Syria civil war: Troops enter last IS urban stronghold

Syria civil war: Troops enter last IS urban stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian pro-government forces captured the city of Deir al-Zour on Friday Syrian pro-government forces have entered the eastern border town of Albu Kamal, so-called Islamic State’s (IS) last urban stronghold in the country. The state-run al-Ikhbariya channel said troops and militiamen had “fully liberated” the town on Wednesday night. But […]

Yemen conflict: UN official warns of world’s biggest famine

Yemen conflict: UN official warns of world’s biggest famine

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeida is a key entry point for UN aid Yemen faces the world’s largest famine in decades “with millions of victims” if aid deliveries are not resumed, a senior UN official has warned. Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, urged the Saudi-led […]

Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal ‘captured’

Syria civil war: Last major IS town Albu Kamal ‘captured’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian pro-government forces captured the city of Deir al-Zour on Friday Syrian army and allied forces have taken Albu Kamal, the last major town held by so-called Islamic State in the country, Syrian state media says. Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces also took part in the operation, close to the border […]

UK minister quits over Israel meetings row

UK minister quits over Israel meetings row

Media captionPriti Patel is filmed leaving the back entrance of 10 Downing Street Priti Patel has resigned as UK international development secretary amid controversy over her unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials. She was ordered back from an official trip in Africa by the PM and summoned to Downing Street over the row. In her resignation […]

Alaa Abdel Fattah: Egypt court upholds activist’s sentence

Alaa Abdel Fattah: Egypt court upholds activist’s sentence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alaa Abdel Fattah – seen here in court in 2015 – is also on trial for allegedly insulting the judiciary Egypt’s highest appeals court has upheld a five-year prison sentence for the blogger and pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, his family says. They said the Court of Cassation had confirmed […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi: UAE museum unveiled by Emmanuel Macron

Louvre Abu Dhabi: UAE museum unveiled by Emmanuel Macron

Media captionLouvre Abu Dhabi: Three things to know French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a £1bn newly-built museum in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The new Louvre, built over the past 10 years, holds 600 artworks permanently and 300 loaned from France. Praised by critics, the building boasts a latticed dome designed to allow the desert sun […]

UK minister’s future in doubt over Israeli row

UK minister’s future in doubt over Israeli row

Image copyright PA Priti Patel has been ordered back from Africa by the prime minister following controversy over her meetings with Israeli officials, the BBC understands. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said “some kind of development” was expected today and Ms Patel’s sacking seemed “almost inevitable now”. Ms Patel apologised on Monday to the PM […]

Saudi boy of eight filmed driving car on motorway

Saudi boy of eight filmed driving car on motorway

Image copyright Twitter/@eMoroor Image caption Many social media users expressed shock and anger at the actions of the vehicle’s owner Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a man after video emerged showing an eight-year-old boy driving a car on a motorway near Jeddah. The Red Sea city’s traffic police department said officers had also impounded […]

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Yemen conflict: Saudi ban ‘catastrophic’ for aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption The port of Hodeida is a key entry point for UN aid Aid agencies are seeking urgent access for humanitarian supplies to war-torn Yemen, after the Saudi-led coalition closed all routes into the country. The UN and the Red Cross said a “catastrophic” situation threatened millions who rely on life-saving […]

Paris climate accord: Syria to sign up, isolating US

Paris climate accord: Syria to sign up, isolating US

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syria’s decision was reported at the Bonn climate conference The US is set to become isolated in its stance on the Paris climate agreement, after Syria said it was preparing to join the deal. The Paris deal unites the world’s nations in tackling climate change. Syria and Nicaragua were […]