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Terrorists have made this a most bloody Ramadan

(CNN) Deadly attacks in recent days have rocked the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia, with the bloodshed coinciding with the advent of Ramadan and intensified fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of people have lost their lives and many more have been injured as terrorists targeted Iraqi …

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Iran’s revolutionary guards slam Saudis for Tehran attacks

Tehran, Iran (CNN) Iran’s revolutionary guards have blasted Saudi Arabia for supporting ISIS in the deadly twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday, an accusation likely to infuriate the Saudi kingdom amid high tensions in the region. At least 12 people were killed when attackers mounted simultaneous gun and suicide bomb …

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Qatari riyal under pressure as Saudi, UAE banks delay Qatar deals

Qatar’s currency came under pressure on Tuesday as Gulf Arab commercial banks started holding off on business with Qatari banks because of the diplomatic rift in the region. Banking sources said some banks from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain delayed letters of credit and other deals with …

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Trump says Arab leaders warned him Qatar financed radicalism

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday leaders he met on a Middle East trip had warned him that Qatar was funding “radical ideology” after he had demanded they take action to stop financing militant groups. The comments on Twitter — Trump’s first about the rift between Qatar and major …

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One Love Manchester: Joy shines through pain at benefit concert

The benefit concert held in the wake of the Manchester attack turned into a night of unity, healing and joy for 50,000 music fans. The all-star show was held to remember the victims of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May. Despite the circumstances, a celebratory …

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Canada’s mowing man and tornado photo goes viral

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media. Theunis Wessels was “fully aware” of the twister but “wasn’t worried at all”, his wife Cecilia, who took the photo, told the BBC. She said …

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Four countries cut links with Doha

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs terrorist groups including Islamic State (IS). The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with …

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Satellite goliath goes into orbit

The most powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket. ViaSat-2, which is to be stationed above the Americas, has a total throughput capacity of about 300 gigabits per second. The spacecraft was part of a dual payload on the Ariane flight. It …

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Kabul blast: Deadly explosions at protest victim’s funeral

Suicide bombers have killed at least seven people at the funeral in Kabul of a man who died during a protest on Friday, Afghan officials say. More than 100 were wounded in the attack, which hit the funeral of one of five people killed when police fired on a march …

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Mosul battle: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ fleeing IS-held district

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Mosul while fleeing a district held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city, reports say. A Reuters TV crew found the bodies of men, women and children laying in a street in the Zanjili district. It is not clear how exactly …

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