PJ Crowley: Can Trump walk away after Syria air strikes?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US leader has all but admitted the broader Syrian war is not a US interest As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged: “If I draw a line in the sand, I will enforce that line in the sand. Believe me.” A year ago, as president, when Mr Trump […]

UN Syria debate – Guterres warns of escalation

Media captionUS and Russia ambassadors to the UN clashed over Syria at the UN Security Council The UN’s secretary general has said the Cold War is “back with a vengeance”. Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a […]

Fierce clashes continue at Gaza-Israel border fence

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At least 30 Palestinians have died in recent clashes with Israeli troops at the border fence Fierce clashes have erupted again on the Gaza-Israel border, with Palestinian officials reporting hundreds of people injured. More than 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since the start of “Flag Friday” […]

Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

Media captionFootage of the crash was broadcast on Algerian TV At least 257 people have died after a military plane crashed in northern Algeria, the defence ministry says. The incident happened shortly after the aircraft took off from Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers in the morning. Most of the dead are army personnel […]

US praises Qatar on counter-terrorism

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump noted that Qatar’s emir “buys a lot of equipment from us” Donald Trump has welcomed Qatar’s leader to the White House, barely a year after denouncing the gas-rich Gulf state as a “funder of terror”. The US president initially sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab […]

Syria war: WHO demands access to ‘chemical attack site’

Image copyright AFP Photo/ HO/ Douma City Co-Ordination Committee Image caption Footage from Douma in the aftermath of the attack appeared to show people using water to counteract the effects The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded “unhindered access” to Douma in Syria to check reports from its partners that 500 people were affected by […]

WHO demands access to Syria ‘chemical attack site’

WHO demands access to Syria ‘chemical attack site’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded “unhindered access” to Douma in Syria, to check reports from its partners that 500 people have been affected by a chemical attack there. The Syrian government denies being behind any chemical attack. The US has threatened a “forceful” response to reports of an attack but Russia has called […]

Many feared dead after military plane crash in Algeria

Many feared dead after military plane crash in Algeria

Many people are feared to have died as a military plane crashed in Algeria, local media report. At least 100 people have reportedly died, and local sources have been quoted as saying the death toll could exceed 200. TV news reports said 14 ambulances were at the scene and injured people were being transferred to […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Russia warns US against military action

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Syrian Army soldiers gather near the town of Douma, where the suspected chemical attack happened Russia has urged the US to avoid taking military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria. “I would once again beseech you to refrain from the plans that you’re currently developing,” […]

Iran sets single foreign exchange rate to rescue currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran relies on money from its oil exports to cover virtually all its expenses Iran’s currency, the rial, lost some 20% against the US dollar in two weeks as Iranians rushed to hedge against depreciation of their assets. Some fear an imminent collapse of the nuclear deal and return […]