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Young Middle East men ‘as conservative as elders’, study suggests

Young Middle East men ‘as conservative as elders’, study suggests

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

Syria war: Many dead in IS attack on displaced people’s camp

Syria war: Many dead in IS attack on displaced people’s camp

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are several camps for refugees and displaced people along Syria’s border with Iraq More than 30 civilians and Kurdish-led fighters have been killed in an attack by Islamic State militants near Syria’s north-eastern border with Iraq. One report said suicide bombers were involved in the assault on a camp […]

Egypt violence: Three police killed in Cairo attack

Egypt violence: Three police killed in Cairo attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of police officers and soldiers have been killed by jihadist militants since 2013 Suspected militants have killed three police officers and wounded five others in an attack in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the interior ministry says. The assailants, riding in two vehicles, opened fire on a security convoy on […]

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas officials say the new document does not replace the group’s 1988 charter The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising […]

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

New Hamas policy document ‘aims to soften image’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hamas officials say the new document does not replace the group’s 1988 charter The Palestinian militant group Hamas has published a new policy document – the first since its founding charter. It declares for the first time a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognising […]

Hatra: IS damage to ancient Iraqi city less than feared

Hatra: IS damage to ancient Iraqi city less than feared

Image copyright EPA Image caption The ancient city of Hatra was recaptured by pro-government fighters last Wednesday The ancient city of Hatra in Iraq appears to have suffered less damage during the time it was held by so-called Islamic State than first feared. Militants captured the Unesco World Heritage site in 2014 but were driven […]

Syria war: IS driven back in Tabqa, US-backed fighters say

Syria war: IS driven back in Tabqa, US-backed fighters say

Image copyright AFP Image caption SDF fighters now control much of Lake Assad, the huge reservoir created by the Tabqa dam US-backed Syrian fighters say they have made more gains in their battle with Islamic State (IS) militants for the strategic city of Tabqa. Amid fierce street fighting, allied Kurdish and Arab militias known as […]

Dozens of Yazidis enslaved by IS in Iraq now free

Dozens of Yazidis enslaved by IS in Iraq now free

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 36 liberated Yazidis were taken to Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq Thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so-called Islamic State (IS), the UN says. They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq. […]

Pope Francis visits bombed Coptic church during Egypt visit

Pope Francis visits bombed Coptic church during Egypt visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Francis said religious leaders were “duty-bound” to prevent violence carried out “in the name of the sacred” Pope Francis, on a trip to Egypt, has visited a church where 29 people died in a suicide bombing in December. He attended a service at St Peter and St Paul church in […]

Pope Francis urges end to violence carried out in God’s name

Pope Francis urges end to violence carried out in God’s name

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Francis said religious leaders were “duty-bound” to prevent violence carried out “in the name of the sacred” Pope Francis has urged an end to the funding of groups that promote violence, an act he said cannot be committed in the name of God. During a speech in Egypt aimed at […]