials over incident at Doha airportThe Qatari government has moved to cancel a subsidy for the Australian lamb industry, even as Australia’s agriculture and meat sector continues to reel from Chinese import bans.Australia’s $300m-a-year lamb trade with Qatar has been underpinned by a subsidy program in place since 2015. It was due to finish in 2023, but the Qatari government made the s...
Tags: Australia, Qatar, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Doha


The Nobel peace prize winner fighting a war in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s prime minister was feted by the international community as a reformer and a peacemaker. Now, as the Guardian’s Jason Burke explains, he has launched a major military campaign in the north of his country that threatens the stability of the regionJust over a year ago, Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was the toast of the international community. His peacemaking efforts with neighbouring Eritrea had been recognised with a Nobel peace prize and his domestic reforms were winning plau...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Jason Burke, TPLF, Tigray, Abiy Ahmed, Rachel Humphreys, Mekelle Continue


Brazil records 287 new Covid deaths – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.58pm GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: US may begin vaccinations before Christmas; Vietnam sees first case in three months 11.05pm GMT Here’s a summary of the latest developments, as Monday draws to a close. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, Vietnam, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records 287 new Covid deaths; WHO urges caution over festive gatherings

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.19pm GMT Here’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing a press briefing earlier, where he said the festive perio...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Brazil, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Cairo and Rome give conflicting statements in Giulio Regeni case

Egypt to suspend investigation as Italy moves towards bringing five Egyptian security officials to trialEgypt’s public prosecutor has said the killer of the Italian student Giulio Regeni remains unknown as prosecutors in Italy prepare to close the case and move towards bringing at least five Egyptian security officials to trial in Rome.Egyptian prosecutors said on Monday they would temporarily close their investigation into the murder of Regeni, whose body was found in a ditch on the side of a h...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Rome, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Cairo, Giulio Regeni


Coronavirus live news: WHO urges caution over festive gatherings; Turkey imposes new curfews

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.38pm GMT Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is “not worth putting them or yourself at risk”, acc...
Tags: Europe, Science, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Colombia, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Coronavirus live news: Turkey imposes strict new curfews as cases surge; Italy's death toll rises by 672

Turkey announces weekday curfew and weekend lockdown; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.25pm GMT Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has left a ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Coronavirus, Tebboune


Coronavirus live news: Moderna to seek US and EU approval for vaccine; Italy records 672 new Covid-related deaths

Moderna reports a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.50pm GMT The World Health Organization’s director-...
Tags: Europe, Science, US, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Canary Islands


Iran says nuclear scientist killed by remote-controlled device

Official says no one was present at scene, and blames Israel and an exiled opposition groupA senior Iranian security official has accused Israel of using “electronic devices” to carry out a remote assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist.Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the country’s supreme national security council, made the comments at the funeral for Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Ali Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Continue


Coronavirus live news: Moderna to seek US and EU approval for vaccine; Hong Kong limits gatherings to two people

Moderna reports a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases; Hong Kong tightening comes after schools closed for in-person learning for rest of yearModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmFauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?UK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.16pm GMT The US Transportation Security Ad...
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Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong limits gatherings to two people; Fauci warns of 'surge upon surge' of US cases

Hong Kong move comes after schools closed for in-person learning for rest of year; US reports more than 143,000 new cases; 1,200 deathsFauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin storySee all our coronavirus coverage 12.16pm GMT Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has banned wedding parties and gatherings...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Science, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, Hun Sen, Fauci


Is Iran likely to retaliate over assassination of top nuclear scientist?

Analysis: Despite calls to attack Israel, Iran may decide that avoiding conflict is wisestThe assassination of the top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in a suspected Israeli operation raises questions over what, if anything, Iran may do to retaliate. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, US foreign policy, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Israel Iran, Trump Administration, Biden Administration, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh given martyr status

Tehran holds state funeral for Fakhrizadeh as it considers how to respond to his assassinationIran has bestowed martyr status on the nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at a full state funeral in Tehran, as it weighs how and when to retaliate for an assassination pinned on its arch-foe Israel.In footage carried by state TV Fakhrizadeh’s casket was shown surrounded by flowers and pictures of him, alongside portraits of Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps kil...
Tags: Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Baghdad, Qassem Suleimani, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh


Barefoot in thorns: Gaza through the eyes of a Palestinian photographer

My Gaza by Jehad al-Saftawi is a personal account of peoples’ suffering as they go about their lives under Israeli blockadeWorking as a journalist in Gaza, says Palestinian photographer Jehad al-Saftawi, is like walking barefoot in a field of thorns. “You must always watch where you step. Each neighbourhood is composed of its own intimate social network, and travelling through them with a camera makes you a significant suspicion.“You’re caught between the two sides of the conflict: the rulers of...
Tags: Books, Photography, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Gaza, Global development, Jehad al Saftawi


Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns of 'surge upon surge' in US cases after Thanksgiving

Turkey suffers seventh straight day of record deaths; Lebanon to slowly relax restrictions; New York begins reopening schools. Fauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin storySee all our coronavirus coverage 12.18am GMT Dr Fauci also said the arrival of vaccines offers a “light at the end of the tunnel”, AP reports. This coming week, the Advisory Committee on Im...
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Kushner heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar amid tensions over Iranian scientist killing

Senior White House adviser and his team to travel this week for talks with Saudi crown prince and emir of QatarWhite House senior adviser Jared Kushner is headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist.A senior administration official said on Sunday that Kushner is to meet the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the Saudi city of Neom, and the emir of Qatar in that country in the coming days. Kushn...
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Palestinian rights and the IHRA definition of antisemitism | Letter

A group of 123 Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists and intellectuals express their concerns about the IHRA definitionWe, the undersigned Palestinian and Arab academics, journalists and intellectuals are hereby stating our views regarding the definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and the way this definition has been applied, interpreted and deployed in several countries of Europe and North America.In recent years, the fight against antisemi...
Tags: Europe, Israel, Race, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, North America, IHRA, Antisemitism, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA


Iranian nuclear chief's body prepared for burial as anger focuses on Israel and US

Newspaper publishes comment urging retaliation with strike on Haifa that ‘causes heavy human casualties’The body of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist has been prepared for burial as anger at Israel and the US boiled over in the country following his assassination.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s coffin, draped in the Iranian flag and topped with flowers, was transported to a Muslim shrine for prayers and last tributes, the country’s state news reported. His remains will be taken from the Imam Reza shrine...
Tags: Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Nuclear Weapons, Tehran, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Haifa, Qom, Imam Khomeini, Fatima Masumeh, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Iranian nuclear chief's body prepared for burial as anger focused on Israel and US

Newspaper publishes comment urging retaliation with strike on Haifa that ‘causes heavy human casualties’The body of Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist has been prepared for burial as anger at Israel and the US boiled over in the country following his assassination last week.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s coffin, draped in the Iranian flag and topped with flowers, was transported to a Muslim shrine for prayers and last tributes, the country’s state news reported. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, US, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Nuclear Weapons, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Haifa, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Dehumanising: Israeli groups’ verdict on military invasions of Palestinian homes

Critical report details the trauma of families as soldiers describe midnight raids in the occupied territoriesA damning report by three Israeli human rights groups has condemned the military’s widespread practice of entering Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, often in the middle of the night.The report, which includes testimonies of soldiers, doctors and Palestinian families, claims that Israeli troops enter homes on average more than 250 times every month to conduct arrests but also...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories


The Observer view on Donald Trump and the murder of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist | Observer editorial

As the president lashes out wilfully during his last days in office, it seems likely that he at least gave the nod to this killingDangerous military adventurism in the dying days of a US presidency is not without recent precedent. In December 1992, George HW Bush sent 25,000 US troops to Somalia, weeks before handing over to Bill Clinton. The US intervention ended badly with the 1993 battle of Mogadishu, scene of the infamous “Black Hawk Down” incident.In 2009, Israeli officials are said to have...
Tags: Israel, US, Barack Obama, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Bill Clinton, Somalia, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, Bush, George Hw Bush, Mogadishu


Iran vows to 'respond' to killing of nuclear programme scientist – video

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has said the country will respond to the killing of one of the country’s most senior scientists, who was identified by Israel as having headed a secret nuclear weapons programme.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Tehran’s nuclear strategy, was killed on Friday on a highway near the capital in a carefully planned assassination that has led to a serious escalation of tensions in the Middle East.Iran's supreme leader calls for 'definitive punishment' of scientist...
Tags: Israel, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Tehran, Middle East Iran, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Iran's supreme leader calls for 'definitive punishment' of scientist's killers

Ayatollah threatens retaliation after president blames Israel for assassination of Mohsen FakhrizadehIran’s supreme leader has called for the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist linked to Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear programme.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Tehran’s nuclear strategy, was assassinated on Friday on a highway near the capital, in a major escalation of tensions in the Middle East. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Nuclear Weapons, Tehran, Ayatollah, Middle East Continue, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Mohsen FakhrizadehIran


Iran president blames Israel for scientist killing and vows nuclear progress will continue

Hassan Rouhani accuses ‘mercenary’ Israel of killing, according to state TV, amid vows to retaliateThe president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has accused Israel of killing top scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and promised the assassination would not halt the country’s nuclear progress, state TV reported.“Once again, the evil hands of global arrogance were stained with the blood of the mercenary usurper Zionist regime,” Rouhani said in a statement on Saturday. “The assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh sho...
Tags: Israel, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, Nuclear Weapons, Rouhani, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Iran scientist's assassination appears intended to undermine nuclear deal

Analysis: shooting of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh will do more harm to diplomacy than it does to Iran’s nuclear programmeThe assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may not much have impact on the Iranian nuclear programme he helped build, but it will certainly make it harder to salvage the deal intended to restrict that programme, and that is – so far - the most plausible motive.Israel is widely agreed to be the most likely perpetrator. Mossad is reported to have been behind a string of assassinations of ot...
Tags: Israel, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Nuclear Weapons, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, Mossad, Trump Administration, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh


Kylie Moore-Gilbert faces long road back to normality, says fellow former hostage

Ana Diamond, who was held for more than six months, says the Australian academic was subject to a ‘sophisticated’ hostage-taking operationBack on Australian soil, and safe in the enforced quiet of Covid quarantine, Kylie Moore-Gilbert faces a long road to recovery, according to another victim of Iran’s practice of seizing foreign nationals as hostages.Ana Diamond was just 19 when she was seized by the country’s Revolutionary Guards in 2016, held for 200 days in solitary confinement and forced to...
Tags: UK News, Australia news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Ana Diamond


Iran vows retaliation after top nuclear scientist shot dead near Tehran

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, identified by Israel as director of nuclear weapons programme, ambushed in streetIran has vowed retaliation after the architect of its nuclear programme was assassinated on a highway near Tehran, in a major escalation of tensions that risks placing the Middle East on a new war footing.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed with explosives and machine gun fire in the town of Absard, 70km (44 miles) east of Tehran. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Nuclear Weapons, Tehran, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Absard