Syria war: ‘Dozens killed’ in IS reprisals in Qaryatain

Syria war: ‘Dozens killed’ in IS reprisals in Qaryatain

Image copyright AFP Image caption Qaryatain is about 100km (60 miles) west of the ancient city of Palmyra Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by Islamic State militants in a central Syrian town before it was retaken by the Syrian army on Saturday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 116 died […]

Charges dropped against Scot accused of public indecency in Dubai

Charges dropped against Scot accused of public indecency in Dubai

Image copyright Detained in Dubai/Getty Image caption Jamie Harron had been unable to leave the country since July A Scottish man accused of public indecency in Dubai has had the charges against him dropped after the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai intervened. Jamie Harron, 27, from Stirling, had been sentenced to three months in […]

Egypt disputes reported death toll from desert shootout

Egypt disputes reported death toll from desert shootout

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Egypt’s government said 11 officers, four conscripts and one sergeant were killed Egypt’s government has disputed reports that more than 50 policemen were killed in a shootout with militants in the Western Desert on Friday. The interior ministry said only 16 policemen died when they were ambushed during a mission […]

UAE drivers face ‘park and pray’ fines

UAE drivers face ‘park and pray’ fines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dubai authorities would much rather drivers parked safely before getting out to pray Drivers in the United Arab Emirates have been told that they face fines if they park at the roadside to pray. The warning comes from a senior police official after an accident in Dubai in which […]

Iraq’s Shia militia ‘must go home’, says Tillerson

Iraq’s Shia militia ‘must go home’, says Tillerson

Media captionUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – speaking in Doha – said he was not optimistic about breaking the Saudi Arabia-Qatar deadlock US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Iran-backed militias who have been fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq should go home as the battle is nearing its end. […]

Rex Tillerson: Shia militia ‘must leave Iraq’

Rex Tillerson: Shia militia ‘must leave Iraq’

Image copyright EPA Image caption PMU forces were involved in last week’s Iraq government push into Kirkuk US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Iran-backed militias who have been fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq should go home as the battle is nearing its end. Mr Tillerson said all foreign fighters […]

Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Israel Facebook: Mistranslated post creates security alert

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The post that caused the alert has now been deleted Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man last week after a Facebook post he made saying “good morning” in Arabic was mistranslated to read “attack them” in Hebrew, local media have reported. Police confirmed that the construction worker was briefly […]

Scot jailed in Dubai for hip touch

Scot jailed in Dubai for hip touch

Image copyright Detained in Dubai/Getty Image caption Jamie Harron was convicted of public indecency over the incident in a Dubai bar A Scottish man has been sentenced to three months in jail for touching a man’s hip in a Dubai bar. Jamie Harron, from Stirling, was arrested in July and charged with public indecency. He […]

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out

Militants kill Egyptian security forces in desert shoot-out

Image copyright AFP Image caption The clash took place near the Bahariya oasis (pictured) More than 50 Egyptian security personnel have died during a clash with suspected Islamist militants. The militants opened fire on the group during a raid on their hideout near the Bahariya oasis in the Western Desert, the interior ministry said. Security […]

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Iraq Kurds: Army claims full control of Kirkuk province

Media captionKurdish fighters are moving into the area Iraqi forces say they have now wrested control of all areas of Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, following fierce fighting. They say they have retaken Alton Kupri, the last Kurdish-held area. There has been no Kurdish confirmation. A BBC correspondent at the scene witnessed rocket, artillery […]

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