Middle East and North Africa


Syrian Kurds say spy stole Baghdadis underpants for DNA test

Syrian Democratic Forces also claim they played a key role in tracking down Baghdadi to a compound in northern Syria Syrian Kurds say they managed to place a spy in Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis inner circle who stole a pair of the Islamic State leaders underpants to prove his identity and then helped guide US soldiers […]

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Foreign jets used in Libyan refugee centre airstrike, says UN

Highly probable that nation backing Khalifa Haftar operated jets used in July attack Foreign fighter jets are suspected by United Nations arms experts of launching precision missiles that published by the BBC, led the former British ambassador to Libya, Peter Millett, to call on the UN security council to discuss at ambassadorial level how outside […]

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Dozens of bodies found after migrant boat capsizes off Libya

Up to 150 have died in what is thought be deadliest incident in Mediterranean this year Dozens of bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean, a day after the shipwreck that caused the up to 150 migrants. Eyewitnesses described harrowing scenes in the sea, in what a senior UN official called the the worst Mediterranean […]

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Mediterranean will be ‘sea of blood’ without rescue boats, UN warns

Refugee agency says risk of people dying attempting crossing is at its highest The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been due to a lack of NGO rescue ships and the conflict in Libya hastening departures at an alarming rate, the […]

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Saudi Arabia executes 37 citizens over alleged terrorism offences

Kingdom reports largest mass execution in single day since January 2016 after attacks Saudi Arabia has executed 37 citizens across the country for alleged terrorism-related crimes, publicly pinning one of their headless bodies to a pole as a warning. The mass execution on Tuesday was the biggest in a single day in Saudi Arabia since […]

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Tunisian president accused of complicity in torture

Beji Caid Essebsi committed crimes while serving under Habib Bourguiba, commission alleges An independent commission set up to investigate crimes by the Tunisian state has accused President Beji Caid Essebsi of complicity in torture and his predecessor Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali of corruption. A report by the Instance Verit et Dignit (IVD), or Truth and […]

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Every moment I spend in prison in Bahrain stains the reputation of F1 | Najah Yusuf

In 2017 I criticised the Bahrain Grand Prix on Facebook. Since then I have been imprisoned, beaten and sexually assaulted I am a civil servant from Bahrain. I write from Isa Town prison, 22km away from the Bahrain International Circuit, which hosts Formula Ones annual grand prix. This weekend, fans of Formula One will flood […]

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Shamima Begum: Dutch husband wants to take teenager to Netherlands

Detained Isis fighter Yago Riedijk says it was her own choice to marry him aged 15 The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, the teenager who fled the UK to join Isis, has said he wants to return to the Netherlands with his wife and newborn son. Speaking to the BBC, Yago Riedijk, 27, said he […]

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Recordings prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Turkish investigators claim

Sources say audio and video evidence show journalist died at Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkish investigators have claimed video and audio recordings exist that prove Washington Post late on Thursday that their Turkish counterparts claimed the recordings from 2 October proved Khashoggi was murdered and his body dismembered during a visit to the Saudi consulate […]

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Thomas Cook sued over illness at Egyptian hotel before couple died

Tour operator ordered to pay 26,000 compensation to family taken ill at same resort Thomas Cook has been ordered to pay 26,000 in compensation and costs to a family struck down with a gastric illness at the hotel in Egypt where a British couple were staying when they died suddenly last week. Newport county court […]

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