UN call to 'prevent Iraq massacre'

A UN envoy calls for action to prevent what he says may be the possible massacre of Iraqis in the town of Amerli, besieged by Islamic State.

Posted by on 23 August 2014 | 12:06 pm

Abbas and Egypt urge new Gaza talks

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joins Egypt to call on Israel and Hamas to launch fresh talks in Cairo, days after a previous truce collapsed.

Posted by on 23 August 2014 | 10:56 am

Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast

Dozens of people are thought to have drowned after a boat loaded with at least 170 migrants sank off the coast of Libya.

Posted by on 23 August 2014 | 10:25 am

VIDEO: James Foley's images of conflict

The conflict reporting of James Foley

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:03 pm

VIDEO: Beseiged Iraqi children lacking food

A resident of Amerli, 170km north of Baghdad, describes conditions in the town, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than two months.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 5:48 pm

VIDEO: Suspected informants killed in Gaza

Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 4:52 pm

VIDEO: What are options in fight against IS?

As Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announces Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, the BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports on the options in the fight against the IS regime.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 4:41 pm

Dozens killed in Iraq mosque attack

Suspected Shia militants kill at least 68 worshippers at a Sunni mosque, in a blow to a government push for sectarian unity against IS militants.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 4:26 pm

VIDEO: 'I survived Islamic State massacre'

How one man crawled away from killers

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 11:00 am

Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'

More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 10:24 am

Radical shifts needed to combat IS

Radical realignments needed to meet challenge from IS

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 9:23 am

Islamic State: Biggest threat to US?

How big a danger to the US is Islamic State?

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:57 am

VIDEO: Pillay criticises UN Security Council

The United Nations' Human Rights chief has strongly condemned the UN's Security Council for what she called a failure to deal with conflicts.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 3:59 am

Tour buses collide near Egypt resort

Two tourist buses collide near Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, leaving 33 people dead and 41 injured, officials say.

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 1:29 am

The Iraqi town being starved to death

The besieged Iraqi town fearing a massacre by Islamic State

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 12:09 am

VIDEO: What if the West had intervened in Syria?

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen assesses the events of the past year in Syria and how they have shaped the Middle East region.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 5:08 pm

VIDEO: Are IS militants a threat to Lebanon?

The advance of the Islamic State has sent ripples across the region and Lebanon, people are anxiously monitoring the group's expansion.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 1:16 pm

Timeline: How the Syria conflict has spread

How Syria's war has changed and spread in a year

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 10:40 am

US strikes in Iraq despite IS threat

US jets carry out fresh strikes in Iraq, despite threats from militants to kill a second American captive after beheading journalist James Foley.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 10:10 am

Israel kills top Hamas commanders

An Israeli air strike kills three senior Hamas military commanders as Israel vows to pursue its Gaza campaign until it achieves "full security".

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 8:18 am

Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?

Did inaction over Syria foment deeper regional crisis?

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 3:19 am

Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:42 pm

Is anti-Semitism rising?

Do statistics support claims that anti-Semitism is increasing?

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:18 pm

Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 5:34 pm

UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq

The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 3:43 pm