Russia accused of using Syria as “live-fire training”

BBC - The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a…

16 Turkish troops killed in clashes against IS in Syria

  Clashes between Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and ISIL fighters have intensified around the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab, resulting in the deaths of 16 Turkish soldiers, the military's highest single-day toll of its four-month…

Aleppo tweeting girl Bana arrives in Turkey, meets Erdogan

Bana and her little brother have been pictured sitting on Mr Erdogan's knee in the presidential complex in Ankara. President Erdogan sent a special representative to Syria to collect Bana and her family after they fled east Aleppo,…

Fireworks explosion kills over 30 people in Mexico

BBC - An explosion at a fireworks market outside Mexico City has killed at least 31 people, officials say. More than 70 others were injured as the blast hit the San Pablito fireworks market in Tultepec, about 20 miles (32km) outside…

Syrian army sends rebels a warning to leave Aleppo

BBC - The Syrian army is calling on the last remaining rebels to leave eastern districts of Aleppo, as the evacuation of their besieged enclave continues. Soldiers reportedly broadcast messages by loudspeaker on Tuesday, warning that…

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…

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…

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.…

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