Iraqi Kurds send reinforcements to Kirkuk amid army ‘threats’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga forces have played a key role in the fight against so-called Islamic State Thousands of Kurdish fighters have been deployed to Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk region, officials say, amid fears that government forces want to retake it. The autonomous Kurdistan Region’s Vice-President, Kosrat Rasul, said it was responding to […]

Christian leaders condemn killing of Egyptian Coptic priest

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bishop Anba Angaelos said the Egyptian Christian community felt more and more vulnerable Christian leaders have expressed alarm at the killing of a Coptic Orthodox priest in Egypt’s capital Cairo. Father Samaan Shehata was collecting humanitarian aid for his parish in Beni Suef on Thursday when he was chased by […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump poised to withdraw support

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters outside the White House have urged Donald Trump to back the deal US President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw backing from the nuclear accord with Iran on Friday and lay out a more confrontational strategy. The move would not withdraw the US from the deal but give […]

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah end split on Gaza

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A Palestinian celebrates following the announcement by Hamas that it had reached a deal with Fatah Hamas and Fatah have signed a landmark reconciliation deal in Cairo in a key step towards ending a decade-long rift between the two Palestinian factions. The deal will see administrative control of the Gaza […]

Israel to join US in quitting Unesco

Image copyright AFP Image caption A 2016 Unesco resolution criticised Israel’s activities at holy places in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as […]

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah sign deal in Cairo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas runs Gaza and Fatah controls the West Bank Hamas and Fatah have signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo, ending a decade-long rift between the two Palestinian factions. The deal is believed to cover security, administrative and border crossing arrangements in the Gaza Strip. Egypt has been brokering the reconciliation […]

US quits Unesco over ‘anti-Israel bias’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Unesco head Irina Bokova expressed “profound regret” over the withdrawal The US is pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, accusing it of “anti-Israel” bias. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon. The state department said it was […]

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah ‘reach deal’ in Cairo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas runs Gaza and Fatah controls the West Bank The Palestinian group Hamas says it has reached an agreement with rival group Fatah, ending a decade-long rift. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said details of the deal would be released later on Thursday. Fatah has not commented. Egypt has […]

Iraq orders arrest of Kurdistan officials over independence vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kurdistan officials say 2.8 million people voted in favour of independence An Iraqi federal court has ordered the arrest of Kurdistan officials involved in overseeing a referendum last month on the region’s independence. The arrest warrants, issued by Baghdad’s Rusafa investigation court, apply to members of the Kurdistan Region’s […]

Israeli spies ‘watched Russian US hack’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Eugene Kaspersky founded Kaspersky Lab in 1997 Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the […]