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Iran: World powers won’t get a better nuclear deal

Iran: World powers won’t get a better nuclear deal Iran warned world powers they will not be able to negotiate a better deal than the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, as the United States vowed the Islamic Republic will never acquire an atomic weapon. Tehran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20 ... Read More »

Nigeria’s Shia Muslims continue protest over el-Zakzaky detention

Nigeria’s Shia Muslims continue protest over el-Zakzaky detention Police have fired guns and tear gas in a clash with a protesting group of Nigeria’s Shia Muslims in the capital Abuja, witnesses said, just two days after a peaceful protest turned violent just outside the parliament. Two witnesses heard gunshots and one saw policemen fire their weapons in an effort to ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen ports after UAE drawdown

Saudi Arabia moves to secure Yemen ports after UAE drawdown Saudi Arabia’s military in Yemen moved in to secure two strategic Red Sea ports and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait after ally the United Arab Emirates substantially reduced its forces in the war-ravaged country, a news report said on Thursday. The UAE pulled out soldiers in some parts of Yemen, where ... Read More »

Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers

Pentagon says US plans naval escorts for Gulf tankers The Pentagon says it is discussing military escorts for vessels in the Gulf, a day after Iranian ships allegedly tried to block a United Kingdom oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The White House’s nominee to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said on ... Read More »

UK to send third warship to Gulf, says not related to Iran crisis

UK to send third warship to Gulf, says not related to Iran crisis The United Kingdom will send a third warship to the Gulf, though the move is not related to the current Iran crisis, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The move came as Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei upped the ante in a volatile standoff with ... Read More »

Iran hits back at US demand on ballistic missiles

Iran hits back at US demand on ballistic missiles Iran hit back at US President Donald Trump’s call for new nuclear negotiations that encompass its ballistic missiles programme, accusing Washington of bringing the Middle East to the brink of “explosion” by selling arms to allies in the Gulf. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, made the comments in a wide-ranging ... Read More »

Two killed in suicide bombing in Egypt’s North Sinai

Two killed in suicide bombing in Egypt’s North Sinai A suicide bomber killed two people in Egypt’s restive North Sinai region on Thursday, a day after four headless bodies were found there. The victims of the bombing were a civilian and a member of the security forces, security and medical sources said. The bomber was shot before he reached a ... Read More »

The fake Twitter accounts influencing the Gulf crisis

The fake Twitter accounts influencing the Gulf crisis In this series of articles, Al Jazeera examines how Twitter in the Middle East has changed since the Arab Spring. Government talking points are being magnified through thousands of accounts during politically fraught times and silencing people on Twitter is only part of a large-scale effort by governments to stop human rights ... Read More »

Qatar and Somalia deny NYT’s bombing news report

Qatar and Somalia deny NYT’s bombing news report Qatar and Somalia denied a news report that suggested Doha had an “interest” in a bombing in northern Somalia carried out by a local armed group in May. The New York Times reported on Monday it obtained an audio recording from a foreign intelligence agency involving a Qatari businessman working in Somalia. ... Read More »

WHY CHINA’S HUI MUSLIMS FEAR THEY’RE NEXT TO FACE CRACKDOWN ON RELIGION

WHY CHINA’S HUI MUSLIMS FEAR THEY’RE NEXT TO FACE CRACKDOWN ON RELIGION Outside, a group of Hui tourists speaking with a northern accent – women in black robes and men in white caps – take turns posing for photographs with the giant mosque behind them. While the Chinese government has cracked down on religious activities among the Muslim Uygur community ... Read More »