Syria conflict: UN asks to control Aleppo corridors

The UN's Syria envoy appeals to Russia to let the UN manage safe corridors from besieged areas of the city of Aleppo.

Posted by on 29 July 2016 | 8:47 am

Syrian Nusra Front announces split from al-Qaeda

The Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra announces it has split from al-Qaeda, but the US says it still views it as a terrorist organisation.

Posted by on 29 July 2016 | 1:32 am

Virtual reality

Popular fantasy figures are finding new roles as symbols of Syria's war, as activists use childhood nostalgia to express their sense of loss, writes the BBC's Carine Torbey.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 6:31 pm

Out of the sea

Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini was swimming for her life in the sea towards Europe a year ago - now she is about to swim at Rio 2016.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 6:00 pm

Egypt convicts former auditor of spreading 'false news'

Egypt's former top auditor, who was sacked after alleging government corruption, has received a prison sentence for spreading "false news".

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 3:29 pm

Saudi father disputes 'locked up' claim

A father accused of imprisoning his daughter in Saudi Arabia has said he was "trying to help" her, a court hears.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 2:07 pm

Syria conflict: Why this family needs an exit corridor

Russia says it is working to open 'exit corridors' to allow civilians and rebel fighters to leave the besieged city of Aleppo. The BBC has been in contact with one family living under siege.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 12:06 pm

Girl dies after elephant throws stone in Morocco zoo

A seven-year-old girl dies after an elephant throws a stone that hits her head in a Moroccan zoo.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 9:14 am

Payslips peril

Iran's so-called payslip-gate scandal has been a blow to President Hassan Rouhani's reputation, and could still be a problem come next year's elections, says the BBC's Amir Azimi.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 5:53 am

'Unique, strange, terrible'

Growing evidence suggests so-called Islamic State used a new type of explosive device when they killed almost 300 people in Baghdad earlier this month.

Posted by on 28 July 2016 | 1:17 am

'Taxi service for migrants'

African migrants remain as determined as ever to reach Europe from Libya despite the growing number of deaths at sea.

Posted by on 27 July 2016 | 6:59 pm

Secret library

Enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with books rescued from bombed buildings - and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it.

Posted by on 27 July 2016 | 6:15 pm

Team Refugee: From swimming the Aegean Sea to the Rio Olympics

To escape Syria, Yusra Mardini swam part of the way to Europe. Now she is preparing for the Rio Olympics.

Posted by on 27 July 2016 | 3:55 pm

Syria blast: 'People are buried under the ruins' in Qamishli

A bomb blast has hit the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in north-east Syria.

Posted by on 27 July 2016 | 3:20 pm

Baghdad bomb site now a shrine to the dead

The site of one of the deadliest attacks to ever hit Iraq has been turned into a shrine to the dead.

Posted by on 26 July 2016 | 6:14 pm

Pushing boundaries

Syria's Kurds have come a long way since declaring self-rule in 2013, but territorial expansion is creating its own problems, writes the BBC's Lina Sinjab.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 6:07 pm

Not wearing that

Iranians and Georgians appalled by national uniforms designed for Olympics opening ceremony.

Posted by on 25 July 2016 | 6:04 pm