Trump visits Israel amid tight security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump says it should be up to Israel and the Palestinians to decide on the shape of a peace deal US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, […]

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 700 rebels left Homs over the weekend, Syrian officials say The Syrian government says its forces have regained total control of the central city of Homs after rebels left the last district under their control. About 700 rebels and their families, a total of nearly 3,000 people, were evacuated […]

Egypt refers 48 to court over Coptic church bombings

Image copyright EPA Image caption Coptic Christians in Egypt have long felt vulnerable and marginalised Egypt’s public prosecutor says 48 suspected members of so-called Islamic State (IS) have been referred to a military court in connection with three bombings of Coptic churches. Thirty-one of the suspects are in custody while the others are still at […]

Trump urges Muslim leaders to lead fight against radicalisation

Media captionDonald Trump sways along with a traditional Saudi sword dance US President Donald Trump has urged Muslim countries to take the lead in combating radicalisation during a major speech in Saudi Arabia. “Drive them out of this earth,” he told regional leaders in Riyadh as part of his first official trip abroad. The countries, […]

Iran elections: Pro-Rouhani reformists in Tehran power sweep

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of President Hassan Rouhani celebrated in the streets over the weekend Iran’s re-elected moderate President Hassan Rouhani has received a further boost after reformists won key council elections in the capital, Tehran. The pro-Rouhani reformist group Omid (Hope) won all 21 seats, ousting their conservative rivals who had […]

Trump in Saudi Arabia: US president to address Islamic leaders

Media captionDonald Trump sways along with a traditional Saudi sword dance US President Donald Trump is expected to underline the need to confront extremism in Islam when he makes a speech in Saudi Arabia later on Sunday. His address, to a summit of regional leaders, will come on the second day of his first presidential […]

Iran election: Hassan Rouhani says voters rejected extremism

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Rouhani was re-elected with 57% of the vote Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject extremism and want more links with the outside world. After avoiding a run-off with a 57% outright victory over his main rival, Mr Rouhani said he respected the opponents’ […]

Iran election: Hassan Rouhani wins second term as president

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Rouhani (C) voted in the capital Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected with an emphatic victory, official results show. Out of more than 40 million votes cast, he received 57%, defeating his main rival, a conservative cleric. Mr Rouhani, a moderate who agreed a deal with […]

Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Media captionMoment President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump get off Air Force One Multi-billion dollar deals between the US and Saudi Arabia will be signed on Saturday as US President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip begins in Riyadh. Mr Trump and his wife Melania were greeted in the Saudi capital by King Salman on […]

Trump in Saudi Arabia: Key deals expected to be signed

Media captionMoment President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump get off Air Force One Multi-billion dollar deals between the US and Saudi Arabia will be signed on Saturday as US President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip begins in Riyadh. Mr Trump and his wife Melania were greeted in the Saudi capital by King Salman on […]