UN urges Iran to stop harassing BBC Persian staff

UN urges Iran to stop harassing BBC Persian staff

Media captionBBC Persian staff treatment ‘concerns’ UN Special Rapporteur A United Nations expert has urged Iran’s government to stop harassing BBC Persian staff and their families. David Kaye, the special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, confirmed he had received a complaint from the BBC about their treatment. It came after Iran initiated a […]

BBC complains to UN over Iran ‘persecution’ of Persian staff

BBC complains to UN over Iran ‘persecution’ of Persian staff

Image copyright PA Image caption BBC Persian reaches an estimated audience of 18 million every week The BBC has lodged an urgent complaint at the United Nations against Iran over its “sustained campaign of harassment and persecution” of BBC Persian staff. It comes after Iran initiated a criminal investigation into 150 staff, former staff and […]

Israel approves 176 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Israel approves 176 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nof Zion, seen here in the foreground, is surrounded by homes from Jabal Mukaber Israeli authorities have approved a major expansion of a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem municipality issued permits for 176 new housing units in Nof Zion, which is surrounded by the Palestinian district of […]

Albert Einstein’s happiness note sold for $1.6m

Albert Einstein’s happiness note sold for $1.6m

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two notes sold for $1.56m and $240,000 – way higher than their estimates A note written by Albert Einstein containing advice on happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m). Einstein gave the note to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a […]

Iraqi Kurds offer to ‘freeze’ independence referendum result

Iraqi Kurds offer to ‘freeze’ independence referendum result

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraq’s prime minister called the referendum “a thing of the past” last week Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region has offered to “freeze” the result of September’s referendum on independence and begin dialogue with Baghdad. A statement also proposed a ceasefire “in order to prevent further violence and clashes” triggered by the […]

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: Kurds offer to freeze independence

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: Kurds offer to freeze independence

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Iraqi government has demanded that Kurdish leaders reject the result of the 25 September referendum The Kurdistan Regional Government has offered to freeze the results of a recent disputed independence referendum and enter dialogue with Baghdad. The government said in a statement that it proposed a ceasefire “in order […]

IS foreign fighters: 5,600 have returned home – report

IS foreign fighters: 5,600 have returned home – report

Image copyright AFP Image caption The IS territorial “caliphate” is shrinking rapidly as Iraqi and Syrian forces make gains At least 5,600 supporters of so-called Islamic State (IS) have returned to their home countries as it loses ground in Iraq and Syria, a new report says. The Soufan Center, a US-based think tank, says 33 […]

IS-fighting British man Jac Holmes killed in Syria

IS-fighting British man Jac Holmes killed in Syria

Media captionJac Holmes told the BBC why he went to fight IS, in an interview recorded weeks before he was killed A British man who has been fighting so-called Islamic State in Syria has been killed while clearing landmines in Raqqa, the BBC understands. Jac Holmes had been fighting with Kurdish militia the YPG since […]

Astrolabe: Shipwreck find ‘earliest navigation tool’

Astrolabe: Shipwreck find ‘earliest navigation tool’

Image copyright Philip Koch Image caption The instrument was once used by mariners to measure the altitude of the Sun during their voyages An artefact excavated from a shipwreck off the coast of Oman has been found to be the oldest known example of a type of navigational tool. Marine archaeologists say the object is […]

Iraq rebuffs Tillerson call to disband Iran-backed militias

Iraq rebuffs Tillerson call to disband Iran-backed militias

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Tillerson (left) met Mr Abadi after flying in from Kabul late on Monday Iraq’s prime minister has defended Iran-backed militias, during talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who had criticised their role. During Mr Tillerson’s visit to Baghdad, PM Haider al-Abadi called the fighters the “hope of […]

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