Call for clarity on UK forces in Libya

The chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee calls for "proper accounting" over the activities of British special forces in Libya, after reports that UK troops destroyed an Islamic State truck there.

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 1:07 pm

Violence in Egypt after affair rumours

Houses are set on fire and an elderly woman is paraded naked through the streets of a village in Egypt after rumours of an inter-religious affair.

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 10:51 am

Vital aid 'not reaching most Syrians'

The UN says it has been able to deliver aid to only a fraction of the Syrians it planned to reach, calling the situation "horrendously critical" in some areas.

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 9:56 am

Dozens feared dead in migrant shipwreck

Up to 30 migrants are feared dead after a boat capsizes off the Libyan coast while some 77 are rescued from the sea by European naval units.

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 8:56 am

UN alarmed by plans for Gaza executions

The UN expresses alarm after Hamas says it intends to implement death sentences in Gaza, where the Palestinian Islamist group is dominant.

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 5:36 am

Lieberman named Israel defence minister

The controversial right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman is to be named Israel's defence minister after agreeing to join the governing coalition.

Posted by on 25 May 2016 | 5:37 am

Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost

Saudi Arabia prepares for religious tourism boost

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 7:37 pm

VIDEO: How 14,000 Jews were airlifted out of Ethiopia in two days

How Israel flew 14,000 people to safety in two days

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 7:01 pm

VIDEO: What's the significance of Falluja?

Following the United States and Iraqi military attacks against Islamic State in Falluja, the BBC's Paul Adams examines the bloody past of the troubled city.

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 6:26 pm

VIDEO: Anti-IS alliance eyes 'capital' Raqqa

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has begun a campaign to expel Islamic State (IS) militants from the countryside north of Raqqa.

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 5:02 pm

A shared tragedy in Syria

Syrian opponents join in condemning coastal region bombs

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 12:53 pm

VIDEO: IS 'destroyed Syria airbase' used by Russia

A strategically significant Syrian airbase, used by Russia, appears to have been almost completely destroyed - according to new satellite imagery exclusively seen by the BBC. Stratfor analyst Sim Tack explains.

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 4:57 am

VIDEO: Why IS is striking in unexpected places

Security correspondent Frank Gardner explains why so-called Islamic State (IS) is striking in unexpected places, after a series of car bombings in two coastal cities in Syria.

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 4:42 pm

How tough will it be to recapture Falluja from IS?

How hard will it be to dislodge IS from Iraqi bastion?

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 7:06 am

VIDEO: New life for Syrian children in Turkey

Many Syrian refugees have moved to Turkey, and many children are now enrolled in schools there.

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 1:55 am

Tunisians seek justice for past wrongs

Mementos of a mother seeking justice for dead son

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 6:16 pm

VIDEO: Fatal protests in Baghdad Green Zone

Protesters from Sadr City have breached Baghdad's Green Zone for the second time in three weeks.

Posted by on 21 May 2016 | 11:32 pm

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