Iran nuclear deal: European powers urge US not to withdraw

Media captionBoris Johnson on Iran nuclear deal: ‘I don’t think anybody has come up with a better idea’ European powers have urged the US not to abandon the 2015 agreement with Iran that limits its nuclear programme, saying it is making the world safer. After meeting his Iranian, French, German and EU counterparts in Brussels, […]

Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli troops

Image copyright AFP Image caption Youths held up Palestinian flags at a protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Tuesday Two Palestinian youths have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry says. Amir Abu Musaid, 16, was shot near Gaza’s border fence, reportedly during […]

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot dress trouble for Lebanese designer

Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption Gal Gadot (pictured as Wonder Woman) served two years in the Israeli army as a combat trainer The posting of a photograph of Israeli actress Gal Gadot in a dress by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab has caused consternation on social media. Israel and Lebanon have technically been at […]

Tunisia hit by new anti-austerity protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters More than 300 people have been arrested in Tunisia overnight, as anger over the government’s austerity measures spilled into the streets once more. Police used tear gas against large crowds demonstrating against price rises affecting basic goods. The army was […]

Iran protests: US urges release of ‘peaceful’ demonstrators

Media captionIran protests: Why people are taking to the streets The US has demanded that the “brutal” leadership of Iran release all those arrested during recent anti-government protests. A White House statement said the Trump administration was “deeply concerned” that Iran had imprisoned thousands for engaging in “peaceful protests”. It is not known how many […]

UK FM to press Iran on jailed mother

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe maintains she was in Iran to introduce her daughter to her parents Boris Johnson is to raise the case of a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart at a summit in Brussels. The international summit itself will focus on Iran’s nuclear deal. But the […]

Syria war: Assault on rebel stronghold of Idlib ‘displaces 100,000’

Syria war: Assault on rebel stronghold of Idlib ‘displaces 100,000’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fighting in south-eastern areas of Idlib province has forced civilians from their homes Some 100,000 Syrian civilians have been displaced by a government offensive on the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold, the United Nations says. Since the start of November, fighting and air strikes have intensified in the north-western province […]

Iran drug law change could spare thousands on death row

Image copyright AFP Image caption Amnesty International called on Iran to abolish the death penalty for all crimes Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country’s law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary […]

Israel searches West Bank after settler killed in drive-by shooting

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Israeli military said its focus was on locating a “terror cell” and preventing additional attacks Israeli security forces are searching for a suspected Palestinian gunman or gunmen who killed an Israeli settler in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Raziel Shevach, a 35-year-old rabbi and father of six, was […]

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Imad al-Alami: Hamas official shot in head in Gaza ‘accident’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Imad al-Alami – pictured here in Beirut in 1999 – lived in exile for more than 20 years A senior Hamas figure in Gaza has been shot in the head in what the militant Palestinian group says was an accident. Imad al-Alami shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon in […]