Russia’s Putin visits Syria airbase and orders start of pullout

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim airbase, […]

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fans dressed as famous film characters at a Comic Con Arabia event in Riyadh last month Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades. The ministry of culture and information said it would begin issuing licences immediately and that […]

Netanyahu: Palestinians must face reality over Jerusalem

Media captionProtests in Beirut turn ugly again Israel’s prime minister has said Palestinians must “get to grips with” the reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital in order to move towards peace. Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem had been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and had “never been the capital of any other people”. He […]

Trump Jerusalem move: Tear gas at Lebanon US embassy protest

Media captionSecurity forces in Lebanon use tear gas to try to disperse protesters at the US embassy There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Security forces fired tear gas and water cannon to force […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ramallah was one of several West Bank sites to see violent protests Palestinians have taken to the streets of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a third day angry at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds protested, but numbers were down compared […]

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Image copyright AFP Image caption Recapturing Mosul was the bloodiest conflict – for both combatants and civilians Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained […]

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

Image copyright EPA Image caption The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from the New Kingdom Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor. The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from […]

Johnson in ‘frank talks’ on jailed Briton Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Media captionNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Husband doesn’t expect immediate release UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his Iranian counterpart have spoken “frankly” in Tehran about jailed Briton Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He met Mohammed Javad Zarif to urge her freeing on humanitarian grounds, along with other dual nationals held in Iran. Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Tehran since […]

Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 25 people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian health officials said Israel says it has targeted a number of sites belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes. The Israeli military says it hit a weapons manufacturing site and an ammunition store […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson set for talks in Iran

Image copyright Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since April 2016 Boris Johnson will raise “grave concerns” over the imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when he arrives in Iran later. The UK foreign secretary will call for the release of the British-Iranian woman, along with other dual nationals. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is […]

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