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The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder.
Iran could imprison and flog those who opt for "un-Islamic" plastic cosmetic surgery as part of a crackdown on people altering their appearance, a senior MP has said.
Five Saudi Arabian officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.
Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in a move that appears to have distanced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the controversy around the operation.
Saudi Arabia has said 11 suspects have been indicted and prosecutors are requesting the death penalty for five of them over writer Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul.
Israel's hawkish defence minister has resigned in protest at Tuesday's ceasefire agreement with Hamas, accusing Benjamin Netanyahu of "surrendering to terror".
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire that he called a "capitulation to terror", weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative coalition government.
Chanting "revenge" and flanked by masked gunmen in camouflage, thousands of mourners in the Gaza Strip yesterday buried seven Palestinian militants killed in an Israeli incursion as the ruling Hamas group launched a feverish security sweep across the territory.
Israel's prime minister has defended his decision to allow the transfer of $15m (€13m) from Qatar to Gaza's Hamas rulers, rejecting criticism that the move had strengthened the Islamic militant group.
Turkey has given recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan yesterday.
The home of Afghan start-up Buber may boast more security precautions than the average California internet firm, but the Silicon Valley zeal of its staff is just the same.
Iran yesterday allowed hundreds of local women to attend the Asian Champions League final in Tehran in a possible step towards ending women's decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches in the country.
A Christian woman spared the death sentence after her blasphemy conviction was quashed has been freed from jail as Pakistani authorities insisted she remains in the country.
Houthi rebel fighters have taken up positions on the roof of one of Hodeidah's main civilian hospitals, Amnesty has warned, as fighting in the crucial Yemeni port city intensified despite calls for a ceasefire.
More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 victims have been found so far in Iraq that could hold vital evidence of war crimes by Isil, the UN said yesterday.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia was due to embark on an unusual tour of his country yesterday as the kingdom's international reputation continued to be battered by the fallout from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
A son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expressed confidence that Saudi Arabia would identify his father's killers, and Turkey released new details of its investigation yesterday that it said showed the Saudi government's attempts to cover up evidence of the crime.
Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions yesterday with air defence drills and an acknowledgement from President Hassan Rouhani the nation faces a "war situation", raising Middle Eastern tensions as America's maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.
Iran greeted the re-imposition of US sanctions with air defence drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a "war situation".
Saudi Arabia told the United Nations on Monday it would prosecute those responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate, and defended its human rights record.
Iran will sell its oil and break sanctions reimposed by the United States on its vital energy and banking sectors, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told economists at a meeting broadcast live on state television on Monday.
Aid projects in Yemen funded by the international charity Oxfam have been hit in Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes, it has emerged.
Turkish authorities want Saudi Arabia to tell them the whereabouts of the body of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the justice minister said yesterday.
Indonesia has filed an official protest to Saudi Arabia after it executed an Indonesian maid without notifying its consular staff or her family.
Asia Bibi, the Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy in Pakistan, has had her conviction overturned by the country's highest court.
The fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has said Saudi Arabia is responsible for his death, and the kingdom should give more details so those who ordered and carried out the killing can be brought to justice.
A female suicide bomber has wounded nine people, mostly police officers, on a busy avenue in Tunisia’s capital, authorities have said.
The fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi has called for the “evil criminals and their cowardly political masters” to be held to account for his death.
Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says the global outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become "hysterical", while vowing that the kingdom is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.
TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday ridiculed Saudi Arabia's "childish" explanations for Jamal Khashoggi's death as he demanded to know where the journalist's body was hidden and who gave the order to kill him.
Turkish prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, authorities said on Friday, after President Tayyip Erdogan urged Riyadh to disclose who ordered the murder.
Saudi Arabia has changed its explanation of Jamal Khashoggi's death for a third time to admit that the journalist's murder was "premeditated" by Saudi operatives.
At least 18 people were killed when flash floods swept away a group of teachers and students visiting hot springs near the Dead Sea, Jordan's state media said.
A Japanese journalist who was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria is safe in Turkey.
Short of declaring all-out war on the House of Saud, it is hard to imagine a more effective way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to inflict so much damage on the global standing of his Saudi rivals than his adroit handling of the Jamal Khashoggi affair.
Lost ancient treasures of gold, oil, wine and metalwork may be hidden in the world's oldest complete shipwreck, discovered in the Black Sea by marine archaeologists.
Palestinian security forces regularly torture prisoners and arrest political opponents "to crush dissent" in both the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday.
Turkey promised it would today reveal all the details of the "nefarious murder" of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after leaked CCTV footage of a body double appeared to contradict the kingdom's official explanation.
Saudi Arabia has described the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a "huge and grave mistake" but several European governments said they were unsatisfied with the explanations.
The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was a "rogue operation", Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said.
Saudi Arabia offered an explanation early yesterday for what had happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, 17 days after he went missing at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was at the heart of an "online army" of Saudi activists fighting a misinformation cyberwar, according to friends who fear he may have been targeted because of his support.
Doing what I do in the places I do it, I cannot be neutral on this one. I can be fair-minded yes, but neutral no. The bodies of dead friends get in the way. I saw Abdul Shariff gunned down before my eyes in South Africa in 1994. A bullet went through his back and dented the Nikon camera around his neck. I heard his cry of agony as the young men dragged him out of the line of fire. He was dead before he got to hospital. Gunmen had opened up on a group of journalists and politicians. I have mourned another friend, Kate Peyton, assassinated in Somalia in 1995. She was a lovely, decent human being, and a journalist of absolute integrity.
In Yemen, a three-year conflict has produced what UN officials call "the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time". Markets, hospitals and other civilian sites have been repeatedly attacked. Disease and hunger rival bombs and gunfire as the biggest dangers to ordinary people. Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East; the war has pushed it toward famine.
Saudi Arabian officials do not know details of how dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul or where his body is, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Sunday.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a "fistfight" in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom has said as it admitted the writer had been slain at the diplomatic post for the first time.
When veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi sat down last month to write what would be his last column for the 'Washington Post', he chose to return to a subject close to his heart: press freedom in the Middle East and North Africa.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died, and Saudi Arabia said it fired two senior officials over the incident that has provoked an international outcry and strained relations between Riyadh and the West.
Worshippers at a mosque in Turkey had been praying in the wrong direction for nearly four decades before its new imam realised the error.
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he presumes journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and that the US response to Saudi Arabia will likely be "very severe" but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened.
The lurid details of Jamal Khashoggi's alleged killing released yesterday were perhaps the most shocking of a slow drip of revelations.
A former Communist general turned prominent politician has been killed by a Taliban bomb hidden in his sofa as he campaigned for this weekend's parliamentary election in Afghanistan.
When it comes to defining America’s quandary on Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump’s description is mercenary in the extreme. If Washington doesn’t stay close to Riyadh and sell it arms, he told reporters in the Oval Office this weekend, the Saudis will turn to Moscow or Beijing instead. Given that, he seemed to be suggesting, the United States should just keep its plans for a $110 billion arms deal and the 450,000 jobs he says it would bring.
Turkish crime scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday after the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, as a pro-government newspaper published a gruesome account of the journalist’s alleged slaying.
Turkish investigators searching the Saudi Arabian consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing have found fresh coats of paint, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is set to meet King Salman in Saudi Arabia over the disappearance and alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.
US President Donald Trump suggested yesterday that "rogue killers" might be responsible for murdering Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, after speaking to the Saudi king on the phone.
Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported on Monday, citing two unnamed sources.
Saudi Arabia yesterday warned against threats to punish it over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week, saying it would retaliate against any sanctions with tougher measures, as international criticism increased.
Twenty-two people, including children, were killed when a lorry carrying migrants crashed in the western Turkish province of Izmir yesterday.
Jordan and Syria agreed yesterday to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted.
US-led air strikes destroyed much of Syria's Raqqa while crushing Isil last year, but the coalition has done little to help it recover, rights group Amnesty International said this weekend.
Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported last Saturday.
A Turkish court convicted American pastor Andrew Brunson of aiding terrorism yesterday - but sentenced him to just time served and ordered his immediate release.
Earlier this summer Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who had gone from kingdom insider to critic of its current leadership, tried to sum up the despondency he shared with others in the region clamouring for reform.
Turkish intelligence are understood to have audio and video recordings from inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi's captors can be heard interrogating, torturing and ultimately murdering him.
US President Donald Trump has demanded Saudi Arabia provides answers over the disappearance of journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials suspect was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
JAMAL Khashoggi believed he was safe in Turkey.
President Bashar al-Assad has issued an unprecedented amnesty for military defectors and draft-dodgers in the hope of encouraging Syrians to return home.
Turkey said yesterday it will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to the 'Washington Post', a week after he vanished during a visit there.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has intervened in the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials had previously said was murdered and cut into pieces in the Kingdom's Istanbul consulate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife faced court yesterday for her fraud trial in which she is alleged to have misused state funds to order catered meals.
The UN's highest court handed Iran a legal victory over the US yesterday when it ordered the White House to roll back some of Donald Trump's sanctions on Tehran.
Iran launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria yesterday in response to last month's shooting attack on a military parade which killed 24 people, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said.
Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on Iran yesterday, accusing its leaders of sowing "chaos, death and destruction" in a speech to the United Nations.
Russia announced yesterday it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard vowed "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance yesterday for the mass shooting at a military parade as Iran's president blamed US-backed insurgents for killing 25 people in a hail of bullets.
A ceasefire seldom gets a good press. If it ends violence or defuses a crisis, the media get bored and lose interest. If the fighting goes on, then those who have called the ceasefire are condemned as heartless hypocrites who either never intended to bring the killing to an end or are culpably failing to do so.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last night accused US-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, almost half of them members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards.
Iran has summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands over allegedly harbouring members of a terrorist group that launched an attack on a military parade in the country's south-west.
Palestinian President Abu Mazen, better known in the West as Mahmoud Abbas, is visiting Ireland and is meeting, amongst others, President Michael D Higgins and, my former colleague, Foreign Minister and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
Vladimir Putin was forced to step in to defuse a row between Moscow and Tel Aviv yesterday after a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 people on-board was mistakenly shot down by Syrian forces that were targeting Israeli jets.
A Palestinian assailant has fatally stabbed a well-known Israeli activist outside a busy mall in the West Bank.
The death toll from a suicide attack on Afghan protesters has soared to 68, officials said yesterday, as violence flares across the country ahead of elections and a key Islamic holy day.
A full-scale Syrian regime attack on Idlib would lead to a flow of refugees to Europe and "serious humanitarian and security risks" to the continent, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.
Syrian government and Russian planes have targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with a series of air strikes, activists said.
Turkey failed to convince Iran and Russia to agree to a ceasefire in Idlib yesterday, paving the way for a likely assault by the Assad regime on the Syrian province in the coming days.
Syrian and allied Russian forces are preparing for an assault on the last-remaining rebel stronghold of Idlib.
Israel has threatened to attack any Iranian military assets in Iraq as it has done in Syria, following reports Tehran has moved ballistic missiles closer to the Jewish state.
Russian jets hit the Syrian city of Idlib with a barrage of air strikes yesterday, hours after US President Donald Trump warned such a move would be a "grave mistake".
A shop in Kuwait has been closed down by officials after the owners were caught sticking plastic googly eyes onto fish to try to make them look fresher.
After seven years of brutal war, all signs are pointing to a final showdown in Syria. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad, buoyed by support from Russia and Iran, has systematically reclaimed the territories once in the hands of insurgents.
The US has ended all funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting outrage from Palestinians and warnings that the move could spark unrest in region.
Russia is massing its naval forces in the Mediterranean ahead of an expected assault by the Assad regime on the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.
Russia has deployed several frigates to the Mediterranean via the Bosphorus, an analysis of shipping traffic has shown, part of what a Russian newspaper called Moscow's largest naval build-up since it entered the Syrian conflict in 2015.
There was no mistaking the man standing just a few feet away. Ashwaq Ta'lo would never forget the smell of his breath, his wiry beard, that distinctive gait. She had spent three months as his slave, after all.