Syria war: Rebels start leaving Damascus district of Barzeh

Syria war: Rebels start leaving Damascus district of Barzeh

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel fighters and their families left Barzeh on buses heading to northern Syria Rebel fighters and their families have begun leaving a besieged area of the Syrian capital Damascus, under a new evacuation deal with the government. Up to 1,500 people were expected to leave the Barzeh district in the […]

Palestinian hunger strike leader Barghouti ‘filmed eating’

Palestinian hunger strike leader Barghouti ‘filmed eating’

Media captionMarwan Barghouti was allegedly filmed eating on two separate dates Israel’s prison service has released a video purportedly showing the leader of a three-week-old hunger strike by Palestinian inmates eating in his cell. The service said Marwan Barghouti had been filmed consuming cookies in secret on 27 April and a snack bar on 5 […]

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders

Image copyright Reuters The Archbishop of Canterbury is to meet Palestinian and Israeli political leaders as part of a 12-day tour of the Holy Land. His visit comes two weeks before US President Donald Trump is due to arrive in Jerusalem to try to revive the moribund peace process. However, the Most Reverend Justin Welby […]

Syria safe zones: Fighting ‘eases’ as plan takes effect

Syria safe zones: Fighting ‘eases’ as plan takes effect

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syria’s war has devastated the country since it erupted in 2011 Fighting has eased in parts of Syria where a Russian-led initiative to halt the country’s six-year war took effect from midnight, activists say. The deal unveiled by Russia on Thursday to set up four “de-escalation zones” is backed by […]

Hamas chooses Ismail Haniya as new leader

Hamas chooses Ismail Haniya as new leader

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ismail Haniyeh is a former Hamas prime minister The Palestinian militant group Hamas has announced that Ismail Haniya has been chosen as its new overall leader. He succeeds Khaled Meshaal, who has served the maximum two terms in office. Mr Haniya, 54, lives in Gaza, which Hamas has ruled since […]

Syria safe zones: Fighting ‘eases’ as plan takes effect

Syria safe zones: Fighting ‘eases’ as plan takes effect

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syria’s war has devastated the country since it erupted in 2011 Fighting has eased in parts of Syria where a Russian-led initiative to halt the country’s six-year war took effect from midnight, activists say. The deal unveiled by Russia on Thursday to set up four “de-escalation zones” is backed by […]

Syria: Safe zones plan comes into force

Syria: Safe zones plan comes into force

Image copyright AFP Image caption Violence has continued unabated in places despite the declared ceasefire A deal unveiled by Russia’s military to set up safe zones in Syria has come into force. The accord on four zones was reached at Thursday’s talks in Kazakhstan between Russia and Iran which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Turkey, […]

Syria: Safe zones to come into force at midnight – Russia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Violence has continued unabated in places despite the declared ceasefire A deal to set up safe zones in Syria will come into force at midnight local time, Russia’s defence ministry says. The accord on four zones was reached at Thursday’s talks in Kazakhstan between Russia and Iran which back Syrian […]

Mosul battle: Iraqis open up new front to retake city from IS

Mosul battle: Iraqis open up new front to retake city from IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption A soldier guards the entrance of a building on the front line in Mosul’s Old City Iraqi security forces say they have opened a new front in the operation against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul. Units from the army’s 9th Division and interior ministry’s Rapid Response Force […]

Syria government ‘producing chemical weapons at research facilities’

Syria government ‘producing chemical weapons at research facilities’

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun Syria’s government is continuing to make chemical weapons in violation of a 2013 deal to eliminate them, a Western intelligence agency has told the BBC. A document says chemical and biological munitions are produced at three main sites […]

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