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UNSC votes unanimously on sending observers to Aleppo to monitor evacuation

  • 20 December 2016 - 19:46
UNSC votes unanimously on sending observers to Aleppo to monitor evacuation

The New Arab - The United Nations Security Council voted on Monday to swiftly deploy observers to Aleppo in order to monitor evacuations and the situation of civilians stranded in the besieged eastern part of the city. Russia crucially gave its backing to the French-drafted resolution after...

Parents of Turkish killer of Russia’s Ambassador to Ankara arrested

  • 20 December 2016 - 14:27
Parents of Turkish killer of Russia’s Ambassador to Ankara arrested

Turkish authorities have detained seven people for questioning over the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara, as a team of Russian investigators arrived in the country to aid the investigation, The Guardian reported. The parents, sister, roommate and three other relatives of the...

Germany truck attack on Christmas markets leaves 12 dead

  • 20 December 2016 - 13:57
Germany truck attack on Christmas markets leaves 12 dead

German police are investigating a "probable terrorist attack" after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. The driver, reportedly a Pakistani asylum seeker who entered Germany last year, is being questioned. German...

Russian ambassador shot in Turkey, gunman killed

  • 19 December 2016 - 18:56
Russian ambassador shot in Turkey, gunman killed

The Russian Ambassador to Turkey has been shot multiple time and he is now at the hospital in Ankara, Turkish media reported. They added that the gunman who shot the ambassador, Andrey Karlov, was killed by the Turkish security forces. Karlov was shot while he was giving a speech in an...

Lebanon discloses new government headed by Saad Hariri

  • 19 December 2016 - 13:39
Lebanon discloses new government headed by Saad Hariri

Lebanon has named a new 30-member government of national unity to be led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the BBC wrote. Mr Hariri said the cabinet's priority would be to "preserve stability" amid turbulence in the region, it added. It includes most political groups, including the militant...

Jordan castle attackers killed by police after long standoff that left 10 dead

  • 19 December 2016 - 13:32
Jordan castle attackers killed by police after long standoff that left 10 dead

BBC - Jordanian security forces say they have killed four gunmen after flushing them out of a historic hilltop castle in the city of Karak. The gunmen had fled to the castle after a shooting spree that left 10 people dead including a tourist from Canada and at least four police...

Evacuation of civilians and rebels from east Aleppo resume amid dire conditions

  • 19 December 2016 - 13:24
Evacuation of civilians and rebels from east Aleppo resume amid dire conditions

BBC- Evacuations have resumed from east Aleppo, with buses and ambulances leaving rebel areas of the Syrian city. At least 350 people reportedly left rebel enclaves late on Sunday, heading towards other rebel-held territory. Earlier, buses sent to take people out of government-controlled...

Jordan castle attacks kill 10 including a Canadian tourist

  • 18 December 2016 - 23:36
Jordan castle attacks kill 10 including a Canadian tourist

BBC- Gun attacks in and near the Jordanian city of Karak have left 10 people dead including a Canadian tourist and at least four police officers. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on two police patrols before fleeing to an ancient hilltop castle and attacking a police station there, officials...

Suicide attack kills over 40 in Yemen’s Aden

  • 18 December 2016 - 19:17
Suicide attack kills over 40 in Yemen’s Aden

A suicide attack in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday killed at least 41 soldiers and injured others, two Yemeni senior security officials told CNN. Emergency trucks flooded the area of the attack and streets were closed down by military forces. The injured soldiers were taken to four...

Israeli Mossad assassinates Tunisian aviation scientists in Sfax, according to Hamas spokesman

  • 18 December 2016 - 11:58
Israeli Mossad assassinates Tunisian aviation scientists in Sfax, according to Hamas spokesman

The Israeli Mossad was blamed on Friday for the killing in Tunisia of Mohammed Al-Zoari, a scientist with links to the Hamas group. Al-Zoari, an aviation scientist, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Thursday near his home in the Tunisian city of Sfax, according to Channel 10 News. A...

China seizes US navy drone, but vows to return it soon

  • 18 December 2016 - 11:09
China seizes US navy drone, but vows to return it soon

BBC - The Pentagon says it has "secured an understanding" with China that it will return an underwater drone seized in the South China Sea. China captured the US vessel in international waters on Thursday. It has not explained why and accused the US of "hyping-up" the incident. US...

British photographer returns to Aleppo with people’s aids convoy

  • 18 December 2016 - 11:06
British photographer returns to Aleppo with people’s aids convoy

A war photographer who survived a deadly blast in Syria has joined a convoy taking London doctors to the embattled country. It is the first time Paul Conroy has returned to Syria since he was injured in an attack that killed journalists Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik in 2012. The People's...

Thousands besieged in Aleppo await resumption of evacuation deal

  • 17 December 2016 - 14:37
Thousands besieged in Aleppo await resumption of evacuation deal

BBC - Thousands of Syrian civilians and rebels are hoping to leave the city of Aleppo despite the suspension of an evacuation agreed with the government. There are also expectations that some 4,000 people will be evacuated from two towns, Kefraya and Foah, loyal to the government and besieged by...

Over a dozen Turkish soldiers killed in Kayseri car bombing

  • 17 December 2016 - 14:30
Over a dozen Turkish soldiers killed in Kayseri car bombing

BBC - A suspected car bomb in Turkey has killed 13 soldiers aboard a bus and wounded 48 more, the Turkish army says. The blast destroyed a bus carrying soldiers who had been allowed to visit a local market. An army spokesman said civilians may also have been injured. Images from the scene...

Evacuation of rebels from Aleppo begins

  • 15 December 2016 - 15:04
Evacuation of rebels from Aleppo begins

BBC - Hopes have risen that a planned evacuation of rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo will begin soon, after an earlier deal collapsed. Rebel sources said a new truce had been in effect from 03:00GMT and evacuations would take place on Thursday. Russia's defence ministry and...

Aleppo evacuation deal halted by fresh fighting

  • 14 December 2016 - 19:52
Aleppo evacuation deal halted by fresh fighting

BBC - A deal to evacuate rebel fighters and civilians from eastern Aleppo has stalled, with heavy shelling reported in the Syrian city. A ceasefire was declared in Aleppo on Tuesday and buses brought in to ferry people out of the devastated enclave. But fighting resumed on Wednesday. Syrian...

Aleppo slaughterhouse ends as rebels agree on evacuation deal

  • 14 December 2016 - 17:40
Aleppo slaughterhouse ends as rebels agree on evacuation deal

BBC - Military action has ended in eastern Aleppo, Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has said. He said Syrian government troops had re-established control over the last areas of the city held by rebels. He said an arrangement had been made for rebel fighters to leave. The...

Syrian rebels reach deal with Russia to be evacuated with civilians to Aleppo’s western countryside

  • 13 December 2016 - 20:42
Syrian rebels reach deal with Russia to be evacuated with civilians to Aleppo’s western countryside

AlJazeera - An agreement for the imminent evacuation of civilians and opposition fighters from east Aleppo in Syria has been reached, according to rebel officials. After weeks of heavy fighting, government forces were poised on Tuesday to take full control of Aleppo, dealing the biggest...

Syria: Aleppo rebels retreat from eater city parts

  • 13 December 2016 - 19:16
Syria: Aleppo rebels retreat from eater city parts

Fox News - Syrian rebels retreated from former strongholds in eastern Aleppo in a "terrifying" collapse Monday, holding onto a small sliver of territory packed with fighters and thousands of civilians as government troops pressed on with their rapid advance. The Syrian military said it had...

Syrian rebels receive US-backed proposal to be safeguarded out of Aleppo, IS retakes Palmyra

  • 12 December 2016 - 18:07
Syrian rebels receive US-backed proposal to be safeguarded out of Aleppo, IS retakes Palmyra

Reuters - Syrian rebels have received a U.S.-backed proposal to leave Aleppo along with civilians under safe passage guaranteed by Russia, rebel officials said as government forces closed in on Sunday, but Moscow denied a deal had been reached. If the proposal were to be taken up by all sides,...