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Saudi police detain teenage boy for dancing in the street

Saudi police detain teenage boy for dancing in the street

Saudi police said on Tuesday they had detained a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to the 1990s hit song ‘Macarena’ at a street crossing in the coastal city of Jeddah ...

Syrian opposition meeting ends in a stalemate

Syrian opposition meeting ends in a stalemate

A meeting yesterday between Syrian opposition groups in Riyadh has ended in stalemate, a member said, with the fate of President Bashar al-Assad still an obstacle in forming a unified front for peace talks.

Iraq makes progress in offensive on Tal Afar

Iraq makes progress in offensive on Tal Afar

Government forces yesterday breached the city limits of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq on the third day of a US-backed offensive to seize it back from Islamic State militants.

Little progress on respecting human rights: US to deny Egypt $290mn aid

Little progress on respecting human rights: US to deny Egypt $290mn aid

The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Iraqi forces retake three districts of IS bastion

Iraqi forces retake three districts of IS bastion

Iraqi forces on Tuesday recaptured from the Islamic State group the first three districts of jihadist bastion Tal Afar as the Pentagon chief visited Baghdad in a show of support.

Lebanon army says in final stage of IS border battle

Lebanon army says in final stage of IS border battle

Lebanon's army said Tuesday it had captured most of a mountainous area on the border with Syria during an operation to clear Islamic State group jihadists from the region.

Libya's Sharara oilfield shut again, hours after reopening

Libya's Sharara oilfield shut again, hours after reopening

Libya's Sharara oilfield, the country's largest, shut on Tuesday hours after reopening following a three-day pipeline blockade, an oil official said.

Former Libya PM kidnapped in Tripoli: family

Former Libya PM kidnapped in Tripoli: family

Libya's former prime minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by an armed group in war-torn Tripoli and not been heard from in nine days, family members and friends said Tuesday.

British couple's message in a bottle reaches Gaza

British couple's message in a bottle reaches Gaza

A message in a bottle cast into the sea by a holidaying British couple on the island of Rhodes has washed up on the blockaded Gaza Strip, the fisherman who found it said on Tuesday.

Iran back to high enrichment 'in 5 days' if US quits nuclear deal

Iran back to high enrichment 'in 5 days' if US quits nuclear deal

Iran can resume high-level uranium enrichment within five days if the United States tears up the nuclear deal, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said Tuesday.

42 civilians dead in US-led strikes on Raqa Monday

42 civilians dead in US-led strikes on Raqa Monday

At least 42 civilians were killed Monday in a barrage of US-led air strikes on Islamic State group territory in the Syrian city of Raqa, a monitor said.

Israel extends arrest of firebrand cleric

Israel extends arrest of firebrand cleric

An Israeli court yesterday extended the remand of a firebrand Islamic cleric accused of inciting violence in connection with last month’s deadly tensions over a Jerusalem holy site, his lawyer said.

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