Syria conflict: Pompeo ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has an estimated 2,000 troops in northern Syria US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves. He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with […]

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum A Saudi teenager who fled her family and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to […]

Sharm el-Sheikh: UK should end flight ban – Egyptian ambassador

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The beach resort of Sharm el-Sheikh was hugely popular with Britons but visitor numbers dropped after the flight ban Direct flights from Britain to Sharm el-Sheikh should resume, the Egyptian ambassador to the UK has said. Tarek Adel told the BBC Egypt had finished working with British security teams to […]

Syria war: My son was an IS fighter, now I’m trying to save his children

While the Islamic State group appears close to defeat in Syria, hundreds of relatives of IS fighters are stuck in Kurdish-run refugee camps in the country. They number around 1,500 mainly women and children, but their own governments are refusing to repatriate them. Their fate remains especially unclear since President Trump’s decision to withdraw US […]

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Media captionDrone explodes above a podium where officials were watching a military parade at a Yemeni base. A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed six soldiers. The drone exploded above a podium at al-Anad base, in the southern province of Lahj, where high-ranking officers and officials […]

Michael R White: Iran confirms arrest of ex-US sailor

Image copyright CBS Image caption Michael R White in an undated photograph Iran has confirmed it is holding a US citizen, the first American detained in the Islamic Republic during the Trump presidency. Former US Navy member Michael R White, 46, was arrested “some time ago” and is being held at an Iranian prison, the […]

Ahmed Douma: Egyptian activist jailed for 15 years at retrial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ahmed Douma was a founder of the now-banned April 6 youth movement An Egyptian activist who was a leader of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for rioting at a retrial. Ahmed Douma was also fined $335,000 (£262,000) over his alleged role […]

Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gonen Segev (centre) reportedly said he had intended to “fool” Iran with his actions Former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev is to be jailed for 11 years after he admitted spying for Iran, Israel’s justice ministry says. Segev, who served as energy minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited while […]

Miss Algeria beauty queen Khadija Ben Hamou hits back at racist abuse

Image copyright Miss Algerie Image caption Khadija Ben Hamou, from the south of Algeria, said she was proud of her identity The first dark-skinned winner of the Miss Algeria beauty pageant has hit back at critics who have hurled racial abuse at her on social media. “I will not back down because of the people […]

Footage of Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s arrest emerges

Video appearing to show the arrest of jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been shown in a documentary on Iranian TV. The British-Iranian mother has spent more than 1,000 days in an Iranian prison after being convicted of spying. She denies all the charges against her. Last week, her husband revealed she was planning a hunger […]