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Syria: Turkey war planes ‘launch strikes on Afrin’

Syria: Turkey war planes ‘launch strikes on Afrin’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish war planes hit Kurdish positions on the Syrian side of the border on Saturday Turkey’s military says its war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish positions in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US. It is seeking to oust Kurdish fighters from Afrin […]

Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish tanks have been massing along the border with the Kurdish enclave of 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 […]

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

US plans open-ended military presence in Syria

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US special forces and military advisers are deployed in northern and eastern Syria The US will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of the jihadist group Islamic State, counter Iranian influence, and help end the civil war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said […]

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

Image copyright AFP Image caption Palestinians symbolically locked the gates of an Unrwa office in Hebron in protest The UN has expressed serious concern at the US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency supporting Palestinian refugees. Washington will hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to […]

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Palestinian slap video teen held until trial

Media captionAhed Tamimi was arrested after this video went viral To some she’s a modern-day Joan of Arc. Others call her “Shirley Temper”, a play on Hollywood child actor Shirley Temple, claiming she is a star of staged Palestinian propaganda. At 16, Ahed Tamimi is now a famous Palestinian prisoner, arrested by Israel in December […]

US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians

US holds back $65m aid to Palestinians

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Palestinians like these in Gaza City receive UN food aid The US is withholding more than half of a $125m (£90m) instalment destined for the UN relief agency for the Palestinians, American officials say. It will provide $60 million in aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) but […]

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Jordan urged to end animal mistreatment at Petra site

Image copyright Peta Image caption Peta says the donkey on the left has a tongue sticking out due to a neurological disorder Animal rights group Peta has launched an international campaign to try to end the mistreatment of working animals in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Peta says donkeys, horses and camels are […]

Moshe Holtzberg: Boy who survived 2008 attack returns to Mumbai

Moshe Holtzberg: Boy who survived 2008 attack returns to Mumbai

Image caption Moshe Holtzberg was two years old when his parents were killed An Israeli boy whose parents were killed in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has returned to the Indian city for the first time as part of a delegation. Moshe Holtzberg, 11, will be present as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu opens a memorial […]

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Baghdad suicide bombers kill dozens in attack on labourers

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some victims were buried hours later in the Shia Muslim holy city of Najaf Two suicide bombers have killed at least 35 people and injured 90 in an attack on a Baghdad square where day labourers gather to look for work. They set off their devices at intervals, sending people […]

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Saudi Ritz ‘gilded jail’ hotel to reopen

Image copyright AFP Image caption The hotel has been a luxury detention centre since early November A luxury Saudi hotel which has been a detention centre for dozens of princes and top officials held in a corruption drive since November is to reopen. The five-star Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh is taking bookings again from February, after […]

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