IS women defiant in face of lost caliphate

IS women defiant in face of lost caliphate

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the IS women threatened to raise their children to become jihadist fighters As the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria enters its final stages, the BBC’s Jewan Abdi says the mood amongst many of the jihadists’ supporters who have left the area, including many […]

Saudi Arabia puts women’s rights activists on trial

Saudi Arabia puts women’s rights activists on trial

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amnesty International activists called for the release of activists at the Saudi embassy in Paris last week Ten women’s rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia in a case that has raised questions about the kingdom’s human rights record. Those who appeared included Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent figure […]

Algeria protests against Bouteflika continue despite talks

Algeria protests against Bouteflika continue despite talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protests have been held for weeks and continued in Algiers following the president’s announcement that he would stand down Hundreds of protesters have marched through the Algerian capital demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s immediate resignation. On Monday, the president postponed the 18 April presidential elections and dropped his bid for […]

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika drops bid for fifth term

Image copyright AFP Image caption Abdelaziz Bouteflika, pictured here in 2017, has not spoken in public since 2014 Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has postponed the 18 April presidential elections and said he will not seek a fifth term in office. President Bouteflika’s decision to stand had provoked mass protests across Algeria over the past few […]

Iran’s President Rouhani seeks Iraqi help to mitigate US sanctions

Iran’s President Rouhani seeks Iraqi help to mitigate US sanctions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) was welcomed by his Iraqi counterpart, Barham Saleh Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has begun his first official visit to Iraq since taking office five years ago. After meeting his Iraqi counterpart, Mr Rouhani said he wanted deeper political and economic ties between their states, which […]

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot wades into Netanyahu row over Israeli Arabs

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot wades into Netanyahu row over Israeli Arabs

Image copyright Getty Images Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has become embroiled in a row with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the status of the country’s Arab minority. “Love your neighbour as yourself,” she said, amid wrangling over the role of Israeli Arab parties in upcoming polls. Mr Netanyahu caused a stir when he […]

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns to Algeria amid mass protests

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returns to Algeria amid mass protests

Media captionAlgeria protesters chant: “Peaceful! Peaceful!” A plane carrying Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has landed near Algiers, state media say. The 82-year-old leader spent two weeks in a hospital in Geneva. Since having a stroke in 2013 he has rarely been seen in public. The president’s plane flew to the Swiss city on Sunday […]

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika ‘to return’ amid protests

Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika ‘to return’ amid protests

Media captionAlgeria protesters chant: “Peaceful! Peaceful!” Algeria’s ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is expected to return home on Sunday. Mr Bouteflika, 82, has been staying at Geneva University Hospital for the last two weeks. He has rarely been seen in public since having a stroke in 2013. A government plane landed in the Swiss city on […]

IS brides: Two more mothers ‘stripped of UK citizenship’

IS brides: Two more mothers ‘stripped of UK citizenship’

Two more women from the UK who are being held in Syrian camps with their young children have been stripped of their citizenship, a report says. It comes after the death in a Syrian camp of the baby son of Shamima Begum, who left London to join Islamic State and had her UK citizenship revoked. […]

Algeria sends students home early amid Bouteflika protests

Algeria sends students home early amid Bouteflika protests

Media captionAlgeria protesters chant: “Peaceful! Peaceful!” Algeria’s education ministry has ordered an early start to university holidays amid huge protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Originally scheduled to run from 21 March to 5 April, the spring break now starts on 10 March and ends on 4 April. The ministry gave no reason for the move. […]