Jordan ends border enclaves land lease for Israeli farmers

The King of Jordan has announced the end of a lease agreement that gave Israelis access to two border enclaves. Under a 1994 peace treaty, Israeli farmers could cultivate land in the Jordanian areas of Naharayim and Tzofar - known as Baqura and Ghamr in Arabic. The lease governing them was for 25 years, but could have been extended. However King Abdullah announced last year that he planned to end the lease - in what was seen as a sign of worseni..

Iran oil: New field with 53bn barrels found – Rouhani

A new oil field that would increase Iran's proven reserves by about a third has been discovered, President Hassan Rouhani has said. The field, in the south-western province of Khuzestan and about 2,400 sq km (926 sq miles) in area, contains 53 billion barrels of crude, he said. Iran has been struggling to sell oil abroad because of tough US sanctions. They were imposed after the US pulled out of a nuclear deal with world powers last year. "W..

Saudi Aramco unveils next stage of blockbuster flotation

The world's most profitable company has published more details about its planned stock market flotation. Oil giant Saudi Aramco's long-awaited prospectus said individual retail investors will have a chance to buy shares as well as big institutions. But the 600-page prospectus did not say how much of the Saudi firm would be sold, nor the date of the listing. It did, though, mention possible risks, including the government's control ..

Yemen war: Government and separatists agree deal to end infighting

Yemen's government has signed a power-sharing deal with separatists in the south of the country that is intended to end months of infighting. The two are meant to be part of an alliance with a Saudi-led multinational coalition that has been battling the rebel Houthi movement since 2015. But in August, separatists supported by the UAE seized control the city of Aden from Saudi-backed government forces. The UN said the deal was an important st..

Iran nuclear deal: Fordo uranium centrifuges to be injected with gas

Iran will begin injecting gas into centrifuges used to enrich uranium at its underground Fordo facility on Wednesday, rolling back another commitment under a 2015 nuclear deal. President Hassan Rouhani said the step was reversible if world powers party to the accord upheld their commitments. Enriched uranium can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. This is the fourth step taken by Iran since July in response to US sanctions rein..

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader’s sister ‘captured by Turkey’

The sister of former Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria, Turkish officials say. The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid on Monday near the town of Azaz, officials said. Turkish officials, cited by several media outlets, believe the arrest could yield valuable intelligence about IS. Baghdadi killed himself during a raid by US special forces on his compound in north-west..

Islamic State group names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi

The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has for the first time confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and named his successor. An IS outlet announced on the messaging service Telegram that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was the group's new leader and "caliph". US special forces tracked down Baghdadi in north-west Syria at the weekend and attacked his compound. The IS leader fled into a tunnel and killed himself with a sui..

Iraq protests: PM Adel Abdul Mahdi ‘will resign if replacement is found’

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will resign if political parties can agree on his replacement, the president has said, as mass protests continue. President Barham Saleh is also drafting a new election law that will allow early parliamentary polls to be held. Tens of thousands of people have taken part in two waves of protests this month to demand more jobs, an end to corruption, and better services. More than 250 have been killed in clashe..

Pentagon releases footage from Baghdadi raid

The US military has published the first footage of the raid in northern Syria in which the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed. Grainy video showed troops firing at militants on the ground as they flew towards the compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding before they moved in on the ground. Baghdadi fled into a tunnel and killed himself by detonating a suicide vest. After the raid the compound was destroyed with munitions. Let..

Iraq protests: Fresh clashes leave five people dead

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least five people have been killed in fresh clashes with security forces in Iraq as nationwide anti-government protests entered a second day. Three of the dead were reportedly hit by tear gas canisters fired by security forces in the capital Baghdad. At least two more were killed when protesters tried to storm an official's home in the city of Nasiriya, reports say. The unrest follows a day of..

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