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Syria returns Légion d'honneur award to France

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:30 GMT

The Légion d'honneur is handed back after France joined the US and Britain in air strikes on Syria.

Mohammed Zammar: German jihadist 'detained by Syrian Kurds'

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:19:56 GMT

Mohammed Zammar, who was linked to the 9/11 attackers, is reportedly being held in northern Syria.

Iran arrests official after youths dance at shopping centre concert

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:30:13 GMT

The head of Mashhad's Islamic guidance department had authorised a concert at a shopping centre.

Syria 'chemical attack': Shooting delays OPCW visit to site

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:59:45 GMT

It is unclear when chemical weapons experts will be able to start work after Tuesday's incident.

Belgium firms prosecuted over exporting Sarin precursor to Syria

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:34:46 GMT

The three firms say they did not know their exports of a Sarin-linked chemical to Syria might be illegal.

What's the first film to be shown in Saudi Arabian cinemas?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:28:45 GMT

For the first time in 35 years, Saudis are allowed to go to the cinema.

Inside Douma: Where 'chemical weapons' hit

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:55:22 GMT

A journey into the recently recaptured city reveals humanitarian suffering and a bomb-making factory.

Music by Nazi death camp prisoners played for first time

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:35:34 GMT

The songs were collected over decades by an Italian composer and performed at a concert in Israel.

Syria air strikes: Why now and will they work?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 20:46:17 GMT

Experts explain why the US, Britain and France have chosen to launch air strikes in Syria and how effective this will be.

Syria air strikes: Missiles fired from French naval ship

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:10:31 GMT

Footage of cruise missiles being launched from a ship in an unknown location and French jets taking off.

Syria air strikes: Eyewitness describes moment missiles struck

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:04:21 GMT

CBS reporter Seth Doane in Damascus, Syria, describes the moment the air strikes started.

The holiday village run by spies

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:25:32 GMT

An idyllic holiday resort on the banks of the Red Sea was a base for Israeli spies with a secret mission.

How does the OPCW test for chemical weapons?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:22:07 GMT

Experts describe the challenges facing those investigating an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

In pictures: Israel at 70 - seven major moments

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:11:27 GMT

Seven major moments from Israel's history, as the country turns 70.

Why has Saudi Arabia decided cinemas are OK?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:31:48 GMT

Saudi Arabia's decision to open its first cinema for 35 years hints at wider changes taking place.

PJ Crowley: Can Trump walk away after Syria air strikes?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:36:30 GMT

The US leader has all but admitted the broader Syrian war is not a US interest, writes PJ Crowley.

Syria air strikes: Were they legal?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 15:02:41 GMT

Legal justifications can be made, but do they stack up? Law Professor Marc Weller looks at the arguments.

Syria air strikes: Will West's attack sway Syria's Assad?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:27:04 GMT

Double the firepower with new allies - but is it enough to stop Assad's chemical weapon use?