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 […]

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘can go to France when he wants’

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘can go to France when he wants’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) said he had a “friendly and trusting” meeting with Saad Hariri (L) The French foreign minister has said Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri can travel “when he wants” to France from Saudi Arabia, where officials in Beirut allege he is being detained. Jean-Yves Le Drian was […]

Ahmad Zeidan: British student released from UAE prison

Ahmad Zeidan: British student released from UAE prison

Image copyright Zeidan family Image caption Ahmad Zeidan, now 23, was jailed in 2014 after 0.04g of cocaine was found in a car in which he was a passenger A British student has been freed from jail in the United Arab Emirates after a three-year campaign for his release. Ahmad Zeidan was imprisoned in 2014 […]

Saad Hariri: France offers visit, ‘not exile’

Saad Hariri: France offers visit, ‘not exile’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Posters depicting Saad Hariri are displayed in streets in the Lebanese capital, Beirut French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and his family to France, but said he was not offering political exile. French officials say Mr Hariri will arrive “in the coming days”. Mr Hariri resigned […]

Saad Hariri: Saudis detaining Lebanon PM says Michel Aoun

Saad Hariri: Saudis detaining Lebanon PM says Michel Aoun

Media captionForeign Minister Gibran Bassil says Lebanon wants to resolve Saad Hariri’s “ambiguous situation” Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has for the first time publicly accused Saudi Arabia of detaining its prime minister, who resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Riyadh on 4 November. Mr Aoun said “nothing justified” Saad Hariri’s continued absence, and that it […]

UK mulls protection for Briton held in Iran

UK mulls protection for Briton held in Iran

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Richard Ratcliffe told a press conference he raised the issue of diplomatic protection for his wife The Foreign Office is still considering whether it will give diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held by Tehran since April 2016 after being accused of […]

Egypt singer faces trial for ‘provocative’ Nile remarks

Egypt singer faces trial for ‘provocative’ Nile remarks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sherine Abdel Wahab issued a statement apologising for her “foolish joke” at the concert A famous Egyptian singer faces trial for “spreading provocative publicity” after she suggested that drinking from the River Nile could make someone ill. A lawsuit was filed after video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked […]