Iran’s supreme leader ‘the new Hitler’, says Saudi crown prince

Iran’s supreme leader ‘the new Hitler’, says Saudi crown prince

Media captionWill Saudi Arabia go to war with Iran? Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has called Iran’s supreme leader “the new Hitler of the Middle East”, amid heightened tensions between the two countries. Alluding to Iran’s growing regional power, Mohammed bin Salman said it was important to avoid a repeat “of what happened in Europe in […]






Bomb attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai

Bomb attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai

Suspected militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province, with many casualties feared, reports say. Eyewitnesses told Egyptian media that the attack took place at a mosque in the al-Rawda area near al-Arish during Friday prayers. Bomb attack on mosque in Egypt’s Sinai}






Yemen war: Aid agencies await Saudi clearance to reach rebel ports

Yemen war: Aid agencies await Saudi clearance to reach rebel ports

Image copyright AFP Image caption Severe malnutrition is threatening the lives of almost 400,000 children in Yemen Humanitarian groups are waiting to see if aid flights and shipments to rebel-held Yemen can resume after a Saudi-led coalition eased its blockade. UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator Jamie McGoldrick told the BBC that he hoped to receive clearance within […]






Inside Saudi Arabia’s gilded prison at Riyadh Ritz-Carlton

Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held in the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is part of an anti-corruption drive by the young Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet was the first journalist to be allowed […]






IS conflict: Iraq begins final push to clear western desert

IS conflict: Iraq begins final push to clear western desert

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi pro-government forces have retaken 95% of the land IS once held in Iraq Iraqi forces say they have launched an offensive to clear the desert bordering Syria of so-called Islamic State (IS). Army, police and paramilitary units are advancing into areas of Salahuddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces that form […]






Syria war: Putin unveils plan for peace congress

Syria war: Putin unveils plan for peace congress

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Putin (c), held talks with Iran’s President Rouhani (l) and Turkey’s President Erdogan in the Black Sea resort of Sochi The Russian president has unveiled plans for a Syrian peace congress in a bid to end the six-year civil war. Vladimir Putin made the announcement after talks with Iranian […]






Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘suspends’ resignation

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM ‘suspends’ resignation

Media captionWhat happened to Lebanese PM Saad Hariri? Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has “suspended” his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to “put it on hold ahead of further consultations”. The two men held talks […]






Yemen war: Saudi coalition ‘to let aid reach rebel-held port’

Yemen war: Saudi coalition ‘to let aid reach rebel-held port’

Media captionThe BBC’s Clive Myrie reports from one hospital on the brink of running out of fuel The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it will allow aid deliveries to the rebel-held port of Hudaydah and Sanaa airport, after urgent UN appeals. The coalition, which backs Yemen’s government, tightened its blockade of the country two […]






Suicide car bombing at north Iraq market kills 23

Suicide car bombing at north Iraq market kills 23

Image caption A Turkmen MP said Tuz Khurmatu had not seen an attack like Tuesday’s “for years” At least 23 people have been killed and 60 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Iraq, security sources say. The blast ripped through a crowded fruit and vegetable market in the centre Tuz Khurmatu, about […]






Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders met for the first time since October 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by his Syrian counterpart. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was […]






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