Egypt migrant boat sinking: Death toll rises to 108

Media caption“Beyond words”: Orla Guerin meets the survivors, and those left behind The number of bodies recovered after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday has reached 108, with the death toll expected to rise. Egyptian authorities said 64 deaths were recorded on Friday as rescue teams searched the area. The boat […]

Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains

Jordan polls: Muslim Brotherhood and women make gains

Image copyright EPA Image caption Female MPs will have a higher proportion of seats than before Islamists have won seats in Jordan’s parliament after years of boycott, in polls which also elected record numbers of female MPs, initial results show. The Muslim Brotherhood’s party, the Islamic Action Front (IAF), looks to share at least 16 […]

Syria war: New strikes in Aleppo as Syria announces offensive

Syria war: New strikes in Aleppo as Syria announces offensive

Image copyright AP Image caption The offensive to recapture Aleppo was announced after days of intense bombardment of rebel-held areas Warplanes have launched fresh air strikes in Aleppo, hours after Syria’s government announced an offensive to retake rebel-held areas of the city. Syrian and Russian planes were pounding eastern Aleppo, according to activists. A rescue […]

Syria conflict: Army declares offensive in eastern Aleppo

Syria conflict: Army declares offensive in eastern Aleppo

Media captionPro-opposition Thiqa news agency video purports to show warplanes attacking Aleppo The Syrian military has announced a new offensive in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where a quarter of a million people are living under siege. Jets pounded rebel positions in the city on Wednesday night as a week-old truce collapsed, reportedly killing at least 13 […]

US confirms IS used chemical rocket in attack on troops in Iraq

US confirms IS used chemical rocket in attack on troops in Iraq

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An offensive to retake Mosul from IS is expected in the coming weeks A rocket launched by Islamic State militants at American troops based in Iraq did contain a mustard agent, the US military has confirmed. No-one was hurt in Tuesday’s attack on the Qayyarah air base near the IS […]

Israel’s Netanyahu asks Palestinian president to address parliament

Israel’s Netanyahu asks Palestinian president to address parliament

Image copyright AP Image caption During his speech at the UN Mr Abbas castigated “Jewish settlement expansion” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to address Israel’s parliament. Mr Netanyahu said that in exchange he would gladly accept any invitation to speak to the Palestinian parliament. He made the comments at […]

US probes ‘IS chemical rocket attack’ on American troops in Iraq

US probes ‘IS chemical rocket attack’ on American troops in Iraq

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mosul is the main IS stronghold in Iraq Islamic State militants may have fired a chemical rocket at American troops based in Iraq, the US military says. A rocket that landed within several hundred yards of US troops at Qayyarah air base near Mosul may have contained mustard agent, it […]

Syria conflict: UN ‘ready to resume’ aid convoys

Syria conflict: UN ‘ready to resume’ aid convoys

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bombing in and around Aleppo has continued, activists say The UN has said it is ready to resume aid convoys in Syria after halting operations in response to a deadly attack on an aid mission on Monday. Trucks will start rolling to some areas but “carefully and cautiously”, the UN […]

US probes ‘IS chemical rocket attack’ on American troops in Iraq

US probes ‘IS chemical rocket attack’ on American troops in Iraq

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mosul is the main IS stronghold in Iraq Islamic State militants may have fired a chemical rocket at American troops based in Iraq, the US military says. A rocket that landed within several hundred yards of US troops at Qayara air base near Mosul may have contained mustard agent, it […]

Syria conflict: UN ‘ready to resume’ aid convoys

Syria conflict: UN ‘ready to resume’ aid convoys

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bombing in and around Aleppo has continued, activists say The UN has said it is ready to resume aid convoys in Syria after halting operations in response to a deadly attack on an aid mission on Monday. Trucks will start rolling to some areas but “carefully and cautiously”, the UN […]