Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air strikes The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day. Russia wanted changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to […]

Syria war: Russia says no agreement on ceasefire resolution

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Russia’s ambassador says Moscow has put forward amendments Russia has said there is no agreement on a UN Security Council resolution to bring in a 30-day truce in Syria. Russia’s UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the council in New York his country had presented amendments. Speaking at an emergency meeting […]

Syria war: New deadly raids rock rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rescue workers said the town of Douma came under sustained attack on Thursday Syrian government forces are reported to have carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. The attacks left at least 33 civilians dead, a monitoring group said, bringing […]

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Media captionMr Araqchi said Iran was working to reduce tension in the Syrian rebel-held area of the Eastern Ghouta Iran’s deputy foreign minister says the situation in its ally Syria is “very complicated” amid growing concern a wider regional war could erupt. “Fear of war is everywhere in our region,” Abbas Araqchi told the BBC. […]

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Schlomo Filber (L) reportedly alleges the PM pressed him to help the Bezeq telecoms giant A close aide to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in one of several corruption cases, Israeli media report. Schlomo Filber is said to have turned state’s witness in what […]

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “I believe Eastern Ghouta cannot wait,” Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The Eastern Ghouta has […]

Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nabeel Rajab – photographed here in 2011 – has been in and out of prison for seven years Bahrain has sentenced a well-known rights activist to five years in prison over his social media posts. Nabeel Rajab – a key figure in 2011’s pro-democracy protests – was convicted over posts […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam told the BBC. […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The situation in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta is “beyond imagination”, the UN’s co-ordinator in Syria says, following days of bombing by Syria’s government. Panos Moumtzis told the BBC the bombardment near the capital Damascus, said to have killed at least 250 people, […]

Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

Image copyright Tulsa Police Department Image caption Stanley Vernon Majors, 61, also hit Mr Jabara’s mother with his car A man who was convicted of killing his neighbour after months of harassing his Arab-American family has been sentenced to life in prison for the hate crime. Stanley Majors was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge […]

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