Tunisia holds landmark election

Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:54 am

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 3:13 am

VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 6:44 pm

Four militants killed in Saudi raid

Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 9:03 am

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 12:37 am

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m

The UN General Assembly approves a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon millions of dollars in compensation for an oil spill.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:10 pm

VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers 'fighting for their lives'

Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 10:30 am

VIDEO: Egyptian artist's junk revolution

Egyptian artist Rami el-Fass sculpts exclusively from discarded junk, which he then returns to the street in its recycled form.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 10:15 am

Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:37 am

VIDEO: 'Hope' for Yazidis as siege broken

Kurdish fighters say they have broken the Islamic State siege around Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:56 am

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in

Inside Iraqi air base as Islamic State closes in

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:02 am

Talks 'failed to save IS hostage'

Details emerge of an attempt to secure the release of kidnapped US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig before he was killed by Islamic State militants.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 2:59 am

Mosul diaries: Poisoned by water

Residents of IS-run Mosul sick from drinking the river

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 7:09 pm

Israel brands peace plan 'gimmick'

Israel says a Palestinian effort to set a three-year deadline for it to end its occupation of Palestinian territories is a "gimmick".

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 5:14 pm

Tests claim Ebosse died from beating

New tests claim Cameroon player Albert Ebosse died in Algeria after a beating and not from an object thrown by fans.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 1:51 pm

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists jailed

Dozens of Egyptian Islamists accused of torching churches and police stations after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi are jailed for up to 15 years.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 9:05 am

VIDEO: Oil pipeline could benefit Iraqi Kurds

Kurdistan could soon be joining the ranks of the world's major oil exporters, thanks to a new pipeline to Turkey.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 5:22 am

MEPs back Palestinian statehood bid

European Parliament backs Palestinian bid for statehood

Posted by on 17 December 2014 | 9:51 am

Israeli photographer 'horrified' at use of bloody shoe photo

Shock image 'from Taliban school attack' revealed as Israel photo

Posted by on 17 December 2014 | 9:10 am

The strange normality of life in the middle of Syria's war

How everyday life continues despite Syrian civil war

Posted by on 16 December 2014 | 6:39 pm

VIDEO: 'My son was killed fighting in Syria'

Women Without Borders, a group opposed to terrorism, has met in Vienna in Austria, in an attempt to try to halt the spread of terrorism.

Posted by on 15 December 2014 | 6:34 pm

Islamic State crisis: How Jalawla became a changed town

How Iraq's Jalawla changed with ousting of Islamic State

Posted by on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Could Aleppo plan cut Syrian bloodshed?

Can ceasefire plan end Aleppo bloodshed, asks Lyse Doucet

Posted by on 15 December 2014 | 6:27 am

How is Islamic State funded?

Interactive video: How Islamic State is funded

Posted by on 11 December 2014 | 6:08 pm

Palestinian territories profile

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

Posted by on 10 December 2014 | 10:19 am