Iran’s Rouhani appoints female vice-presidents after criticism

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Ms Ebtekar has been reappointed as a vice-president Iran President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice-presidents and one as a civil rights assistant following criticism of his all-male cabinet. Iran’s 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. There has been only one female cabinet member since Iran’s […]

Iraq to hang 27 for IS Camp Speicher massacre

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mass graves were discovered near Camp Speicher after Iraqi forces recaptured the area in 2015 An Iraqi court has sentenced to death 27 men for their involvement in the massacre of up to 1,700 soldiers by so-called Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. Twenty-five suspects were released because of a […]

UK model ‘was to be sold in Middle East’

Media captionChloe Ayling: “I’ve been through a terrifying experience” A British model who was allegedly held captive by a gang in Italy was told she would be sold in the Middle East “for sex”, her lawyer has said. Francesco Pesce also told the BBC how Chloe Ayling, 20, had been acting under duress when she […]

Iraq Shia militia ‘lose dozens in attack’

Iraq Shia militia ‘lose dozens in attack’

Dozens of Shia militiamen have been killed in an attack in Iraq close to the border with Syria, reports say. There are conflicting accounts as to what happened. The group said US aircraft were to blame, though the US-led coalition denied this. So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it killed scores of Iraqi troops in […]

Israel decision to revoke attacker’s citizenship condemned

Image copyright svarshik Image caption Israel changed the law in 2008 to make it easier to revoke attackers’ citizenship Human rights groups have criticised a decision by an Israeli court to remove the citizenship of an Israeli Arab who attacked people with a car and a knife. It is thought to be the first time […]

Carla Del Ponte: War crimes expert quits UN Syria inquiry

Image copyright AFP Image caption Carla Del Ponte: “I am frustrated, I give up” Former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte has announced she is quitting a United Nations commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria because it “does absolutely nothing”. She has served on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria for nearly five […]

Al Jazeera: Israel seeks to shut offices and take network off air

Image copyright EPA Image caption Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the move to close down the bureau Israel is seeking to close Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera’s offices in the country and revoke its journalists’ media credentials. Communications Minister Ayoub Kara alleged that the channel supported terrorism, and said both its Arabic and English-language channels would […]

Syria war: 2,000 IS fighters still in Raqqa – US envoy

Media captionThe BBC had access to wives of IS fighters held outside Raqqa. Some 2,000 Islamic State (IS) militants remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa amid an offensive to recapture the group’s stronghold, a senior US official says. Brett McGurk, special envoy for the coalition against IS, says US-backed forces have seized about 45% […]

Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani warns US against ‘political suicide’

Media captionMr Rouhani said Iran would “respond to violations” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned US President Donald Trump he risks political suicide if he scraps the nuclear deal with Tehran. At his swearing-in ceremony, Mr Rouhani said Iran would continue to abide by the terms of the deal as long as the other signatories […]

US-backed Yemeni troops ‘push al-Qaeda’ out of Shabwa

Forces backing Yemen’s government have reportedly driven al-Qaeda fighters out of the main cities of the southern province of Shabwa. The Yemeni troops, along with a force of local tribesman, were backed by the United Arab Emirates and US forces. The US views Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the most dangerous wing of […]