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Trump heads for Saudi Arabia on first foreign tour

Trump heads for Saudi Arabia on first foreign tour

Image copyright AFP Image caption Posters showing President Trump alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman are on display in Riyadh US President Donald Trump leaves for Saudi Arabia shortly on his first foreign trip since becoming president. His eight-day trip will also take in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican and Sicily. It comes as […]

Iran election: Polls extended by hours in key vote

Iran election: Polls extended by hours in key vote

Media captionSix things to know about the vote Iran’s presidential election has been extended by four hours, due to long queues at polling stations. Voting was due to end at 18:00 local time (13:30 GMT) but was extended twice, and polls are now due to close at 22:00. In the capital, Tehran, voting has been […]

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Omar al-Bashir had been invited by King Salman Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to take up an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend an Islamic summit at which US President Donald Trump will be guest of honour. Mr Bashir, who cited “private reasons”, is wanted for alleged […]

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria and its ally Russia have condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”, while Russia said they breached the country’s […]

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Media captionSix things to know about the vote Iranians are voting an a presidential election, in which Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, […]

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by […]

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters are battling jihadist group Islamist State but Turkey views Kurdish militants as terrorists Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic […]

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by […]

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters are battling jihadist group Islamist State but Turkey views Kurdish militants as terrorists Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic […]

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters are battling jihadist group Islamist State but Turkey views Kurdish militants as terrorists Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has accused a senior US diplomat of backing Kurdish militants and said he should be sent home. He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic […]

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