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Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:54:17 GMT

Russia begins withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, as President Putin visits the country.

EU's Federica Mogherini rebuffs Netanyahu on Jerusalem

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:52:21 GMT

The EU says it will not recognise the city as Israel's capital before a final status peace deal.

Saudi Arabia to allow cinemas to reopen from early 2018

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:38:36 GMT

The measure is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 reform programme.

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:07:12 GMT

PM Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi troops are now in complete control of the country.

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:21:54 GMT

A mummy dating back about 3,500 years is among items discovered in the two tombs.

Johnson's talks on jailed Briton in Iran 'worthwhile'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:22:49 GMT

The foreign secretary says progress has been made over jailed British-Iranian mother's release.

Syrian army deserters on why they had to escape the civil war

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:22:41 GMT

Seif and Ghadir both deserted the "slavery" of the Syrian Army and fled the country.

The Israeli PM meets EU foreign ministers, but differences emerge immediately.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:28:56 GMT

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets EU foreign ministers, but differences emerge immediately.

Caught up in Lebanon tear gas clashes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:17:07 GMT

Protests against US President Donald Trump's controversial decision turn ugly again in Beirut.

Jerusalem clashes: Sheltering in a sweet shop

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 16:58:47 GMT

People shelter in a sweet shop amid protests after Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Rock n rebellion

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:26:45 GMT

Beirut-based Mashrou' Leila talks about their music and run in with the Egyptian government.

Sexual taboo

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:12:31 GMT

Mitra Farazandeh, who lives in northern Iran, says many people think she doesn't deserve love and a sex life, because of her physical disability.

Backlash fears

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:59:08 GMT

US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital poses a problem for Washington's Gulf Arab partners, writes Frank Gardner.

Trump's Jerusalem move

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:13:35 GMT

Palestinians in the West Bank and Israelis in Jerusalem react to the US policy shift on the city.

Battle scars

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:38:43 GMT

One year on from a military campaign that successfully expelled so-called Islamic State (IS) from its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, residents complain of the scale of destruction that remains there.

Alone in Iraq

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:10:17 GMT

Tens of thousands of foreign fighters joined Islamic State. What has become of their families now the self-declared caliphate is crumbling?

Unwrapping the past

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:59:25 GMT

An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to be scanned by an advanced X-ray system.

Yemen's most wanted

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:40:25 GMT

The BBC's Nawal al-Maghafi recalls interviewing the central figure in Yemen's modern history.