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Key safety limits surrounding drone strikes look set to be scrapped under current President Donald Trump (AFP)
September 23, 2017 - 22:46 GMT
Key safety limits concerning drone strikes and raids implemented under the Obama administration look set to be scrapped under the current U.S. regime, according to officials.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to change or cancel the country’s nuclear deal. (Press Handout)
September 20, 2017 - 13:05 GMT
A war of words has broken out between Tel Aviv and Tehran after Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to change or cancel the country’s nuclear deal. The news marks the latest step in an ongoing regional muscle flex which has seen the Gulf states cast aside the Palestinian plight to join forces with Israel against Iran and its allies.
Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday finally acquitted of all charges.
September 20, 2017 - 00:48 GMT
Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday finally acquitted of all charges related to a 2013 protest case in Egypt and is now set to be freed, ending a four-year fight for justice from inside an Egyptian prison cell.
According to court documents, the accused paid the Emirati officer the amount in two installments between September and December last year for him to be able to travel to Amman and Beirut.  /FilePhoto
September 19, 2017 - 15:30 GMT
The Palestinian man is accused of offering Dh120,000 worth of bribes to an officer at the Dubai International Airport to help him travel despite having a criminal case of a dud cheque. Advocate Nasser Hachem argued his client wanted to travel to be by the side of his nine-year-old dying son.
Animal Rights activist Bilkes Ibrahem runs the Habiba Animal Shelter in Cairo (Facebook)
September 18, 2017 - 20:10 GMT
Egypt’s animals are facing a crisis as the government is using deadly poison to kills those without a home and the country’s shelters are struggle for donations in a tough economic climate.
Tunisia has seen widespread protests in recent days (Manich Msamah)
September 18, 2017 - 08:12 GMT
Tunisian activists have accused the country’s President Beji Caid Essebsi of exploiting women’s rights amid fears that the government is attempting to cover-up a counter-revolution.
The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone. (AFP)
September 15, 2017 - 18:45 GMT
The parties at the Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan have agreed the boundaries of the final de-escalation zone, Turkish and Russian diplomatic officials said Friday.
Tunisian activists fear that the country’s revolution could be in jeopardy (مانيش مسامح Manich Msamah)
September 14, 2017 - 15:14 GMT
Tunisian activists fear that the country’s revolution could be in jeopardy after the country’s controversial Reconciliation Law was given the green light on Wednesday.
Cairo is home to a blossoming start--up  scene. (AFP)
September 13, 2017 - 16:50 GMT
When it first emerged that 21 news websites were unavailable to Egyptian internet users last May, state media reported that they had been blocked for “promoting terrorism”.
According to a report by the West Asia-North Africa Institute, Jordanians can pay up to JOD 400 [USD563] to be smuggled into Syria. /Shutterstock
September 13, 2017 - 13:24 GMT
Jordan is a key western ally in the fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Despite this, since 2011 over 3000 Jordanians have left to fight alongside terrorist groups and the country has the highest per-capita number of fighters in Syria, according to the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.
Model Marisa Papen posed naked at various monuments across Egypt (Copyright: Marisa Papen)
September 13, 2017 - 07:30 GMT
The case of a Belgian model arrested after posing naked at some of the country’s most iconic landmarks has raised questions about the state’s treatment of Egyptians in comparison to wealthy foreign visitors.
British journalist Yvonne Ridley was kidnapped by The Taliban in 2001.
September 11, 2017 - 14:31 GMT
In 2001, British journalist Yvonne Ridley was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Upon her release she left behind her life as hard living Fleet Street journalist and converted to Islam. She is now one of the most outspoken, and at times controversial, activists in the Muslim world.
The statement from Suu Kyi's office comes as more people, including human rights activists, are calling on the de facto leader of Myanmar to return her Nobel prize. /AFP
September 07, 2017 - 15:08 GMT
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi condemned international coverage of the migrant crisis in the country's Rakhine state, likening reports of atrocities to fake news or "misinformation."
U.S. President Donald Trump has hinted that the United States may cut ties with any country which trades with North Korea (AFP)
September 07, 2017 - 04:31 GMT
The reality is that Kim Jong Un has many allies and trade partners in the Middle East, including several countries also staunchly aligned with the United States.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that the detainment is causing unnecessary harm to migrants, reporting that
September 05, 2017 - 13:11 GMT
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that the detainment is causing unnecessary harm to migrants, reporting that "detainees are stripped of any human dignity".
This year alone saw a 40% increase in the number of Hajj permits handed out by the KSA. (AFP)
September 04, 2017 - 05:46 GMT
It’s no secret that the Hajj is big business for Saudi. After all, the Hajj and Umrah provide around $6 billion each year for the country depending on the number of pilgrims that attend the annual event.