Yemen war: Government forces ‘not attacking’ Hudaydah port

Media captionYemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states began their assault on Wednesday Yemen’s government says its forces are not attacking the port of the rebel-held city of Hudaydah, the main entry point for aid to the war-torn country. “We are not planning to destroy the infrastructure,” Foreign Minister Khaled Alyemany said. […]

King of Morocco orders country to bid for 2030 World Cup

King Mohammed VI of Morocco wants the nation to make a sixth bid to host the World Cup The King of Morocco has instructed his country to bid to host the 2030 World Cup. The announcement comes after the nation lost the vote to host the tournament in 2026 to the combined bid from USA, […]

World Cup 2018: Mohamed Salah not in Egypt XI to face Uruguay

Mohamed Salah (third left) scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions in 2017-18 BBC coverage How to follow: Watch live on BBC One at 12:30 BST; listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website TEAM NEWS Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is on the bench for […]

Yemen war: UN calls for vital port of Hudaydah to stay open

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pro-government forces are trying to wrest Hudaydah from Houthi rebels The UN Security Council has reiterated its call for the rebel-held Yemeni port of Hudaydah to remain open after urgent talks on the Saudi-backed offensive. However, the council rejected a call by member state Sweden for an immediate halt to […]

Yemen war: Fighting rages over vital port of Hudaydah

Image copyright EPA Image caption The assault began after Houthi rebels ignored a deadline to withdraw from Hudaydah Fierce fighting has been reported after pro-government forces in Yemen, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive on the rebel-held city of Hudaydah, a key port for aid supplies. The United Arab Emirates confirmed of its […]

Syria war: OPCW says Sarin was used in March 2017 attack

Image copyright Abd al-Munaf Faraj al-Saleh via Human Rights Watch Image caption A rescue worker sent Human Rights Watch a photo of a deformed yellow gas cylinder that he said hit the Latamina hospital roof on 25 March 2017 The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent Sarin and chlorine are very likely to […]

Miss Iraq and Miss Israel reunited after selfie controversy

Image copyright Sarah Idan/Instagram Image caption Sarah Idan (right) captioned her 2017 pageant selfie “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel” Six months ago, a simple selfie between two Miss Universe contestants provoked a backlash that pushed one to flee her home country, her family in tow. Sarah Idan was representing Iraq at […]

Yemen war: Saudi-backed forces begin assault on Hudaydah port

Image copyright EPA Image caption Sudanese forces fighting along the Saudi-led coalition had been gathering outside the port city Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels. The port is the main point of entry for aid for people in rebel-held areas and agencies […]

World Cup: Nike boots barred for Iran footballers amid US sanctions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nike says as a US company it cannot supply boots to Iranian footballers Sportswear giant Nike says it has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the World Cup because of new US sanctions. The decision has frustrated Iranian players and head coach Carlos Queiroz, who […]

World Cup 2018: ‘Salah used for political capital’ as Chechnya host Egypt training

Mohamed Salah’s picture with Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov is a photo described by Amnesty International as “pure sportswashing” Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov used Mohamed Salah for “political capital” by being pictured with the Egypt star, says an anti-discrimination chief. Egypt’s World Cup base is in the former war-torn Russian republic, where Kadyrov’s regime has been […]