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Mosul offensive: Iraqi Kurdish forces besiege key town of Bashiqa

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:58:18 GMT

Kurdish forces taking part in the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State militants are besieging a key town to the north-east.

Egypt seizes 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids amid shortage

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:48:52 GMT

Egyptian authorities seize 9,000 tonnes of sugar in raids on factories and warehouses, amid a nationwide shortage.

IS conflict: Call for inquiry into Iraq mosque attack

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:07:43 GMT

Human Rights Watch calls for an investigation into an attack on a mosque in northern Iraq on Friday that killed at least 13 women and children.

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:14:50 GMT

Clothes made by child refugees in Turkey are ending up among those sold by leading British brands, a Panorama investigation reveals.

Iraq alcohol: Parliament imposes ban in a surprise move

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:52:46 GMT

The Iraqi parliament votes to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, arguing that its availability is unconstitutional.

Guantanamo: Former inmate Jihad Diyab 'to leave' Uruguay

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 03:36:23 GMT

A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who went on hunger strike in Uruguay to demand relocation to another country receives an offer, his supporters say.

Meet Cairo's female tuk-tuk drivers

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:08:29 GMT

Tuk-tuks are predominantly driven by men in Egypt, but the country's economic woes are driving more women to it as a means of earning a living.

'IS fighters sat on bed as we hid underneath'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:41:13 GMT

Students in Iraq tell the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil about their close encounter with militants from so-called Islamic State.

Islamic State: Kurdish forces make push towards Mosul

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:40:59 GMT

Footage has captured explosions near the Iraqi town of Bashiqa, as Kurdish forces try to take back areas held by so-called Islamic State.

Mosul battle: 'All those who have died are my sons'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:19:14 GMT

Commanders say that large advances have been made against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq, but there have been losses.

Hoping to go home

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:13:38 GMT

After fleeing the fighting around Mosul, thousands of displaced people face cramped conditions living in camps.

Sew to survive

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:04:18 GMT

Panorama has gone undercover in Istanbul and found evidence that Syrian refugee children are making clothes for leading British brands.

Sci-fi Iraq

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:56:34 GMT

From dome gardens and psychedelic insects to an apocalyptic vision of corpse trading, Iraqi writers imagine their homeland 100 years after the US invasion.

IS tunnel

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:15:34 GMT

The BBC's Ahmed Maher explores a tunnel in a village abandoned by so-called Islamic State as Iraqi government forces advance on Mosul.

Marching on Mosul

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:25:29 GMT

The BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale on the week that saw Iraq launch the fight to push IS from its second-biggest city