Home » Archives by category » Mid-East (Page 3)

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in heavy fighting in Syria after so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Hama province. The militants targeted villages under government control, and clashed with the army and its militia allies. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 15 of the […]

Syria conflict: Turkey opens ‘city’ for orphans of the war

Syria conflict: Turkey opens ‘city’ for orphans of the war

Image copyright Orphans City Image caption Eighteen children will live in each two-storey villa at Orphans City Turkey has opened a vast centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria. The complex, in the south-eastern border town of Reyhanli, will house 990 children in what Turkish media say is a cosy, home environment. […]

Sudan’s Bashir asked to Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

Sudan’s Bashir asked to Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders. Mr Bashir will travel to Saudi […]

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Image copyright AP Image caption Iran has pledged to restrict its nuclear activities Donald Trump’s White House has renewed sanctions relief for Iran, despite the US president’s past criticism. The easing of sanctions is part of a crucial nuclear deal brokered in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama with five other world powers. Mr Trump has […]

IS conflict: US-led coalition denies bombing civilians in Syrian town

IS conflict: US-led coalition denies bombing civilians in Syrian town

Image copyright Amaq Image caption The IS-run Amaq news agency released a video purportedly showing the aftermath of the attack The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) has denied it was behind an attack on a Syrian town that reportedly killed dozens of civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 people, including […]

Syria war: Peace talks restart in Geneva

Syria war: Peace talks restart in Geneva

Image copyright AFP Image caption Staffan de Mistura denied the UN was being used as a diplomatic smokescreen for more war The United Nations has convened a new round of indirect Syrian peace talks in Geneva, despite President Bashar al-Assad dismissing them as irrelevant. The government and opposition have agreed to discuss four “baskets” – […]

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

Media captionAmnesty International says Saydnaya prison may hold between 10,000 and 20,000 people (video contains computer-generated images) The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The state department has released satellite images of the facility which it said […]

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

Image copyright Tasnim News Agency via Reuters Image caption Clerics reportedly feared Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf would split the anti-Rouhani vote Tehran’s hardline mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has withdrawn from Iran’s presidential election. Mr Qalibaf called on his supporters to back fellow hardliner Ebrahim Raisi against the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who is seeking a […]

‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’

Although women can’t run in the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran, they are active in local politics. We spoke to four women about their experiences. ‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’}

Iran election: Fierce exchanges in final TV debate

Iran election: Fierce exchanges in final TV debate

Image copyright EPA Image caption Flyers are handed out for candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran Angry exchanges have erupted during the final televised debate before Iran’s presidential election next week. President Hassan Rouhani accused one of his rivals of abusing religion to win power and another of wanting to beat up students. In return he […]