IS 'kills 20 men at Palmyra site'

Islamic State militants killed 20 men at the ancient theatre at the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says.

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 9:59 am

Palestinians press Fifa to show Israel red card

Palestinians press Fifa to suspend Israel from football

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 8:12 am

Iraq exhumes IS victims in Tikrit

The Iraqi authorities say they have exhumed the remains of 470 people believed to have been summarily killed by Islamic State near Tikrit last June.

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 7:50 am

Tajik special ops chief 'joins IS'

Tajikistan's special forces chief appears in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria.

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 7:22 am

Al-Nusra 'told not to attack West'

Al-Qaeda has ordered its affiliate in Syria not to use the country to launch attacks on the West, the leader of al-Nusra Front says.

Posted by on 28 May 2015 | 5:03 am

VIDEO: Palestinians want Israel football ban

The Palestinian Football Association is asking Fifa to suspend Israel from world football, just as it once suspended apartheid South Africa and Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 11:35 pm

Bahrain: Between rebellion and reform

What does Bahrain's silent majority hope for?

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 7:35 pm

Iranian state turns matchmaker

Can a state-run dating site reduce young divorce in Iran?

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 7:08 pm

VIDEO: US concern at Iraq Shia militias

US Army Lt General McMaster says the presence of Shia militias in fight against IS in Iraq is a 'grave concern' for stability in the region

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 6:10 pm

Dozens killed in Sanaa air strike

Saudi-led coalition warplanes have bombed a special forces camp in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 36 people, officials and witnesses say.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 11:03 am

Mauritania country profile

Provides an overview, basic information and key events for this oil-producing, mainly desert country in west Africa

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 10:12 am

IS suicide bombings kill Iraq troops

At least 17 Iraqi soldiers have been killed in a wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in Anbar province, security officials say.

Posted by on 27 May 2015 | 7:29 am

VIDEO: Palestinians 'killed, tortured by Hamas'

Amnesty International has accused the Palestinian group, Hamas, of a brutal campaign of abduction, torture and killings against its own people.

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 11:53 pm

VIDEO: Photo project addresses Lebanon racism

BBC News hears how an exhibition is highlighting Lebanon's ethnic diversity to address racism.

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 6:03 pm

Jason Rezaian trial: What are Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Courts?

The tough Iranian court trying US reporter Jason Rezaian

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 11:51 am

VIDEO: Is Jordan next target for Islamic State?

As fears grow that Jordan could be Islamic States's next target the country has been redoubling its efforts to confront the extremist threat on its borders and inside the country.

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 7:45 am

Inside Jordan's fight against extremism

Inside Jordan's fight against home-grown extremism

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 5:57 am

Islamic State PR gloss masks Iraqi forces' gains

John Simpson: Fear and PR jihadists' strongest card

Posted by on 26 May 2015 | 4:25 am

VIDEO: Meet the militias battling IS in Iraq

Earlier this month militants from Islamic State seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi, with its fall seen as a major capitulation by the Iraqi Army.

Posted by on 25 May 2015 | 5:11 pm

Saudi Arabia profile

Provides an overview of Saudi Arabia, including key events and facts about the birthplace of Islam

Posted by on 22 May 2015 | 9:41 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 21 May 2015 | 9:55 am

Tunisia profile

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

Posted by on 21 May 2015 | 6:10 am

Syria profile

Provides an overview of Syria, including key events and facts about this influential Middle Eastern country.

Posted by on 21 May 2015 | 5:04 am

Oman profile

Provides an overview of Oman, including key events and facts about the oldest independent state in the Arab world

Posted by on 20 May 2015 | 10:19 am

Bahrain country profile

Provides an overview of Bahrain, including key events and facts about this oil-rich state which has become a financial services centre

Posted by on 20 May 2015 | 10:01 am