Turkey clamps down on Syria border

Turkey closes most of its border crossings with Syria after the entry of at least 130,000 Kurd refugees, as IS militants approach a key Syrian town.

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 4:45 am

VIDEO: Blair: 'Boots on ground' to defeat IS

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the BBC that IS militants will not be defeated until they are fought on the ground.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 8:57 pm

Deal to end Yemen crisis signed

The Yemeni government and Shia Houthi rebels sign an agreement aimed at ending the political crisis which has gripped the country for weeks.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 3:00 pm

Deadly Egypt military aircraft crash

A military aircraft has crashed in Egypt, killing six crew, state TV reports.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 8:05 am

VIDEO: At scene of Cairo bomb blast

A bomb explosion near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo has killed at least two police officers, security officials say.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 6:54 am

UK hostage's wife in appeal to IS

The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State appeals to the militants to "see it in their hearts" to release him.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 5:08 am

Deadly bomb blast in central Cairo

A bomb explosion near the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo kills at least two police officers, security officials say.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 4:43 am

Yemen clashes cast doubt on 'truce'

Fighting continues in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, despite an announcement that the government and Shia Houthi rebels have agreed to sign a truce.

Posted by on 21 September 2014 | 3:26 am

The volunteers of Baghdad's peace carnival

How do you celebrate World Peace Day in Baghdad?

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 8:54 pm

VIDEO: Yemen in UN truce with Shia Houthi

Yemen has agreed to a UN-brokered truce with a Shia Houthi group after a week of mounting clashes in the capital Sanaa raised fears of a sectarian war.

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 8:30 pm

Blast hits Hezbollah checkpoint

A suicide blast has targeted a checkpoint manned by the Shia Hezbollah group in eastern Lebanon, killing three people, state media says.

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 4:40 pm

Fear of sectarian war grows in Yemen

Fears of violence grow even as Yemen rivals seek peace deal

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 3:36 pm

VIDEO: Turkish IS hostages return home

Dozens of hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) from the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been freed and are back in Turkey.

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 12:15 pm

Britons detained in Qatar fly home

Two Britons detained in Qatar after investigating the treatment of migrant workers there fly back to the UK.

Posted by on 20 September 2014 | 8:05 am

Migrants speak of horror at sea off Malta

Migrant survivors in Malta speak of horror at sea

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 6:10 pm

Syrian heritage destruction revealed in satellite images

Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 11:31 am

Iran Happy dancers given 91 lashes

Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song Happy are sentenced to 91 lashes and jail terms, their lawyer says.

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 4:14 am

Who will combat Islamic State?

Jeremy Bowen asks who will fight IS on the ground

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 12:43 pm

VIDEO: Syrian army 'at war with IS extremists'

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has travelled with the Syrian army to the front line where forces are fighting what they call religious extremists.

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 8:13 am

VIDEO: Egypt's last Jews: 'We are dying'

The Jewish community in Egypt is on the verge of disappearing - up until the 1950s, as many as 100,000 Jews called the country home - now, just 12 remain.

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 12:27 am

Iran nuclear negotiations go into extra time

Can final leg of talks clinch deal over Iran's nuclear programme?

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 11:04 pm

Iraq country profile

Provides an overview of Iraq, including key events and facts about the home of some of the earliest civilisations

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 6:16 am

Viewpoint: Why Islamic State will not endure

Why Islamic State is not the enduring force it appears to be

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 4:00 am

Iran country profile

Provides an overview of Iran, including key events and facts about this country whose supreme leader is an Islamic cleric

Posted by on 10 September 2014 | 9:16 am

Palestinian territories profile

Provides an overview of the Palestinian territories, including key events and facts

Posted by on 6 September 2014 | 6:19 am