Qatar ‘uses $38bn to support economy’ during Gulf crisis

Qatar ‘uses $38bn to support economy’ during Gulf crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Qatar’s stock market has lost 15% of its market value in 100 days Qatar has used $38bn (£29bn) to support its economy during a dispute with other Arab states, a rating agency says. The trade, tourism and banking sectors have been worst hit by the restrictions put in place since […]

Raqqa civilians stuck in ‘absolute hell’

Raqqa, the capital of so-called Islamic State in Syria, has been devastated by months of violence and assaults by US-led coalition forces. As the fighting continues, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville describes an “iron-clad death trap” of a city with civilians facing snipers and minefields with no option for escape. Up to 25,000 people, half of […]

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’

Saudi Arabia ‘arrests clerics in crackdown on dissent’

Image copyright Facebook/@SalmanAlodah Image caption Salman al-Odah is a popular cleric with 14 million followers on Twitter The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested more than 20 clerics and intellectuals in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists say. Prominent Islamist clerics Salman al-Odah and Awad al-Qarni are among those reportedly detained since the weekend. There […]

Egypt detains lawyer investigating enforced disappearances

Media captionEgypt’s disappeared Human rights groups have called on the Egyptian authorities to release a prominent lawyer who investigates alleged enforced disappearances. Ibrahim Metwally Hegazy was arrested at Cairo International Airport on Sunday as he prepared to fly to Geneva to address a UN meeting. He had been due to speak about cases including that […]

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour

Syria war: ‘Russian air strikes’ kill dozens in Deir al-Zour

Image copyright AFP Image caption The provincial city of Deir al-Zour has been devastated by years of fierce fighting Dozens of civilians have been killed since Sunday in suspected Russian air strikes along the River Euphrates in eastern Syria, activists say. Jets are reported to have hit camps for displaced people on the western bank […]

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects

Iraq holds 1,300 foreign wives and children of IS suspects

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi army officers said most of the women being held at Hammam al-Alil camp were Turkish The Iraqi authorities are holding more than 1,300 foreign family members of suspected Islamic State militants at a displaced people’s camp south of Mosul, officials and aid workers say. The women and children, from […]

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad

Media captionMassoud Barzani spoke to the BBC The president of Iraqi Kurdistan has signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence in a referendum due later this month. Massoud Barzani told the BBC he wanted to reach an agreement with the central government […]

Bell Pottinger’s Middle East arm seeks split as collapse looms

Bell Pottinger’s Middle East arm seeks split as collapse looms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bell Pottinger’s troubles began with a controversial South African campaign Bell Pottinger’s Middle Eastern arm is in talks with its London parent to separate amid reports the public relations firm is nearing collapse. “We’re in discussions and have submitted a proposal to head office,” the unit’s head Archie Berens, […]

New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt

New mummies discovered in tomb near Luxor, Egypt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The tomb belonged to a man named Amenemhat Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a royal goldsmith containing the mummies of a woman and her two children, authorities said. The tomb, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th Centuries BC), was found near the Nile city […]

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call

Qatar crisis: Saudi Arabia angered after emir’s phone call

Image copyright AFP Image caption Qatar Airways has been banned from the airspace of neighbouring Gulf states Saudi Arabia says it has suspended dialogue with Qatar, shortly after a phone call between the Qatari leader and the Saudi crown prince. The two sides had discussed holding talks to resolve the Qatar crisis, which has seen […]