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Barakah: UAE starts up Arab world’s first nuclear plant

The United Arab Emirates has launched operations at the Arab world's first nuclear power plant, on the Gulf coast just east of Qatar. Nuclear fission has begun in one of four reactors at the Barakah plant, which uses South Korean technology. The plant was expected to open in 2017 but the start-up was repeatedly delayed because of various safety issues. The oil-rich UAE wants Barakah to meet a quarter of its energy needs, as it adopts more su..

In pictures: Iraqis try to stay cool in 51C heatwave

Iraqis have been struggling to keep cool as a heatwave continues across much of the Middle East. The temperature in the capital Baghdad reportedly approached 52C on Tuesday, one of the highest the city has ever seen. The heat is said to have remained above 51C on Wednesday. Summers could become 'too hot for humans'Many people stayed indoors, with some in central Baghdad seeking respite under an improvised shower. But the extreme heat ha..

Jordan ‘rotten meat’: Child dies and 800 poisoned near Amman

A child has died and more than 800 people have been taken to hospital after falling ill with food poisoning after eating at a restaurant outside Jordan's capital, Amman, reports say. The restaurant had been offering cut-price shawarmas, the rotisserie meat snack, local media say. Health officials found that the meat had not been refrigerated in what were heatwave temperatures. Three people, including the restaurant owner, have been detained...

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Lecturer jailed in Iran ‘moved to remote prison’

A British-Australian woman serving a 10-year sentence in Iran for espionage has been transferred to a notorious prison in the desert, according to Iranian human rights activists. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University, has been in jail since September 2018. She strongly denies all the charges against her. She spent almost two years sleeping on the floor in a cell in the capital Tehran, according to a friend. She has been in soli..

Israel ‘thwarts Hezbollah infiltration from Lebanon’

Israel's military has opened fired on Hezbollah militants who were trying to "infiltrate our territory", PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said up to four militants crossed the border in the Mount Dov area, part of the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. A Hezbollah statement said it had not engaged in any clashes, instead blaming a "nervous" enemy. The area has been tense for days after the death of a Hezbol..

Egypt TikTok: Female influencers jailed over ‘indecent’ videos

A court in Egypt has sentenced five young women to two years in prison for posting "indecent videos" on the video-sharing app TikTok. The women - who have not all been named - were fined almost $19,000 (£15,000). The jail sentences are the first to have been issued by a court as part of a campaign by the authorities against social media influencers. Activists have mounted an online campaign in response, demanding the release of those detained. ..

Controversial Nile dam reaches key milestone

The first-year target for filling the controversial mega dam on the River Nile has been reached, Ethiopia says. This would allow the first set of turbines to be tested. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's announcement came as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan agreed to resume talks over the dam, following a virtual summit. The project has been a source of huge diplomatic tension since its construction began in Ethiopia in 2011. Ethiopia sees the hydroelectr..

Iran executes man convicted of spying for US and Israel

Iran has executed a man convicted of spying for the CIA and Israel's Mossad intelligence agency. Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd was accused of reporting on the movements of Iranian forces in Syria and of spying on the Revolutionary Guards commander, Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike earlier this year. Last week Iran executed a former defence ministry employee convicted of selling information to the US. The Iranian judiciary&#..

Gaza’s disturbing cases of suicides

The sudden death in Gaza of activist Suleiman al-Ajuri has shone a spotlight on the issue of people in the territory taking their own lives. By the middle of this year, 30 people had killed themselves and a further 600 had attempted to, according to local human rights group, Palestinian Center for Conflict Resolution. An Israeli and Egyptian blockade of Gaza, tough living conditions and a lack of freedom of expression under the rule of Palestinia..

Shamima Begum can return to UK to fight for citizenship, Court of Appeal rules

Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK to fight the decision to remove her British citizenship, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Ms Begum, now 20, was one of three schoolgirls who left London to join the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015. Her citizenship was revoked by the Home Office on security grounds after she was found in a refugee camp in 2019. The Court of Appeal said she had been denied a fair hearing because she could not ..

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