Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency after church attacks

Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency after church attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks targeting Coptic churches Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead. The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. It needs […]

Tillerson: Russia ‘failure allowed Syria chemical attack’

Tillerson: Russia ‘failure allowed Syria chemical attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tillerson is set to visit Moscow this week US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised Russia, saying it had failed to prevent Syria from carrying out a chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Russia had agreed to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed – and its failure […]

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new complex will be built on the edge of Riyadh (pictured) Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete. The 334 sq km (129 sq mile) attraction – about the same as […]

Egypt Coptic church blast ‘kills at least 21’ in Nile Delta

Egypt Coptic church blast ‘kills at least 21’ in Nile Delta

At least 21 people have been killed and dozens more injured in an explosion at a church in northern Egypt, state media say. The blast targeted St George’s Coptic church in the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta. The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but Egypt’s Christian minority has often been […]

Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria

Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria

Image copyright AFP The UK foreign secretary has called off a visit to Moscow in the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack. Boris Johnson, who was set to travel on Monday, said the situation had changed “fundamentally” and his priority was to continue contact with the US to provide international support for a ceasefire. […]

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Damascus attaches conditions to UN inquiry

Media captionAbdulhameed Alyousef tells of losing his baby twins. wife, and 20 other members of his family The Syrian foreign minister has set out conditions for any UN investigation into the deaths of dozens of people from a chemical agent on Tuesday. Walid Muallem told the BBC it would have to be non-political, involve “many […]

Hamas executes three ‘Israel collaborators’ in Gaza

Hamas executes three ‘Israel collaborators’ in Gaza

Image copyright AFP Image caption On Wednesday, Hamas offered collaborators a week to turn themselves in and seek clemency Three men accused of collaborating with Israel have been executed in Gaza, the Hamas-run interior ministry says. The Palestinians – aged 32, 42 and 55 – were hanged after being convicted by a court of treason […]

Israeli killed in West Bank car-ramming attack

Israeli killed in West Bank car-ramming attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Witnesses told Israeli media that the car accelerated towards a bus stop An Israeli soldier has been killed and another Israeli hurt in a Palestinian car-ramming attack in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military says. The military said the driver was taken into custody after the incident near the […]

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Trump condemns ‘affront to humanity’

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Trump condemns ‘affront to humanity’

Media captionTrump: Syria attack ‘crossed a lot of lines for me’ US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syria’s air force. It was an “affront to humanity”, he said, adding: “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that […]

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Russia faces fury at UN Security Council

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Russia faces fury at UN Security Council

Media captionRescue workers said many children were among those killed or injured in the attack Russia has been sharply criticised by other world powers at the UN Security Council in New York over the chemical weapons deaths in northern Syria. Moscow’s suggestions that civilians were poisoned by rebel weapons on the ground have been widely […]