Yemen war: Fighting rages over vital port of Hudaydah

Image copyright EPA Image caption The assault began after Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw from Hudaydah Fierce fighting has been reported after pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive on the rebel-held city of Hudaydah, a key port for aid supplies. The United Arab Emirates confirmed of its […]

Syria war: OPCW says Sarin was used in March 2017 attack

Image copyright Abd al-Munaf Faraj al-Saleh via Human Rights Watch Image caption A rescue worker sent Human Rights Watch a photo of a deformed yellow gas cylinder that he said hit the Latamina hospital roof on 25 March 2017 The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent Sarin and chlorine are very likely to […]

Miss Iraq and Miss Israel reunited after selfie controversy

Image copyright Sarah Idan/Instagram Image caption Sarah Idan (right) captioned her 2017 pageant selfie “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel” Six months ago, a simple selfie between two Miss Universe contestants provoked a backlash that pushed one to flee her home country, her family in tow. Sarah Idan was representing Iraq at […]

Yemen war: Saudi-backed forces begin assault on Hudaydah port

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sudanese forces fighting along the Saudi-led coalition had been gathering outside the port city Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels. The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas and agencies […]

World Cup: Nike boots barred for Iran footballers amid US sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nike says as a US company it cannot supply boots to Iranian footballers Sportswear giant Nike says it has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the World Cup because of new US sanctions. The decision has frustrated Iranian players and head coach Carlos Queiroz, who […]

Syria war: UN seeks inquiry into ‘Russian’ Idlib air strikes

Image copyright AFP Image caption The attack on Zardana was one of the deadliest in rebel-held Idlib province this year The UN’s secretary general has called for an investigation into deadly air strikes in Syria last week that were allegedly conducted by Russian jets. António Guterres expressed deep concern about Thursday’s attack on the rebel-held […]

Iraq election: Fire at Baghdad ballot paper depot

Media captionIt is not clear if voting papers have been destroyed A fire has been brought under control at Iraq’s biggest ballot paper storage depot after calls for an election recount. Votes for the eastern district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, were being held in the depot. Officials say some ballot boxes could have been […]

Iraq election: Fire hits Baghdad ballots ahead of recount

Media captionIt is not clear if voting papers have been destroyed A fire has hit Iraq’s biggest ballot paper storage depot ahead of a recount. Votes for the eastern district of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, were being held in the building. It is not clear if any were destroyed or what caused the fire. Last […]

Iraq election: Fire hits Baghdad recount warehouse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The storage site housed ballot boxes from the al-Rusafa district in the east of Baghdad A fire has hit Iraq’s biggest ballot paper warehouse that was being used to store votes ahead of a recount. Votes for the eastern district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad were being held in the […]

Israel blames Iran for Gaza border violence

Image copyright EPA Image caption The weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border fence have been taking place since March Israel has accused Iran of fuelling recent violence on the Gaza border that has seen more than 100 Palestinians killed amid protests against Israel. Israeli military aircraft dropped leaflets on Gaza on Thursday, warning Palestinians not […]