Iraqi Kurds 'in Kobane to fight IS'

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters cross the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State militants.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 4:28 pm

VIDEO: 'Peshmerga generate hope' in Kobane

The arrival of Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters has "generated hope in the Kurdish community" reports Jiyar Gol from the Syria-Turkey border

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 12:14 pm

Key Jerusalem holy site reopens

Israel reopens a key Jerusalem holy site after its temporary closure following the shooting of a prominent Jewish activist.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 10:34 am

Mass graves found in western Iraq

Scores of bodies of Sunni Muslim tribesmen apparently killed by Islamic State militants are found in mass graves in western Iraq.

Posted by on 31 October 2014 | 6:29 am

Tunisia secularists win elections

Tunisia's secularist Nidaa Tounes party wins 81 seats in parliament, pushing the Islamists of Ennahda into second place, official results show.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:03 am

UN rebuke over Jerusalem settlements

Israel faces strong criticism at the UN Security Council over plans to build hundreds of homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:25 pm

IS 'frees kidnapped schoolchildren'

Islamic State has released 25 schoolchildren, the last of some 150 children it kidnapped earlier in the year, a rights group says.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 3:54 pm

Egypt destroys homes for Gaza buffer

Egypt begins demolishing homes along its border with Gaza as part of a planned 500m buffer zone intended to prevent weapons smuggling.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 1:17 pm

VIDEO: Fighting as a woman in the Peshmerga

Diane Nammi, founder of Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization, told BBC World News about her days fighting as a commander in the Kurdish Peshmerga armed forces.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 1:08 pm

Iran MPs reject Rouhani nominee

The Iranian parliament rejects the government's nominee for science minister, in a new setback for reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:29 am

Tunisia profile

Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Tunisia

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:20 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 29 October 2014 | 6:07 am

Middle East turmoil hits gays hard

Gay community hit hard by Middle East turmoil

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 2:35 am

Migrants who risk everything to reach Europe

Migrants who risk everything to try to get to Europe

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 9:45 pm

VIDEO: 'I left my fiancé to be a barber'

A hairdresser in Egypt says she is proving people in Egypt who think a woman who works as a hairdresser is not decent wrong.

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 1:49 pm

VIDEO: Video shows massive Kobane blast

The BBC's Jiyar Gol has witnessed a massive blast hit the Syrian city of Kobane - despite militants' claims that the battle is "nearly over".

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 7:53 am

How do you cook in a conflict zone?

How do you feed a family as the bombs go off?

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 5:47 am

Turkish PM rejects Kobane criticism

Turkey's PM tells BBC why his Islamic State policy will work

Posted by on 28 October 2014 | 4:53 am

Arab road trip movie tackles taboos

The Arab road movie that challenges preconceptions

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 8:35 pm

VIDEO: 'Syrian women count on themselves'

A Syrian refugee has opened up a kitchen in Lebanon employing other women who have fled their home country.

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 6:03 pm

VIDEO: Egypt FM on Greste imprisonment

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shukry talks to the BBC's Frank Gardner about the fight against so-called Islamic State and the convictions of three Al-Jazeera journalists.

Posted by on 27 October 2014 | 1:31 pm

What's the appeal of a caliphate?

Why the idea of a single Muslim state keeps coming back

Posted by on 25 October 2014 | 6:05 pm

Egypt profile

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Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 4:39 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 14 October 2014 | 5:07 am

Qatar country profile

Provides an overview of Qatar, including key events and facts about this small country which has become a major oil producer.

Posted by on 8 October 2014 | 10:02 am