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World Cup 2018: Footballer's hair 'too wild' for Iranian TV

BBC / Middle East

Ex-Barcelona star Carles Puyol was due to be a World Cup pundit in Iran but was barred from the studio.

02

Chess player quits Iran competition over headscarf rule

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An Indian chess champion has pulled out of a tournament in Iran over the country's compulsory headscarf rule.

Thursday, Jun 21

17

Syria war: Thousands flee fighting in south-west as troops mobilise

BBC / Middle East

Pro-government forces shell rebel-held areas of Deraa province ahead of an expected offensive.

16

Sara Netanyahu: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud

BBC / Middle East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara faces charges over alleged misuse of state funds.

15

Open Azadi

BBC / Middle East

Women in Tehran celebrated watching their first game after restrictions on entering stadiums were lifted.

10

'In Russia we are allowed in the stadium' - Iranian women at the World Cup

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Hundreds of Iranian women watched their first men's football match in a stadium last night.

01

Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

BBC / Africa

Both mobile and fixed internet lines were shut off for two hours nationwide during key school tests.

Wednesday, Jun 20

00

World Cup 2018: Iran 0-1 Spain - the throw-in everyone is talking about

BBC / Sport

Iran defender Milad Mohammadi's failed throw-in against Spain has commentators and social media in hysterics.

World Cup 2018: Spain beat Iran thanks to Diego Costa goal

BBC / Sport

Spain edge out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game.

18

Syria war: War crimes committed in Eastern Ghouta battle - UN

BBC / Middle East

War crimes were committed by both sides in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, investigators say.

17

Ronaldo header knocks out Morocco - highlights & report

BBC / Sport

Cristiano Ronaldo continues his sensational start to the World Cup with the winner as Portugal knock out Morocco.

16

Baghdad mall sorry for turning away orphans at Eid

BBC / News

The children were supposed to eat at a restaurant in the mall but were denied entry.

13

Gaza rocket barrage triggers Israeli air strikes

BBC / Middle East

Israel's military says it struck 25 targets after Palestinian militants fired 45 rockets or mortars.

12

Anger at Dubai Oxford University centre claim

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Oxford MP Layla Moran says Dubai "is using Oxford University's good name without prior permission".

10

Syria war: Refugee women heading households in Jordan

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Journalist Paula Dear and photographer Freya Dowson document female refugees who are head of their households.

02

Refugee or future surgeon?

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On World Refugee Day, one Syrian girl talks about doing homework in a tent and her future ambitions.

Yemen conflict: What you need to know

www.bbc.co.uk

The conflict in Yemen has been raging for years - but what is it all about?

Tuesday, Jun 19

00

US quits 'biased' UN human rights council

BBC.com

The US envoy to the UN called the 47-member council "hypocritical and self-serving".

Russia on brink of last 16 with win over Egypt - highlights & report

BBC / Sport

Russia move to the brink of qualifying for the last 16 of the World Cup after they beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt in St Petersburg.

20

Saudi women get driving lessons ahead of big day

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Images from a driving centre in Dhahran, where women are preparing for the ban's end on 24 June.

18

Syrian migrant admits anti-Semitic attack

BBC / Middle East

The incident was the catalyst for large street rallies in solidarity with Germany's Jewish community .

16

Yemen war: Pro-government forces 'storm Hudaydah airport'

BBC / Middle East

The airport was the first objective in the Red Sea city of the government and its Gulf backers.

02

Does Iran hold key to Dutch murder mystery?

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Neither the Iranian nor Dutch authorities are commenting on claims that Iran could have been behind the 2015 killing near Amsterdam.

The girls who defied IS to keep learning

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The Islamic State group banned girls from attending school, but these friends found a way to study.

Monday, Jun 18

23

Kane's dramatic goal gives England win over Tunisia - report & highlights

BBC / Sport

Harry Kane's stoppage-time winner ensures England started their World Cup campaign with victory after Tunisia threaten to snatch a point.

20

Syria war: Iraqi militias blame US for deadly border strike

BBC / Middle East

The US denies that it attacked a position on the Syrian side of the border, killing 22 militiamen.

18

Israel charges ex-minister Gonen Segev with spying for Iran

BBC / Middle East

Gonen Segev was allegedly recruited as an agent by Israel's arch-enemy Iran while he lived in Nigeria.

02

Ed Ram: Inside the Arab world's 'only gay radio station'

BBC / Africa

Tunisians are enjoying greater freedom since the 2011 revolution, and now gay rights activists hope they will also benefit.

Sunday, Jun 17

14

Yemen war: Battle rages over Hudaydah airport

BBC / Middle East

Fighting goes on despite government reports the airport in the key Yemen city was seized from rebels.

Saturday, Jun 16

10

Yemen war: Government troops 'capture Hudaydah airport'

BBC / Middle East

Saudi-backed government forces say they have freed the hub from Houthi rebels.