US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack

The US says it has identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike […]

Qatar demands difficult to meet, says US

Qatar demands difficult to meet, says US

Image copyright AFP Image caption The land borders have been closed for days now Some demands set by four Arab states on Qatar in return for lifting sanctions will be “difficult to meet”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says. However, Mr Tillerson said the proposals provided a basis for dialogue leading to a solution […]

Dodging IS snipers on Mosul frontline

Iraqi fighters are closing on in a hospital where so-called Islamic State militants are making a last stand in the fight for Mosul. Orla Guerin is in on the front line in the old city. Cameraman Nico Hameon Dodging IS snipers on Mosul frontline}

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Yemen faces world’s worst cholera outbreak – UN

Image copyright EPA Image caption No part of Yemen has been spared from the cholera outbreak, the UN says Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned. A statement by Unicef and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn […]

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Iran’s drug problem: Addicts ‘more than double’ in six years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Opium, the main ingredient in heroin, makes up the bulk of drug consumption in Iran The number of people suffering from drug addiction in Iran has more than doubled in the last six years, local media report. A survey carried out by a drug control group has found that […]

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tiran (foreground) and Sanafir (background) are uninhabited save for peacekeepers and troops Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The deal to hand over Tiran and Sanafir was agreed during a visit to Egypt by Saudi […]

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Qatar says list of demands by Arab states not realistic

Image copyright EPA Image caption Qatar, which is rich in natural gas, is home to 2.7 million people Qatar’s foreign minister has rejected a list of 13 conditions set by four Arab states for lifting sanctions, saying it is neither reasonable nor actionable. Qatar is under strict sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies, Egypt, […]

Qatar row: Al Jazeera hits back over closure demands

Qatar row: Al Jazeera hits back over closure demands

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis is the greatest faced by the Gulf region in decades Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab states’ calls for it to be closed down. The demands were an attempt to “silence freedom of expression”, it said. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) […]

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al […]

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Inside the fight for IS ‘capital’

Media caption“Welcome to Raqqa”: Watch Gabriel Gatehouse’s full report So-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian “capital” against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city. This has been a long and […]

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