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Moroccan presenter to sue over 'Western Sahara slip' suspension

27 April, 2017

Moroccan TV presenter Soumia Derhouri will file a lawsuit against former employer channel Medi1 following her suspension over an on-air slip about the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Lebanon moves to revive flailing offshore energy industry

27 April, 2017

Eight international energy companies have pre-qualified to bid for exploration contracts. Lebanon's government previously pre-qualified 46 companies back in 2013 but consequent political stasis ground the industry to a standstill.

US to deport Palestinian activist after 'immigration fraud case'

27 April, 2017

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh is set to lose her US citizenship after pleading guilty to immigration fraud in a case that centered around her imprisonment in Israel.

Clashes on border between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters

27 April, 2017

Rocket and artillery fire was exchanged between Kurdish and Turkish troops on the Syria border after a tense day between the two sides.

Civilian deaths from Russian airstrikes 'highest since Aleppo's fall'

26 April, 2017

The death toll from Russia's fierce bombardment of Syria has shot up over the past two months, coinciding with regime ground offensives, and despite a ceasefire officially being in place.

Saudi foils explosive-laden boat attack at major energy facility

26 April, 2017

The thwarted attack targeted an Aramco petroleum terminal in the Kingdom's Jizan province. No injuries were reported, the ministry reported.

Hamas to unveil amended charter on 1 May

26 April, 2017

Gaza-based Islamist movement Hamas are about the unveil a revised version of its founding charter with amendments that could see huge changes in its relationship with foe Israel.

China bans Islamic baby names in Muslim-majority Xinjiang

26 April, 2017

Chinese authorities have banned Islamic baby names in the country's largest Muslim province, as part of a crackdown on alleged "extremism" that monitors say restricts fundamental rights.

Iraqi police raid illegal drugs lab in northern city

26 April, 2017

Police in Kirkuk stormed a home in the city that had been turned into a 'drug manufacturing plant,' arresting two suspects and confiscating 'illegal pills'.

Smoke billows above Iraq's Kirkuk as oil pipeline explodes

26 April, 2017

A pipeline that exports oil to Turkey from Iraq's Kurdistan region allegedly exploded early on Wednesday morning, local reports confirmed.

Le Pen adviser fined for inciting hatred towards Muslims

26 April, 2017

Robert Menard, the mayor of a southern French town said there were too many Muslim children at the schools in his town and that there were limits to tolerance.

IS 'apologised' to Israel after cross-border attack, claims ex-minister

26 April, 2017

Israel's former defence minister has said that the Islamic State group "apologised" to Israeli authorities for an attack in the first public admission of direct contact with the extremists.

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