Syria war: Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

Syria war: Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun attack, OPCW says

Image copyright EPA Image caption The victims included many children “Incontrovertible” test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, OPCW head Ahmet […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ amid nuclear tensions

Media captionRex Tillerson: ‘Iran’s nuclear ambitions are a grave risk to international security’ US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path as North Korea and to […]

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

US accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rex Tillerson raised concerns about Iran as a “state sponsor of terrorism” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has accused Iran of “alarming ongoing provocations” aimed at destabilising the Middle East and undermining America’s interests in the region. “An unchecked Iran has the potential to travel the same path […]

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents of Foah and Kefraya wait in Rashidin, near Aleppo Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children. Some 3,000 people have left the north-western villages of Foah and […]

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Palestinian anger at Israeli refusal to talk to hunger striking inmates

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrations were held in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails The Palestinian Authority has criticised Israel’s refusal to talk to more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees who are on hunger strike against conditions in Israeli jails. Issa Qaraqe, head of detainees’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority, warns […]

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Trump orders Iran nuclear deal review despite compliance

Image copyright EPA Image caption US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review had been ordered Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal, even though it is complying with all its commitments. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed the review, on the Obama-era decision to lift sanctions on Iran, in […]

Deadly attack near Egypt’s old monastery

Deadly attack near Egypt’s old monastery

Image copyright AFP Image caption St Catherine’s monastery is located at the foot of Mount Sinai One policeman has been killed by gunmen who opened fire on a checkpoint near St Catherine’s monastery in Egypt’s south Sinai, officials say. Another three police officers were injured in the attack several hundred metres from the church entrance. […]

Twelve Saudi soldiers die in Yemen ‘friendly fire’ helicopter crash

Twelve Saudi soldiers die in Yemen ‘friendly fire’ helicopter crash

A military helicopter crash in Yemen that killed 12 Saudi soldiers was reportedly caused by friendly fire. The Black Hawk crashed in Marib Province, east of the capital Sanaa. The Yemen defence ministry’s news website said the helicopter had “misread” the air defence system, which “resulted in the destruction of the aircraft before it landed”. […]

Algeria parties ordered to show female faces on posters

Algeria parties ordered to show female faces on posters

Image copyright Hizb al adal wal bayan Image caption Several parties blanked out female candidates’ faces Algerian political parties have agreed to show female candidates’ faces after some posters displayed blank avatars instead, the state news agency says. Parties in Bordj Bou Arreridj Province had been showing hijabs surrounding blank spaces alongside photos of male […]

Israel rules out talks with Palestinian hunger striking inmates

Israel rules out talks with Palestinian hunger striking inmates

Image copyright EPA Image caption Palestinians say the detainees are political prisoners, while Israel describes them as “terrorists” Israel says it will not negotiate with more than 1,000 Palestinian detainees who have begun a mass hunger strike against conditions in Israeli jails. The action is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader jailed by […]