VIDEO: US air strike 'hits IS command'

Photographs show a US air strike hitting an Islamic State position on a hill near the embattled Syrian town of Kobane.

Posted by on 24 October 2014 | 1:13 am

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'

Europe's biggest football clubs are considering asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Posted by on 24 October 2014 | 12:59 am

Yemen 'is at risk of civil war'

Yemen is at risk of civil war. envoy says

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 8:30 pm

Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul

Mosul diary: Inside the city ruled by Islamic State

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 6:51 pm

Netanyahu blames Abbas over attack

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the Palestinian president of incitement, after an attack which killed a baby in Jerusalem.

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 10:10 am

US-led Syria strikes 'kill hundreds'

US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, including 464 IS fighters, activists say.

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 9:12 am

Saudi women jailed for terror links

Four women in Saudi Arabia have been given prison sentences for supporting al-Qaeda and training their sons for jihad.

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 8:18 am

VIDEO: 'Britain will support IS strategy'

The US envoy tasked by President Obama with leading the fight against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria tells BBC Newsnight says Britain will "support us".

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 6:04 pm

Four guilty of Blackwater killings

A US federal jury finds four Blackwater security guards guilty of killing 14 Iraqis in a square in Baghdad in 2007.

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 1:16 pm

Syria air force 'steps up strikes'

The Syrian military has stepped up its air strikes on rebel-held areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, activists say.

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 10:41 am

VIDEO: Kurds' fury as Kobane battle rages on

The fighting in Kobane has pushed relations between the Turkish government and Turkey's Kurdish population to the lowest point for years

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 7:54 am

UN chief plans Gaza conflict inquiry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is setting up an inquiry into attacks on UN facilities during Israel's recent offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 10:54 pm

US probes 'stray Syria air drop'

The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters.

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 10:49 pm

Tales from the India Office

Tales from the days when British diplomats ran the Gulf

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 6:04 pm

IS video 'shows man stone daughter'

The Islamic State group has released an undated video that appears to show an elderly Syrian man stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery.

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 4:45 pm

Who are the Kurds?

Race, culture and language in common - but who are the Kurds?

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 10:22 am

Who will be Iran's next Supreme Leader?

What will happen when Iran chooses a new Supreme Leader?

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 9:19 am

Islamic State: The US volunteers who fight with Syria's Kurds

The Americans who have joined the Kurds in the fight against IS

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 6:01 am

AUDIO: Kurds 'need more support in Kobane'

Karwan Zebari, head of the Kurdish Regional Government mission to Washington DC, says that the Kurdish army in Kobane needs more supplies.

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 5:43 am

VIDEO: Baghdad: Where one bomb is a quiet day

The regularity of bombings in Baghdad makes fire-fighting a busy and dangerous profession.

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 3:03 am

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'

Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 11:41 am

Syria's Kobane no longer so isolated

Kobane gets breathing space in battle against IS

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 10:45 am

Battle for Kobane: Before and after images

Satellite images show Kobane's changing landscape

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 2:11 am

Egypt profile

Provides an overview of Egypt, including key events and facts.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 4:39 am

VIDEO: Refugee misery for Iraqi Christians

When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq during the summer, people from Christian communities were threatened with death if they refused to convert to Islam.

Posted by on 19 October 2014 | 3:40 am