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Mosul: Suspected chemical weapons injure seven, says Red Cross

Mosul: Suspected chemical weapons injure seven, says Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption IS has been accused by both US and Iraqi officials of using rudimentary chemical weapons The International Red Cross (ICRC) says five Iraqi children and two women are suffering symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical weapons. They are being treated at a hospital near the embattled city of Mosul, which […]

Yemen: US air strikes ‘target al-Qaeda’ for second consecutive day

Yemen: US air strikes ‘target al-Qaeda’ for second consecutive day

Image copyright AFP Image caption Washington’s anti-al-Qaeda strategy in Yemen was stepped up under the Obama administration US air strikes have hit suspected al-Qaeda targets in Yemen for a second consecutive day, according to Yemeni security sources and local residents. The home of an al-Qaeda leader in the Yashbum valley, southern Shabwa province, was among […]

Banksy decorates West Bank hotel with views of Israel’s wall

Banksy decorates West Bank hotel with views of Israel’s wall

Image copyright AP A hotel which prides itself on the “worst view in the world” is set to attract international attention – because it is a collaboration with the famous street artist Banksy. The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem looks out on the concrete slabs of the controversial barrier Israel has built in and around […]

Palmyra: Syrian forces ‘completely retake’ IS-held town

Palmyra: Syrian forces ‘completely retake’ IS-held town

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian troops are now in and outside of the city Syrian government forces and their Russian backers have completely recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from so-called Islamic State (IS) militants, the two allies say. The army and other pro-government forces were reported to have entered deep into the city […]

Mosul battle: Civilians feared killed in ‘air strike’ on mosque

Mosul battle: Civilians feared killed in ‘air strike’ on mosque

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The reported attack comes amid intense fighting in Mosul between Iraqi forces and IS militants Civilians are feared dead in an attack that damaged a mosque and nearby homes in a part of the Iraqi city of Mosul controlled by so-called Islamic State (IS). Witnesses told the BBC that the […]

Eight Iraqis jailed for New Year gang rape in Vienna

Eight Iraqis jailed for New Year gang rape in Vienna

Image copyright AP Image caption One of the defendants covers his face during the trial An Austrian court has found eight Iraqi nationals guilty of gang-raping a German tourist during New Year celebrations in Vienna. The Iraqi men, aged between 22 and 48, were given prison terms of between nine and 13 years for the […]

Syria conflict: Manbij militia to hand villages to army

Syria conflict: Manbij militia to hand villages to army

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Manbij Military Council is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance A US-allied Syrian militia has said it will hand over villages west of the town of Manbij to the army in order to stop Turkish-backed rebels taking them. The Manbij Military Council, part of the Kurdish-led Syrian […]

Germany arrests Syria war crimes suspect

Germany arrests Syria war crimes suspect

Image copyright AP Image caption The man was arrested in Duesseldorf. Pictured: An al-Nusra Front fighter A Syrian national has been arrested in Germany accused of war crimes involving the murder of dozens of civil servants. The man named as Abdalfatah HA is suspected of being part of a unit with an al-Qaeda-linked group formerly […]

Gigi Hadid covers first Vogue Arabia issue

Vogue Arabia launches this month – and Gigi Hadid has been revealed as its first cover star. Writing on her Instagram page, the model said: “Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia.” Two different editions of the magazine’s first issue have been produced – one […]

Cement firm Lafarge paid Syrian armed groups

Cement firm Lafarge paid Syrian armed groups

Image copyright AFP Image caption The dealings with armed groups took place before Lafarge merged with Holcim Cement maker LafargeHolcim says it has uncovered evidence that a Lafarge factory in Syria provided funding to local armed groups. It said those in charge of the Jalabiya plant had taken “unacceptable” measures in order to keep the […]