Peace, love and backlash: that’s the beauty of a selfie

21 Nov

The selfie caption may read “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel”, but the reaction to them posing together has prompted something closer to “push and shove”.Beauty queens Sarah Idan and Adar Gandelsman are representing their respective count…

US charges Iranian over ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO hack

21 Nov

The United States on Tuesday charged an Iranian computer whiz with hacking into HBO, stealing scripts and plot summaries for “Games of Thrones,” and trying to extort $6 million in Bitcoin out of the network.US prosecutors in New York unveiled a seven-c…

13 mln Syrians need aid despite violence drop: UN

21 Nov

More than 13 million Syrians are in need of aid despite a relative drop in violence in their war-torn country in recent months, the United Nations said on Tuesday.Upwards of 330,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 w…

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in town north of Baghdad

21 Nov

A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said.Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market …

Egypt confirms Sisi to meet Lebanon’s Hariri

21 Nov

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will on Tuesday meet Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Cairo confirmed, before the premier returns to Lebanon to face the political crisis over his resignation.Hariri, who is currently in Paris, had already ann…

‘Advanced’ cyber attack targets Saudi Arabia

20 Nov

Saudi authorities said Monday they had detected an “advanced” cyber attack targeting the kingdom, in a fresh attempt by hackers to disrupt government computers.The government’s National Cyber Security Centre said the attack involved the use of “Powersh…

France on a mission to restore lost Middle East clout

20 Nov

From mediating in the crisis in Lebanon to defending Iran’s nuclear deal, President Emmanuel Macron aims to fill the vacuum left by an isolationist America to boost France’s clout in the Middle East.On Saturday, Macron hosted Lebanese Prime Minister Sa…

US delays trial of detained Turkish mogul Zarrab

20 Nov

The scheduled trial of a Turkish-Iranian gold mogul and a banker accused of defying US sanctions on Iran, was on Monday delayed by a week without explanation.After a two-hour court hearing behind closed doors in New York, Judge Richard Berman announced…

Israeli police arrest 33 in ultra-Orthodox draft riots

20 Nov

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews battled Israeli police near Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem on Monday, with 33 people arrested in the latest protests against compulsory military service, police said.In mainly ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak, adjacent to Tel Aviv, p…

Relatives mourn Morocco stampede victims

20 Nov

Mourning relatives on Monday identified the bruised bodies of victims of a stampede that killed 15 women during a food aid delivery near the popular tourist town of Essaouira on Morocco’s coast.”I hardly recognised my mother,” said Mjid, a son of one o…

No regrets over hosting World Cup, says Qatar 2022 chief

20 Nov

Qatar’s most senior World Cup official said Monday there were no regrets in bidding for the 2022 tournament, despite the “abuse” it claims it has received since being chosen as host.Speaking at a press conference to mark the eve of the five-year annive…

Israel president denies pardon to manslaughter soldier

19 Nov

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday formally rejected a request to pardon a soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead a prone Palestinian assailant, Rivlin’s office said.”President Reuven Rivlin today took the decision to deny the reque…