Iranian actress ‘boycotts’ Oscars over Trump visa plan

Iranian actress ‘boycotts’ Oscars over Trump visa plan

Image copyright Getty Images An Iranian actress has said she is going to boycott the Oscars in protest at Donald Trump’s “racist” visa proposals. Taraneh Alidoosti stars in The Salesman, which is nominated for best foreign language film. On Thursday, she tweeted: “Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural […]

Syria conflict: Peace talks begin in Astana, Kazakhstan

Syria conflict: Peace talks begin in Astana, Kazakhstan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Representatives of the main rebel groups are taking part in the talks Fresh peace talks aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict have begun in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana. The talks are brokered by Russia and Iran, which back the Syrian government, and Turkey which supports the rebels. For the first […]

Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pisgat Zeev, one of the areas in East Jerusalem that will see new settlement homes Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after the staunch pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office. Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told AFP: “Now we can finally build.” Israel’s […]

Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra’s Roman Theatre

Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra’s Roman Theatre

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Roman Theatre’s pillared portico is shown here intact in March 2016 Militants from the Islamic State group have destroyed part of the Roman Theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra. Syria’s antiquities chief said the tetrapylon – a group of four pillared structures which were mainly modern replicas […]

Syria war: ‘Forty jihadists’ killed in Aleppo air strikes

Syria war: ‘Forty jihadists’ killed in Aleppo air strikes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jabhat Fateh al-Sham is excluded from the nationwide ceasefire At least 40 jihadists have been killed in air strikes on a training camp in western Aleppo, reports say. Most of those killed are said to have belonged to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which is excluded from the current ceasefire. It is […]

IS destroys part of Syria’s Palmyra

IS destroys part of Syria’s Palmyra

IS militants destroy part of Roman amphitheatre in ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian officials say This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the […]

Tehran fire: Twenty firemen killed as high-rise collapses

Media captionState TV was broadcasting live as the building collapsed At least 20 firefighters were killed when a high-rise building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, the mayor of the Iranian capital has said. Two hundred had battled the blaze in the landmark 17-storey Plasco building for several hours before it fell to the ground […]

Syria: Islamic State group ‘kills 12’ in Palmyra

Syria: Islamic State group ‘kills 12’ in Palmyra

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces retook the archaeological site and nearby city in March 2016 So-called Islamic State militants have beheaded four people and shot eight dead in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitoring group says. Some of the killings took place in a museum yard near the city’s Unesco-listed ancient […]

Saudi Arabia crash: Six Britons killed and four injured

Saudi Arabia crash: Six Britons killed and four injured

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The group were travelling between Medina and Mecca when the fatal crash happened Six Britons have been killed in a road crash in Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Office says. It is understood the dead, including a newborn baby, were involved in a minibus crash on a pilgrimage to Mecca. […]

Tehran fire: Many feared dead as high-rise collapses

Media captionState TV was broadcasting live as the building collapsed Many firefighters are feared dead after a landmark high-rise building in Iran’s capital, Tehran, caught fire and collapsed, state media report. Two hundred had battled the blaze in the 17-storey Plasco building for several hours before it fell to the ground in a matter of […]