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Yemen crisis: 85,000 children ‘dead from malnutrition’

Image copyright Mohammed Awadh/Save the Children Image caption Children under the age of five are at greater risk of death from severe malnutrition An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says. The number is equivalent to the […]

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Trump defends Saudi Arabia ties despite Khashoggi murder

Image copyright EPA Image caption The president called Saudi Arabia a “steadfast partner” in his statement US President Donald Trump has strongly defended ties with Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The kingdom is a “steadfast partner” that has agreed to invest “a record amount of money” in the US, Mr […]

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Airbnb: Israeli uproar as firm bars West Bank settlements

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some 200 Airbnb properties, such as this one in the Israeli settlement of Ofra, will be affected Israel has denounced as “shameful” Airbnb’s decision to withdraw its listings from homes in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Its tourism minister said Israeli authorities would back legal challenges lodged […]

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Jamal Khashoggi death: King Salman speaks but ignores murder

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has handed over extensive authority to the crown prince King Salman of Saudi Arabia has praised the country’s judiciary, as foreign pressure over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow. In his first public remarks since Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul last month, the king said […]

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Saddam Hussein memorial plaque appears on London bench

Image copyright Victoria Richards Image caption The plaque has been removed but Wanstead locals wonder who put it up in the first place A Saddam Hussein memorial plaque that appeared on an east London bench has been removed. It read: “In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein” and it is not clear who left it there […]

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Israel’s Netanyahu survives early poll threat

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Netanyahu had strongly opposed calling early elections Israel’s government appears to have survived a possible collapse after a key partner withdrew a threat to leave the coalition and force snap elections. Naftali Bennett, of the Jewish Home party, had signalled he would quit, but announced on Monday he would […]

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Jamal Khashoggi: Trump won’t listen to ‘terrible’ murder recording

Media captionThe BBC’s Frank Gardner looks at what could happen to the man known as MBS US President Donald Trump says he has been briefed on a recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder – but will not listen to it himself. “It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape,” he told Fox News Sunday. […]

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Yemen war: Houthis ‘halting drone and missile strikes’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Millions of Yemenis are at risk of starvation following three years of war Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they are halting drone and missile strikes on the Saudi-led military coalition after a request from the United Nations. The move comes after the coalition ordered a halt in its offensive on the […]

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Netanyahu warns of danger of early Israel election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kahlon (R) has said he does not think the coalition can continue Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that early elections will be a disaster for Israel. Mr Netanyahu made the remark at a cabinet meeting, as key coalition allies threaten to pull their support. He is set to […]

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Netanyahu faces key meeting amid Israel early polls call

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kahlon (R) has said he does not think the coalition can continue Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet his finance minister on Sunday, in what is being seen as a last-ditch attempt to avert early elections. Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party is vital to the coalition’s survival. The […]

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