Syria conflict: Air strike in Hama province cripples cave hospital

Image copyright UOSSM Image caption Five missiles managed to blast through the rock protecting the cave hospital A hospital built under 20m (60 feet) of rock in a rebel-held part of central Syria has been wrecked by a powerful air strike, medical sources say. They say the hospital in Hama province – regarded as one […]

Cancelled Israel Lorde gig sparks anti-boycott lawsuit

Cancelled Israel Lorde gig sparks anti-boycott lawsuit

Image copyright Getty Images An Israeli advocacy group has launched a lawsuit against two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing pop singer Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel. It is thought to be the first case filed under a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits against anyone calling for a boycott of the country. Critics […]

Iran ‘jails Iranian-American gallery owner and wife’

Iran ‘jails Iranian-American gallery owner and wife’

Image copyright Center for Human Rights in Iran Image caption Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari were reportedly arrested in Tehran in July 2016 A court in Iran has reportedly handed an Iranian-American man and his wife lengthy prison terms after convicting them on espionage and other charges. The US-based Center for Human Rights in Iran […]

Yemen separatists capture most of Aden, residents say

Yemen separatists capture most of Aden, residents say

Image copyright EPA Image caption The separatists had given the prime minister until Sunday to resign Yemeni separatists have taken almost full control of the southern port city of Aden after days of fighting with government forces, residents say. PM Ahmed bin Daghar and members of his cabinet are believed to be holed up inside […]

Yemen PM ‘holed up’ as Aden palace surrounded

Yemen PM ‘holed up’ as Aden palace surrounded

Image copyright EPA Image caption The separatists had given the prime minister until Sunday to resign Southern Yemeni separatists have surrounded the presidential palace in the city of Aden following clashes with previously allied government forces. Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghar and members of his cabinet were believed to be holed up inside the compound. […]

Saudi anti-corruption drive generates $106bn in settlements

Saudi anti-corruption drive generates $106bn in settlements

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The high-profile figures were detained at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel A sweeping anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia has generated an estimated $106.7bn (£75.6bn) in settlements, the kingdom’s attorney general has said. Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 56 of the 381 people called in for questioning since 4 November remained in custody. The […]

Yemen war: Deadly infighting rages in Aden

Yemen war: Deadly infighting rages in Aden

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Southern separatists are reported to have sent for reinforcements from neighbouring provinces Clashes between forces loyal to Yemen’s president and southern separatists have continued in Aden, with both sides now using tanks and heavy artillery. The interior ministry had earlier said calm had been restored and had urged people to […]

Poland president to review Holocaust bill after Israel outcry

Poland president to review Holocaust bill after Israel outcry

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, were killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland Poland’s President Andrzej Duda says he will review controversial plans to outlaw any suggestion of Polish complicity in the Nazi Holocaust. Israel has fiercely objected to the draft law, which would also make […]

Iran frees woman who took off headscarf – lawyer

Iran frees woman who took off headscarf – lawyer

Image copyright Unknown Image caption The woman became the face of protests in Iran late last year An Iranian woman detained after defiantly taking off her headscarf and holding it on a stick in Tehran has been freed, a human rights lawyer says. The woman – whose name remains unknown – became the face of […]

Syria war: Turkish air strikes ‘damage ancient Afrin temple’

Syria war: Turkish air strikes ‘damage ancient Afrin temple’

Image copyright Alamy Image caption A frieze of lions and sphinxes as well as colossal basalt lions ran around the temple of Ain Dara Turkish air strikes have seriously damaged an ancient temple in Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region, the Syrian government and a monitoring group say. Pictures circulated online showed what appeared to be a […]

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