SA clinches first R12bn of $10bn Saudi investment

The investment will boost Cyril Ramaphosa's goal of attracting $100bn to SA in the next five years

More deaths likely after suicide bombing in Afghanistan

IS claimed the attack via its Amaq propaganda agency, the latest carried out by the terrorists in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan

Benjamin Netanyahu defends deal with Poland on Holocaust

The Israeli leader hints at further action after scathing criticism from historians

Iran talks tough on saving the nuclear deal as it meets with foreign ministers

Iranians want guarantees on oil export revenue and Europeans are proposing a package of economic measures, but admit more negotiations will be needed

Former economics adviser to Mohamed Morsi given life in prison in Egypt

Abdullah Shehata and 13 others were sentenced to life terms for weapons possession, belonging to an illegal group and ‘violating citizens’ ...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards ‘happy’ to help disrupt oil exports in region, it says

Iran’s leader, Hassan Rouhani, is seemingly threatening to disrupt oil shipments from neighbours if the US forces all countries to stop buying Iranian oil

Erdogan’s new powers written into Turkish law

By decree, all laws, dating back to 1924, that referred to the prime minister and cabinet, will now refer to the president and president’s office

Oil output rise greases wheels of Saudi GDP

GDP, adjusted for inflation, grew 1.2% from a year earlier in the first three months of 2018

Israel delivers aid to about 50,000 Syrians fleeing government assault

The Israeli army says it has delivered 300 tents and 13 tonnes of food, as well as medical equipment and clothing to four camps

Qataris lives in ‘perpetual fear’ of being expelled in UAE, says Doha

The International Court of Justice is told of human rights violations against Qataris in the United Arab Emirates, with families ‘too scared to call ...

Qatar accuses UAE of human rights abuses, takes its case to the UN’s highest court

Qatar will launch a case before the International Court of Justice against United Arab Emirates, accusing it of human rights violations after its neighbours ...

Whooping and ululating, joyful Saudi women finally take the wheel

More than 120,000 females apply for licences as the conservative Islamic country lifts its driving ban, inching towards greater equality of the sexes

Saudi women celebrate driving as ban on female motorists ends

The historic reform is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility, but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists

Israeli prime minister’s wife charged with fraud

Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, is charged with falsifying household expenses — her husband is also under investigation on suspicion of corruption ...

Syrian pro-government forces deliberately starved civilians in Ghouta siege, UN says

A UN commission of inquiry has slammed the use of sieges throughout the war as a ‘medieval form of warfare’ that has caused suffering for hundreds of thousands

Saudi Arabia allowing women to drive may have been all show as it arrests female activists

The activists, hailed as heroes, are now branded traitors by the government, which accuses them of being ‘hostile to the kingdom’

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