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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 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 […]

Syria war: Putin says ‘safe zones’ have international support

Syria war: Putin says ‘safe zones’ have international support

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Russia-backed plan calls for a ceasefire Russia, the US, Turkey, Iran and Syria are close to agreeing the establishment of “safe zones” in Syria aimed at ensuring the viability of a ceasefire, Vladimir Putin says. The Russian president said they would amount to no-fly zones. Mr Putin said his […]

Iran miners killed trying to save trapped colleagues

Iran miners killed trying to save trapped colleagues

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The explosion is believed to have happened during a change of shift at the mine The bodies of at least 21 miners trying to help colleagues trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in northern Iran have been recovered, state media has reported. A local official in the area […]

Egyptian Saad Mohammed creates 700 metre Koran by hand

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saad Mohammed has spent three years creating his scroll An Egyptian school drop-out is hoping to make history after spending three years painstakingly creating what he believes to be the world’s largest Koran. Saad Mohammed’s intricately decorated, hand-drawn scroll is 700 metres long (2,296ft) – which means, when it is […]

Trump tells Abbas ‘very good chance’ of Mid-East peace deal

Trump tells Abbas ‘very good chance’ of Mid-East peace deal

Media captionUS wants peace for Israel and Palestine US President Donald Trump has said there is “a very good chance” of a Middle East peace deal, during talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. In a joint press conference with his guest at the White House, Mr Trump vowed: “We will get this done”. Mr Abbas […]

Trump and Abbas to discuss peace efforts at first talks

Trump and Abbas to discuss peace efforts at first talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption The talks with Mahmoud Abbas will help the US assess whether peace talks have any chance US President Donald Trump is to hold talks with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House. The meeting is part of an attempt to revive the Middle East peace process. Mr Abbas […]

Only one in four Middle East men backs equality, study suggests

Only one in four Middle East men backs equality, study suggests

Media captionThe patriarchy works for a “very small” minority in the Middle East, Shereen El Feki tells BBC World TV Only one in four men in the Arab region supports equality for women in some areas, and most still believe a woman’s primary role is at home, a survey suggests. Interviews in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco […]

FBI woman went to Syria to wed IS recruiter she investigated

FBI woman went to Syria to wed IS recruiter she investigated

Image copyright EPA Image caption In one propaganda video, Cuspert was seen holding a freshly decapitated human head The FBI has confirmed one of its translators travelled to Syria and secretly wed an Islamic State recruiter whom she had been investigating. The FBI “took several steps in a variety of areas to identify and reduce […]

Trump and Putin: Syria ceasefire heads leaders’ agenda

Trump and Putin: Syria ceasefire heads leaders’ agenda

Image copyright AFP US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to press for a ceasefire to halt the war in Syria. The two spoke by telephone for the first time since the US launched air strikes against Syria nearly a month ago, straining relations. White House and Kremlin statements suggested a […]