Water shortages fuel ongoing protests in Basra, Iraq

Electricity and drinking water are in short supply in the Iraqi city of Basra. More than 20 protesters were killed earlier this month when anti-government demonstrations turned violent. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last week that practical measures were underway to address the problem of potable water and the lack of services in Basra province. […]

Iran nuclear deal: Plan put forward to dodge US sanctions

Image copyright Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Image caption Federica Mogherini (l) announced the EU’s plan alongside Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (r) The remaining members in the Iranian nuclear deal say they will set up a new payment system to maintain business with Iran and bypass US sanctions. The system would facilitate oil companies and businesses […]

Iran arrests ‘large network’ over Ahvaz attack

Image copyright EPA Image caption A four-year-old boy was among those killed in Saturday’s attack in Ahvaz Iran’s intelligence minister says a number of suspects have been arrested in connection with Saturday’s gun attack on a military parade in Ahvaz. Mahmoud Alavi said a “large part of the network” behind the attack, which left 25 […]

Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) Russia is to send new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft during an Israeli air strike. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that […]

US tells Iran to ‘look in the mirror’ after Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade The US ambassador to the UN has urged Iran to “look in the mirror” for the causes of an attack on a military parade that killed 25 on Saturday. Nikki Haley said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had […]

Ari Fuld killing: $1m raised for family by crowdfunders

Image copyright GoFundMe Image caption Ari Fuld had a large following on social media A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $1m (£760,000; 850,000 euros) for the family of an American Israeli killed by a Palestinian a week ago. It was set up after Ari Fuld was stabbed to death at a shopping centre in […]

Iran’s Rouhani fumes at US after Ahvaz parade attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised the US following a deadly attack on a military parade. Gunmen opened fire at Revolutionary Guard troops in the south-western city of Ahvaz on Saturday, in an attack claimed by both […]

British ‘pharmacist who joined IS’ is detained in Syria

Image copyright Gety Image caption The man was captured in Deir al-Zour, where US and Syrian Democratic Forces are fighting IS militants A British man who says he is a pharmacist from Birmingham has been detained in Syria on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State group. Kurdish forces captured Anwar Miah in […]

Iran blames Gulf rivals for deadly Ahvaz attack

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe moment gunmen open fire on an Iranian military parade Iranian leaders have accused US-backed Gulf states of being behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including a child. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “puppets of the US” were trying to “create […]

Iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz

Gunmen have opened fire on an Iranian military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz, killing several people, including civilians, and injuring at least 20, state media say. The attackers shot from a park near the parade and were wearing military uniforms, reports say. State media say Islamist militants are thought to be behind the […]

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