Aleppo siege: Syria rebels lose 50% of territory

Media captionThe children of eastern Aleppo have never known a life without war Syrian government troops control of 50% of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo, a military spokesman has told the BBC. Gen Samir Sulaiman said he hoped all of Aleppo would be in government hands within weeks. Gen Sulaiman was speaking a day after […]

Aleppo siege: Syria rebels lose 60% of territory

Media captionThe children of eastern Aleppo have never known a life without war Close to two-thirds of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo have now fallen to the Syrian government after another district was seized. A UK-based monitor said the Tariq al-Bab district fell on Friday, opening up a link between government-held areas and Aleppo’s airport. […]

IS conflict: 1,950 Iraq security forces killed in November

IS conflict: 1,950 Iraq security forces killed in November

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi special forces and army units are facing stiff resistance as they push into eastern Mosul At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in November, the UN says. It is almost three times the figure for October, when the government launched a major […]

Syria conflict: Russia proposes safe corridors for Aleppo

Syria conflict: Russia proposes safe corridors for Aleppo

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 27,000 people have fled the rebel-held east for government and Kurdish-controlled areas Russia has indicated it is ready to discuss opening four safe corridors to the besieged, rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said they might be used to […]

Qatar accused of blocking Doha News website

Qatar accused of blocking Doha News website

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Qatar has enjoyed a reputation as a centre for media freedom in the Gulf A popular English-language news outlet in Qatar says access to its website has been blocked in an apparent act of censorship by the government. Doha News said both of the Gulf state’s internet service providers had […]

Syria war: Aleppo risks becoming giant graveyard – UN

Syria war: Aleppo risks becoming giant graveyard – UN

Image copyright AP Image caption The Syria Civil Defence posted a photo of the aftermath of an attack on one rebel-held district on Wednesday A top UN envoy has warned the Syrian city of Aleppo risks becoming “one giant graveyard” as the government advances on rebel-held areas. Stephen O’Brien pleaded with UN Security Council members […]

CIA chief warns Trump: Scrapping Iran deal ‘height of folly’

Media captionCIA director John Brennan tells the BBC what global threats Donald Trump will face as US president The director of the CIA has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly”. In a BBC interview, John Brennan also advised the new president to […]

Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy

Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy

Image copyright Reuters An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women’s rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are […]

Opec countries agree first oil output cut in eight years

Opec countries agree first oil output cut in eight years

Image copyright Reuters Opec countries have agreed their first supply cut in eight years in order to boost the price of oil. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Opec’s president, said a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January. It comes after more than two years of depressed oil prices, which have more […]

Syria conflict: ‘Israeli jets’ strike outside Damascus

Syria conflict: ‘Israeli jets’ strike outside Damascus

Syrian state media say Israeli jets have fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace which struck outside Damascus. A military source told the Sana news agency that the missiles landed in the Sabboura area but caused no casualties. The source did not say if anything was hit, but the highway from Lebanon to Damascus runs through […]