Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity

Image copyright EPA Image caption Children in Sanaa receiving treatment for cholera symptoms A major epidemic of cholera is feared in Yemen, according to charity Save the Children. Almost 250 people have died of the disease this month alone, with hundreds of suspected cases being reported every day, it says. The World Health Organization said […]

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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

Trump in Riyadh as troubles mount

Media captionMoment President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump get off Air Force One The US has signed its largest ever arms deal with Saudi Arabia 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 Saturday morning […]

Sudan’s Bashir declines Saudi summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Omar al-Bashir had been invited by King Salman Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has decided not to take up an invitation from Saudi Arabia to attend an Islamic summit at which US President Donald Trump will be guest of honour. Mr Bashir, who cited “private reasons”, is wanted for alleged […]

Iran election: Hassan Rouhani on course for second term

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Rouhani (C) voted in the capital Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is on course for a second term in office, preliminary results show. Out of 26 million votes counted so far, he has won 14.6 million – or more than half, officials announced on state TV. Mr Rouhani’s main […]

Syria and Russia condemn US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria and its ally Russia have condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”, while Russia said they breached the country’s […]

Syria condemns US-led attack on pro-Assad forces

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 Syria has condemned air strikes by the US-led coalition on pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border. Syria said the strikes killed “a number” of people, destroyed some “material” and were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism”. The convoy […]