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IS ‘trapping 200 families’ in last bastion in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 20,000 people who have fled Baghuz in recent weeks have been taken to a camp The UN has expressed concern about the fate of some 200 families reportedly trapped in the last tiny area of Syria still held by the Islamic State group. Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said […]

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known as MBS – is on a high-profile tour of Asia Saudi Arabia has said it will work to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s arrival in Delhi. The prince, known as MBS, is on a […]

The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war

After years of people fleeing Syria and its civil war, there are now long queues to enter the country each day. Jordan opened its Jaber border crossing last October after Syrian government troops defeated rebels who had controlled the other side. Now several thousand people pass through each day. They include small-scale merchants reviving cross-border […]

Yemen war: Parties agree Hudaydah port withdrawal plan

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hudaydah is a lifeline port for millions on the brink of famine Yemen’s government and the rebel Houthi movement have agreed on the first phase of a withdrawal of forces around the key port of Hudaydah, the UN says. A statement said the two sides had made “important progress on […]

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump: “Put them on trial” President Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) group fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His tweet comes as US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault […]

Islamic State: ‘Thousands of civilians’ still trapped in Baghuz

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Civilians have been fleeing Baghuz in their hundreds over the past week The battle to claim the last pocket of territory from the Islamic State group (IS) is being held up because thousands of civilians remain trapped there. US-backed Kurdish forces launched an assault on Baghuz, on the Syrian […]

UK family of pregnant IS teen plead for return

Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Begum was 15 and living in Bethnal Green, London, when she left the UK in 2015 The family of Shamima Begum – the teenager who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group – has called on the UK to bring her back “urgently”. They said the 19-year-old’s […]

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: Egyptian president may rule until 2034

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief, has been in power since leading a military coup in 2013 Egypt’s parliament has overwhelmingly voted to approve draft constitutional changes that could extend President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s time in office by another 12 years. Mr Sisi is due to stand down […]

US-backed Syrian fighters battle to clear final two IS villages

Image copyright AFP Image caption Fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they are facing fierce resistance US-backed Syrian fighters are clearing Islamic State (IS) militants from the last two villages the jihadist group controls, military officials say. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance launched an assault at the weekend on Shajalah and […]

Iran warns neighbours after bombing kills Revolutionary Guards

Image copyright AFP Image caption The bus carrying the Revolutionary Guards was torn apart by the car bomb blast Iran’s president has warned its neighbours not to let “terrorists abuse their territory” after a suicide car bombing killed 27 Revolutionary Guards. Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States and Israel for Wednesday’s attack in the south-eastern […]

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