Athlete auctions medal for Iran quake victims

Image copyright Kianoush Rostami / Instagram An Iranian weightlifter has put his Rio 2016 gold medal up for auction to raise money for the victims of last week’s deadly 7.3-magnitude earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border. Kianoush Rostami, 26, announced the news on his Instagram page. More than 400 people were killed and close to 10,000 […]

Saad Hariri: France offers visit, ‘not exile’

Saad Hariri: France offers visit, ‘not exile’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Posters depicting Saad Hariri are displayed in streets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and his family to France, but said he was not offering political exile. French officials say Mr Hariri will arrive “in the coming days”. Mr Hariri resigned […]

Saad Hariri: Saudis detaining Lebanon PM says Michel Aoun

Media captionForeign Minister Gibran Bassil says Lebanon wants to resolve Saad Hariri’s “ambiguous situation”. Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has for the first time publicly accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its prime minister, who resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Riyadh on 4 November. Mr Aoun said “nothing justified” Saad Hariri’s continued absence, and that it […]

UK mulls protection for Briton held in Iran

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Richard Ratcliffe told a press conference he raised the issue of diplomatic protection for his wife The Foreign Office is still considering whether it will give diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Tehran since April 2016 after being accused of […]

Egypt singer banned for ‘mocking’ Nile

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sherine Abdel Wahab issued a statement apologising for her “foolish joke” at the concert Egypt’s musicians’ union has banned a leading singer from performing in the country for “mocking” the River Nile. It came after video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked at a concert to sing Mashrebtesh Men […]

Egyptian singer Sherine banned for ‘mocking’ River Nile

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sherine Abdel Wahab issued a statement apologising for her “foolish joke” at the concert Egypt’s musicians’ union has banned a leading singer from performing in the country for “mocking” the River Nile. It came after video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked at a concert to sing Mashrebtesh Men […]

UK’s Johnson to meet husband of jailed Briton

UK’s Johnson to meet husband of jailed Briton

Image copyright PA Image caption Richard Ratcliffe and Boris Johnson have been speaking at the Commonwealth office Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is meeting the husband of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Tehran since April 2016 after being accused of spying – charges she denies. The meeting comes after […]

Syria war: Air strikes on Atareb market ‘kill more than 50’

Syria war: Air strikes on Atareb market ‘kill more than 50’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Atareb is home to thousands of Syrians displaced by their country’s civil war At least 53 people are reported to have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held town in northern Syria. A market was hit, with video on social media showing widespread destruction. Rubble covers the streets and […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition ‘to reopen some ports’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The UN said a protracted delay in the delivery of food would affect six million vulnerable people A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is to begin reopening some air and sea ports, a week after closing them in response to a missile attack on Riyadh. Ports controlled by Yemen’s government, […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case: Diplomatic protection ‘one option’

Media captionNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband tells Today he doesn’t think Boris Johnson should resign Offering a British-Iranian mother in prison in Iran diplomatic protection is “one of the options” being considered in the case, Downing Street has said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a visit to Iran in April 2016 and accused of trying to overthrow […]