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Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 41’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish-backed rebels retook the centre of al-Bab on Thursday A car bomb has killed at least 41 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say. The explosion destroyed a rebel security post in Sousian, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Syria peace talks: Sides fail to meet on first day in Geneva

Syria peace talks: Sides fail to meet on first day in Geneva

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government (left) and opposition (right) faced each other at an end-of-day welcome ceremony The first day of Syrian peace talks at the United Nations have failed to bring the two sides together in direct negotiations. Expectations were low as government and opposition groups arrived in Geneva for the first […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces begin attack on city’s west

Media captionThe BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports amid a fierce gun battle between Iraqi security forces and so-called IS fighters Iraqi security forces have begun their attack on western Mosul, the day after recapturing the city’s airport from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group. The government is fighting to drive IS from the remains of its […]

Mosul offensive: Iraqi forces recapture airport in bid to retake city

Media captionQuentin Sommerville is inside Mosul Airport Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city. The operation took four hours. IS continued to fire mortars at the airport from further inside the city after losing […]

Syria’s warring sides brought together for Geneva talks

Syria’s warring sides brought together for Geneva talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption The war has left much of Syria in ruins and millions displaced UN-sponsored peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition are to get under way in Geneva for the first time in nearly a year. The meeting follows weeks of difficult negotiations in preparation. Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s […]

Syria war: Arab-Kurdish fighters enter IS-held Deir al-Zour province

Syria war: Arab-Kurdish fighters enter IS-held Deir al-Zour province

Image copyright AFP Image caption Observers say the incursion into the province is the biggest yet A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab rebels has advanced into territory held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Deir al-Zour province, eastern Syria. Kurdish military sources said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had captured some 15 villages from […]

Yemen crisis: Army chief killed in missile strike on camp

Yemen crisis: Army chief killed in missile strike on camp

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei was killed when a missile struck a Yemeni army camp Yemen’s deputy army commander has been killed in a missile strike by Houthi rebels on a Red Sea army camp, military officials say. Maj Gen Ahmed Saif al-Yafei is said to have died in […]

Libya’s eastern authority freezes women’s travel ban

Libya’s eastern authority freezes women’s travel ban

Image copyright AFP Image caption Libyan women have been vocal in politics since the end of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule in 2011 The authorities in eastern Libya have ordered a temporary freeze on a controversial travel ban on Libyan women under the age of 60. The directive, which came into force last weekend, was widely condemned […]

Israeli PM criticises UN ‘hypocrisy’ on historic Australia visit

Israeli PM criticises UN ‘hypocrisy’ on historic Australia visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, arrive at Sydney Airport Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Australia for defending his nation against UN resolutions during a historic visit to Sydney. Mr Netanyahu on Wednesday became the first sitting Israeli PM to make a trip to Australia. He arrived hours […]

Syrian asylum seeker in Austrian court charged with 20 murders

Syrian asylum seeker in Austrian court charged with 20 murders

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The suspect is said to have claimed responsibility for 20 deaths in Homs A Syrian asylum seeker has appeared in an Austrian court charged with 20 murders that took place in his home country. The 27-year-old man, who was arrested in western Austria in June, faces the charge of “murder […]