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‘Resistance against arrogant powers’: Iran swears in new hard-liner as president

‘Resistance against arrogant powers’: Iran swears in new hard-liner as president

In a reference to expanding its power and influence, Ebrahim Raisi said Iran would stand by people “wherever there is oppression and crime in the world”.

  • by Amir Vahdat

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Israel launches air strikes at Lebanon day after rockets strike north

Israel launches air strikes at Lebanon day after rockets strike north

The overnight airstrikes were a marked escalation at a politically sensitive time.

  • by Jeffrey Heller
Ship hijacked by suspected Iran-backed forces in Arabian Sea, sources say

Ship hijacked by suspected Iran-backed forces in Arabian Sea, sources say

The Panama-flagged vessel Asphalt Princess was believed to have been seized in an area of the Arabian Sea leading to the Strait of Hormuz, sources said.

  • by Lisa Barrington and Jonathan Saul
Flash point: Israeli Court offers deal on Palestinians facing eviction

Flash point: Israeli Court offers deal on Palestinians facing eviction

The outcome of the closely watched case could upset a fragile peace that has held since the 11-day war that began with clashes in the Palestinian neighbourhood.

  • by Shira Rubin
Tunisia’s youth being paid to illegally migrate to Europe to harm ties: president

Tunisia’s youth being paid to illegally migrate to Europe to harm ties: president

“There are people who hurt Tunisia. I ask myself how they could make 1500 youths leave,” President Kais Saied was heard saying in a video released by his office.

  • by Bouazza ben Bouazza
Shatha’s story: celebrated abroad, brutalised in her homeland

Shatha’s story: celebrated abroad, brutalised in her homeland

This softly-spoken world-class architect was herded with female doctors and lawyers into a torture site and made to watch.

  • by Samah Sabawi
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‘Suicide drone’ used to attack ship tied to Israeli billionaire, killing crew members

‘Suicide drone’ used to attack ship tied to Israeli billionaire, killing crew members

A US official said it appeared the attack on the oil tanker in the Arabian Sea was carried out by a suicide drone - an unmanned aircraft loaded with explosives that detonates on impact with a target.

  • by Jon Gambrell
Israeli ship attacked off the coast of Oman

Israeli ship attacked off the coast of Oman

The region has become the site of several ship attacks suspected to have been carried out by Iran since Trump withdrew America from the nuclear deal in 2018.

  • by Jon Gambrell
Israel to offer third Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination dose to older citizens

Israel to offer third Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination dose to older citizens

The announcement makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale.

  • by Ilan Ben Zion
3500-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh tablet could return home to Iraq

3500-year-old Epic of Gilgamesh tablet could return home to Iraq

The tablet, which bears fragments of one of the world’s oldest works of literature, has passed through dealers in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and most recently the US.

  • by James Rothwell
Iraqi teen’s viral video brings fame, and threats of violence

Iraqi teen’s viral video brings fame, and threats of violence

In the few weeks since the 17-year-old posted the video urging Joe Biden for help, the number of people “liking” his Instagram page exploded to more than 4.2 million.

  • by Jane Arraf