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A veiled woman sits  on a bench near an installation of wedding dresses by Lebanese artist Mireille Honein and Abaad activist organisation  at Beirut’s corniche in April. The installation was a criticism of Lebanon’s law allowing rapists who married their victims to go free. Photograph:   Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

The Lebanese parliament has repealed a controversial 1940s law permitting rapists to escape prosecution by marrying their victims. Article 522 of the (...)

Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 6th, to celebrate the test launch of North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile two days earlier. Photograph: Jon Chol Jin/AP

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the US territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump admin(...)

Saudi King, Salman bin Abdel Aziz (right) meeting with US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  in July. Photograph: EPA/Saudi Press Agency

The crisis between Qatar and three other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) undermines the unity of the organisation and could implode it.(...)

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani prior to a meeting at the State Department in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Qatar could face further sanctions by Arab states as a deadline to accept a series of demands from its Gulf neighbours, including closing down the tel(...)

Measures would affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States. Photograph: AFP

The United States on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops(...)

Passengers use their laptops on a flight out of John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. File photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

US Homeland Security secretary John Kelly on Wednesday unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the US in what officials sa(...)

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have issued demands to Qatar. Photograph: AFP

The Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar have given the Gulf nation 10 days to comply with a series of demands, including the closure of the Al J(...)

Qatari foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani: “We are willing to sit and talk”. Photograph:  Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday morning, without forewarning, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – backed up by Egypt and a group of smaller Arab and Muslim states –(...)

A man walks past the Qatar Airways office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has swung behind Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that have accused Qatar of backing terrorism, saying funding for “radic(...)

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