Iraq Supreme Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Iraq Supreme Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in a referendum held on 25 September. The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum on Kurdish independence was unconstitutional. The ruling comes nearly two months after the vote, in which 92% of Iraqi Kurds supported secession. Following the ballot, Iraq’s government […]

Israeli president rejects pardon for soldier Elor Azaria

Israeli president rejects pardon for soldier Elor Azaria

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Elor Azaria submitted a request to be pardoned over the shooting of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has rejected an appeal for a pardon for a soldier jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker. Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the […]

Saad Hariri, Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’

Saad Hariri, Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Macron had offered to mediate in the crisis over Mr Hariri’s resignation Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign. He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but President […]

Syria: Russia again blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Syria: Russia again blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright AFP Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has cast a second veto in as many days to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia rejected a […]

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM leaves Saudi Arabia

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM leaves Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on 4 November Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has left Saudi Arabia for France, a TV channel owned by his family says. Mr Hariri earlier denied claims he was being held hostage in the Gulf kingdom, tweeting that it “is a lie”. Mr Hariri resigned […]

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces gather in the Rawa area during the offensive Iraqi forces say they have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by so-called Islamic State. The move, which follows an offensive that began on Saturday, leaves the jihadist group on the verge of complete defeat in Iraq. […]

Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister questioned

The United Nations says millions of civilians will die in Yemen, if Saudi Arabia does not end its blockade of the country. Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir has defended the sanctions, telling the BBC’s Lyse Doucet “no country has provided more aid to Yemen than Saudi Arabia”. Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister questioned}

Kuwait Airways ‘within its rights’ to ban Israeli – German court

Kuwait Airways ‘within its rights’ to ban Israeli – German court

Image copyright Wikimedia Image caption Kuwait Airways cancelled the passenger’s ticket for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok. A German court has ruled that a Kuwaiti airline was within its rights to refuse to carry an Israeli citizen. The ruling angered Jewish groups and others, who argued that it condoned anti-Semitism. Kuwait Airways cancelled the […]

Yemen blockade: UN warns of ‘untold thousands’ of deaths

Yemen blockade: UN warns of ‘untold thousands’ of deaths

Media captionInside Yemen’s industrial-scale prosthetic limb factory Three United Nations agencies have issued an urgent appeal for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to fully lift its blockade of the country. The World Health Programme, World Food Programme and Unicef said the reopening of government-controlled air and sea ports this week was not sufficient. The […]