Syria returns Legion d’honneur award to France

Image copyright AFP Image caption The award was handed back via the Romanian embassy, which represents French interests in Syria Syria has returned to France the prestigious Legion d’honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad, saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a “slave” to America. The move comes days after […]

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist ‘detained by Syrian Kurds’

Image copyright Twitter/@bjoernstritzel Image caption In 2014, Mohammed Zammar was filmed at a meeting between IS militants and Syrian tribesmen A Syrian-born German jihadist linked to the 11 September 2001 attackers has reportedly been detained by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. A commander of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance told the AFP news agency […]

Iran arrests official after youths dance at shopping centre concert

Skip Twitter post by @FarsNews_Agency End of Twitter post by @FarsNews_Agency The head of the department of Islamic guidance in the Iranian city of Mashhad has been arrested after people danced at an event in a local shopping centre. A video showed a crowd of men and women enjoying a performance by a singer. Mixing […]

The holiday village run by spies

Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission. “Arous on the Red Sea, a wonderful world apart,” the glossy brochure says, pronouncing it “the diving and desert recreation centre of Sudan” Illustrated […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Shooting delays OPCW visit to site

Media captionSeth Doane from CBS News visits the scene of the ‘chemical attack’ in Douma Efforts by international experts to examine the scene of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria have been delayed again after a UN risk assessment team came under fire. Shots were fired when a security team visited Douma on Tuesday […]

In pictures: Israel at 70 – seven major moments

The 1967 Six Day War changed the landscape of the Middle East. Israel launched a pre-emptive attack on Egypt, whose leader had threatened to wipe out the Jewish state. The ensuing conflict with Egypt, Jordan and Syria ended with Israel occupying the Sinai peninsula, Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. It […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Investigators await UN green light on Douma

Media captionSeth Doane, CBS, visits the scene of the ‘chemical attack’ in Douma Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will visit the site of an alleged chemical attack on Wednesday if the UN says it is safe to do so, Syria says. OPCW experts have been in Damascus since Saturday. A […]

In pictures: Israel at 70 – seven iconic moments

The 1967 Six Day War changed the landscape of the Middle East. Israel launched a pre-emptive attack on Egypt, whose leader had threatened to wipe out the Jewish state. The ensuing conflict with Egypt, Jordan and Syria ended with Israel occupying the Sinai peninsula, Gaza, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. It […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: OPCW investigators to be allowed into Douma

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russian troops in Douma, where an alleged chemical attack took place The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will be given access to an alleged chemical attack site in Syria on Wednesday, Russia says. Experts arrived in Damascus on Saturday, but they have been unable to visit the nearby […]

Syria chemical attack: Investigators allowed to visit site after delay

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Residents ride through the ruined streets of Douma on Sunday, a week after the attack Five days after their arrival, chemical weapons inspectors in Syria will be given access to an alleged attack site on Wednesday, Russia says. The team has been in the country since Saturday but has been […]

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