Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Media captionMoment President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump get off Air Force One The US has signed its largest ever arms deal with Saudi Arabia as US President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip begins in Riyadh. Mr Trump and his wife Melania were greeted in the Saudi capital by King Salman on Saturday morning […]

Trump heads for Saudi Arabia on first foreign tour

Trump heads for Saudi Arabia on first foreign tour

Media captionTrump on first foreign trip as US President US President Donald Trump has left for Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip since becoming president. His eight-day trip will also take in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Brussels, the Vatican and Sicily. It comes as Mr Trump faces uproar at home following his sacking of […]

Iran election: Polls closed after five-hour extension

Iran election: Polls closed after five-hour extension

Media captionSix things to know about the vote Polling has ended in Iran’s presidential elections after being extended three times and by five hours. Long queues had formed outside polling stations throughout the country after an unexpectedly high turnout. Counting begins shortly and results may come as early as Saturday afternoon. Supporters of President Hassan […]

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Omar al-Bashir had been invited by King Salman Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to take up an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend an Islamic summit at which US President Donald Trump will be guest of honour. Mr Bashir, who cited “private reasons”, is wanted for alleged […]

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria and its ally Russia have condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”, while Russia said they breached the country’s […]

Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy […]

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Image copyright AFP / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER’S WEBSITE Image caption Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to get to the polls early Iranians are voting an a presidential election, in which Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in […]

Iran election: Rouhani seeks second term as president

Iran election: Rouhani seeks second term as president

Image copyright AFP Voting is set to begin in Iran’s presidential election, with Hassan Rouhani seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and […]

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by […]

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in heavy fighting in Syria after so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Hama province. The militants targeted villages under government control, and clashed with the army and its militia allies. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 15 of the […]