Iraq forces push against jihadists

Iraqi Shia and Kurdish forces capture an Islamic State stronghold, as a BBC team enters Amerli the day after a two-month siege ends.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 7:31 pm

VIDEO: Iraq grannies 'take on IS in Amerli’

Residents and fighters in Amerli are celebrating the end of a two-month siege and the withdrawal of IS militants from around the town.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 4:52 pm

VIDEO: ‘I smuggled jihadists into Syria’

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Turkey's border with Syria where he met a man who helped smuggle foreign fighters cross the border.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 4:31 pm

Israel to take over West Bank land

Israel unveils plans to take 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank, triggering criticism from the Palestinians and the US.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 4:02 pm

Lebanon army receives soldier's body

The Lebanese army receives the remains of a missing solider who is believed to have been beheaded by militants from Islamic State (IS).

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 12:06 pm

Iran clerics 'must accept internet'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 10:02 am

Libya militias 'seize ministries'

Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 9:06 am

Fresh clashes erupt in Syrian Golan

Fresh fighting between rebels and government forces is being reported in the Syrian Golan Heights, where 44 UN peacekeepers were abducted last week.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 8:39 am

Germany arms Iraqi Kurds against IS

Germany will send enough weapons to equip 4,000 Kurdish fighters defending areas of northern Iraq against Islamist militants.

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 5:25 am

Islamic State: Who supports the jihadist group?

Where jihadists find support to become powerful force

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 11:45 pm

Worlds apart: From Gaza to Sydney

Australia and Gaza share ocean views, but not much else

Posted by on 30 August 2014 | 8:22 am

VIDEO: Kurdish father's grief at son's death

In a camp for Yazidi refugees, near what was the Iraqi-Syrian border, the father who had to abandon his disabled child has learned that his son has died.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 3:05 pm

VIDEO: Middle East's first coffee museum

Dubai-based coffee trader Khalid Al Mulla, takes the BBC on a tour of his new coffee museum.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:44 am

VIDEO: Building Dubai's 'heart of Europe'

After years of inactivity, work has started again in Dubai on its World islands project, as Howard Johnson reports.

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 7:41 am

Sunni rebels 'ready to turn on Islamic State'

Sunni rebels who helped Islamic State signal readiness to revolt

Posted by on 29 August 2014 | 5:14 am

VIDEO: Israel tourism feels the strain

Israeli hoteliers are demanding millions of dollars in compensation from the state over the Gaza conflict, and Palestinian businesses are also suffering.

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 6:27 am

VIDEO: Twitter's map of Mid-East conflict

How people react to Gaza on social media

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 8:22 pm

Indecisive end to Gaza conflict

Ceasefire brings indecisive end to Gaza conflict

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 9:12 am

The fallout from Libyan air strikes

Domestic conflict dragged into wider Middle East battle

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 6:21 am

Sandhurst and the sheikhs

Why do so many Gulf royals receive military training in the UK?

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 6:16 pm

Analysis: Could support for the 'other' Kurds stall Islamic State?

Time for West to bolster other Kurdish militia against IS?

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 10:20 am

VIDEO: 'I survived Islamic State massacre'

How one man crawled away from Islamic State killers

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 11:00 am

Libya country profile

Provides an overview of Libya, including key events and facts about this major oil producer which was ruled by Colonel Gaddafi for 42 years.

Posted by on 6 August 2014 | 10:24 am

Iran country profile

Provides an overview of Iran, including key events and facts about this country whose supreme leader is an Islamic cleric

Posted by on 8 July 2014 | 6:42 am

Iraqi Kurdistan profile - Overview

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

Posted by on 3 July 2014 | 7:20 am