Syria conflict: Jets deliberately bombed Damascus spring – UN

Syria conflict: Jets deliberately bombed Damascus spring – UN

Image copyright AP Image caption The Ain al-Fijeh spring provides 70% of all Damascus water UN human rights experts say the Syrian air force deliberately bombed a spring outside Damascus in December, cutting off the water supply for 5.5 million people living in and around the city. The Syrian government blamed rebels for damaging the […]

Saudi Arabia launches girls’ council – without any girls

Saudi Arabia launches girls’ council – without any girls

Image copyright Qassim Girls Council Image caption There were a total of 13 men (not all pictured) on stage to launch the Qassim Girls Council in Saudi Arabia It was an encouraging initiative for a country not known for giving women a platform in public life. But when Saudi Arabia wanted to show off its […]

Egypt extracts torso of ‘Pharaoh Ramses II’ statue from mud

Egypt extracts torso of ‘Pharaoh Ramses II’ statue from mud

Image copyright AP Image caption The statue was found in wasteland inbetween apartment blocks on the site of the ancient capital, Heliopolis The torso of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in Egypt. It could depict a famous pharaoh. The statue’s giant head and other fragments were extracted […]

Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef

Syria war: 2016 deadliest year yet for children, says Unicef

Image copyright AFP Image caption More children died in 2016 than in any other of the previous five years of civil war Syria’s children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, the United Nations children’s organisation says. At least 652 children died – 255 of […]

Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave

Syria conflict: Rebels agree to leave last Homs enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian government aircraft reportedly bombed al-Wair last month despite a nationwide truce Syrian rebel fighters have agreed to leave their last enclave in the city of Homs, government officials say. Homs Governor Talal Barrazi said the evacuation of al-Wair was part of an existing deal with community leaders and would […]

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel

UK pro-Palestinian activist deported from Israel

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Hugh Lanning was put on a flight back to the UK after he arrived in Israel A UK activist has been blocked from entering Israel because of his support for a movement urging a boycott of the country, Israeli officials say. Hugh Lanning, chairman of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, […]

IS fighters left in Mosul will die, says US envoy McGurk

IS fighters left in Mosul will die, says US envoy McGurk

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi forces now control eastern Mosul and more than a third of the west Any so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters left in Mosul will die in the Iraqi city, a US envoy co-ordinating the offensive has said. Brett McGurk, the senior US official in the counter-IS coalition, issued the warning […]

Syria war: 2016 was the worst year for Syrian children, says Unicef

Syria war: 2016 was the worst year for Syrian children, says Unicef

Image copyright AFP Image caption More children died in 2016 than in any other of the previous five years of civil war Syria’s children “hit rock bottom” in 2016, with more killed than in any other year of the civil war, Unicef has said. At least 652 children died – 255 of them in or […]

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces say they have found evidence of a mass grave in the village of Badoush More evidence has been discovered of a reported massacre in 2014 of up to 600 inmates at Badoush prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi forces said human remains had […]

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Mosul IS battle: ‘Remains of prisoners’ found at mass grave site

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Iraqi forces say they have found evidence of a mass grave in the village of Badoush More evidence has been discovered of a reported massacre in 2014 of up to 600 inmates at Badoush prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces say. The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi forces said human remains had […]

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