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 […]

Deir al-Zour: Syrian army retakes IS-held city as Iraqis also advance

Deir al-Zour: Syrian army retakes IS-held city as Iraqis also advance

Media caption‘We would rather be killed by IS than be here’ – the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria The Syrian army has retaken Deir al-Zour, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, state TV says. Other reports said the Syrian army and its allies were clearing the last pockets of resistance […]

UK minister held undisclosed Israel talks

UK minister held undisclosed Israel talks

Image copyright EPA The International Development Secretary held undisclosed meetings in Israel without telling the Foreign Office while accompanied by an influential pro-Israeli Conservative lobbyist, the BBC has learned. Priti Patel met the leader of one of Israel’s main political parties and made visits to several organisations where official departmental business was reportedly discussed. According […]

Deir al-Zour: Syrian army ‘takes last IS stronghold’

Deir al-Zour: Syrian army ‘takes last IS stronghold’

Media caption‘We would rather be killed by IS than be here’ – the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria The Syrian army has retaken Deir al-Zour, the last major stronghold of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria, state TV says. “The city is completely liberated from terrorism,” the state TV report said. Other reports said the […]

IS ‘executed’ 741 civilians during Mosul battle – UN

IS ‘executed’ 741 civilians during Mosul battle – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption More than 824,000 civilians were displaced by the nine-month battle At least 741 civilians died in “execution-style killings” by Islamic State militants during the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN says. The jihadists are also alleged to have carried out mass abductions, used human shields, intentionally shelled […]

‘Big void’ identified in Khufu’s Great Pyramid at Giza

‘Big void’ identified in Khufu’s Great Pyramid at Giza

Media captionMark Lehner: “A space that the builders left to protect the grand gallery?” The mysteries of the pyramids have deepened with the discovery of what appears to be a giant void within the Khufu, or Cheops, monument in Egypt. It is not known why the cavity exists or indeed if it holds anything of […]

Balfour Declaration: May hosts Israeli PM for centenary

Balfour Declaration: May hosts Israeli PM for centenary

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May invited Benjamin Netanyahu when they met in London in February PM Theresa May is to host her Israeli counterpart as part of events marking the centenary of a British pledge which paved the way for Israel’s creation. Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit comes on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike ‘kills 26 at Saada market’

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike ‘kills 26 at Saada market’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The coalition did not immediately confirm or deny that it was behind the attack A suspected Saudi-led coalition air strike has killed at least 26 people in rebel-held northern Yemen, medics and local officials say. Warplanes are reported to have bombed a hotel and a busy market in the Sahar […]

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