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Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:24:07 GMT

A militant group says it was behind attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on two security bases.

Mosul battle: Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:15:38 GMT

Shifa Gardi, of the Iraqi Kurdish channel Rudaw, is killed by a roadside bomb as she covers clashes.

Syrian film director banned from US

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:45:42 GMT

A 21-year-old Syrian who filmed an Oscar-nominated documentary has been banned from entering America.

Egypt's Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:14:19 GMT

Islamic State militants have warned of more attacks on Egypt's Christian minority.

Saudi foreign minister makes landmark visit to Iraq

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:04:27 GMT

Adel al-Jubeir meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in first visit by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990.

Syria peace talks: Sides fail to meet on first day in Geneva

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:46:45 GMT

The meeting marks the first UN-backed talks between the government and opposition in nearly a year.

Islamic State battle: Fierce gunfight outside Mosul airport

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:35:55 GMT

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville joins Iraqi forces as they recapture Mosul airport from so-called Islamic State.

On the hunt for IS extremists

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:32:20 GMT

Iraqi Security services say they've arrested more than 1,000 suspected IS members in Eastern Mosul.

Islamic State: Battle for Mosul by land and air

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:21:15 GMT

While so-called Islamic State rules the road, Iraqi forces control the skies in the battle for Mosul, as the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports.

Why is UAE building a military base in Somaliland?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:35:39 GMT

The United Arab Emirates is building a military base in Berbera in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland.

Art of stone

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:39:29 GMT

Syrian artist uses stones to create real-life situations from the conflict in his country

'Everyone is scared'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:42:55 GMT

Trapped residents describe the terror of western Mosul, as the Iraqi army attempts to retake the city from IS.

Trapped in Raqqa: Sri Rahayu's story

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:10 GMT

Indonesian Sri Rahayu was forced to live under the control of so-called Islamic State.

Thaw on pause

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:17 GMT

The new Trump presidency could have profound implications for US relations with Iran, says the BBC's Kambiz Fattahi.

Gay, trans and illegal

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:13:21 GMT

Gay sex can get you arrested in Lebanon, but has a surprising ruling in a recent case changed the future for the country’s LGBT community? BBC Pop Up is in Lebanon to find out.

'War of the streets'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:13:09 GMT

Losing its most cherished prize will present IS with an existential challenge, says Renad Mansour.

One, two or three?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:27:17 GMT

A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of a number of formulas, writes Prof Colin Shindler.

Critical shift

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:02:51 GMT

The playful exchange between Netanyahu and Trump said a great deal, writes PJ Crowley.