Yemen war: Houthis prepare to withdraw from Hudaydah

Yemen war: Houthis prepare to withdraw from Hudaydah

Media captionThe hidden victims of the Yemen war Yemen’s Houthi rebels are preparing to withdraw from a key strategic port, in the first major step since a ceasefire agreement signed in December. Both the Houthis and government forces agreed to withdraw from Hudaydah port to allow in vital humanitarian aid. That process finally began on […]

US sends Patriot missile system to Middle East amid Iran tensions

US sends Patriot missile system to Middle East amid Iran tensions

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The USS Arlington will join the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf The US is sending a Patriot missile-defence system to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran. A warship, USS Arlington, with amphibious vehicles and aircraft on board, will also join the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group […]

US sends missile system and ship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

US sends missile system and ship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The USS Arlington will join the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf The US is sending a Patriot air defence missile system and a warship to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran. The USS Arlington, which transports amphibious vehicles and aircraft, will join the USS Abraham Lincoln […]

Israel probes Golan Heights mass vulture poisoning

Israel probes Golan Heights mass vulture poisoning

Image copyright Israel Nature and Parks Authority Image caption Israeli officials say the deaths have devastated the vulture population Eight vultures on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – about half the birds’ population there – have been poisoned to death, Israeli officials say. The bodies of the griffon vultures were found on Friday morning, the Israel […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

Iran nuclear deal: Trump raises pressure with sanctions on metals

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran insists its latest actions are within the deal US President Donald Trump has raised the pressure on Iran on the day Tehran said it was suspending some commitments to a landmark nuclear agreement. Mr Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions on Iran’s metals industry – its second biggest […]

Iyad el-Baghdadi, activist in Norway, ‘warned by CIA of Saudi threat’

Iyad el-Baghdadi, activist in Norway, ‘warned by CIA of Saudi threat’

Image copyright EPA An Arab pro-democracy activist says he was whisked away to safety by officials in Norway, where he lives, after being told of a threat from Saudi Arabia. Iyad el-Baghdadi told the BBC he believed the threat was related to his work on Saudi human rights projects. According to the Guardian newspaper, information […]

US Secretary of State Pompeo visits Iraq amid Iran tensions

US Secretary of State Pompeo visits Iraq amid Iran tensions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mike Pompeo met with Barham Salih, the president of Iraq, in Baghdad US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unscheduled, fleeting visit to Iraq, amid growing tensions with Iran. Mr Pompeo cancelled a trip to Berlin to meet Iraqi leaders during a four-hour stop in the capital Baghdad. He […]

Iran nuclear deal: Powers await Rouhani announcement

Iran nuclear deal: Powers await Rouhani announcement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US has been ratcheting up the pressure on Iran over the past year Iran is due to announce plans to “diminish its commitments” to the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday, state media report, one year after US President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement. It is unclear what steps Iran […]

Syria war: UN alarm at escalation of hostilities in Idlib

Syria war: UN alarm at escalation of hostilities in Idlib

Image copyright AFP Image caption A medical facility in Kafranbel was among those destroyed in reported air strikes The UN has called for an urgent de-escalation in north-western Syria, after fighting between government and opposition forces reportedly left dozens of civilians dead or injured. Secretary General António Guterres urged all parties to recommit to a […]

Gaza conflict: ‘Ceasefire’ after days of violence

Gaza conflict: ‘Ceasefire’ after days of violence

Media captionRockets were seen in the sky above Ashkelon in Israel There has been a lull in hostilities in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants said that a ceasefire with Israel had been agreed. It comes after a weekend during which Palestinian militants launched hundreds of rockets into Israel prompting retaliatory air and artillery strikes. […]