Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

Image copyright Konstantin von Wedelstaedt Image caption Aseman operates the ATR 72-500 Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zargos mountains in Iran. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. […]

Israel’s Netanyahu attacks ‘dangerous Iranian tiger’

Media captionMr Netanyahu said Iran was falsely denying that it sent a drone into Israeli territory last week Israel’s prime minister has launched a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich it is the “greatest threat to our world”. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would “not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose […]

Iranian wrestler Karimachiani banned for throwing match

Image copyright AFP Image caption Karimachiani, right, has been banned for six months Wrestling’s global sporting body has banned an Iranian athlete for six months for deliberately throwing a match to avoid an Israeli opponent. Alireza Karimachiani was winning a match against his Russian opponent in November’s under-23 world championships when his coach ordered him […]

Israel Gaza: Air strikes follow bomb blast on Gaza border

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinians at the site of one Israeli air strike near Gaza City The Israeli military has carried out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions overnight in the Gaza Strip. They came in response to a bomb attack on Saturday which wounded four Israeli soldiers. Two Palestinians were killed by […]

Israel Gaza: Four Israeli soldiers injured in border blast

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The blast occurred near a security fence in the southern Gaza Strip Four Israeli soldiers have been hurt, two of them seriously, in an explosion near the Israeli-Gaza border. The army said a Palestinian flag was flying in the area, and when the troops approached they were hit by the […]

Syria conflict: US and Turkey agree to avert Manbij clash

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US support for Kurdish forces in Manbij has infuriated Turkey The US and Turkey, whose forces are at loggerheads in northern Syria, have agreed to try to defuse the crisis. The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the […]

Israel PM Netanyahu defiant in face of bribery allegations

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Netanyahu is reported to have met investigators several times Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hit back after police said he should be charged over alleged bribery cases. Speaking on Israeli television, he branded the allegations “baseless” and pledged to continue as leader. Mr Netanyahu said he was […]

Israel PM Netanyahu faces corruption charges

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Netanyahu is reported to have met investigators several times Israeli police say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged over alleged bribery cases. A police statement said there is enough evidence to indict Mr Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. Speaking […]

Russians ‘killed in US Syria air strikes’

Image copyright AFP At least two Russian fighters were killed in US air strikes in north-eastern Syria last week, their associates have told the BBC. They said they could have been hired by private military companies supporting Syrian government-backed troops. Russia has not confirmed the deaths that were first reported by US media, saying one […]

Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian viral slap video teen goes on trial

Media captionIs a slap terrorism? A Palestinian teenage girl filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has gone on trial in an Israeli military court in a case which has split public opinion. Ahed Tamimi, 17, is charged with 12 offences, including assaulting security forces and incitement to violence. If convicted, she could face a lengthy jail […]