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Mosul offensive: Iraqi army battles for outskirts of IS city

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:34:33 GMT

The second day of an assault on the IS stronghold saw heavy artillery fire at a key village.

Governments 'must address corruption to defeat IS', says report

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:58:34 GMT

The militant group uses anger at corrupt officials to recruit new members, says a new report.

Libya's eastern authority bans women travelling solo

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:29:53 GMT

The ban is said to be for "national security reasons" and not driven by religious ideology.

Iran bans private drones from skies over Tehran amid security fears

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:41:09 GMT

Military officials act to remove "security threat" of private drones after shooting at two devices.

Syria conflict: Rebels warns truce may collapse after attacks

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:28:06 GMT

Rebel groups that supported recent peace moves warn they will respond to shelling.

Iran 'will not instigate hostilities' - foreign minister

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:03:06 GMT

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has called on the United States to stop threatening Iran.

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.

Syria crisis: Footage shows girl 'Aya' rescue

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:49:32 GMT

Footage released by Syria Civil Defence shows a girl being pulled alive from rubble, apparently in Damascus amid reported air strikes.

Mosul: 'Lining up and ready for battle'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:43:32 GMT

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville is embedded with Iraqi troops as they intensify their offensive in Mosul.

Iraqi forces prepare to retake west Mosul

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:04:29 GMT

Iraqi security forces are set to begin a major new offensive against the so-called Islamic State in Mosul.

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.

Power of language

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:40:01 GMT

The teacher forced to leave Aleppo after teaching while bombs fell and food ran short

Ultimate deal

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:25:49 GMT

Israeli diplomats seek clarity from Mr Trump, as the Israeli Prime Minister prepares to visit Washington