Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some victims were buried hours later in the Shia Muslim holy city of Najaf Two suicide bombers have killed at least 35 people and injured 90 in an attack on a Baghdad square where day labourers gather to look for work. They set off their devices at intervals, sending people […]

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Image copyright AFP Image caption The hotel has been a luxury detention centre since early November A luxury Saudi hotel which has been a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials held in a corruption drive since November is to reopen. The five-star Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is taking bookings again from February, after […]

Hisham al-Omeisy: Yemen rebels release activist after five months

Hisham al-Omeisy: Yemen rebels release activist after five months

Media captionHisham al-Omeisy commented on the situation in Yemen through Twitter and, with this video, through the BBC A prominent Yemeni activist has been released by the rebel Houthi movement after five months in detention. Hisham al-Omeisy had provided regular commentary on Yemen’s civil war to his 35,000 followers on Twitter until he went missing […]

Netanyahu and Modi praise ‘new era’ in India -Israel ties

Netanyahu and Modi praise ‘new era’ in India -Israel ties

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Delhi India and Israel have hailed the “dawn of a new era” in their relations after signing key deals in defence, agriculture and aviation sectors. The deals were announced after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held […]

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Syria war: Turkey denounces US ‘terror army’ plan for border

Image copyright AFP Image caption About half of the border force will be made up of Syrian Democratic Forces fighters Key powers involved in Syria’s civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong “border security force”. Turkey’s president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of […]

Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Officials say the death toll could rise At least 35 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, officials say, the second attack in three days. More than 90 were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square in the city centre. Baghdad has seen […]

Jerusalem embassy: Abbas says Trump plan ‘slap of the century’

Jerusalem embassy: Abbas says Trump plan ‘slap of the century’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Abbas (centre) spoke for two hours Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has described US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace efforts as the “slap of the century”. At a meeting of Palestinian leaders, he stressed he would not accept any peace plan from the US after it recognised Jerusalem as […]

Qatari royal says he is ‘being held against his will’ in UAE

Qatari royal says he is ‘being held against his will’ in UAE

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan A Qatari royal says he is being held against his will in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani – who played a role in negotiating with Saudi Arabia during the Qatar diplomatic crisis last year – […]