BBC witnesses last stand of IS in eastern Syrian town

So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost its last urban stronghold in Syria. But as the extremist Sunni group fades, Shia influence is growing from Iran to Lebanon. BBC Arabic’s Feras Kilani has this special report from inside the eastern town of Albu Kamal. BBC witnesses last stand of IS in eastern Syrian town}

Iran earthquake: Khamenei criticises government’s response

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Revolutionary Guards for “speeding up assistance” Iran’s supreme leader has criticised the government’s response to last week’s earthquake during a visit to the scene of the disaster. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said many people involved in the rescue and relief operations had performed well, but that […]

Iraq Supreme Court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in a referendum held on 25 September. The Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum on Kurdish independence was unconstitutional. The ruling comes nearly two months after the vote, in which 92% of Iraqi Kurds supported secession. Following the ballot, Iraq’s government […]

Saad Hariri, Lebanon PM, to return to Beirut ‘in coming days’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Macron had offered to mediate in the crisis over Mr Hariri’s resignation Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has said he will return to Beirut in the coming days, and will then clarify his shock decision to resign. He quit two weeks ago during a visit to Saudi Arabia, but President […]

Syria: Russia again blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright AFP Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has cast a second veto in as many days to block a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Russia rejected a […]

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM leaves Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Saad Hariri resigned unexpectedly on 4 November Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has left Saudi Arabia for France, a TV channel owned by his family says. Mr Hariri earlier denied claims he was being held hostage in the Gulf kingdom, tweeting that it “is a lie”. Mr Hariri resigned […]

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Iraqi forces recapture final IS-controlled town, Rawa

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces gather in the Rawa area during the offensive Iraqi forces say they have recaptured Rawa, the last town in the country controlled by so-called Islamic State. The move, which follows an offensive that began on Saturday, leaves the jihadist group on the verge of complete defeat in Iraq. […]

Syria: Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at […]

Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister defends sanctions

The United Nations says millions of civilians will die in Yemen, if Saudi Arabia does not end its blockade of the country. Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir has defended the sanctions, telling the BBC’s Lyse Doucet “no country has provided more aid to Yemen than Saudi Arabia”. Yemen blockade: Saudi foreign affairs minister defends […]

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