East Jerusalem: Palestinians killed as holy site tensions soar

Media captionThe BBC’s Yolande Knell reports on clashes in Bethlehem Three Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials say. At least 200 were hurt in the violence, after days of friction over a Jerusalem holy site boiled over. Palestinian factions had called […]

Israel boosts security in Jerusalem Old City amid tensions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Security has been heightened since the killing of two Israeli policemen last week Israel has tightened security around Jerusalem’s Old City amid fears of violence over the installation of metal detectors at a sacred site. Israel barred men under the age of 50 from the area after Palestinian leaders called […]

Hezbollah-Syrian offensive launched against border militants

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hezbollah’s media office released pictures of the operation against the jihadists Syrian troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies have launched a long-anticipated offensive against militants in the border area, officials say. Pro-Hezbollah media said the forces were attacking the Jroud Arsal area and Qalamoun mountains from two directions. The area […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman overhaul security agencies

Image copyright EPA Image caption King Salman acceded to the throne in January 2015 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a series of royal decrees, marking a new shake-up of top officials. He set up a security agency, bringing together counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under the authority of a single body. The king also replaced […]

Syria war: Trump ‘ends CIA arms programme for rebels’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Donald Trump had suggested before he took office that he might end support for the rebels US President Donald Trump has ended the CIA’s clandestine programme to provide weapons and supplies to Syrian rebel groups, officials have said. The programme began in 2013 as Mr Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, decided […]

Video of beating shared on social media leads to Saudi prince arrest

Image copyright AFP Image caption King Salman bin Abdelaziz has ordered the arrest of Saud bin Abdelaziz bin Musaid Al Saud A Saudi prince has been arrested on the orders of Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz after videos were circulated on social media which appeared to show the prince beating several people. According to the […]

Radiohead defy critics to play Israel

Image copyright EPA Image caption “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government,” said Thom Yorke Radiohead have defied critics, and supporters of a cultural boycott, to play a gig in Israel on Wednesday. In fact, the group played their longest show since 2006, playing 27 songs and two encores at Tel […]

Saudi-led bloc modifies demands to end Qatar crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Qatar has rejected any demands that threaten its sovereignty or violate international law The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike kills displaced civilians

Image copyright AFP Image caption The conflict in Yemen has displaced more than three million people since 2015 At least 20 displaced civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in south Yemen, officials say. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said a village in the Mawza district of Taiz […]

US imposes fresh sanctions on Iran over missile tests

Image copyright AP Image caption The US says Iran’s missile tests are in defiance of UN resolutions The US has announced fresh sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme and what it says is Iran’s support for terror organisations. The US state department said 18 entities or individuals would be affected by the new […]

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