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Report: Hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees could be forced back home in 2018

  • 5 February 2018 - 23:06
Report: Hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees could be forced back home in 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees risk being pushed to return home this year despite ongoing violence, a report by a coalition of aid agencies has warned. The NGOs said Syrian Government victories in the conflict have fuelled "misleading rhetoric" suggesting Syria is safe for refugees to...

Syrian opposition to cooperate in constitution proposal under UN auspices

  • 1 February 2018 - 20:07
Syrian opposition to cooperate in constitution proposal under UN auspices

Syria’s opposition will cooperate with proposals made at a Russia-hosted conference this week to rewrite the country’s constitution as long as the process remains under U.N. auspices, the chief opposition negotiator said on Thursday, Reuters reported.   Participants at...

Sochi conference sees Syrian delegates agreeing on rewriting constitution

  • 31 January 2018 - 11:42
Sochi conference sees Syrian delegates agreeing on rewriting constitution

Participants of a Russia-hosted conference for peace in Syria have agreed to set up a commission to rewrite the war-torn country's constitution. Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, said on Tuesday that delegates at the two-day conference at the Black Sea resort of...

Turkey says US vowed to stop arming Kurds

  • 27 January 2018 - 22:34
Turkey says US vowed to stop arming Kurds

The United States has pledged to stop supplying weapons to a Kurdish militia in Syria, Turkey said on Saturday, calling on Washington to immediately remove its troops from a Syrian town of Manbij that Turkish forces plan to target, Reuters reported. Turkey’s air and ground offensive in...

Syria vows to down Turkish warplanes as Turkey prepares to assault Kurds in Afrin

  • 18 January 2018 - 21:56
Syria vows to down Turkish warplanes as Turkey prepares to assault Kurds in Afrin

Syria has threatened to shoot down Turkish warplanes in its airspace, as Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said any incursion into Afrin would be considered an act of aggression, BBC wrote Thursday. It came as Turkey...

UAE accuses Qatar warplanes of intercepting civilian flights

  • 15 January 2018 - 17:11
UAE accuses Qatar warplanes of intercepting civilian flights

Authorities in Qatar have denied that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two Emirati aircraft after the United Arab Emirates said that its civilian jets were accompanied by warplanes. Qatar's foreign ministry released a statement on Monday saying the claim was false. UAE's state news agency...

Tension rises between Iran and the US

  • 13 January 2018 - 22:17
Tension rises between Iran and the US

Iran says the US has "crossed a red line" by imposing sanctions on the head of its judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani, BBC reported. The foreign ministry vowed to retaliate but did not say what form any action might take. Iran also rejected any changes to its nuclear deal with world...

Over 175 civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta, Syria in two weeks of bombings

  • 13 January 2018 - 22:15
Over 175 civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta, Syria in two weeks of bombings

The number of people killed in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has reached 179 after a little over two weeks of government and Russian bombardment, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Government forces backed by Russian warplanes began a campaign to take...

Posters backing Ahed Tamimi removed from London

  • 9 January 2018 - 14:02
Posters backing Ahed Tamimi removed from London

Posters in support of a Palestinian teenager detained for allegedly assaulting Israeli soldiers have been removed from bus stops around London. JCDecaux, which oversees transport advertising, removed the promotions depicting Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was arrested by the IDF days ago. The posters...

Airstrikes and explosion kill over 40 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

  • 9 January 2018 - 00:51
Airstrikes and explosion kill over 40 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Over 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, left 25 people dead, BBC wrote...

Iranian oil tanker catches fire after collision off China’s eastern coast, 32 crew members missing

  • 8 January 2018 - 12:09
Iranian oil tanker catches fire after collision off China’s eastern coast, 32 crew members missing

Iranian oil tanker catches fire after collision off China's eastern coast, 32 crew members missing f exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck. State...

Over 28 civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Fingers point at Russian warplanes

  • 4 January 2018 - 19:52
Over 28 civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta, Syria: Fingers point at Russian warplanes

About 30 civilians have been reported killed in air strikes on two towns in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Syria's capital, Damascus. The Syria Civil Defence said one of its rescue workers was among 18 people who died when what witnesses identified as Russian jets bombed Misraba,...

Iran unrest: 22 dead so far in anti-government protests

  • 2 January 2018 - 13:05
Iran unrest: 22 dead so far in anti-government protests

Iran's supreme leader has accused the country's enemies of stirring days of protests that have claimed at least 22 lives. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was speaking for the first time since clashes between protesters and security forces broke out last Thursday. Nine people, including a child, died...

Two Iranian protesters shot by police in third day of angry rallies

  • 30 December 2017 - 23:17
Two Iranian protesters shot by police in third day of angry rallies

Two protesters at least were shot by Iranian security forces in the western town of Dorud on Saturday, according to a video posted on social media, on the third day of anti-government demonstrations around the country, Reuters reported. The video appeared to show demonstrators carrying two...

Iran warns citizens of involvement in “illegal” protests

  • 30 December 2017 - 15:13
Iran warns citizens of involvement in “illegal” protests

Iran's government has told people to avoid "illegal gatherings" after two days of angry anti-establishment protests in the country. Tens of Iranians have been arrested in protests over corruption and living standards, according to the BBC, adding that anonymous social media posts have urged...

Tunisia demands public apology from UAE over no-women fly order

  • 27 December 2017 - 15:03
Tunisia demands public apology from UAE over no-women fly order

Tunisia is demanding a public apology from the United Arab Emirates after Emirates Airlines denied boarding to Tunisian women on flights to the Gulf country. On Friday, the UAE-owned carrier stopped accepting Dubai-bound female passengers from Tunisia. UAE officials later cited security reasons...

Tunisia suspends Emirates Airlines flights from and to UAE over female travel ban by the Emiratis

  • 25 December 2017 - 13:11
Tunisia suspends Emirates Airlines flights from and to UAE over female travel ban by the Emiratis

Tunisia suspended Sunday Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the country. Tunisia’s transport ministry said in a statement it had "decided to suspend" Emirates flights to Tunis "until the airline is able to...

Pyongyang says latest UN resolution is “an act of war”

  • 24 December 2017 - 14:44
Pyongyang says latest UN resolution is “an act of war”

North Korea said newest UN sanctions are an "act of war" The official news agency KCNA said the sanctions equal to a complete economic barricade, according to a Korean foreign ministry statement. The latest resolution was put in place by the United States and was supported by all Security...

Tropical storm Tembin kills more than 200 people

  • 24 December 2017 - 14:21
Tropical storm Tembin kills more than 200 people

At least 200 people have been killed after intense flooding and landslide caused by tropical storm Tembin hit the southern Philippines. Mindanao island, home to 20 million people, was struck by the powerful storm on Friday destroying villages. A massive rescue operation is ongoing as more...

Catalonia election too close to call

  • 21 December 2017 - 12:03
Catalonia election too close to call

Voting began on Thursday in Catalonia in a closely watched and decisive election. Catalonians are heading to voting stations to choose between parties in favor and against staying in Spain, which will mark a turning point in the region. The election, called by the Spanish government, comes...