Israel approves plans for 2,500 new settlement homes in West Bank

Israel approves plans for 2,500 new settlement homes in West Bank

Image copyright AFP Image caption One hundred of the new homes will be built in the settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah Israel has announced plans to build 2,500 more homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they had agreed to the move […]

Syria conflict: Iran, Russia and Turkey ‘to enforce’ truce

Syria conflict: Iran, Russia and Turkey ‘to enforce’ truce

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rebel delegation said it would not sign “any document” at the talks in Astana Iran, Russia and Turkey say they will jointly enforce a fragile three-week cessation of hostilities in Syria. The announcement came after two days of peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana. In a joint statement, […]

Mosul battle: Children return to schools in recaptured east

Mosul battle: Children return to schools in recaptured east

Image copyright UNICEF Iraq/2017/Anmar Image caption Girls were largely banned from getting an education under IS rule in Mosul Thousands of Iraqi children are heading back to school in eastern areas of Mosul that have been cleared of Islamic State militants by government forces. The UN Children’s Fund said 30 schools had reopened on Sunday, […]

Syria conflict: Astana peace talks seek to reinforce truce

Syria conflict: Astana peace talks seek to reinforce truce

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The rebel delegation said it would not sign “any document” at the talks in Astana A second day of peace talks aimed at resolving the Syria conflict is under way in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The indirect negotiations between the government and rebel groups, convened by Russia, Iran and Turkey, […]

Giulio Regeni: Egypt airs video of murdered Italian student

Giulio Regeni: Egypt airs video of murdered Italian student

Image copyright Al Oula Image caption Giulio Regeni shown in the video, filmed a few weeks before he was killed Egyptian state television has aired a video of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, showing him being asked for money weeks before his death. Footage shows the 28-year-old speaking to the head of a Cairo street […]

Syria conflict: War of words as peace talks open in Astana

Syria conflict: War of words as peace talks open in Astana

Image copyright EPA Image caption Bashar Jaafari said the government had delivered a “positive and optimistic” message The Syrian government’s lead negotiator has denounced what he called his rebel counterpart’s “provocative” comments at the start of peace talks in Astana. Bashar Jaafari said Mohammed Alloush had acted in a way “removed from diplomacy” at the […]

Syria conflict: Peace talks begin in Astana, Kazakhstan

Syria conflict: Peace talks begin in Astana, Kazakhstan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Representatives of the main rebel groups are taking part in the talks Fresh peace talks aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict have begun in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The talks are brokered by Russia and Iran, which back the Syrian government, and Turkey which supports the rebels. For the first […]

Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pisgat Zeev, one of the areas in East Jerusalem that will see new settlement homes Israel has approved hundreds of new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem, after the staunch pro-Israel US President Donald Trump took office. Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told AFP: “Now we can finally build.” Israel’s […]

UK mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses Iran jail appeal

Media captionRichard Ratcliffe tells the BBC about the moment he realised his wife would not be returning to the UK. A court in Iran has rejected an appeal against a five-year prison sentence given to a woman with dual British and Iranian citizenship. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a charity worker accused of security offences – was […]

Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra’s Roman Theatre

Syria: IS destroys part of Palmyra’s Roman Theatre

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Roman Theatre’s pillared portico is shown here intact in March 2016 Militants from the Islamic State group have destroyed part of the Roman Theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra. Syria’s antiquities chief said the tetrapylon – a group of four pillared structures which were mainly modern replicas […]