UK FM urged to retract Iran remark

UK FM urged to retract Iran remark

Media captionMr Ratcliffe maintains his wife is innocent The husband of a British-Iranian woman, in prison in Iran, has urged Boris Johnson to retract his remark that she had been training journalists in Iran. Richard Ratcliffe said Iranian officials were using the foreign secretary’s statement to justify extending his wife Nazanin’s jail term. Mr Johnson […]

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption File photo: A Saudi special forces helicopter flying in Riyadh, 2015 A Saudi prince has been killed when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed near the border with Yemen, state television reported. Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of Asir province, was travelling with several officials when […]

Lebanon PM forced by Saudis to resign, says Hezbollah

Lebanon PM forced by Saudis to resign, says Hezbollah

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia The leader of Lebanon-based Shia group Hezbollah has said that Saudi Arabia forced the Lebanese prime minister to resign. Saad al-Hariri stepped down in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, denouncing Hezbollah and its Iranian backers, […]

Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

Saudi princes among dozens detained in ‘corruption’ purge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is among those held The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia has consolidated his hold on power with a major purge of the kingdom’s political and business leadership. A new anti-corruption body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, four sitting […]

Saudi princes among dozens detained in anti-corruption purge

Saudi princes among dozens detained in anti-corruption purge

Image copyright AFP Image caption The anti-corruption committee was formed by royal decree and is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman A new Saudi anti-corruption body has detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and dozens of former ministers, media reports say. The detentions came hours after the new committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Lebanon Hariri resignation a plot to stoke tension, says Iran

Lebanon Hariri resignation a plot to stoke tension, says Iran

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Hariri’s resignation opens up great uncertainty in Lebanon Iran says the surprise resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is part of a plot to stoke tensions in the region. An adviser to Iran’s supreme leader accused the US and Saudi Arabia of being behind the move. Mr Hariri, […]

Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Image copyright AFP Image caption The King Khalid International Airport is located north of Riyadh Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted […]

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Hariri has been in charge for less than a year Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. Mr Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Mr Hariri accused Iran of […]

Syria government forces close in on IS border town

Syria government forces close in on IS border town

Media caption“We would rather be killed by IS than be here” – the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria Syrian pro-government forces backed by Russian airpower are advancing rapidly towards a border town still held by the Islamic State (IS) group. A day after taking full control of the city of Deir al-Zour, the Syrian military […]

IS loses Deir al-Zour in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq on same day

IS loses Deir al-Zour in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq on same day

Media caption‘We would rather be killed by IS than be here’ – the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost control of two of its last remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Early on Friday Syria’s army announced it had taken Deir al-Zour. Later in the day the Iraqi prime minister […]