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Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:28:41 GMT

King Salman issues an order allowing women to be given driving licences for the first time.

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis in West Bank

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:16:20 GMT

Israel to demolish home of attacker who was shot dead after opening fire at a Jewish settlement.

Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry - Erdogan

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:10:33 GMT

Turkey's leader says it is considering sanctions after Monday's independence referendum.

Seven arrested in Egypt after raising rainbow flag at concert

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:13:02 GMT

They were reportedly detained on Monday for "promoting sexual deviancy" at a concert in Cairo.

Former 'heaviest woman' Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:39:45 GMT

A hospital in Abu Dhabi confirms the Egyptian's death despite recent weight-loss surgery.

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians in Syria - HRW

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:57:08 GMT

Human Rights Watch found dozens of children died when aircraft bombed two IS-held towns in March.

Saudi Arabia: Backlash after women celebrate National Day

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:34:52 GMT

Female participation in this year's events has angered some in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

Jubilant mood at Iraqi Kurdish referendum polling station

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:36 GMT

Voters in Irbil have their say on whether the Kurdistan region should be independent from Iraq.

The Syrian girl who sings through war

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:53:09 GMT

Sana has a beautiful voice, and it helps her forget about the war raging where she lives in Aleppo.

Syria war 'ignored by United Nations'

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:29:15 GMT

A cinematographer for an Oscar-winning film about Syria says the topic was overlooked at the UN.

Kexit? Iraqi Kurdistan referendum explained

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:19:14 GMT

It's highly controversial, but these Kurds are adamant they will vote for their own state on Monday.

State in the making?

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:32:48 GMT

A independence vote is coming, but it will not lead to a state - yet, says Michael Knights.

Fear for the future

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:28:41 GMT

Despite the gradual defeat of IS, Iraq's minorities fear for their future, says Yolande Knell.

Farglish no more

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:42:31 GMT

The new Apple iOS has a Persian keyboard. BBC Persian's Sam Farzaneh discusses why it is an important feature.

Life goes on

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:17:51 GMT

During six years of war, these Girl Guides have kept learning to camp, sing songs and change tyres.

Swords and robes

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:00:06 GMT

Trump receives 83 items from Saudi Arabia ranging from swords to slippers. Is this common?

Escape from IS

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:07:28 GMT

Artur explains what happened after his wife took their children to IS-held territory in Syria.