Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘suspends’ resignation

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘suspends’ resignation

Media captionWhat happened to Lebanese PM Saad Hariri? Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has “suspended” his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to “put it on hold ahead of further consultations”. The two men held talks […]

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri back in Beirut after shock resignation

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri back in Beirut after shock resignation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saad Hariri arrived in Beirut shortly before midnight on Tuesday Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his shock resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago. Mr Hariri was greeted at Beirut airport by members of the security forces as […]

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saad Hariri arrived in Beirut shortly before midnight on Tuesday Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago. Mr Hariri was greeted at Beirut international airport by members of the security forces as […]

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders met for the first time since October 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by the Syrian leader. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was […]

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Egypt singer held for ‘inciting debauchery’ in music video

Image copyright Shyma Image caption Shyma wrote that she had not anticipated the backlash against her video An Egyptian singer has reportedly been detained for a week after she appeared in a music video in her underwear while suggestively eating a banana. Shaimaa Ahmed, a 25-year-old known professionally as Shyma, was arrested by Egyptian police […]

BBC witnesses last stand of IS in eastern Syrian town

So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost its last urban stronghold in Syria. But as the extremist Sunni group fades, Shia influence is growing from Iran to Lebanon. BBC Arabic’s Feras Kilani has this special report from inside the eastern town of Albu Kamal. BBC witnesses last stand of IS in eastern Syrian town}

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Revolutionary Guards for “speeding up assistance” Iran’s supreme leader has criticised the government’s response to last week’s earthquake during a visit to the scene of the disaster. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said many people involved in the rescue and relief operations had performed well, but that […]

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 […]