Christine Lagarde: IMF chief won’t attend Saudi event

Image copyright Getty Images IMF managing director Christine Lagarde will not attend an investment conference in Riyadh, as global concern over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist grows. A spokesperson said Ms Lagarde’s planned trip to the Middle East “is being deferred”. She becomes the latest high-profile name to pull out of the event dubbed […]

Morocco train crash: Rabat derailment ‘kills four’

At least four people died and dozens more were injured when a train derailed near Morocco’s capital Rabat, reports say. Reuters news agency quotes an official who says up to eight people may have died, with 80 more injured. The incident occurred in Bouknadel, on the Atlantic coast between the capital and the city of […]

Syria reopens key crossings with Jordan and Israel-occupied Golan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Nassib crossing with Jordan was closed in 2015, when it was overrun by Syrian rebels Syria’s main crossing points with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have both been reopened for the first time in several years. A Syrian businessman living in Jordan was the first person to pass […]

Matthew Hedges: Durham student charged with UAE spying

Image copyright Daniela Tejada Image caption Durham student Matthew Hedges has been held in solitary confinement for five months, his wife says A British student has been charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates, officials have said. The UAE government said on Monday that Matthew Hedges was accused of “spying for and on behalf […]

Jamie Dimon: JP Morgan boss pulls out of Saudi conference

Image copyright Getty Images JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon will not attend an investment conference in Riyadh amid growing tensions between the US and Saudi Arabia. He is the latest high-profile figure to pull out of the event dubbed “Davos in the Desert” following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudis deny […]

How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory

Image copyright EPA After seven devastating years of civil war in Syria, which have left more than 350,000 people dead, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him. So how has Mr Assad got so close to winning this bloody, brutal war? A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and […]

Jamal Khashoggi case: Saudis defy ‘threats’ over missing writer

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance Saudi Arabia rejects political and economic “threats” over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source quoted by state news agency SPA says. The country would respond to any punitive action “with a bigger one”, the unnamed senior source said. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi […]

Jamal Khashoggi: UK and US ‘could boycott’ Saudi conference

Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance Britain and the US are considering boycotting a major international conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC has learned. Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. The authorities […]

Jamal Khashoggi: Branson halts $1bn Saudi investment talks

Image copyright Rob Kim Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Sir Richard has also suspended directorships in two tourism projects. Mr Khashoggi, a noted critic of the Saudi government, disappeared when visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. […]

Egypt sentences 17 to death for Coptic Christian church attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prayers take place for victims of an attack on an Egyptian Coptic church in 2017 Seventeen people have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian military court over their involvement in bomb attacks on Coptic Christian churches. A further 19 people were handed life jail terms over the attacks, […]