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Syria war: UN urges pause in assault on IS bastion Raqqa

Syria war: UN urges pause in assault on IS bastion Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Some civilians who fled Raqqa are being housed in makeshift camps The UN has urged US-led coalition forces to suspend their assault on Raqqa, the capital of so-called Islamic State in Syria, to permit evacuations. Up to 25,000 civilians are thought to be trapped in the city which, according to […]

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid Gulf crisis

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran amid Gulf crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iran has allowed Qatar Airways to use its airspace during the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf Qatar has restored full diplomatic relations with Iran in defiance of four other Arab nations who have demanded it curb ties with the Islamic Republic. The emirate recalled its ambassador in 2016 when Saudi […]

UAE jails Singapore pair for wearing women’s clothes

UAE jails Singapore pair for wearing women’s clothes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Abu Dhabi has strict laws against cross-dressing A man and a pre-operative transgender woman from Singapore have been jailed in the United Arab Emirates for a year for wearing women’s clothes. They were stopped at a shopping mall in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on 9 August but their arrest […]

Yemen war: Air strike on hotel outside Sanaa ‘leaves 30 dead’

Yemen war: Air strike on hotel outside Sanaa ‘leaves 30 dead’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The roof of the two-storey hotel in the Arhab area collapsed following the air strike At least 30 people have been killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, local medics and an aid group say. Witnesses said warplanes had bombed a hotel in […]

IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar

IS conflict: Iraqi forces enter outskirts of Tal Afar

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Shia-dominated paramilitary Popular Mobilisation force is supporting security units Iraqi forces have fought their way into the outskirts of the city of Tal Afar, one of so-called Islamic State’s last remaining strongholds in the country. Counter-terrorism units entered the south-western Kifah district on Tuesday, the military said. IS militants […]

Syria war: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ in Raqqa air strikes

Syria war: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ in Raqqa air strikes

Image copyright Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently Image caption Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently posted photos it said showed the destruction in Badu US-led coalition air strikes have killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa over the past 24 hours, activists and state media say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported […]

IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

IS conflict: Iraq army makes advances on Tal Afar

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tal Afar is surrounded by Iraqi forces (pictured) and Shia militiamen in the south, as well as Kurdish fighters in the north The Iraqi army says it has taken a number of villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar, one of the last urban strongholds held by so-called Islamic State […]

Syria war: Russian jets ‘destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour’

Syria war: Russian jets ‘destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Russia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two years ago Dozens of so-called Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia’s defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has ended his hunger strike after the authorities accepted one of his two demands. Mehdi Karroubi, 79, stopped eating and drinking on […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital after hunger strike

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran opposition leader taken to hospital after hunger strike

Image copyright Mohammad Karoubi Image caption Mehdi Karroubi had an operation to fit a pacemaker in early August, when this photo was taken An Iranian opposition leader held under house arrest since 2011 has been admitted to hospital a day after he began a hunger strike, his family says. Mehdi Karroubi stopped eating and drinking […]