Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to go on hunger strike

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to go on hunger strike

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella during a temporary release from prison A British-Iranian mother detained in Tehran is due to begin a three-day hunger strike in protest against being denied specialist medical care. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which […]

Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds

Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds

Image copyright EPA Image caption Turkish-backed forces are poised to launch an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria US President Donald Trump has threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops. In two tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump said that he didn’t want […]

Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump announced the troop withdrawal last month A senior member of the Saudi royal family has warned against a US troop withdrawal from Syria. Prince Turki al-Faisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact, further entrenching Iran, Russia and the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. US […]

Syria conflict: Pompeo ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

Syria conflict: Pompeo ‘optimistic’ on deal to protect Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has an estimated 2,000 troops in northern Syria US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is optimistic an agreement can be reached with Turkey to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria after the US leaves. He was speaking in the United Arab Emirates following a phone call with […]

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Media captionDrone explodes above a podium where officials were watching a military parade at a Yemeni base. A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed six soldiers. The drone exploded above a podium at al-Anad base, in the southern province of Lahj, where high-ranking officers and officials […]

Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran

Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran

Image copyright AFP Image caption Gonen Segev (centre) reportedly said he had intended to “fool” Iran with his actions Former Israeli cabinet minister Gonen Segev is to be jailed for 11 years after he admitted spying for Iran, Israeli’s justice ministry says. Segev, who served as energy minister in the 1990s, allegedly served as an […]

Egypt recovers smuggled artefact from UK auction

Egypt recovers smuggled artefact from UK auction

Image copyright Egypt Ministry of Antiquities Image caption The archaeological item is said to be part of a tablet carving of Egyptian King Amenhotep I An ancient Egyptian artefact illegally smuggled out of the country has been returned after being displayed at an auction hall in London, officials say. It was retrieved following searches of […]

Syria conflict: Turkey says US plea on Kurds ‘unacceptable’

Syria conflict: Turkey says US plea on Kurds ‘unacceptable’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption YPG fighters have been battling IS militants, but are also being targeted by Turkey Turkey’s president has strongly rejected US calls for his country to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said such statements made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton at the weekend were “unacceptable”. […]

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman pleads for asylum

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi woman pleads for asylum

Image copyright EPA/THAI IMMIGRATION BUREAU Image caption Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, pictured at Bangkok airport, says she “wants to be free” away from Saudi Arabia An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family at the weekend has reiterated her plea for asylum in Canada, the United States, Australia or the UK. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun refused to […]

Palestinian Authority removes staff from Gaza-Egypt crossing

Palestinian Authority removes staff from Gaza-Egypt crossing

Image copyright AFP Image caption It is unclear whether Hamas will be allowed to retake control of the Rafah crossing The Palestinian Authority (PA) says it is pulling its staff out of the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, effectively closing the main exit point from the coastal territory. A statement accused […]