Isis: Fighting near Tikrit destroys tomb of Saddam Hussein

The tomb of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been destroyed in fighting near Tikrit where Iraqi forces supported by Iran-backed Shiite militias have been trying to take control of the city from the militants of the Islamic State (Isis). Mar 17, 2015

Wikimedia files lawsuit challenging NSA mass surveillance

The US National Security Agency was sued on 10 March by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. Mar 11, 2015

Jordan and Israel agree $900m Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline

Jordan and Israel signed an agreement on 26 February to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea. Feb 27, 2015

Philip Hammond: Weapons for Ukraine still an option

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has outlined Britains stance on the conflict in Ukraine, telling a news conference in Budapest on 27 February that weapons could still be provided to Ukrainian armed forces if the situation on the ground changes. Feb 27, 2015