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Saudi police release teenager detained for doing Macarena

Image copyright TWITTER @ahmed Image caption The clip of the boy dancing to the Macarena was shared thousands of times Saudi police have released without charge a 14-year-old boy who was detained after a video of him dancing the Macarena on a busy road went viral. The interior ministry said ...

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Syria war: Russian jets ‘destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two years ago Dozens of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said ...

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IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tal Afar is surrounded by Iraqi forces (pictured) and Shia militiamen in the south, as well as Kurdish fighters in the north The Iraqi army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the last urban strongholds ...

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Underwhelming response

Image caption Israeli newspapers expressed shock and disbelief at Trump’s remarks Most Israeli politicians and press have decried US President Donald Trump’s remarks on the violent protests in Charlottesville – and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lack of response – and are examining the implications for America’s Jewish community. The Charlottesville ...

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Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of fomenting unrest

Image copyright AFP Image caption A purported telephone call between Ali Salman (left) and Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani was recorded Bahrain’s state TV channel has accused Qatar of plotting with the kingdom’s main opposition grouping to stoke anti-government unrest in 2011. It broadcast purported recordings of telephone calls between former ...

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Plane clothed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The niqab is worn by many women in Saudi Arabia Some may not be surprised to see a strict dress code on Saudi Arabian planes, since the country follows a conservative version of Sunni Islam, but others on social media think it has gone too ...

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Israel decision to revoke attacker’s citizenship condemned

Image copyright svarshik Image caption Israel changed the law in 2008 to make it easier to revoke attackers’ citizenship Human rights groups have criticised a decision by an Israeli court to remove the citizenship of an Israeli Arab who attacked people with a car and a knife. It is thought ...

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Last call

Late last year, the BBC’s Mike Thomson received a desperate call from a bomb shelter in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It came from head teacher and mother of three Oum Mudar, who pleaded for help getting her terrified family out of the rebel-held part of the city. When Thomson ...

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Saudi authorities hunt for serial cat killer

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The perpetrator applied a Snapchat cat filter while recording himself talking about his killing spree Saudi authorities are investigating a case of animal cruelty after a video surfaced online showing a man shooting and killing cats in Jeddah. The Saudi government and and security forces ...

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Lebanon border jihadists withdraw to Syria

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption About 9,000 Syrians are withdrawing to Syria’s Idlib province Thousands of jihadists and their families are relocating to Syria from the border with Lebanon as part of a ceasefire deal with Hezbollah. Fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) agreed to withdraw to Idlib province after ...

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Bassel Khartabil: Syrian internet freedom activist ‘executed’

Image copyright freebassel via Wikimedia Commons A Syrian internet freedom activist was executed soon after he disappeared from prison in late 2015, his wife and supporters say they have learned. Bassel Khartabil’s wife said he was killed in October 2015 after receiving a death sentence. “Words are difficult to come ...

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Awamiya: Hundreds flee clashes in Saudi town

Hundreds of people have reportedly been fleeing a town in eastern Saudi Arabia after weeks of clashes between the security forces and armed men. The authorities have been trying since May to demolish the old quarter of Awamiya, saying Shia militants use its narrow streets as a hideout. Activists accuse ...

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