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Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef

Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef

Image copyright AFP Image caption More children died in 2016 than in any other of the previous five years of civil war Syria’s children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children’s organisation says. At least 652 children died – 255 of […]

Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave

Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian government aircraft reportedly bombed al-Wair last month despite a nationwide truce Syrian rebel fighters have agreed to leave their last enclave in the city of Homs, government officials say. Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said the evacuation of al-Wair was part of an existing deal with community leaders and would […]

Massive ‘Pharaoh’ statue excavated in Egypt

Part of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in Egypt. It could be that of a famous pharaoh. The relics were found in the north-east of Cairo, close to the temple of Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, suggesting it may represent him. Image copyright AP […]

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Hugh Lanning was put on a flight back to the UK after he arrived in Israel A UK activist has been blocked from entering Israel because of his support for a movement urging a boycott of the country, Israeli officials say. Hugh Lanning, chairman of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, […]

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces say they have found evidence of a mass grave in the village of Badoush More evidence has been discovered of a reported massacre in 2014 of up to 600 inmates at Badoush prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi forces said human remains had […]

Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate claims twin bombing in Damascus

Media captionThe BBC’s Richard Conway reports from the site of the attack in Damascus A Syrian jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a twin bombing on Friday in the capital Damascus that killed at least 40. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham said the attack was “a message to Iran” over the country’s support for […]

Syria conflict: Damascus twin bombing kills 40 Iraqis

Syria conflict: Damascus twin bombing kills 40 Iraqis

Image copyright AP Image caption Those targeted were pilgrims arriving at the site by bus A twin bomb attack in Syria’s capital, Damascus, has killed 40 Iraqis and wounded 120, Iraq’s government says. The attack was near the Bab al-Saghir cemetery, which houses Shia mausoleums, with those targeted said to be pilgrims arriving by bus. […]

Mosul IS battle: Iraqi forces retake Badoush prison

Mosul IS battle: Iraqi forces retake Badoush prison

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi army, police and special forces units are pushing into western Mosul Iraqi forces have recaptured a prison north-west of Mosul that was reportedly the scene of a massacre by Islamic State militants, the military says. Units of the army’s 9th Armoured Division and allied militiamen raised the Iraqi flag […]

Israeli Arab anger as parliament backs ‘muezzin bill’

Israeli Arab anger as parliament backs ‘muezzin bill’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Israeli Arab MP Ayman Odeh tore up a copy of the bill during a heated debate in the Knesset There were angry scenes in Israel’s parliament on Wednesday as preliminary approval was given to a bill that would restrict the use of outdoor loudspeakers by religious institutions. Two versions of […]

Couple ‘detained in UAE for sex outside marriage’

Couple ‘detained in UAE for sex outside marriage’

Image copyright Culverwell family Image caption Emlyn Culverwell and his fiancee Iryna Nohai met while working in the UAE A South African man and his Ukrainian fiancee have been detained in the United Arab Emirates for unlawful sex, a relative says. Emlyn Culverwell‚ 29, and Iryna Nohai, 27, were reportedly arrested after a doctor discovered […]