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Middle East

HRW accuses Houthis, allies of using banned landmines in Yemen

Human Rights Watch, the international rights monitor, says it has evidence Houthi fighters, as well as al-Qaeda’s local branch, have been planting landmines in Yemen.

Middle East

Gulf crisis: Four Arab states issue new statement in Qatar row

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be heading to Kuwait next week, to help efforts to resolve the month-long Gulf dispute.


Indian students' 3D-printed satellite takes flight

A group of teenagers in India have created the world’s smallest and lightest satellite with 3D-printing technology. The KalamSat was sent on a four-hour sub-orbital flight to test whether it really is as good as it looks.


At least 17 dead after Shabab attack on diner in Somali capital

Gunmen stormed a restaurant in the Somali capital of Mogadishu after a suicide car bomb attacker targeted the building. At least 17 people were killed in the attack.

Middle East

Israel backs GCC states in rift with Qatar

Israel has backed Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries that have imposed land, sea and air blockades against Qatar in the region's biggest diplomatic crisis.

Middle East

Qatar's diplomatic crisis: Mediation to end isolation failing

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has returned home after a short visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday during which he held talks with the Saudi King on ways to defuse an escalating crisis between Arab countries and Qatar.

Latin America

Venezuelan gifted new violin after viral video struck a chord

A Venezuelan violinist who was filmed crying last month after government forces destroyed his instrument is back making music.

Middle East

Qatar faces embargoes in GCC diplomatic crisis

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is pushing for talks as a way to end the region's biggest diplomatic crisis in years that was triggered by other Gulf Arab nations.

Latin America

Fears of violence at rival rallies in Venezuela

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, has again accused the US and the opposition of plotting a coup. And he has responded by increasing the number of pro-government armed civilians to half a million.

Middle East

Children back to school after ISIL is pushed out of east Mosul

After years of living under ISIL, children in the Iraqi city of Mosul are returning back to school. They live in the eastern party of the city where the armed group has already been pushed out.


China's Ai Weiwei melds art with activism

Determination to speak his mind has gained the artist-cum-activist both followers and detractors.

Middle East

Yemeni civilians caught in Taiz fighting

The province of Taiz has been a focal point of Yemen’s civil war since it began two years ago. It lies between territories held by Houthi rebels in the north and government-controlled areas in the south.