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 […]

Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Security forces guarded streets approaching the church A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials say. Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance. The explosion injured two other officers and an onlooker. The device was one of […]

Two British soldiers injured in Islamic State attack in Syria

Two British soldiers injured in Islamic State attack in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The two British soldiers are understood to have been attacked in the Deir al-Zour province in Eastern Syria Two British special forces soldiers have been seriously injured in an Islamic State attack in Syria, the BBC understands. British special forces are believed to be operating in Syria but the Ministry […]

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. Local female lawyers suggest the measure will […]

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike

USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi targeted in Yemen air strike

Image copyright EPA Image caption Jamal al-Badawi was controversially freed from Yemeni custody in 2007 The US military is trying to verify reports that it has killed one of the men behind a deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000. A US defence official confirmed a “precision strike” had been carried out […]

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: Why did Egypt want CBS interview pulled?

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: Why did Egypt want CBS interview pulled?

Media captionEgypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi tells CBS that Egypt does not have any political prisoners. The CBS television network says it has rejected a request by Egypt’s envoy to the US not to broadcast an interview with President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. The 60 Minutes programme cited Mr Sisi as confirming the Egyptian military was […]

Rashida Tlaib wears traditional Palestinian dress to take oath

Rashida Tlaib wears traditional Palestinian dress to take oath

Image copyright Adam Shapiro via Reuters Image caption Ms Tlaib poses with supporters on her first day in Washington Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib has been sworn into office while wearing a traditional garment stitched by her Palestinian-born mother. Ms Tlaib had been expected to take her oath on a Koran owned by Thomas Jefferson, but […]

Stone from great pyramid to go on display in Edinburgh

Stone from great pyramid to go on display in Edinburgh

Image copyright National Museum of Scotland Image caption The stone is the only casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza to be displayed outside Egypt The only casing stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza to be displayed anywhere outside Egypt is to go on show in Edinburgh. The large block of fine white […]