Carrier triples French firepower in IS fight

The French carrier bringing the fight to Islamic State

Posted by on 7 February 2016 | 5:42 pm

Algeria recognises Berber language

Algerian MPs pass a package of reforms that reinstate a limit on presidential terms and give the Berber language official status for the first time.

Posted by on 7 February 2016 | 9:24 am

EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

Officials in the EU urge Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing fighting.

Posted by on 6 February 2016 | 9:26 pm

VIDEO: Exodus amid fierce battle for Syrian city

The number of Syrians trying to cross into Turkey amid an upsurge of fighting in northern Syria has nearly doubled, a Turkish official says.

Posted by on 6 February 2016 | 5:37 pm

Syrian president's mother dies aged 86

The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anisa, has died at the age of 86 in the capital Damascus, his office announces.

Posted by on 6 February 2016 | 5:25 pm

Pentagon releases prisoner abuse photos

The Pentagon releases nearly 200 photographs linked to allegations of abuse by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade ago.

Posted by on 6 February 2016 | 3:18 am

Six decades of Egyptian history in six movies

Six movies that reveal the truth about a troubled nation

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 6:28 pm

Iraqi Kurdistan profile

Provides an overview of Iraqi Kurdistan, including key events and facts about this autonomous region

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 4:31 pm

Deadly hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdistan

At least 19 people, most of them foreigners, have died in a hotel fire in Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, officials say.

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 1:09 pm

VIDEO: 'Assad using scorched earth policy'

The negotiator for Syrian opposition group Jaysh al-Islam speaks to Lina Sinjab about why talks with the government were suspended.

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 1:12 am

Iraq divisions undermine IS fight

How ethnic and sectarian tensions hamper Iraq's battle against IS

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 7:10 pm

VIDEO: KAEC: Saudi's $100bn construction project

Will one of the world's largest construction projects taking place in Saudi Arabia be a success?

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 6:16 pm

$10bn pledged for conflict-hit Syrians

A donor conference raises more than $10bn in pledges to help Syrians affected by the conflict, UK Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 12:37 pm

Body of Italian student found in Egypt

The body of an Italian student who disappeared last week in Cairo has been found and shows signs of torture, an Egyptian prosecutor says.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 12:07 pm

Former BBC journalist 'detained in Iran'

The Iranian authorities reportedly arrest former BBC Persian service journalist Bahman Daroshafaei at his home in Tehran.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 9:00 am

VIDEO: Zaatari refugee camp from the air

Lyse Doucet reports on Jordan's struggle to reconcile pressure to help even more refugees with the potential risk to its own security.

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 5:11 am

Talks break down - but who's to blame?

Who is responsible for Syrian peace talks suspension?

Posted by on 4 February 2016 | 5:11 am

Counting the cost of air strikes on IS

Shedding light on civilian cost of US-led air campaign in Syria

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 9:43 pm

VIDEO: Syria's horrifying statistics

Caroline Hawley looks at the shocking statistics that now define the Syrian conflict.

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 8:26 pm

Control and crucifixions: Life in Libya under IS

Libyans talk about life under IS

Posted by on 3 February 2016 | 11:11 am

VIDEO: 'It has reached boiling point'

King Abdullah of Jordan has told the BBC his country is at a boiling point as it continues to grapple with the influx of refugees from Syria.

Posted by on 1 February 2016 | 11:00 pm

Libya country profile

Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer

Posted by on 21 January 2016 | 7:04 am

Iran country profile

Key information about Iran and its leaders, media and history

Posted by on 20 January 2016 | 5:07 am

Israel profile

Provides an overview of Israel, including key events and facts about the world's only state with a majority Jewish population

Posted by on 13 January 2016 | 4:24 am

Sudan country profile

Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this African country

Posted by on 7 December 2015 | 9:07 am