US penalises companies linked to Iran missile programme

US penalises companies linked to Iran missile programme

Media captionIranian state TV broadcast footage of a missile test in September The US has imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies it says are contributing to the country’s ballistic missile programme. The sanctions freeze any property the companies hold in the US, and prohibit Americans from dealing with them. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin linked the […]

Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Image copyright AFP Image caption Several children were pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Misraba Twenty-five civilians are reported to have been killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria’s capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people […]

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference

Iran protests: US accused of ‘grotesque’ interference

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets Iran has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in its internal affairs in a letter to the UN. It said the US leadership, in “numerous absurd tweets, [had] incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts” which violated international law. Twenty-one people died in six days […]

Turkey anger as US convicts banker Atilla over Iran sanctions case

Turkey anger as US convicts banker Atilla over Iran sanctions case

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mehmet Hakan Atilla faces up to 30 years in prison Turkey has reacted angrily after a Turkish banker was convicted in New York over a massive scheme to help Iran evade US sanctions. Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty of bank fraud and conspiracy but cleared of money laundering. Turkey’s […]

Yemen: Children hit by diphtheria outbreak

Despite being almost eradicated worldwide, diphtheria is returning to Yemen as a result of the country’s civil war. The BBC’s Nawal Al-Maghafi travelled to the remote village of Beit al Haboob, where more than 40 people have contracted the disease. Yemen: Children hit by diphtheria outbreak}

Qatari royals’ jewels stolen from Venice exhibition

Qatari royals’ jewels stolen from Venice exhibition

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Venice exhibition displayed Indian jewellery from the 16th to 20th Centuries Jewellery belonging to the Qatari royal family’s collection has been stolen from a Venice exhibition. Several items of jewellery were stolen from a case at the exhibition at the Doge’s Palace on Wednesday morning, police said. The items […]

Iran protests: General declares ‘sedition’ defeated

Iran protests: General declares ‘sedition’ defeated

Media captionIran protests: Why people have taken to the streets The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has declared the defeat of the “sedition” in the country, referring to a wave of anti-government protests. Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari made the announcement as tens of thousands of people attended pro-government rallies called to counter the unrest. […]

Palestinians condemn Trump threat to cut aid as ‘blackmail’

Palestinians condemn Trump threat to cut aid as ‘blackmail’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US is the largest single donor to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees Palestinian officials have dismissed as “blackmail” Donald Trump’s threat to cut US aid over what he called their unwillingness to negotiate with Israel. A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas insisted Jerusalem was “not for sale” – […]

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment

Image copyright AFP Image caption The migrants claim they are seeking asylum from persecution, although Israel views them as economic migrants The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 […]

Iran protests: Supreme leader Khamenei blames ‘enemies’

Iran protests: Supreme leader Khamenei blames ‘enemies’

Media captionFootage shows improvised roadblocks and street fires Iran’s supreme leader has accused the country’s enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since people protesting at Iran’s economic troubles clashed with security forces last Thursday. Nine people, including a child, […]