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Sadiq Khan urged to boycott Saudi-hosted G20 mayors summit

Rights coalition calls on mayors to withdraw from U20, which coincides with anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s murderMainly leftwing mayors of some of the world’s biggest cities are being urged to boycott a G20 urban summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on the 2nd anniversary of the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The Urban 20 (U20) is being held as part of the Saudi Arabian chairmanship of this year’s G20. Among the mayors slated to attend include , Berlin’s Michael Müller, London’s Sadiq Khan,...
Tags: New York, London, Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Berlin, Los Angeles, G20, World news, Rome, Middle East and North Africa, Paris, Bill De Blasio, Madrid, Sadiq Khan, Anne Hidalgo


European trio warns US move to reimpose Iran sanctions is legally void

France, Germany and UK says Washington does not have the authority, setting up clashEuropean leaders have warned the US that its claim to have the authority to reimpose sweeping UN-mandated sanctions on Iran has no effect in law, setting up a major legal clash that could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on its European allies.In a joint statement on Sunday, France, Germany and the UK (E3) said any attempt by the US to impose its own sanctions on countries not complying with the reimposed UN...
Tags: UK, Washington, US, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, E3, France Germany


European leaders warn US move to reimpose Iran sanctions is legally void

France, Germany and UK say Washington does not have the authority, setting up clashEuropean leaders have warned the US that its claim to have the authority to reimpose sweeping UN-mandated sanctions on Iran has no effect in law, setting up a major legal clash that could lead to Washington imposing sanctions on its European allies.In a joint statement on Sunday, France, Germany and the UK (E3) said any attempt by the US to impose its own sanctions on countries not complying with the reimposed UN ...
Tags: UK, Washington, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, E3, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Iran Nuclear Deal, France Germany


So long, Southsea: last sultan of Zanzibar quits UK after 56 years in exile

Deposed royal who fled to UK after 1964 revolution finally reunited with family in Oman After more than half a century of living in Southsea, Portsmouth, with its unpredictable British weather, shingle beaches and Victorian pier, relocation to the Gulf state of Oman might take some adjustment.But for Jamshid bin Abdullah al-Said the 91-year-old last sultan of Zanzibar, it was the next best thing to going home. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Oman, Tanzania, Portsmouth, Zanzibar, Gulf, Southsea Portsmouth, Jamshid bin Abdullah al Said


Iran sanctions: UN secretary general says 'uncertainty' over US snapback means he cannot act

Antonio Guterres tells security council that it is ‘not clear’ whether US reimposition of sanctions on Tehran appliesUN secretary general Antonio Guterres has told the security council he cannot take any action on a US declaration that all UN sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue.The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said last month that he had triggered a 30-day process at the council that would lead to the return of UN sanctions on I...
Tags: US, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, Tehran, Antonio Guterres, Mike Pompeo


Iran says US move to reimpose snapback sanctions is a 'false claim'

Iran’s foreign minister says there is no mechanism for snapback and calls on other countries to resist US ‘bullying’Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has said that the imminent reimposition of UN sanctions against Tehran is a “false claim” by Washington that it knows will not happen.Speaking on state television on Saturday, Zarif said there was not mechanism for the US to enforce its controversial “snapback”, and warned that other countries would be subjected to the same treatment if they di...
Tags: Washington, US, America, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Un, Tehran, Javad Zarif, Zarif


US deploys additional troops and armoured vehicles to eastern Syria

The move follows a number of clashes with Russian forces now stationed along the Turkish border The US military has stepped up its deployment of troops and equipment in north-eastern Syria after a rise in tensions with Russia in the region.US central command “has deployed Sentinel radar, increased the frequency of US fighter patrols over US forces, and deployed bradley fighting vehicles to augment US forces” in the area, which is controlled by the US and its Kurdish allies, spokesman Captain Bil...
Tags: Russia, US, World news, Turkey, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Bill Urban


Iran appears to be in grip of ‘third wave’ of coronavirus outbreak

New cases above 3,000 a day – as high as at any point since virus first hit countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIran appears to be in the grip of a “third wave” of the coronavirus outbreak, with the number of new infections above 3,000 a day – as high as at any point since the virus first hit in February.Iran was one of the first countries to be struck by the virus outside China. Its officials brought the disease under a form of control by early May, but then exper...
Tags: China, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Israel enters unpopular second Covid lockdown

President warns against ‘finger-pointing’ as country asks why virus containment efforts failedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael has entered a second national coronavirus lockdown, with residents facing at least three weeks of tough restrictions that will upend a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays.The cabinet released a full list of rules on Thursday, setting out a return to stringent measures Israelis had hoped were behind them when they endured ...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Coronavirus outbreak


Israelis brace for unpopular second Covid lockdown

President warns against ‘finger-pointing’ as country asks why virus containment efforts failedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsraelis are preparing to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday, facing at least three weeks of tough restrictions that will upend a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays.The cabinet released a full list of rules on Thursday, setting out a return to stringent measures Israelis had hoped were behind them when they ...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Coronavirus outbreak


US accuses Hezbollah of stockpiling weapons and ammonium nitrate across Europe

State department’s Nathan Sales says group ‘represents clear and present danger to the US’ and urges Europe to take tougher lineThe US has accused Hezbollah of storing caches of weapons and ammonium nitrate for use in explosives across Europe in recent years, with the alleged aim of preparing for future attacks ordered by Iran.The allegation was made by the state department’s counterterrorism coordinator, Nathan Sales, who called on European countries to take a tougher line on the Tehran-backed ...
Tags: Europe, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Nathan Sales


Occupying Palestine is rotting Israel from inside. No Gulf peace deal can hide that | Raja Shehadeh

Israel has twisted its laws and contorted its politics to protect the occupation. The UAE and Bahrain deals won’t create peaceMore than a quarter of a century after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel has managed to turn its occupation of Palestinian territory from a burden into an asset. What was for so long a liability – the flagrant violation of international law – has now become a valued commodity. Understanding this development is key to explaining wh...
Tags: White House, Israel, World news, US foreign policy, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, United Arab Emirates, Yasser Arafat, Bahrain, Uae, Gulf, Yitzhak Rabin, UAE Bahrain, Raja Shehadeh, No Gulf


Staple food prices rise by 50% in Sudan amid economic strife, floods and Covid

Cost of sugar, bread and transport soar, while promised World Bank aid is yet to arriveMillions of people in Sudan are facing hardship as the cost of food and transport soars amid economic turmoil in the country.The cost of some staple foods has increased by 50% over the past few weeks, driving inflation to a record high of 167%, up from 144% in July. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Africa, Economics, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Sudan, World Bank, Coronavirus outbreak


Revealed: Saudi Arabia may have enough uranium ore to produce nuclear fuel

Confidential Chinese report seen by the Guardian intensifies concerns about possible weapons programmeSaudi Arabia likely has enough mineable uranium ore reserves to pave the way for the domestic production of nuclear fuel, according to confidential documents seen by the Guardian.Details of the stocks are contained in reports prepared for the kingdom by Chinese geologists, who have been scrambling to help Riyadh map its uranium reserves at breakneck speed as part of their nuclear energy cooperat...
Tags: Energy, Saudi Arabia, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, Guardian, Riyadh


Vietnam war leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Julian Assange

Pentagon Papers whistleblower tells extradition hearing WikiLeaks founder won’t get a fair trial in the USThe man who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam war has defended Julian Assange at his London extradition hearing on Wednesday, saying WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warned that its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States.Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting efforts to send him to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack gove...
Tags: London, Media, Law, Iraq, UK News, World news, US news, Afghanistan, United States, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, Julian Assange, Vietnam War, Wikileaks, Assange, Daniel Ellsberg


Vietnam War leaker Daniel Ellsberg warns against extraditing Assange

Pentagon Papers whistleblower says Wikileaks founder won’t get a fair trial in the USThe man who leaked the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War has defended Julian Assange at his London extradition hearing on Wednesday, saying WikiLeaks had acted in the public interest and warned that its founder would not get a fair trial in the United States.Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting efforts to send him to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and ...
Tags: London, Media, Law, Iraq, UK News, World news, US news, Afghanistan, United States, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, Julian Assange, Vietnam War, Wikileaks, Assange, Daniel Ellsberg


UK judge halts Home Office flight to remove asylum seekers

Lawyers argue group of up to 20 people will be left destitute in Spain if deportedA senior high court judge has halted a charter flight hours before up to 20 asylum seekers who crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats were due to be forcibly removed to Spain, a country they had previously passed through.The judge, Sir Duncan Ouseley, ordered the flight to be grounded because of concerns the asylum seekers due to fly might be left destitute in the streets of Madrid as happened to a group of a...
Tags: UK, Law, Spain, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Home Office, Madrid, Yemen, Duncan Ouseley


UK repatriates child orphaned in Syria after Isis collapse

Child is thought to be first to have returned from the country since NovemberA British child left orphaned by the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate has been repatriated from Syria, the Foreign Office has said.The child is understood to be the first to have returned to the UK from Syria since November, when a small number of other unaccompanied British children were repatriated. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Isis, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Foreign Office


'Confounding': Covid may have already peaked in many African countries

One explanation for virus not behaving as expected could be previous exposure to other infections, experts tell MPsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has peaked earlier than expected in many African countries, confounding early predictions, experts have told MPs.Scientists do not yet know why, but one hypothesis is the possibility of people having pre-existing immunity to Covid-19, caused by exposure to other infections. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia, Yemen, Global Health, Coronavirus outbreak


Historical bluster glosses over realities of Trump's Middle East diplomacy show

The ‘Abraham accords’ merely make public once-furtive friendships between Israel and Gulf monarchies, while bigger problems remain The White House was festooned with the flags of four nations. There were trumpet blasts, multiple signatures on various pieces of paper, and much weighty talk about blood and history – everything you might expect from a peace deal.And not just any peace deal. The agreements signed in Washington on Tuesday were titled the Abraham Accords, implying a epochal reconcilia...
Tags: Washington, White House, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Bahrain, Middle East peace talks, Gulf, Trump, Judaism Islam, Trump Administration


Trump’s pre-election diplomatic offensive glosses over awkward realities

The ‘Abraham accords’ merely make public once-furtive friendships between Israel and Gulf monarchies, while bigger problems remainThe White House was festooned with the flags of four nations. There were trumpet blasts, multiple signatures on various pieces of paper, and much weighty talk about blood and history – everything you might expect from a peace deal.And not just any peace deal. The agreements signed in Washington on Tuesday were titled the Abraham Accords, implying a epochal reconciliat...
Tags: Washington, White House, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Bahrain, Middle East peace talks, Gulf, Trump, Judaism Islam, Trump Administration


UAE, Bahrain and Israel sign historic accords at White House event

Trio establish formal relations at ceremony viewed as image boost for Trump and Netanyahu Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to establish formal relations, ending a decades-old taboo in Arab diplomacy as power and priorities shift in the Middle East.“Today’s signing sets history on a new course,” Donald Trump told a crowd outside the White House where the deal was signed. “This an incredible day for the world,” he said. Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Israel, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump, Bahrain, Trump, Netanyahu, UAE Bahrain


Egypt cuts highways across pyramids plateau, alarming conservationists

Project championed by Egypt’s powerful military will slice across world heritage siteEgypt is building two highways across the pyramids plateau outside Cairo, reviving and expanding a project that was suspended in the 1990s after an international outcry.The Great Pyramids, Egypt’s top tourist destination, are the sole survivor of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the plateau is a Unesco world heritage site. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Cairo, Great Pyramids Egypt


Trump threatens to retaliate with '1,000 times greater' force against any Iran attack

US intelligence said to fear attack on US envoy to South AfricaTrump claims he had discussed plan to assassinate Syria’s AssadDonald Trump has warned that the US will retaliate with “1,000 times greater” force against any Iranian attack on its interests. Related: ‘The US feels very volatile’: former ambassador warns of election violence Continue reading...
Tags: US, World news, US news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, Bashar al-Assad, Donald Trump, Trump, AssadDonald Trump


Trump threatens to retaliate to any Iran attack with '1,000 times greater' force

Tweet follows report of revenge plot for Soleimani killingUS intelligence said to fear attack on US envoy to South AfricaDonald Trump warned on Twitter on Tuesday that the US would retaliate with “1,000 times greater” force against any Iranian attack on its interests. Related: ‘The US feels very volatile’: former ambassador warns of election violence Continue reading...
Tags: US, World news, US news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, US national security, Donald Trump, Trump, Soleimani, South AfricaDonald Trump


Beirut's destroyed clubbing district: 'I don't know how we will recover'

Lebanon’s club scene was perhaps the most vibrant in the Middle East, but the explosion that rocked its capital last month has silenced it. We spoke to promoters and DJs picking up the piecesBeirut’s people are broken. The catastrophic blast that tore through the port and surrounding areas on 4 August obliterated any remaining optimism in the city, long eroded by economic problems and regional instability. Of the 2.4 million inhabitants, more than 300,000 are now homeless. Almost 200 people died...
Tags: Music, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Dance music, Clubbing, Beirut, Lebanon, the City, Beirut explosion, Rend Shamma, Überhaus


Netanyahu flies to Washington to sign deals as Israeli lockdown looms

White House ceremony for agreements with UAE and Bahrain derided as ‘shameless propaganda’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBenjamin Netanyahu is hoping to redirect the Israeli public’s attention from a recently announced three-week lockdown to a White House ceremony formalising recent diplomatic breakthroughs with two Arab states.Hosted by his close ally Donald Trump, Netanyahu will on Tuesday sign agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates that, while fallin...
Tags: Washington, White House, Israel, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain, Uae, Netanyahu, Donald Trump Netanyahu, Coronavirus outbreak


Jewish extremist who killed Palestinian family sentenced to life

Amiram Ben-Uliel murdered Saad Dawabsheh, his wife and child in a 2015 arson attack A court in Israel has ruled a Jewish extremist will serve three life sentences for killing a Palestinian couple and their toddler in a 2015 firebomb attack in the occupied West Bank, murders that contributed to surging violence at the time.In handing out the sentence, the Lod district court said Amiram Ben-Uliel, 26, an Israeli settler, had meticulously planned the arson attack, which “stemmed from the radical id...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, West Bank, Lod, Amiram Ben Uliel, Saad Dawabsheh


Leaders under pressure over fate of arrested Saudis ahead of Riyadh G20

Boycott of summit urged as only five of 68 arrested during Crown Prince Mohammed’s 2017 purge have been releasedOnly five of the 68 Saudis arrested in a purge on dissent launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman three years ago have been released, posing a challenge to western leaders before the G20 summit due to be held in Riyadh in November.The human rights group Grant Liberty said just two months before Saudi Arabia chairs the G20 leaders, 63 of those arrested are still in prison, 15 held...
Tags: Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, G20, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Mohammed, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, al Ha'ir, Grant Liberty


G20 leaders urged to act over Saudi detentions as summit approaches

Human rights group says governments must threaten to boycott Riyadh conferenceOnly five of the 68 Saudis arrested in a purge on dissent launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman three years ago have been released, posing a challenge to western leaders before the G20 summit due to be held in Riyadh in November.The human rights group Grant Liberty said that just two months before Saudi Arabia chairs the G20 leaders, 63 of those arrested were still in prison, 15 held in the notorious Al Ha’ir f...
Tags: Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, G20, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, al Ha'ir, Grant Liberty