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A flooded street following heavy rains in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. AFP


Iran defended its almost daily military strikes on Iraq in a letter to the UN, saying it had no choice but to aim at Kurdish groups in “self-defence”.

The UN's Human Rights Council voted yesterday to investigate what it heard was a worsening wave of violence against protesters in Iran. In related news, a new report by human rights charity Redress has accused the Iranian government of carrying out “state hostage-taking”.

London journalists being sent death threats by Iran 'feel like they are working in a war zone', with police armed with guns guarding Iran International's newsroom after 'significant' threats were made to staff.


Souq Waqif in Doha has become the focal point for Arab nations' fans as their teams attempt to upset football's established order.

Football-loving African fans helping to keep the World Cup running are determined to see their heroes in action, despite the challenges of long journeys and relatively high ticket prices.

Football fans were left venting their frustration after being unable to fly into Qatar for the World Cup despite having Hayya cards.

Iranian international footballer Voria Ghafouri has been arrested for criticising his country's government, state-linked media reported.

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A regional deal to supply gas and electricity via the Syrian regime to Lebanon has faltered due to a power vacuum.

Lebanon's heavily divided parliament failed to elect the country's next president for a seventh time yesterday, nearly a month after previous head of state Michel Aoun left the Baabda Palace.

The Constitutional Council overturned the election of two members of parliament from the northern district of Tripoli following appeals filed by rival candidates against the results of the May 15 poll.

An audit of Lebanon's Central Bank's gold reserves has concluded after a two-year process interrupted by Covid-19 lockdowns.

The Lebanese pound's continued sharp depreciation is stoking triple-digit inflation, while the country's financial sector is too big to be bailed out amid mounting losses, the World Bank has said.


The UK government is “fundamentally misguided” in its approach to ISIS recruit Shamima Begum, a former MI6 director of counter-terrorism has said. Meanwhile, Begum’s mother has spoken about the grief surrounding her loss after her daughter left home to travel to Syria and join the terrorist group ISIS.


Egypt announced the release of 30 detainees, the latest in a series of mass releases.

A pharmacist and her assistant in Alexandria will face criminal trial over the deaths of two young girls within hours of being injected with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

A new set of stamps is being issued by the Royal Mail to mark 100 years since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.


Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in Abu Dhabi yesterday for the start of an official visit and was greeted by President Sheikh Mohamed. Later, Sheikh Mohamed received French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu at Al Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s economy expanded by 11.2 per cent in the first six months of this year on an annual basis, driven by a robust performance in the oil and non-oil sectors, despite mounting global macroeconomic challenges.

A flydubai flight from Warsaw to Dubai made an emergency landing in Turkey yesterday after a security threat that turned out to be false.


An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death over the mob killing of a man falsely accused of starting deadly forest fires last year, state news agency APS reported.


Another rise in fuel prices in Tunisia has led taxi drivers to consider quitting, after authorities in the country announced that the price of petrol products would increase for the fifth time in a year.


A plan to revive Jordan's economy has been delayed because of financing issues, the government's spokesman said, after King Abdullah II urged its implementation.


Two people were killed yesterday as strong winds and heavy rains closed roads and swept away cars in the western coastal city of Jeddah.


The new Mosul Heritage Museum in Iraq is inviting people to experience its greatest historical sites — in virtual reality.



Women are less safe in their own home than elsewhere, the UN has said, with more than five women and girls killed by a family member every hour in 2021.

Matt Godwin and Stephen Scalet write that co-operation is key to Middle East leadership on climate change and hosting Cop.

Today's episode of Trending Middle East features Americana, the largest quick-service restaurant operator in the Mena region, raising $1.8 billion through its initial public offering.


Meet the Yemeni child bride activist leading the fight against the scourge of early marriage

Mona Farag
Gulf Affairs Editor

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