Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Media caption“Welcome to Raqqa”: Watch Gabriel Gatehouse’s full report So-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian “capital” against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city. This has been a long and […]

Gaza’s only power plant resumes after Egypt fuel delivery

Gaza’s only power plant resumes after Egypt fuel delivery

Image copyright EPA Image caption The power plant had been dormant since April amid a row over fuel payments The Gaza Strip’s only power plant has resumed work, temporarily preventing a worsening of the energy crisis in the Palestinian coastal territory. Officials said it was operating, but at a reduced capacity, after diesel fuel was […]

Israeli airline El Al banned from asking women to switch seats

Israeli airline El Al banned from asking women to switch seats

Image copyright Getty Images Israeli airline El Al has been banned from asking women to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox Jewish men object to sitting next to them, a court has ruled. Passenger Renee Rabinowitz, who is her 80s, brought a damages case against the airline, after she was asked to move. Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court said […]

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

Image copyright AFP Two airlines will start operating extra flights to Doha, the Qatar capital to help stranded Indians return home. State-owned Indian Airlines and the private carrier Jet Airways will begin the extra flights from Thursday, a government statement said. A number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties […]

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionThe BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the […]

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Battle for Mosul: IS ‘blows up’ al-Nuri mosque

Image copyright Iraqi Joint Operation Command Image caption The Iraqi military provided this image showing the destruction at the mosque compound So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The historic landmark was where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a “caliphate” in 2014. However, IS […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and […]

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Israel starts work on first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is the first time an Israeli government has built a new settlement since the 1990s Israel has started work on the first new Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank for more than 20 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. He tweeted a photograph of a bulldozer and […]

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after a Syrian military plane was shot down. The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 […]