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2 killed and others injured in car bombing in Turkey’s Adana

  • 24 November 2016 - 13:02
2 killed and others injured in car bombing in Turkey’s Adana

RTE - Two people were killed when a car exploded outside a government building in the southern Turkish city of Adana, the state-run news agency Anadolu said. The blast, which occurred outside the local governor's office, is the latest in a wave of violence to hit Turkey, whose government is...

Iraqi forces cut off supply line for IS militants between Syria and Iraq

  • 24 November 2016 - 10:51
Iraqi forces cut off supply line for IS militants between Syria and Iraq

Forces battling the Islamic State group in northern Iraq cut off the jihadists' last supply line from Mosul to Syria Wednesday, trapping them in the city for a bloody last stand. A day after the last major bridge over the Tigris in Mosul was bombed by the US-led coalition against IS, elite...

Egyptian Presidential speaks out support of Syrian Army

  • 24 November 2016 - 09:25
Egyptian Presidential speaks out support of Syrian Army

Al Jazeera - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says he supports the Syrian military - a position at odds with his country's Gulf benefactors such as Saudi Arabia. The former army chief, who has overseen a warming of ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main backer Russia, made...

IS has used chemical weapons over 52 times in Syria and Iraq

  • 22 November 2016 - 19:20
IS has used chemical weapons over 52 times in Syria and Iraq

The Islamic State has used chemical weapons, including chlorine and sulfur mustard agents, at least 52 times on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq since it swept to power in 2014, according to a new independent analysis, the New York Times reported. It added that more than one-third of those...

UN says almost 1 million civilians in Syria live under siege

  • 22 November 2016 - 13:11
UN says almost 1 million civilians in Syria live under siege

Deutsche Welle - The UN under-secretary general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council that 974,080 people were currently living under siege in Syria. That number stood at just under 487,000 six months ago. Since July, 275,000 more...

27 people killed in Shia mosque suicide bombing in Kabul

  • 21 November 2016 - 15:22
27 people killed in Shia mosque suicide bombing in Kabul

BBC - A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. At least 35 more people were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque in the west of the city. The attack came as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony. It...

Syrian government rejects UN proposal to end atrocious bombing of Aleppo

  • 20 November 2016 - 19:49
Syrian government rejects UN proposal to end atrocious bombing of Aleppo

A UN proposal to end heavy fighting in the city of Aleppo has been rejected by the Syrian government, the BBC wrote. It added that under the plan, rebel-held eastern Aleppo would remain under opposition control if rebel fighters withdrew. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who met the UN...

Angela Merkel to run for the fourth term as Chancellor

  • 20 November 2016 - 17:23
Angela Merkel to run for the fourth term as Chancellor

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will run for a fourth term in office, members of her conservative party have said. Mrs Merkel, 62, is expected to formally announce her intention later on Sunday at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the BBC...

Death toll of India train crash hits over 115 people

  • 20 November 2016 - 16:29
Death toll of India train crash hits over 115 people

BBC - The death toll following the derailment of a train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state has reached at least 115, with more than 150 injured, police say. Fourteen carriages of the Indore-Patna News derailed just after 03:00 local time on Sunday (21:30 GMT Saturday) near the city of...

7 schoolchildren killed in government-held Aleppo area by rebel rockets

  • 20 November 2016 - 16:26
7 schoolchildren killed in government-held Aleppo area by rebel rockets

BBC - Seven children and a woman have died in government-controlled western Aleppo after a school was hit by rebel fire, state media says. At least 32 others were injured at the school in the Furqan neighbourhood, according to the Sana news agency. The attack comes after days of heavy bombing...

IS leaders in Iraq’s Tel Afar escaping to Syria, media says

  • 20 November 2016 - 11:13
IS leaders in Iraq’s Tel Afar escaping to Syria, media says

Iraqi media outlets reported on Saturday, that leaders of the Islamic State extremist group started to flee toward Syria, along with their families, due to the advance of security forces from army, police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Tel Afar district east of Mosul. Alsumaria News stated,...

Russian-Syrian bombings “knock out” east Aleppo hospitals, kill 27 civilians

  • 19 November 2016 - 18:17
Russian-Syrian bombings “knock out” east Aleppo hospitals, kill 27 civilians

BBC - Some of the heaviest bombardment so far on Aleppo has left rebel-held parts of the Syrian city virtually without medical facilities, observers say. The World Health Organization says all makeshift hospitals there are out of service, after five days of air and artillery strikes by...

Syrian government airstrike hits children’s hospital in east Aleppo

  • 19 November 2016 - 11:13
Syrian government airstrike hits children’s hospital in east Aleppo

An air strike has hit a children's hospital in Syria's rebel-held east Aleppo, forcing medical staff to evacuate patients, including several newborn babies still in incubators. The moment of the attack on Friday was captured by an Al Jazeera crew, including journalist Amro Halabi, who was...

Obama in Germany for a farewell visit and strengthening of ties

  • 17 November 2016 - 19:12
Obama in Germany for a farewell visit and strengthening of ties

BBC - US President Barack Obama is holding talks with close ally Angela Merkel on a last visit to Germany before he hands over to his successor, Donald Trump. As he arrived in Berlin late on Wednesday, Mr Obama and the German chancellor issued a joint statement strongly defending...

Iraqi forces slowed by bad weather as they advance on Mosul

  • 17 November 2016 - 18:59
Iraqi forces slowed by bad weather as they advance on Mosul

Iraqi forces have paused their advance into Mosul due to bad weather, a month after launching an offensive to retake the city from so-called Islamic State, the BBC said. The BBC added that a general said poor visibility was limiting the ability of aircraft to provide cover, adding that troops...

Russian airstrike rock eastern Aleppo for second day

  • 17 November 2016 - 09:42
Russian airstrike rock eastern Aleppo for second day

CNN - A boy sits on a sidewalk barefoot, his head wrapped in a bandage. For the past three weeks, he hasn't heard the pummeling of air raids in the city. Bombings had been temporarily stopped in Aleppo. But Wednesday, his childhood of war resumed. His dad sits beside him holding one of his...

Jakarta Governor accused of blasphemy, Indonesian police says

  • 16 November 2016 - 11:29
Jakarta Governor accused of blasphemy, Indonesian police says

BBC - Indonesian police have named Jakarta's governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation. Popularly known as "Ahok", he is accused of insulting the Koran while campaigning in governorship elections. Mr Purnama is a Christian from the Chinese ethnic minority and...

Morocco hosts African summit to rejoin African Bloc after 32 years of severance

  • 16 November 2016 - 10:23
Morocco hosts African summit to rejoin African Bloc after 32 years of severance

AFP - Morocco is to host an African summit later Wednesday as the kingdom presses a bid to rejoin the continental bloc 32 years after walking out in protest at its position on the Western Sahara. Some 30 leaders are due to take part, including those of English-speaking states like Kenya and...

Assad: Trump is an ally if he will fight terrorism

  • 16 November 2016 - 08:27
Assad: Trump is an ally if he will fight terrorism

France 24 - Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to "wait and see" if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington's policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants. In his first comments on Trump's election victory,...

Air raids resume on Syria’s eastern Aleppo

  • 15 November 2016 - 14:37
Air raids resume on Syria’s eastern Aleppo

BBC- Warplanes have bombed besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo for the first time in three weeks, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Haidariya, Masakin Hanano and Sheikh Faris areas were hit. The Syrian...