Syria ‘chemical attack’: OPCW investigators to be allowed into Douma

Syria ‘chemical attack’: OPCW investigators to be allowed into Douma

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents ride through the ruined streets of Douma on Sunday, a week after the attack The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be given access to an alleged chemical attack site in Syria on Wednesday, Russia says. Experts arrived in Damascus on Saturday, but they have been unable […]

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents ride through the ruined streets of Douma on Sunday, a week after the attack Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be permitted to visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday, Russia has said. The international team has been in the country since Saturday, but has not […]

Russian-controlled Crimea’s Artek youth camp hosted Assad children

Russian-controlled Crimea’s Artek youth camp hosted Assad children

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Assad and his wife Asma pictured together in Damascus in 2010 The Syrian president has revealed that his children had a holiday last year at Artek, a famous Russian-run youth camp on the Black Sea. Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have two sons – Hafez (16) and Karim […]

Israel destroys ‘longest and deepest’ Gaza tunnel

Israel destroys ‘longest and deepest’ Gaza tunnel

Image copyright Israel military Image caption The tunnel had been under observation for some time, Israel said The Israeli military has disabled a major tunnel dug by militants which reached into Israel from the Gaza Strip, officials say. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind Israel had […]

Iranian drone was sent to Israel ‘to attack’

Iranian drone was sent to Israel ‘to attack’

Image copyright IDF Image caption Israel said the drone it shot down in February was sent by Iran on an attack mission Israel has said the Iranian drone it shot down in February was loaded with explosives and “tasked to attack”. On Friday, Israel’s military said that it came to the conclusion after “flight path […]

PJ Crowley: Can Trump walk away after Syria air strikes?

PJ Crowley: Can Trump walk away after Syria air strikes?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US leader has all but admitted the broader Syrian war is not a US interest As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged: “If I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand. Believe me.” A year ago, as president, when Mr Trump […]

UN Syria debate – Guterres warns of escalation

UN Syria debate – Guterres warns of escalation

Media captionUS and Russia ambassadors to the UN clashed over Syria at the UN Security Council The UN’s secretary general has said the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”. Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a […]

Fierce clashes continue at Gaza-Israel border fence

Fierce clashes continue at Gaza-Israel border fence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least 30 Palestinians have died in recent clashes with Israeli troops at the border fence Fierce clashes have erupted again on the Gaza-Israel border, with Palestinian officials reporting hundreds of people injured. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since the start of “Flag Friday” […]

Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

Media captionFootage of the crash was broadcast on Algerian TV At least 257 people have died after a military plane crashed in northern Algeria, the defence ministry says. The incident happened shortly after the aircraft took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers in the morning. Most of the dead are army personnel […]

US praises Qatar on counter-terrorism

US praises Qatar on counter-terrorism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump noted that Qatar’s emir “buys a lot of equipment from us” Donald Trump has welcomed Qatar’s leader to the White House, barely a year after denouncing the gas-rich Gulf state as a “funder of terror”. The US president initially sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab […]