From London via Middle East – The Oamaru Mail

From London via Middle East – The Oamaru Mail

The Oamaru Library is filled with thousands of stories. Reporter Tyson Young catches up with community services librarian and deputy manager Jean Rivett, who has a fascinating story of her own. Q Where are you from originally, Jean? I come from northwest Kent in the UK, which is not far from London. Q How did […]

Sudanese teacher was 'raped and killed by special torture unit' – Middle East Eye

Sudanese teacher was 'raped and killed by special torture unit' – Middle East Eye

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence and torture. Some names have been changed to protect the identities of those concerned. It was the moment when security personnel told detained teacher Ahmed al-Kheir to remove his trousers that Haytham Omer, another prisoner, describes as the worst of his life. “When I heard the […]

Two Syrians arrested in Germany for suspected crimes against humanity – Middle East Monitor

Two Syrians arrested in Germany for suspected crimes against humanity – Middle East Monitor

Police have arrested two Syrian citizens in Germany on suspicion of crimes against humanity, including torturing prisoners, during their work for the intelligence service in Syria, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, Reuters reports. Germany, Norway and Sweden are the only European countries whose laws allow them to prosecute and try war crimes committed outside their […]

Acting Pentagon chief reassures Iraqis after anger over Trump remarks – Middle East Monitor

Acting Pentagon chief reassures Iraqis after anger over Trump remarks – Middle East Monitor

Acting US defence chief Patrick Shanahan told Iraqi leaders that Washington understood its forces were in Iraq at Baghdad’s invitation, aiming to steady relations after President Donald Trump said US troops were needed to keep an eye on Iran, Reuters reports. Shanahan met Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi during an unannounced trip to Baghdad on Tuesday. […]

Iraq sentences 6 brothers to death for Daesh membership – Middle East Monitor

Iraq sentences 6 brothers to death for Daesh membership – Middle East Monitor

The Nineveh Criminal Court in northern Iraq today sentenced six brothers to death by hanging for joining Daesh and carrying out attacks against the Iraqi security forces. The media centre of the Supreme Judicial Council said: “The Criminal Court of Nineveh has sentenced the six terrorists to death by hanging,” adding that the brothers are […]

Report: Middle East arms imports doubled in 5 years – Middle East Monitor

Report: Middle East arms imports doubled in 5 years – Middle East Monitor

Arms imports to the Middle East were doubled during the period from 2013-2017, compared to the region’s total arms imports in the previous five years, the Munich Security Report 2019 revealed yesterday. The report showed that 53 per cent of arms exports to the Middle East were from the United States (US), 11 per cent […]

Reports: Israel spying on Iran from Afghanistan – The Jerusalem Post

Reports: Israel spying on Iran from Afghanistan – The Jerusalem Post

Share on facebook Share on twitter Soldiers attached to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Iowa National Guard and 10th Mountain, 2-14 Infantry Battalion, load onto a Chinook helicopter to head out on a mission in Afghanistan, January 15, 2019. 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford/U.S. . (photo credit: VERNICCIA FORD/U.S. ARMY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) X […]

ENI’s spree of deals in the Middle East sets it up for growth – The National

ENI’s spree of deals in the Middle East sets it up for growth – The National

Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Italian oil giant ENI, has muscled in like Mario Balotelli to score in the Middle East. Deals in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Oman and Bahrain have taken his firm from non-competitors to championship contenders. And the Middle East has become a showcase for sharp differences in the strategies of the leading […]