Royal court adviser fired over Khashoggi killing ‘not on trial’

Royal court adviser fired over Khashoggi killing ‘not on trial’

A Saudi royal adviser fired over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not among the 11 suspects on trial at secretive hearings in Riyadh despite Saudi pledges to bring those responsible to justice, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters news agency. The Saudi public prosecutor indicted 11 unnamed suspects in November, including…
‘Dangerous game’: US, Europe and the ‘betrayal’ of Iran

‘Dangerous game’: US, Europe and the ‘betrayal’ of Iran

Days before the anniversary of the United States's exit from a 2015 deal that curbed Iran's nuclear programme, John Bolton, the US national security adviser, issued a stark warning. Citing a number of "troubling and escalatory" indications, Bolton said the US was deploying warships to the Middle East to "send a clear and unmistakable message" that…

Bahrain PM calls Qatar emir in rare contact amid Gulf dispute

State-run Bahraini news agency describes the phone call as 'restricted' to Ramadan greetings.
Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan Emperor’s abdication: What you need to know

Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito will end his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He's the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. The last abdication by a Japanese monarch was in 1817. Naruhito will become emperor on Wednesday, but his formal enthronement will take place at a more…
Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Trump threatens Iran’s ‘end’ if it seeks fight with the US

Just days after saying he was prepared for talks, United States President Donald Trump has issued a direct threat to Iran, suggesting that the Islamic republic will be destroyed if it attacks his country's interests. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump…
Iran’s parliament approves bill labeling US army as ‘terrorist’

Iran’s parliament approves bill labeling US army as ‘terrorist’

Iranian legislators on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as "terrorist", a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from one last week…
After escaping Boko Haram, Nigerian IDPs addicted to Tramadol

After escaping Boko Haram, Nigerian IDPs addicted to Tramadol

Maiduguri, Nigeria - Aliyu Yusuf hadn't heard of Tramadol until he arrived at an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp in 2016, having escaped an attack by Boko Haram on Gwoza, his hometown near the border with Cameroon. One morning in the camp in Madinatu, where some 5,000 IDPs live on the outskirts of Maiduguri, there was…
Exploited at every turn: The lives of Italy’s Chinese prostitutes

Exploited at every turn: The lives of Italy’s Chinese prostitutes

Milan, Prato, Rome and Venice, Italy - Wearing a knee-length winter coat, Xiaoyan* waits for her next client near the main train station in Venice. Clinging to her bag, she looks like any other bundled-up passer-by in the evening cold. But the 45-year-old Chinese woman from the Zhejiang province, on the country's eastern coast, has been…
Revisiting Khashoggi’s murder, six months later

Revisiting Khashoggi’s murder, six months later

The details surrounding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last October are still largely a mystery. This week, we revisit a conversation we had in the wake of Khashoggi's murder with veteran journalist, analyst and author Rami Khouri on the political ramifications of reporting in the Middle East. An…
Five years after West Africa’s Ebola pandemic: Where are we now?

Five years after West Africa’s Ebola pandemic: Where are we now?

Yusuf Kabba is a 30-year-old teacher living in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.  He is softly spoken and confident but there was a time when he was depressed and felt isolated. "I spent a lot of time alone trying to deal with what had happened to me. I had major body issues and I…