Iran denies missile test violated UN resolution

Iran denies missile test violated UN resolution

Image copyright AP Image caption Iran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it will continue missile development Iran’s defence minister has confirmed that it tested a missile over the weekend, but denied it had violated a UN Security Council resolution. Hossein Dehghan said the test was “in line with our plans” and insisted […]

Yemen conflict: Rebels in deadly attack on Saudi warship

Media captionRebel-controlled al-Masira TV broadcast what it said was footage of the attack on the Saudi warship The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says two crew members have been killed in an attack on one of its warships in the Red Sea. A coalition statement said three Houthi “suicide boats” had approached a Saudi […]

‘We want the same thing’ – Saudi oil minister welcomes Trump era

Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih has told the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet he is pleased that US President Donald Trump plans to pursue a more fossil fuel-oriented energy policy. He insisted he was unconcerned by Mr Trump’s promise to pursue energy independence and said Saudi Arabia had invested billions of dollars in the […]

Briton Ryan Lock ‘killed himself’ to avoid IS capture

Briton Ryan Lock ‘killed himself’ to avoid IS capture

Image caption Ryan Lock’s family described him as a “caring and loving boy” A Briton fighting in Syria “turned the gun on himself” to avoid being taken prisoner by so-called Islamic State, Kurdish sources have told the BBC. Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester in West Sussex, died on 21 December during a battle for the […]

Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered

Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered

Image copyright AP Image caption A Qadr H long-range ballistic missile being fired in Iran during 2016 Israel’s prime minister has accused Iran of carrying out a missile test in “flagrant violation” of a UN security council resolution. Benjamin Netanyahu said he would raise renewing sanctions when he meets US President Donald Trump in February. […]

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Drone attacks on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen were stepped up under President Obama The US has carried out a commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen, killing 14 militants, the military says. One US soldier died and three were injured. Several Apache helicopters were reported to have taken […]

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos reportedly raid stronghold

Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos reportedly raid stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Drone attacks on al-Qaeda targets in Yemen were stepped up under President Obama US commandos are reported to have carried out a major raid in central Yemen against al-Qaeda forces. Unnamed Yemeni security officials were quoted as saying troops were brought in by aircraft in al-Baida province. Three al-Qaeda leaders […]

Syria regains Damascus water supply plant

Syria regains Damascus water supply plant

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents of Damascus have been struggling with water shortages for weeks The Syrian military says it has regained Damascus’s main water source from rebels. Water shortages have affected more than five million residents in the Damascus area since late December. State television said the national flag was now flying over […]

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns

Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns

Image copyright EPA Image caption Half a million children in Yemen are suffering from severe acute malnutrition The conflict-driven food crisis in Yemen could become a full-blown famine this year, the UN’s humanitarian chief has warned. Two million people need emergency food aid to survive and child malnutrition has risen 63% in a year, Stephen […]

Tulsi Gabbard’s Syria meeting with Assad sparks outcry

Tulsi Gabbard’s Syria meeting with Assad sparks outcry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The veteran of the Iraq War drew condemnation in the US for meeting the Syrian dictator The revelation by a US Democratic congresswoman that she met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has drawn criticism from lawmakers. Tulsi Gabbard said on Wednesday she had talked to Mr Assad during a recent […]