Iran election: Voters go to the polls to pick president

Image copyright AFP Polls have opened in Iran’s presidential election, where Hassan Rouhani is seeking a second term. Mr Rouhani, 68, a moderate cleric who negotiated a landmark nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, is standing against three other candidates. His main challenger is seen as Ebrahim Raisi, 56, a hardline cleric and former […]

Syria war: US-led coalition ‘strikes pro-Assad convoy’

Image caption British special forces personnel were photographed near the Tanf base in June 2016 US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by […]

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

Syria war: IS attack in Hama on government forces

More than 50 people are reported to have been killed in heavy fighting in Syria after so-called Islamic State launched an attack in Hama province. The militants targeted villages under government control, and clashed with the army and its militia allies. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said at least 15 of the […]

Sudan’s Bashir asked to Saudi summit with Trump despite ICC charges

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Images Image caption Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is wanted for alleged war crimes by the International Criminal Court Saudi Arabia has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, to a summit with US President Donald Trump and Arab and Muslim leaders. Mr Bashir will travel to Saudi […]

Iran nuclear: Trump extends Obama’s ‘worst deal ever’

Image copyright AP Image caption Iran has pledged to restrict its nuclear activities Donald Trump’s White House has renewed sanctions relief for Iran, despite the US president’s past criticism. The easing of sanctions is part of a crucial nuclear deal brokered in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama with five other world powers. Mr Trump has […]

IS conflict: US-led coalition denies bombing civilians in Syrian town

Image copyright Amaq Image caption The IS-run Amaq news agency released a video purportedly showing the aftermath of the attack The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State (IS) has denied it was behind an attack on a Syrian town that reportedly killed dozens of civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 people, including […]

Syria war: Peace talks restart in Geneva

Image copyright AFP Image caption Staffan de Mistura denied the UN was being used as a diplomatic smokescreen for more war The United Nations has convened a new round of indirect Syrian peace talks in Geneva, despite President Bashar al-Assad dismissing them as irrelevant. The government and opposition have agreed to discuss four “baskets” – […]

Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Saydnaya prison has been described as a human slaughterhouse The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used […]

Iran election: Hardliner Qalibaf withdraws candidacy

Image copyright Tasnim News Agency via Reuters Image caption Clerics reportedly feared Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf would split the anti-Rouhani vote Tehran’s hardline mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has withdrawn from Iran’s presidential election. Mr Qalibaf called on his supporters to back conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi against the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who is seeking a […]

Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebels and civilians displaced from Qaboun were transported to camps in Idlib province Buses have arrived in northern Syria carrying rebels and their families who were evacuated from a devastated north-eastern district of Damascus. Some 2,300 people left Qaboun on Sunday following two months of intense air strikes and artillery […]