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Trump to clear $8bn Saudi weapons sale over Iran tensions

trump to clear $8bn saudi weapons sale over iran tensions
The president evokes a legal loophole to push through the arms deal without Congressional approval.
BBC News - Published

US to send 1,500 extra troops to Middle East amid tensions

us to send 1,500 extra troops to middle east amid tensions
The deployment is a response to the "ongoing threat" posed by Iran, the acting defence secretary says.
BBC News - Published

Trump bypasses Congress on Saudi, UAE arms sales

Senator says White House has invoked emergency powers to seal deal without lawmakers’ approval
FT.com - Published

Israeli coalition talks reach a stalemate

Lieberman calls for end to exemption of ultraorthodox Jews from military service
FT.com - Published

'Sabotaged' tanker in Gulf of Oman leaked oil

'sabotaged' tanker in gulf of oman leaked oil
A satellite spotted an oil slick trailing from a tanker mysteriously attacked off the UAE on 12 May.
BBC News - Published

Iran police arrest 30 at private yoga class

iran police arrest 30 at private yoga class
The mixed group was detained in Gorgan after an event, which was advertised on Instagram.
BBC News - Published

Egypt releases students held after exams protests

egypt releases students held after exams protests
The high school students had been demonstrating against a new electronic exam system.
BBC News - Published

Saudi Arabia grants $9.6bn payment holiday to Pakistan

Riyadh is seeking to cement regional alliances amid escalating tensions with Iran
FT.com - Published

PSG boss Al-Khelaifi charged with athletics corruption

psg boss al-khelaifi charged with athletics corruption
A French judge is investigating Qatar's bid to host the world athletics championships.
BBC News - Published

Iraq's Christians 'close to extinction'

iraq's christians 'close to extinction'
UK Christian leaders are accused of failing to speak out as an ancient community faces annihilation.
BBC News - Published

Why Iraqi comedy shows are booming

why iraqi comedy shows are booming
Recent Iraqi shows have been gaining millions of views but face risks and obstacles in the conservative country
BBC News - Published

Fifa drops plan to expand Qatar World Cup

fifa drops plan to expand qatar world cup
Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams are abandoned by football's world governing body Fifa.
BBC News - Published

Israeli researchers brew 'ancient beer' with antique yeast

israeli researchers brew 'ancient beer' with antique yeast
Researchers in Israel hope to make a beer brewed with ancient yeast available in shops.
BBC News - Published

Iranian singer gets summons over solo performance

A popular Iranian female singer faces a court summons after performing solo in public.
BBC News - Published

A Middle East conflict could come by accident, not design

Donald Trump is not looking for war with Iran but hawks in the US and among its allies could provoke one
FT.com - Published

Netanyahu’s immunity bid stalls formation of Israeli government

Prime minister also wants the Knesset to have power to overrule the Supreme Court
FT.com - Published

The most powerful group left facing Assad

Who are Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful group in the last province held by rebels in Syria?
BBC News - Published

Man Booker International Prize: Jokha Alharthi is first Arabic winner

man booker international prize: jokha alharthi is first arabic winner
Omani author Jokha Alharthi takes the £50,000 prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.
BBC News - Published

Yemen war: UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid

yemen war: un appeals to houthi rebels over aid
Vital food aid is being diverted by some corrupt officials in Houthi-held areas, a UN official says.
BBC News - Published

The mothers fighting to get their children back from Lebanon

the mothers fighting to get their children back from lebanon
The BBC met three mothers who have all had their children taken to Lebanon by their former partners.
BBC News - Published

I never met my daughter's dad - she was his dying wish

i never met my daughter's dad - she was his dying wish
Liat Malka was 35 and single when she decided she wanted a child. The sperm donor she found had died five years previously.
BBC News - Published

Iranian threats 'put on hold', says US defence chief

iranian threats 'put on hold', says us defence chief
Acting US defence secretary says US actions have halted potential attacks, without giving details.
BBC News - Published

Syria is braced for new spasms of violence

The Idlib rebel stronghold faces an onslaught from Assad’s forces, aided by Russia and Turkey
FT.com - Published

Why Israel eyes the EU with distrust

why israel eyes the eu with distrust
Despite Israelis' love of Eurovision, many view Europe with distrust, says James Landale.
BBC News - Published

Trump warns Iran it will never develop nuclear arsenal

US president insists he wants to avoid Tehran conflict after weeks of escalating tensions
FT.com - Published

Trump's 'genocidal taunts' will not end Iran - Zarif

trump's 'genocidal taunts' will not end iran - zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US president should try showing Iranians some respect.
BBC News - Published

Baghdad fails to deal with a looming identity crisis

At least 45,000 children raised under the Islamic State do not officially exist
FT.com - Published

Al Jazeera suspends journalists for Holocaust denial video

al jazeera suspends journalists for holocaust denial video
The Al Jazeera video claimed that Jewish people exaggerate the extent of the Holocaust.
BBC News - Published

'I hear the bombs and I need to jam'

'i hear the bombs and i need to jam'
Death metal band singer Jake Shuker says living in Syria means the sounds of war infiltrate his music.
BBC News - Published

Foreign funds shun Saudi stocks as they enter flagship index

Toxic cocktail of politics, governance concerns and valuation deters investors
FT.com - Published

Strait of Hormuz becomes focal point after oil attacks

Potential chokepoint is used for nearly a third of total seaborn oil transport
FT.com - Published

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