Qatar row: Al Jazeera hits back over closure demands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis is the greatest faced by the Gulf region in decades Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab states’ calls for it to be closed down. The demands were an attempt to “silence freedom of expression”, it said. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) […]

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al […]

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Media caption“Welcome to Raqqa”: Watch Gabriel Gatehouse’s full report So-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian “capital” against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city. This has been a long and […]

Israeli airline El Al banned from asking women to switch seats

Image copyright Getty Images Israeli airline El Al has been banned from asking women to switch seats if ultra-Orthodox Jewish men object to sitting next to them, a court has ruled. Passenger Renee Rabinowitz, who is her 80s, brought a damages case against the airline, after she was asked to move. Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court said […]

Gaza’s only power plant resumes after Egypt fuel delivery

Image copyright EPA Image caption The power plant had been dormant since April amid a row over fuel payments The Gaza Strip’s only power plant has resumed work, temporarily preventing a worsening of the energy crisis in the Palestinian coastal territory. Officials said it was operating, but at a reduced capacity, after diesel fuel was […]

Canadian sniper ‘kills IS militant two miles away’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Canadian sniper team working in Afghanistan A sniper in the Canadian special forces shot and killed an Islamic State (IS) fighter from a distance of 2.1 miles (3,540m) in Iraq last month. Military sources told Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper that the gunman is a member of Joint […]

India to operate extra flights to Qatar for ‘stranded’ nationals

Image copyright AFP Two airlines will start operating extra flights to Doha, the Qatar capital to help stranded Indians return home. State-owned Indian Airlines and the private carrier Jet Airways will begin the extra flights from Thursday, a government statement said. A number of Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have cut diplomatic ties […]

Battle for Mosul: Destruction of al-Nuri mosque ‘shows IS defeated’

Media captionThe BBC filmed these pictures of the mosque from across the front line just hours before it was destroyed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the destruction of an ancient mosque in the city of Mosul is “an official declaration of defeat” by so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi forces say IS blew up the […]

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Image copyright EPA Image caption Prince Mohammed bin Salman (left) replaces prince Mohammed bin Nayef (right) as crown prince Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, […]

Syria conflict: US jet ‘downs Iranian-made drone’

Image copyright AFP Image caption An F15E fighter plane shot down the drone near Tanf, in southern Syria, the US military said A US jet has shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by forces backing the Syrian government in the south of the country, American officials say. The drone was thought to be armed and […]