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BBC UN appeal: Stop Iran harassing Persian service staff

BBC UN appeal: Stop Iran harassing Persian service staff

Image caption More than 20 BBC Persian service staff or family members have received death threats The BBC is making an unprecedented appeal to the UN to stop Iran from harassing its Persian service staff in London and their families in Iran. It says Iran has stepped up a campaign of intimidation, including threats, arrests […]

Syria war: Wounded ‘to be evacuated from Eastern Ghouta’ – rebels

Syria war: Wounded ‘to be evacuated from Eastern Ghouta’ – rebels

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN says more than 1,000 critically ill and wounded people need to be evacuated The largest rebel group in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta region says it has agreed with the government’s key ally Russia to evacuate wounded people. Jaysh al-Islam said the evacuations would take place in stages, but […]

Lone attacker killed at Iranian ambassador residence in Vienna

Lone attacker killed at Iranian ambassador residence in Vienna

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The attacker “died on the spot” outside the Iranian ambassador’s house. The motive is unclear. An unknown attacker armed with a knife was shot and killed by soldiers guarding the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Vienna. One guard suffered a cut to the upper arm during the attack at about 23:35 […]

Mosul battle: ‘IS leader Baghdadi’ urges no retreat

Mosul battle: ‘IS leader Baghdadi’ urges no retreat

Image copyright AP Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers (pictured) are working alongside the Iraqi army, Shia militias and Sunni Arab tribesmen to retake Mosul The Islamic State (IS) group has released an audiotape which it says is from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ordering Iraqis to defend the city of Mosul against the Iraqi army. […]

Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister

Image copyright AFP Image caption Saad Hariri said he hoped to form a government of “national accord” quickly Lebanon’s newly elected President, Michel Aoun, has asked Saad Hariri to form a new government. Mr Hariri is a leading Sunni Muslim political figure and previously served as prime minister between 2009 and 2011. His return to […]

Egypt allows its currency to float freely

Egypt allows its currency to float freely

Image copyright AFP Egypt has floated its currency in a move that has reduced its value by almost 50% against the dollar. One US dollar is buying 13.5-14 Egyptian pounds, up from the nine Egyptian pounds the central bank was trying to keep it at. The country’s central bank said the move was one of […]

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo

Syria conflict: Russia tells rebels to leave Aleppo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parts of Aleppo’s rebel-held east have been damaged in airstrikes Russia and Syria have told rebel forces in Aleppo to leave by Friday evening. The Russian Defence Ministry said rebels would be allowed to leave unharmed and with their weapons via two special corridors on Friday, while six other routes […]

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves

Media captionJohn Kerry: “If this arrangement holds then we will see a significant reduction in violence across Syria” Russia and the US have announced an agreement on Syria starting with a “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday. Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition. […]

Saudi Arabia Hajj: Millions begin annual pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia Hajj: Millions begin annual pilgrimage

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pilgrims this year face tougher security measures with the host nation introducing measures for them to be identified more speedily About 1.5 million Muslims have begun the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, unperturbed by a 2015 stampede which killed more than 2,000 people. The pilgrims face new safety measures, […]

UK-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘jailed on secret charges’

Media caption“She’s weak and frustrated and is quite cross, embittered that she’s missed a quarter of her daughter’s life” A British-Iranian mother has been jailed for five years in Iran on “secret charges”, her husband says. Richard Ratcliffe said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: […]