Iranians see petrol prices surge

Iran cuts state subsidies on petrol, sending prices up by as much as 75%, as the government tries to boost an economy battered by sanctions.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 10:53 pm

VIDEO: How Iranian woman defy hijab rule

Nearly 35 years after Iran's Islamic government made it compulsory for women in the country to wear the hijab, many have taken to wearing headscarves made from western-style, fashionable fabrics which are not approved by the government.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 6:12 pm

VIDEO: US medics killed in Kabul attack

Three American medics have been shot dead by a policeman at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, US officials say.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 4:33 pm

Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact

Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 2:58 pm

Deadly air strike on Syria market

A Syrian government air strike on a market in a rebel-held town in Aleppo kills more than 20 people, activist groups say.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 12:06 pm

Morocco country profile - Overview

Provides an overview of Morocco, including key events and facts about this mountainous kingdom at the far end of the Maghreb

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 10:30 am

Yemen profile

Provides an overview of Yemen, including key events and facts about one of the poorest countries in the Middle East

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 9:16 am

VIDEO: Ethiopia's Jewish community divided

Thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been left disappointed by an Israeli government decision to end a 30-year-old programme that saw tens thousands of Ethiopian Jews airlifted to the Holy Land.

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 9:07 am

Palestinian territories profile

Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 5:49 am

Ban blames all Syria sides over aid

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 10:02 pm

Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal

Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:03 pm

VIDEO: Jeremy Bowen on Hamas-Fatah deal

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen on the deal between Fatah and Hamas

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 4:26 pm

VIDEO: Hamas-Fatah announce reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 3:33 pm

Iran replaces prison service chief

The head of Iran's prison service is replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 10:45 am

Lebanese MPs fail to elect president

Members of Lebanon's parliament fail to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 9:27 am

Bomb 'kills senior Egypt policeman'

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, officials say.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:48 am

VIDEO: Blair's warning on Mid-East politics

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on Western nations to address the role of religion in politics in the Middle East.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:14 am

No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban

A UN committee takes no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:54 am

Moroccan Jew asks to join Islamists

A Jewish lawyer in Morocco challenges the political establishment by asking to join the ruling Islamist PJD party, it is reported.

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 4:11 am

Why Palestinians love St George

Why St George is a hero on the West Bank

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 6:14 pm

Yemen identifying dead 'militants'

Yemen is carrying out DNA tests to identify suspected militants killed in air strikes in recent days, amid reports they include al-Qaeda leaders.

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 8:44 am

Algeria profile

Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 4:02 pm

VIDEO: Ester Rada: Israel's rising music star

Israel's latest star and her musical heritage

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 6:32 pm

What makes Jerusalem so holy?

What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 6:18 pm

Syrian children at mercy of attacks

Syria families in fear of randomness of mortar attacks

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 2:29 pm