US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

Media captionRex Tillerson: ‘Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international security’ US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to […]

Mosul violinist Ameen Mukdad returns to play amid ruins

Mosul violinist Ameen Mukdad returns to play amid ruins

Media captionAmeen Mukdad played the violin in secret under IS rule A violinist has given his first public performance in the Iraqi city of Mosul since so-called Islamic State took control there nearly three years ago. Ameen Mukdad, 28, who had played in secret at home until fighters seized his instruments, performed at a site […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rex Tillerson raised concerns about Iran as a “state sponsor of terrorism” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path […]

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrations were held in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails The Palestinian Authority has criticised Israel’s refusal to talk to more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike against conditions in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe, head of detainees’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority, warns […]

Syria war: Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

Syria war: Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

Image copyright EPA Image caption The victims included many children “Incontrovertible” test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, OPCW head Ahmet […]

Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions

Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions

Image copyright AFP Emirates will reduce flights to five US cities from next month, after new security rules targeted travellers from the Middle East. The Dubai-based airline said the change was due to weaker demand for US travel. In March, the US banned electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from cabin luggage on flights […]

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Security was tight at the checkpoint near Aleppo after Saturday’s deadly attack Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children. Some 3,000 people have left the north-western villages of […]

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Image copyright EPA Image caption US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review had been ordered Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, even though it is complying with all its commitments. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review, on the Obama-era decision to lift sanctions on Iran, in […]

Deadly attack near Egypt’s old monastery

Deadly attack near Egypt’s old monastery

Image copyright AFP Image caption St Catherine’s monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai One policeman has been killed by gunmen who opened fire on a checkpoint near St Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai, officials say. Another three police officers were injured in the attack several hundred metres from the church entrance. […]

Twelve Saudi soldiers die in Yemen ‘friendly fire’ helicopter crash

Twelve Saudi soldiers die in Yemen ‘friendly fire’ helicopter crash

A military helicopter crash in Yemen that killed 12 Saudi soldiers was reportedly caused by friendly fire. The Black Hawk crashed in Marib Province, east of the capital Sanaa. The Yemen defence ministry’s news website said the helicopter had “misread” the air defence system, which “resulted in the destruction of the aircraft before it landed”. […]