Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines jet

Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Helicopters are trying to reach the crash site, which is high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to search for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Officials told state media that the wreckage had been found, […]

Afrin: Syria ‘sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey’

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria’s state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in […]

Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not […]

Iran plane crash: Agonising wait continues for relatives

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Passengers’ relatives have been gathering as they await news of relatives Relatives of 66 people who were on board a plane that crashed in Iran are desperately waiting for any news, as rescue teams search for wreckage. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, […]

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 […]

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