Yazidi women seek ritual cleansing after fleeing IS abuse

Three years ago, so-called Islamic State captured several thousand Yazidi women and girls and began trading them as sex slaves. Some of those who escaped have visited an ancient holy site to receive ritual cleansing as they rebuild their lives. Yazidi women seek ritual cleansing after fleeing IS abuse}

Palestinian cartoonist’s 1987 murder reinvestigated

Palestinian cartoonist’s 1987 murder reinvestigated

Image copyright Met Police Image caption Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali died a month after he was shot in the neck The murder of a Palestinian cartoonist who was shot dead in the street is being reinvestigated 30 years on. Naji Salim Hussain Al-Ali, a political cartoonist for Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, was shot in the neck […]

Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon – Netanyahu

Iran building missile factories in Syria and Lebanon – Netanyahu

Image copyright IMAGESAT INTERNATIONAL NV/REUTERS Image caption Israeli analysts say a facility being built in Syria is similar to a missile factory near Tehran Israel’s prime minister has said Iran is building sites in Syria and Lebanon to produce precision-guided missiles. Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a “base of military entrenchment as […]

UAE cuts sentences for cross-dressing pair

UAE cuts sentences for cross-dressing pair

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abu Dhabi has strict laws against cross-dressing A pre-operative transgender woman and a man, both from Singapore, jailed in the United Arab Emirates for cross-dressing have had their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation, officials say. Nur Qistina Fitriah Ibrahim and Muhammad Fadli Bin Abdul Rahman were arrested in […]

Syria-Lebanon border battle against IS paused as body parts found

Syria-Lebanon border battle against IS paused as body parts found

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lebanese soldiers flash victory signs in the town of Ras Baalbek The Lebanese army says it has located the remains of eight people it believes to be soldiers taken hostage by so-called Islamic State militants in 2014. It comes after a ceasefire was declared on the Syria-Lebanon border, leading to […]

Syria-Lebanon border battle against IS paused

Syria-Lebanon border battle against IS paused

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Lebanese soldiers flash victory signs in the town of Ras Baalbek A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanese sources said IS […]

RAF Red Arrows to perform in seven Middle East countries

RAF Red Arrows to perform in seven Middle East countries

Image copyright PA The Red Arrows will carry out a tour of the Middle East next month, the Ministry of Defence has said. The RAF’s aerobatic team will perform in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE, it said. The tour will highlight links with the British Armed Forces in each of […]

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border

Ceasefire with ‘Islamic State’ on Syria-Lebanon border

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hezbollah fighters pictured in a truck in Jroud Arsal, near the Syria-Lebanon border A ceasefire has been declared in offensives against so-called Islamic State on the Syria-Lebanon border. The militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other. Lebanon’s army […]

Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces ‘breach IS defences to reach city centre’

Tal Afar battle: Iraqi forces ‘breach IS defences to reach city centre’

Media captionIraqi forces face an estimated 2,000 militants inside Tal Afar Iraqi forces say they have broken through the defences of so-called Islamic State (IS) and reached the centre of the city of Tal Afar. A spokesman said troops had also reached the old citadel. Tal Afar, in north-western Iraq near the Syrian border, is […]

Yemen war: Children dead after Sanaa air strike

Yemen war: Children dead after Sanaa air strike

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Local residents carried bodies from the rubble of the two destroyed buildings At least nine people, including children, have been killed after an air strike hit a residential area of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. Witnesses said two buildings in the south of the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, had […]