Monday, 25 Jan 2021

Middle East

Find breaking news, top stories and features from Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

In Gaza, parkour brings youngsters a taste of freedom

GAZA (AFP) – Using crutches, Palestinian Mohamed Aliwa leaps from one concrete slab to another, determined that his missing leg won’t stop him doing parkour, a sport that brings respite from grim reality in Gaza. The Palestinian teen’s right leg was amputated near the knee in 2018 after he was hit by Israeli army fire […]

Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the results of the American presidential election rolled in on Nov. 4, a young Sudanese couple sat up through the night in their small town south of Khartoum, eyes glued to the television as state tallies were declared, watching anxiously. They had a lot riding on the outcome. A year earlier, […]

Covid-19 pandemic forces Jordanian children into labour market

AMMAN (AFP) – Omar’s heart sinks when he trudges past his closed school gates in the Jordanian capital Amman – now part of his trip to work, to repair and clean kerosene heaters. The 14-year-old, who dreams of becoming a pilot, is one of many minors experts say have been forced prematurely into the labour […]

Pakistani man killed during TikTok stunt on train track

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A young man was hit and killed by a train in Pakistan while being filmed walking along the tracks for a TikTok stunt, police and rescue officials said Saturday (Jan 23). The accident happened on Friday in the Shah Khalid neighbourhood of Rawalpindi city, near the capital Islamabad. Mr Hamza Naveed, 18, […]

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like image under shadow of drone, vows revenge

DUBAI (REUTERS) – The website of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday (Jan 22) carried the image of a golfer resembling former President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone alongside a threat of revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack. The image first appeared on a Persian-language […]

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like golfer image, vows revenge

DUBAI (REUTERS) – The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday (Jan 22) carried the image of a golfer resembling former US President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack. The post carried the text of remarks by […]

Top Iran leader posts Trump-like golfer image, vows revenge

DUBAI (REUTERS) – The Twitter account of Iran’s Supreme Leader on Friday (Jan 22) carried the image of a golfer resembling former US President Donald Trump apparently being targeted by a drone, vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general in a US drone attack. The post carried the text of remarks by […]

Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 15

BAGHDAD — Two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests in a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 15 people in the first such attack in several years, according to Iraq’s interior ministry. “The first suicide bomber blew himself up after pretending to be sick to gather people around him,” said Maj. […]

Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 15

BAGHDAD — Two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests in a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 15 people in the first such attack in several years, according to Iraq’s interior ministry. “The first suicide bomber blew himself up after pretending to be sick to gather people around him,” said Maj. […]

Dubai places restrictions on hotels and hospitals as Covid-19 cases surge

DUBAI (BLOOMBERG) – Dubai has ordered hotels and restaurants to put all entertainment activities on hold and is asking hospitals to cancel elective surgical procedures amid the biggest surge in coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates since the start of the pandemic. Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing ordered a temporary halt to all entertainment […]