Tehran fire: Twenty firemen killed as high-rise collapses

Media captionState TV was broadcasting live as the building collapsed At least 20 firefighters were killed when a high-rise building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, the mayor of the Iranian capital has said. Two hundred had battled the blaze in the landmark 17-storey Plasco building for several hours before it fell to the ground […]

Saudi Arabia crash: Six Britons killed and four injured

Saudi Arabia crash: Six Britons killed and four injured

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The group were travelling between Medina and Mecca when the fatal crash happened Six Britons have been killed in a road crash in Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Office says. It is understood the dead, including a baby, were on a pilgrimage when their bus crashed after a tyre burst. […]

Tehran fire: Many feared dead as high-rise collapses

Media captionState TV was broadcasting live as the building collapsed Many firefighters are feared dead after a landmark high-rise building in Iran’s capital, Tehran, caught fire and collapsed, state media report. Two hundred had battled the blaze in the 17-storey Plasco building for four hours before it fell to the ground in a matter of […]

Syria: Islamic State group ‘kills 12’ in Palmyra

Syria: Islamic State group ‘kills 12’ in Palmyra

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pro-government forces retook the archaeological site and nearby city in March 2016 So-called Islamic State militants have beheaded four people and shot eight dead in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitoring group says. Some of the killings took place in a museum yard near the city’s Unesco-listed ancient […]

Obama fears moment ‘may be passing’ for two-state solution

Obama fears moment ‘may be passing’ for two-state solution

Image copyright Reuters US President Barack Obama has said he fears “the moment may be passing” for a two-state solution in the Middle East. In his final news conference, Mr Obama said December’s UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements should be a “wake-up call”. He also warned his successor Donald Trump against any “sudden, unilateral moves” […]

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Islamic State group ‘lost quarter of territory’ in 2016

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new analysis predicts the recapture of Mosul by Iraqi government forces by mid-2017 So-called Islamic State (IS) lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis. The group gave up almost 18,000 sq km (6,900 sq miles), its territory being reduced to some 60,400 sq […]

Israeli policeman and Bedouin killed during clashes over demolitions

Israeli policeman and Bedouin killed during clashes over demolitions

Image copyright AFP Image caption Locals accused police of using excessive force to remove the protesters Two people have been killed in southern Israel during a confrontation between police and Bedouin villagers over the demolition of illegally built homes. Police said an officer was killed in a car-ramming attack in Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi army retakes city’s east from IS

Mosul battle: Iraqi army retakes city’s east from IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi troops have made swift advances through the city in recent days The Iraqi army says it has recaptured all of eastern Mosul from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. Counter-terror chief Talib Shaghati told reporters the army had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river, which […]

Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list

Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mohamed Aboutrika alienated some of his fans when he publicly endorsed Mohamed Morsi’s 2012 presidential bid Egypt has added ex-football star Mohamed Aboutrika to a terror list for his alleged links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer says. Mr Aboutrika is accused of financially supporting the Brotherhood, which […]

Syria conflict: IS assault halts Deir al-Zour aid drops

Syria conflict: IS assault halts Deir al-Zour aid drops

Image copyright SARC Image caption The WFP has carried out 177 air drops over government-held Deir al-Zour since last April The World Food Programme has suspended air drops of aid to the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, which is besieged by so-called Islamic State (IS). A spokeswoman said heavy fighting between Syrian government forces […]

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