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Sri Lanka terrorist attacks among world's worst since 9/11

Death toll from Easter Sunday’s eight bomb blasts nears 300, with 500 others injuredSri Lanka bombings: latest updatesThe wave of bombings on Sunday targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka is among the worst terrorist attacks carried out worldwide since September 11, in which 2,296 people died.On Monday, police said the death toll had surged overnight to 290, with the number expected to rise further. About 500 people were injured, according to reports. Continue reading...
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Is Benjamin Netanyahu about to go rogue in Jerusalem? All the signs are there | Mick Dumper

Flushed with election success and politically tooled-up with Trump’s support, he now has the holy Islamic sites in his sightsIs Israel lining up its ducks for another dramatic unilateral action in Jerusalem? The portents are there in the recent Israeli election campaign, a campaign that returned Benjamin Netanyahu to power with a small but even more nationalist coalition majority.Emboldened by Donald Trump’s decision in 2017 to recognise Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, both at the expense of...
Tags: Israel, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian territories


Beyoncé rocks, but so did Woodstock | Brief letters

Roger Waters | Rock concerts | Use-by dates | Exercise | SmartphonesRegarding Jeremy Beecham’s thoughts on Roger Waters (Letters, 19 April), I think we can take it as read Waters would not encourage Madonna to support the Assad regime by playing Damascus.John WarburtonEdinburgh• You failed to mention the two most important filmed rock concerts (Homecoming review – Beyoncé documentary is a triumphant celebration, 19 April): Monterey Pop and Woodstock. To write about seminal filmed rock gigs witho...
Tags: Documentary films, Film, Beyoncé, Music, Woodstock, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Syria, Roger Waters, Madonna, Smartphones, Mobile phones, Technology, Science, Health


Tripoli hit by airstrikes as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

It is unclear whether aircraft or drones carried out the strike, which follows US statement in support of HaftarSeveral airstrikes, including the first alleged use of armed drones in the conflict, shook Tripoli overnight in an escalation of the United Arab Emirate-backed assault on the Libyan capital led by Khalifa Haftar. The allegations about the use of drones were made by the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, and supported by eyewitnesses.A Reuters reporter and several Tri...
Tags: Libya, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Not clear whether aircraft or unmanned drones were behind strike, which follows US statement in support of HaftarSeveral airstrikes and explosions shook Tripoli overnight in an escalation of an assault on the Libyan capital by the warlord Khalifa Haftar.A Reuters reporter and several residents said they saw an aircraft circling for more than 10 minutes over the city late on Saturday, and that it made a humming sound before opening fire on several areas. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Libya


Iraq's oldest Christian town celebrates Easter without Isis

Hamdaniya has been reclaimed from the extremists who made it a hotbed of violenceThe church ceiling was still scorched and some cherished relics missing, but after five years of war and exile, their tormentors were finally gone.When the men and women of Iraq’s oldest Christian town gathered for Easter mass this weekend, they did so knowing that the Islamic State extremists who had chased them away were not coming back. Their battlefield defeat two months ago meant the people of Hamdaniya (also c...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity


Sudan’s displaced citizens stir revolt from the sidelines

A humble London pub has focused attention on the thousands of Sudanese who are calling for change from outside their homelandThe Monkey Puzzle in Paddington is a modest west London pub, but in recent weeks it has become unexpectedly famous thousands of miles away in Sudan.The reason for its sudden notoriety has nothing to do with its drinks or its atmosphere – but accusations that, despite its innocuous appearance, it is in fact a hub of revolutionary conspiracy. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan


Members of ousted president's former ruling party arrested

Seizure of officials from Omar al-Bashir’s NCP appears to be aimed at placating protestersSudanese authorities have arrested several members of the former ruling party of the ousted president Omar al-Bashir, an official of Bashir’s National Congress party (NCP) has said.Sudan’s attorney general has also asked the country’s intelligence and national security agencies to lift the immunity of a number of their officers suspected of killing a teacher who died in custody after protests in February, a...
Tags: Sudan, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Omar al-Bashir


Sudan: authorities arrest members of ousted president's former ruling party

Crackdown on officials from Omar al-Bashir’s NCP appears to be aimed at placating protestersSudanese authorities have arrested several members of the former ruling party of the ousted president Omar al-Bashir an official of Bashir’s National Congress Party (NCP) has said. Related: I saw the brutality of Bashir’s regime. Now Sudan can rediscover a lost identity | Nesrine Malik Continue reading...
Tags: Sudan, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Omar al-Bashir


Gaza Christians wait for permits to visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem at Easter

Israel yet to approve applications after apparent shift in its decision to limit travel to over-55sHundreds of Palestinian Christians in Gaza are still anxiously waiting on Saturday to hear whether Israel would grant them exit permits in time to join Easter services in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.In previous years many, though not all, of Gaza’s 1,100-strong Christian minority have been granted exit permits to Jerusalem and the West Bank for worship and to visit relatives at Easter and Christmas. Bu...
Tags: Gaza, Christianity, Religion, Palestinian territories, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Egyptians vote in snap referendum on keeping Sisi in power

Banners line streets of Cairo telling citizens to vote to extend presidencyPolling stations across Cairo filled with voters as Egyptians voted in a snap referendum expected to allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. Six people told the Guardian that they had been bussed to the polls from working-class areas, and given bags of food in exchange for their vote.Amid a subdued atmosphere on the streets of downtown Cairo, banners lined the streets telling citizens to vote to...
Tags: Egypt, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Hosni Mubarak, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Huge crowds gather in Sudan to demand civilian rule - video

Large numbers of people join a protest outside Sudan’s defence ministry to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand over power to civilians. The crowds were the largest since Omar al-Bashir was ousted last week after almost 30 years in power and the military council took over.Protesters chanted: ‘Freedom and revolution are the choice of the people’ and ‘civilian rule, civilian rule’, and waved national flags. Some soldiers were seen joining the protest, firing rifles as the c...
Tags: Sudan, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Omar al-Bashir


Egypt holds snap vote on extending president's term limit

Voting in referendum to begin just four days after MPs backed constitutional changesEgyptians are due to vote in a referendum that is expected to confirm sweeping changes to the constitution and could allow President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030.The rush to the ballot boxes was triggered when 531 out of 596 members of parliament backed the constitutional amendments on Tuesday. The national electoral commission declared the next day that the public vote would begin on Saturda...
Tags: Egypt, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, World news


Hundreds of Bahrainis like me are being made stateless – and the UK is complicit | Sayed Alwadaei

While Bahrain imprisons and harasses its critics with impunity, Britain continues to be one of its closest alliesThis week, a court in my home country, Bahrain, reached a verdict in one of the largest mass trials in the nation’s history. Jail terms were handed to 139 people, including 69 life sentences, ostensibly for terrorism-related offences. All but one were stripped of their citizenship.In 2011, a huge number of Bahrain’s citizens took to the streets to demand democratic change from the al-...
Tags: Bahrain, Human rights, Freedom of speech, Arms trade, Middle East and North Africa, UK news, World news


Sudan: huge crowds call for civilian rule in biggest protest since Bashir ousting

Hundreds of thousands converge on defence ministry demanding military hand over powerHuge crowds formed outside Sudan’s defence ministry to demand the country’s transitional military council hand over power to civilians.Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening on Thursday – the largest crowds to gather in the centre of the capital since last week, when the former president Omar al-Bashir was ousted and the military council took over. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Bashir


Spacewatch: Israel's private moon mission crash-lands

Beresheet spacecraft hit moon’s surface at 500km per hour and would have been destroyed on impactIsrael’s Beresheet lander has failed in its attempt to become the first privately funded mission to land on the moon. The 150kg spacecraft began its descent on 11 April but ran into difficulties about 14km above the lunar surface, when the main engine shut down unexpectedly. The spacecraft was still six minutes before the scheduled landing time. Telemetry signals received from the lander made it clea...
Tags: Space, Science, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Moon, The moon


Roger Waters is too simplistic on Israel | Letters

Readers share their views on the musician’s call for other artists to stay away from Israel over its human rights recordRoger Waters’ mother imploring her son to “decide for yourself” and execute the “right thing to do” was no doubt in reference to the juvenile politics of the playground (If you believe in human rights, Madonna, don’t play Tel Aviv, 17 April). Unfortunately, these simple values can not be transposed to the labyrinthine issues of the Middle East in general and the Arab-Israeli co...
Tags: Music, Human Rights, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Pop and rock, Middle East, Madonna, Eurovision, Roger Waters


Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

DNA research adds to evidence soldiers heading east struck up relationships with localsCrusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives.The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Religion, World news, Genetics, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Christianity, Lebanon


Tunisia holds UN Libya arms trafficking expert in jail

UN says arrest and detention of Moncef Kartas violates diplomatic immunityA UN-appointed expert on breaches of the Libyan arms embargo has been arrested and kept in a Tunisian jail for nearly a month.Moncef Kartas, a Tunisian-German dual national, was arrested on 26 March. He is one of six UN experts appointed to investigate breaches of the UN-imposed embargo on arms to Libya first introduced in 2011. The UN says his detention is a violation of his diplomatic immunity. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, Tunisia, UN Libya, Moncef Kartas


Devastation of shelling in Hodeidah: 'My daughters died hungry' | Rod Austin and Karl Schembri

As a voluntary agreement is struck for forces to withdraw from the port city, two friends recount the horror of conflict in their neighbourhood in YemenFriends Majed Al-Wahidi and Ali Al-Zazai remember the constant buzzing of drones overhead in Hodeidah on 18 November last year.Majed, a teacher and father of six daughters, had left Ali’s house to return to his home nearby, but went back because he had forgotten his lighter. It was about 5pm and Majed’s daughters were in their bedroom, having tak...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Humanitarian response, Yemen, Ali, Majed, Karl Schembri, Rod Austin, Conflict and arms, Al Wahidi, Ali Al Zazai


Arms cannot end Libya's agony – whatever its would-be strongman claims | Alia Brahimi

Khalifa Haftar is using the narrative of the global war on terror to consolidate power. But taking Tripoli will not bring peaceWith heavy fighting on the outskirts of the capital, threatening more uncertainty for thousands of migrants and refugees, Libya lurches deeper into crisis. The assault on Tripoli was launched earlier this month by the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by General Khalifa Haftar, as the answer to years of instability and entrenched divisions between the UN-...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Libya, Un, Tripoli, LNA, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar, Libyan National Army LNA, Alia Brahimi


Sudan: former president Omar al-Bashir moved to prison

Ousted leader is being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Kobar prisonDeposed ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been moved to Khartoum’s grim high-security Kobar prison from the presidential residence, family sources said on Wednesday, as military rulers announced steps to crack down on corruption.Bashir, 75, had been detained under heavy guard in the presidential residence inside the compound that also houses the defence ministry, before being transferred to Kobar prison late ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Omar al Bashir, Sudan, Khartoum, Bashir, Kobar


Iraq bans popular online games to protect children from 'moral threat'

MPs vote to block access to Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Iraq’s parliament has voted to ban popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their “negative” influence, especially on the young, in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed.Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide swathes of the country for three years until they were driven out in heavy fighting wi...
Tags: Games, Islamic State, Iraq, US, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Young People, Shooting Games, Fortnite


Trump’s veto over Yemen is a scandalous abuse of presidential power | Simon Tisdall

The US could have distanced itself from a murderous war. Instead, Trump’s unholy alliance with the Saudis continuesExpected or not, Donald Trump’s veto of a bipartisan Congressional resolution to end US military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen is an outrage. It will prolong the unspeakable suffering of millions of Yemeni civilians, the blameless victims of Riyadh’s vicious proxy war with Iran and its Houthi allies.Yet Trump’s uncaring arrogance also threatens the US itself. ...
Tags: Republicans, Saudi Arabia, US, UK News, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Yemen, Donald Trump, Trump, Riyadh, Congressional, Mueller, Simon Tisdall


Sudan secret police 'worked with UK' to arrest suspected human trafficker

Officials testify before Italian court in case of man who may be victim of mistaken identityA member of Sudan’s secret police has said he collaborated with the British National Crime Agency in order to facilitate the arrest of a suspected human trafficker who may be a victim of mistaken identity.As millions of Sudanese protesters forced the removal of Omar al-Bashir as president, Italian prosecutors controversially invited two of his officials to Palermo to testify in the case against the arrest...
Tags: Europe, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Italy, Sudan, Human Trafficking, Palermo, Omar al Bashir, British National Crime Agency


Salvini 'crossed red line' with refugee boat policy, says military

Italian deputy PM criticised over order to continue turning away migrants at portsItalian military officials have accused Matteo Salvini of “unprecedented interference” as tension mounts over the far-right interior minister’s policy of closing ports to rescued migrants.Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister, sent a letter to the heads of the navy and coastguard reportedly ordering them to maintain the policy by paying close attention to events at sea, in particular the movements of M...
Tags: Europe, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, Libya, Matteo Salvini, Salvini, Mare Jonio


Mounting concern over cholera health crisis in Yemen

More than 2,000 new cases reported every day, with 25% of those affected being children under five Yemen is facing a massive resurgence of cholera in what was already one of the world’s worst outbreaks, with more than 137,000 suspected cases and almost 300 deaths reported in the first three months of this year.With well over 2,000 suspected cases being recorded every day – a doubling since the beginning of the year – aid agencies fear they could be facing a major new health crisis. Continue read...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Yemen, Global Health, Conflict and arms


Nearly 180 dead and 800 injured in Haftar's assaults on Tripoli

Libya’s government says attacks lack shred of humanity and evidence will be passed to ICC Nearly 180 people have died as a result of General Khalifa Haftar’s assault on Tripoli, with at least four civilians killed in aerial bombardment on the Libyan capital overnight.More than 800 have been wounded since the warlord who controls the east of the country began his attempt to seize the city from the UN-recognised government of national accord nearly a fortnight ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, International criminal court, Libya, Un, Icc, Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar, Haftar


Hearing postponed for 'private reasons' in trial of 11 Saudi women

Defendants, several of whom campaigned for right to drive, given no new date for hearingA court in Saudi Arabia has postponed a fourth hearing in the trial of several women’s rights activists, a case that has intensified western criticism of Riyadh following the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.A court official informed some of the women’s relatives that the session would not take place, citing the judge’s “private reasons”, and could not provide a new date. The public prosecutor said la...
Tags: Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Women's rights and gender equality


If you believe in human rights, Madonna, don’t play Tel Aviv | Roger Waters

Until the Israeli government recognises the Palestinians’ right to self-determination, artists should stay awayMadonna’s acceptance of an invitation to perform in Tel Aviv at the Eurovision song contest finals in May raises, yet again, fundamentally important ethical and political questions for each and every one of us to contemplate.In Paris in 1948 the then fledgling United Nations drafted and subsequently adopted a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrined in international law th...
Tags: Music, Human Rights, Israel, Tel Aviv, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Pop and rock, Paris, United Nations, Madonna, Eurovision, Roger Waters