Middle East

Geo quiz

The answer to today's geo quiz is Israel. The country will soon celebrate its 60th anniversary. Officials there have invited remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to mark the occasion. The invitation comes 43 years after Israel refused to let the Beatles perform in the country. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Israeli journalist -- and Beatles fan -- Rachel Michaeli.

Deadly Baghdad market attack

Two large bombs exploded and killed more than 70 people in two crowded Iraqi animal markets today, as Anchor Lisa Mullins gets the latest from the BBC's Jonny Dymond in Baghdad.

The way forward in Iraq

Iraq was a major theme of President Bush's State of the Union speech last night, and Anchor Lisa Mullins discusses the president's vision of Iraq's future with Thomas Donnelly, of the American Enterprise Institute

Report on Israeli Lebanon war due out

The World's Quil Lawrence reports that the Winograd Commission, a commission appointed to investigate Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon is due to release its report tomorrow

Egypt's border with Gaza

Hadeel Al-Shalchi reports from Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, where the border is still open in a couple of spots, but the deluge of Palestinians streaming across into Egypt has slowed down considerably.

Internet woes in Egypt and India

Computer users in Egypt, India, and a number of other countries were cast back to a time before broadband today when two key internet cables under the Mediterranean Sea were cut off, causing a massive cyber-slowdown, as The World's Clark Boyd reports.

Geo answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is 21. As in -- there are 21 countries that boast a Mediterranean coastline. Reporter Ben Gilbert is along the coast in southern Lebanon, where two women are helping to protect the Mediterranean's endangered sea turtles.

Lebanese film open in US

The Lebanese film "Caramel," is a story about five women who meet regularly at a local beauty salon; it's been a number one hit in Lebanon and now it's coming to the United States, as Beth Accomando reports.

Chaos in Gaza

Thousands of Palestinians streamed into Egypt today, in spite of efforts by Egyptian authorities to close Gaza's southern border, as Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest from BBC Gaza correspondent Aleem Maqbool.

Gazans enjoy access to goods

BBC producer Nevine Malek reports on how access to basic goods from Egypt has changed the life of one Palestinian family living in a refugee camp in Gaza.

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Dance parties return to Baghdad

Two years after Iraq declared victory of the Islamic State, Baghdad has slowly began to change its image. A first of its kind dance party was held in the capital city, breathing new life in a city that has become known for violence since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Conflict

Who are the Kurds?

Following US President Donald Trump's announcement that the US will pull out of northeast Syria, the Kurds, an ethnic group split across four countries, could face an attack by Turkey. They've been fighting for autonomy for a century.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.