Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels pushed back by Assad’s forces

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels pushed back by Assad’s forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian government troops are back in control of the al-Minian area Syrian government forces have retaken areas of the city of Aleppo that were lost to rebels in recent fighting. The loss of the territory on the city’s western edges was confirmed by the rebels themselves, as well as state […]

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last week Egypt floated its currency in a move aimed at strengthening confidence in the economy The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year $12bn (€11bn) loan for Egypt to help the country out of its deep economic crisis. Egypt will receive $2.75bn immediately, with the rest subject […]

Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bashiqa is one of several towns recaptured as Iraqi forces continue their offensive on Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) shot dead 40 civilians on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after accusing them of treason, the United Nations says. Their bodies were then hung from electricity poles in […]

Arab Spring ‘cost region $600bn’ in lost growth, UN says

Arab Spring ‘cost region $600bn’ in lost growth, UN says

Image copyright AP Image caption Protests rocked many states across the Arab world The Arab Spring protest movement has cost the region $614bn in lost growth since 2011, the UN says. The estimate is the first of its kind by a major economic body. It is equivalent to 6% of the region’s total GDP between […]

Mosul battle: IS ‘loses hundreds of fighters’ – US generals

Media captionOrla Guerin goes inside an IS tunnel network outside Mosul Hundreds of Islamic State militants are thought to have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, the US military says. Two generals said the jihadist group had suffered the losses as troops and allied fighters, backed by US-led […]

Sakharov prize: Yazidi women win EU freedom prize

Media captionNadia Murad explains how she escaped Islamic State in Iraq more than two years ago Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq have won Europe’s top human rights award, the Sakharov prize. Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands of Yazidi girls and women […]

Mosul battle: Human rights group challenges Kurds over screening

Mosul battle: Human rights group challenges Kurds over screening

Image copyright AFP Image caption All civilians undergo an initial screening to determine any IS links A leading human rights group has challenged the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq over their screening process for men and adolescents fleeing so-called Islamic State (IS). All civilians seeking refuge in Kurdish areas are screened for IS links but […]

Russia Syria: Battle group ‘refuels off North Africa’

Russia Syria: Battle group ‘refuels off North Africa’

Image copyright PA Image caption Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, will join Russian vessels already off the Syrian coast A battle group including Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is reportedly refuelling at sea off North Africa en route to Syria. Plans for some of the ships to dock at a Spanish […]

Syria conflict: Schoolchildren killed in Idlib air raids

Syria conflict: Schoolchildren killed in Idlib air raids

Image copyright Syria Civil Defence Image caption The Syria Civil Defence reported that a complex containing three schools was targeted At least 26 people, many of them children, have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in north-western Syria, activists say. A school complex was reportedly among several locations targeted in the village […]

First Turkish death in Syrian campaign

First Turkish death in Syrian campaign

Image copyright AP Image caption The Turkish offensive is aimed at both so-called Islamic State and Kurdish rebels Turkey has suffered its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria, the military says. A soldier was killed when Kurdish fighters fired on tanks. Kurdish media say three tanks were destroyed. Turkish armour […]

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