Syria conflict: Turkey and Russia ‘agree ceasefire plan’

Syria conflict: Turkey and Russia ‘agree ceasefire plan’

Image copyright AP Image caption Turkey and Russia recently negotiated a ceasefire deal that saw rebels leave eastern Aleppo Turkey’s foreign minister says it has agreed with Russia a proposal for a ceasefire in Syria, where they back opposing sides in the civil war. Mevlut Cavusoglu said a document outlining a political solution to the […]

US rejects ‘ludicrous’ IS support claim

US rejects ‘ludicrous’ IS support claim

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syrian rebels and Turkish troops have been trying to take the town of al-Bab from IS The US has described as “ludicrous” a claim by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it supported so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said there was no basis for […]

Mosul battle: Last bridge ‘disabled by air strike’

Mosul battle: Last bridge ‘disabled by air strike’

Image copyright Amaq Image caption Video posted by the Amaq news agency appeared to show a collapsed section of the Old Bridge The last functioning bridge over the River Tigris in Mosul has been put out of service by a US-led coalition air strike, so-called Islamic State says. The jihadist group’s self-styled news agency posted […]

Iraq gunmen kidnap campaigning female journalist

Iraq gunmen kidnap campaigning female journalist

Image copyright JFO Image caption Baghdad’s governor called the abduction of Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi a “barbaric” act Gunmen have kidnapped an Iraqi female journalist who has campaigned against widespread corruption in the country. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi was taken from her home in the Saidiya district of the capital, Baghdad, on Monday night by men claiming […]

Israeli PM summons US ambassador amid UN vote row

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israel’s prime minister has summoned the US ambassador amid a growing row after the US eased the passage of a resolution against Israel at the UN. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, took the unusual step of calling Dan Shapiro to his office. […]

Pope Francis’s Christmas message calls for an end to Syrian war

Media captionPope Francis said “far too much blood has been spilled” in Syria Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting in Syria in his Christmas address at the Vatican on Sunday, saying “far too much blood has been spilled” in the conflict. He also urged Palestinians and Israelis to abandon hate and revenge. […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu rejects ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a […]

Israel settlements: Netanyahu snubs ‘shameful’ UN vote

Media captionBarbara Plett-Usher explains what the UN Security Council’s vote means Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a […]

US issues Jordan travel warning after deadly attacks

US issues Jordan travel warning after deadly attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security has been increased in Jordan’s Karak area since a deadly attack on Sunday The US State Department has issued a travel warning for all of Jordan because of “threats from terrorist groups” after recent deadly attacks. It said so-called Islamic State (IS) and its affiliates “continue to plot assaults” […]

Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns

Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump’s strong support for Israel is reciprocated, as this placard in Tel Aviv showed in November Egypt has suddenly delayed a vote on its UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank as Donald Trump made his opposition clear. A US official told the BBC that it […]