Saad Hariri, Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Macron had offered to mediate in the crisis over Mr Hariri’s resignation Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign. He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but President […]

Syria: Russia again blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright AFP Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has cast a second veto in as many days to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia rejected a […]

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM to leave Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on 4 November Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has tweeted that he is “on the way to the airport”, denying claims that he is being held hostage in Saudi Arabia. Mr Hariri resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Riyadh on 4 November – but his […]

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces gather in the Rawa area during the offensive Iraqi forces say they have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by so-called Islamic State. The move, which follows an offensive that began on Saturday, leaves the jihadist group on the verge of complete defeat in Iraq. […]

Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister questioned

The United Nations says millions of civilians will die in Yemen, if Saudi Arabia does not end its blockade of the country. Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir has defended the sanctions, telling the BBC’s Lyse Doucet “no country has provided more aid to Yemen than Saudi Arabia”. Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister questioned}

Kuwait Airways ‘within its rights’ to ban Israeli – German court

Image copyright Wikimedia Image caption Kuwait Airways cancelled the passenger’s ticket for a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok. A German court has ruled that a Kuwaiti airline was within its rights to refuse to carry an Israeli citizen. The ruling angered Jewish groups and others, who argued that it condoned anti-Semitism. Kuwait Airways cancelled the […]

Yemen blockade: UN warns of ‘untold thousands’ of deaths

Media captionInside Yemen’s industrial-scale prosthetic limb factory Three United Nations agencies have issued an urgent appeal for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to fully lift its blockade of the country. The World Health Programme, World Food Programme and Unicef said the reopening of government-controlled air and sea ports this week was not sufficient. The […]

Ahmad Zeidan: British student released from UAE prison

Image copyright Zeidan family Image caption Ahmad Zeidan, now 23, was jailed in 2014 after 0.04g of cocaine was found in a car in which he was a passenger A British student has been freed from jail in the United Arab Emirates after a three-year campaign for his release. Ahmad Zeidan was imprisoned in 2014 […]

Egypt singer faces trial for ‘provocative’ Nile remarks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sherine Abdel Wahab issued a statement apologising for her “foolish joke” at the concert A famous Egyptian singer faces trial for “spreading provocative publicity” after she suggested that drinking from the River Nile could make someone ill. A lawsuit was filed after video emerged showing Sherine Abdel Wahab being asked […]