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Twin bomb attacks outside Istanbul stadium kill at least 40

  • 12 December 2016 - 17:54
Twin bomb attacks outside Istanbul stadium kill at least 40

A twin bomb attack on police officers outside a football stadium in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, has killed 38 people and injured many more, the BBC wrote. A car bomb hit a police vehicle and a suicide bomber detonated a suicide vest in quick succession late on Saturday, it added. The...

IS militants re-enter Syria’s Palmyra pushing Syrian troops out

  • 10 December 2016 - 21:29
IS militants re-enter Syria’s Palmyra pushing Syrian troops out

BBC - Islamic State group fighters have re-entered Palmyra, nine months after losing the ancient Syrian desert city, activists say. IS held Palmyra and its nearby ruins for 10 months before it was recaptured by Syrian government forces in March. But the jihadist group launched an offensive...

John Kerry says what is happening in Syria’s Aleppo is “war crimes”

  • 10 December 2016 - 18:04
John Kerry says what is happening in Syria’s Aleppo is “war crimes”

France 24 - Western powers on Saturday urged the Syrian regime and Russia to let civilians leave east Aleppo as air strikes targeted the last remaining rebels there, with US Secretary of State John Kerry saying the "indiscriminate" bombing amounts to war crimes. Saturday saw a new round of...

Two blasts kill policemen and a civilian in Cairo

  • 10 December 2016 - 11:36
Two blasts kill policemen and a civilian in Cairo

Two bombs killed six police officers and a civilian on Friday, according to Egyptian state media, according to CNN. CNN, said that one bomb went off in Giza's Haram district on the street leading to the pyramids, killing the officers and wounding three others, state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper...

US to send troops to take Syria’s Raqqa from IS terrorists

  • 10 December 2016 - 11:29
US to send troops to take Syria’s Raqqa from IS terrorists

BBC - The US is sending 200 more military personnel to help fight the Islamic State group in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the US defence secretary says. Speaking at talks on Middle East security, Ash Carter said the troops would include special forces trainers, advisers and bomb disposal...

Russia, US close to deal over Syria’s Aleppo as killing continues

  • 8 December 2016 - 22:01
Russia, US close to deal over Syria’s Aleppo as killing continues

AlJazeera - Russia and the United States are close to reaching an understanding on Syria's Aleppo, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, has been divided between government-controlled neighbourhoods in the city's west and rebel-held...

UN Security Council urges swift implementation of political agreement in Libya

  • 8 December 2016 - 20:25
UN Security Council urges swift implementation of political agreement in Libya

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for a quick implementation of a political deal in Libya in order to stop fighting and form a national unity government in the North African country. The 15-nation UN body, in a press statement issued late Wednesday, said that the council members...

Syria’s Al-Assad says Aleppo victory is “huge step” towards ending war

  • 8 December 2016 - 19:31
Syria’s Al-Assad says Aleppo victory is “huge step” towards ending war

BBC - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a victory for his army in the second city of Aleppo would be a "huge step" towards ending the country's devastating five-year civil war. Defeating rebels in Aleppo, however, would not put an end to Syria's conflict, Assad said in an interview with...

Over 40 people missing in ship sink south of Yemen

  • 7 December 2016 - 19:04
Over 40 people missing in ship sink south of Yemen

At least 40 people, including women and children, are missing after a boat sank in the Arabian Sea about 350km (190 nautical miles) south of Yemen, the BBC wrote. It added, the cargo vessel had about 60 people on board when it disappeared while sailing from the eastern province of...

Syrian government forces retake old Aleppo city from rebels

  • 7 December 2016 - 10:58
Syrian government forces retake old Aleppo city from rebels

BBC - Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, an activist monitoring group has said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the pull-back came after days of heavy fighting, as government forces moved to split the remains of the rebel enclave in Syria's second...

Saudi Arabia sentences Shia nationals to death for spying for Iran

  • 6 December 2016 - 16:41
Saudi Arabia sentences Shia nationals to death for spying for Iran

BBC - A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran. They were among 32 people - comprising 30 members of the kingdom's Shia Muslim minority, an Iranian national and an Afghan - put on trial in February. Prosecutors accused them of treason, setting up a spy...

Russia and China veto UN resolution to reach seven-day truce in Syria’s Aleppo

  • 6 December 2016 - 15:31
Russia and China veto UN resolution to reach seven-day truce in Syria’s Aleppo

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have demanded a seven-day truce in Syria’s Aleppo, with Russia arguing it would allow rebels to regroup and that time was needed for talks between Washington and Moscow. After criticizing the Security Council’s...

Russian warplanes suspected of killing nearly 50 civilians in Idlib marketplace bombing

  • 5 December 2016 - 14:17
Russian warplanes suspected of killing nearly 50 civilians in Idlib marketplace bombing

AlJazeera - At least 46 people have been killed in suspected Russian air strikes on several areas of Idlib province in northwest Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as government forces advanced in fierce clashes with rebels in east Aleppo. The Britain-based monitor said on...

EU to bribe Assad’s regime to allow rebels stay in power in some Syrian districts

  • 5 December 2016 - 13:46
EU to bribe Assad’s regime to allow rebels stay in power in some Syrian districts

RT - The EU is reportedly planning to offer Damascus financial aid in exchange for allowing rebel forces stay in power in some regions of Syria. Brussels is no longer insisting on the retirement of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to the Times. The new proposals from the EU were voiced...

Italy’s Prime Minister intends to resign after referendum defeat

  • 5 December 2016 - 12:54
Italy’s Prime Minister intends to resign after referendum defeat

The Local/AFP - Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi announced that he would resign on Sunday night after exit polls showed a heavy defeat in his referendum on constitutional reforms. Speaking from Palazzo Chigi at 00:30, the premier said he took "full responsibility" for the defeat. "My...

Far-right Austrian candidate defeated in presidential polls

  • 4 December 2016 - 21:26
Far-right Austrian candidate defeated in presidential polls

The Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has lost Austria's presidential election. On Facebook, he described himself as "infinitely sad" and congratulated Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, on his victory, the BBC wrote. Although the post is ceremonial in Austria, the poll had...

After days of bombing, Russia proposes safe corridors to besieged people in Aleppo

  • 4 December 2016 - 19:17
After days of bombing, Russia proposes safe corridors to besieged people in Aleppo

BBC - Russia has indicated it is ready to discuss opening four safe corridors to the besieged, rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said they might be used to supply food and medicine to the 250,000 people there. Conditions were now so...

21 civilians killed in Syria’s Idlib marketplace by government airstrikes

  • 4 December 2016 - 16:38
21 civilians killed in Syria’s Idlib marketplace by government airstrikes

At least three children and 18 others have been killed in a series of airstrikes on a marketplace in Syria. According to the activist-run Kafranbel Media Centre, the civilians were killed in the opposition-controlled town of Kafranbel in north-western Syria. The Britain-based Syrian...

Trump speaks to Taiwan’s President, China protests

  • 3 December 2016 - 22:23
Trump speaks to Taiwan’s President, China protests

BBC - China's foreign ministry says it has lodged a complaint with the US after President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan's leader in a phone call. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. US policy set in 1979 cut formal relations with Taiwan. Mr Trump's transition team said he and...

Syrian government forces backed by Russia seize two thirds of east Aleppo

  • 3 December 2016 - 17:06
Syrian government forces backed by Russia seize two thirds of east Aleppo

BBC - Close to two-thirds of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo have now fallen to the Syrian government after another district was seized. A UK-based monitor said the Tariq al-Bab district fell on Friday, opening up a link between government-held areas and Aleppo's airport. Swathes of east...