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US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces seize key gas oilfield in Deir Al-Zor

  • 24 September 2017 - 11:26
US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces seize key gas oilfield in Deir Al-Zor

U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river. Commander Ahmed Abu Khawla told...

US flies bombers over North Korea, Kim Un says rockets on US are inevitable

  • 23 September 2017 - 22:51
US flies bombers over North Korea, Kim Un says rockets on US are inevitable

North Korea said on Saturday firing its rockets at the U.S. mainland was “inevitable” after U.S. President Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two countries over the North’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile...

Amnesty International: Tunisia must reform its security apparatuses and end human rights violations

  • 21 September 2017 - 20:44
Amnesty International: Tunisia must reform its security apparatuses and end human rights violations

The use of torture in custody and human rights violations committed in the name of security and counterterrorism will continue unabated unless Tunisia lives up to the commitments it has made today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, said Amnesty International. During today’s session, the...

Qatar purchases 25 Typhoon jets from UK’s BAE Systems

  • 18 September 2017 - 09:45
Qatar purchases 25 Typhoon jets from UK’s BAE Systems

Qatar’s defense minister has signed a letter of intent to purchase 24 Typhoon jets from British defense group BAE Systems, in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha “The letter of intent includes the ministry’s intention to purchase 24 modern Typhoon aircraft with all...

Russian Foreign Minister says Saudi Arabia reiterated commitment to solving Syria’s crisis

  • 11 September 2017 - 22:11
Russian Foreign Minister says Saudi Arabia reiterated commitment to solving Syria’s crisis

Saudi Arabia has assured its commitment to solving the crisis in war-torn Syria by backing a gradual process of negotiating local ceasefires and setting up "de-escalation zones", Russia's foreign minister said. Sergey Lavrov made the comments at a joint news conference with the Jordanian Foreign...

Hurricane Irma hits Florida hard, ripping roofs and flooding streets

  • 11 September 2017 - 12:12
Hurricane Irma hits Florida hard, ripping roofs and flooding streets

Hurricane Irma took aim at heavily populated areas of central Florida on Monday as it carved a path of destruction through the state with high winds and storm surges that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets. Irma, once ranked as one of the most...

Syrian army, US-backed Kurdish forces close in on IS militants in Deir Al-Zor

  • 10 September 2017 - 20:42
Syrian army, US-backed Kurdish forces close in on IS militants in Deir Al-Zor

Syrian government forces and U.S.-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Sunday. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of mostly Kurdish and Arab militias (SDF) said it had reached Deir...

Hurricane Irma inches towards Florida, about 6 million people to be evacuated

  • 10 September 2017 - 13:05
Hurricane Irma inches towards Florida, about 6 million people to be evacuated

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a category four storm as it nears Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (209km/h). Hurricane force wind gusts are battering islands in Florida's south, the governor says, with the mainland due to be hit in the coming hours. Water levels are...

At least 40 IS leaders killed in Russian attack on Deir Al-Zor, northern Syria

  • 9 September 2017 - 10:43
At least 40 IS leaders killed in Russian attack on Deir Al-Zor, northern Syria

A Russian air attack in Syria's Deir Az Zor has killed at least 40 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, including several of the group's top commanders, Moscow's defence ministry said. In a statement posted on Facebook on Friday, the defence...

UN: Syrian government army responsible for Sarin attack

  • 6 September 2017 - 20:44
UN: Syrian government army responsible for Sarin attack

UN human rights investigators have concluded that the Syrian Air Force carried out a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in April. At least 83 people died when a Su-22 jet dropped a bomb filled with the nerve agent Sarin on Khan Sheikhoun, a report by a commission of inquiry...