Jerusalem stabbing: Hannah Bladon named as victim

Image copyright EPA Image caption Officials inspect the scene of the attack near the Old City A British woman has been stabbed to death on a tram in Jerusalem. She has been named as 21-year-old University of Birmingham student Hannah Bladon. Ms Bladon was stabbed several times in the chest while she travelled on a […]

Iran election: President Rouhani registers to run again

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rouhani gestured after registering, then said he stood for Iran, Islam, freedom and stability Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has registered to run for office again in elections next month. He will face frontrunner Ebrahim Raisi, who also registered on Friday, and is close to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. A […]

Syria war: Evacuations begin in besieged towns

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Dozens of buses are being used in the evacuation The Syrian government and rebel groups have begun an operation to move people out of four besieged towns, activists say. People from the north-western towns of Foah and Kefraya are being taken to government-held areas near Aleppo. Evacuees from rebel-held Madaya, […]

Syria war: Evacuation begins in besieged towns

Syria war: Evacuation begins in besieged towns

Evacuation of four besieged Syrian towns begins under deal brokered by Iran and Qatar This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC […]

Egypt Coptic Church cuts back Easter celebrations after attacks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Funerals were held this week for the victims of the attacks Egypt’s Coptic Church says it will cut back Easter celebrations after the two bomb attacks that killed at least 45 people last weekend. Church events are cancelled and only prayers will be held, it says. Egypt’s government imposed a […]

Egypt lawyer gets 10 years, social media ban for Facebook posts

Image copyright Reuters Human rights groups have condemned the 10-year jail term given to an Egyptian lawyer for criticising the government. Amnesty International called the conviction of Mohamed Ramadan over online posts a “blatant assault on freedom”, and proof that anti-terror laws were being used to target critics. Ramadan was convicted, under a 2015 law, […]

Syria chemical attack ‘fabricated’ – Assad

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Assad said Syria had given up its chemical weapons arsenal Syria’s President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were “100% fabrication”. In an exclusive video interview with Agence France-Presse, he said “there was no order to make any attack”. More than 80 people were […]

Iran election: Ahmadinejad registers despite Khamenei warning

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the warning against running was “just advice” Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has registered as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, despite being told not to by the Supreme Leader. Mr Ahmadinejad, a hardliner who served two terms between 2005 and 2013, filed paperwork for the 19 May […]

US accuses Russia of covering up Syria chemical attack

Image copyright Getty Images Russia has tried to deflect blame for a deadly chemical attack away from the Syrian government, the US has said. White House officials told reporters that intelligence reports confirmed that Syria was responsible for the incident, which killed 89 people. Syria has denied it and Moscow has instead blamed rebel forces. […]

Migrants ‘sold in Libya slave markets’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reports of African migrants being bought and sold mark a new low in the crisis Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia […]