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IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

Image copyright @teamsmediawar Image caption The Popular Mobilisation said this photograph showed the devastation at Hatra An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has recaptured the ancient city of Hatra, which is believed to have been destroyed by Islamic State militants. The Popular Mobilisation announced that its fighters had “liberated” the Unesco World Heritage-listed site “after […]

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

Image copyright @teamsmediawar Image caption The Popular Mobilisation said this photograph showed the devastation at Hatra An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has recaptured the ancient city of Hatra, which is believed to have been destroyed by Islamic State militants. The Popular Mobilisation announced that its fighters had “liberated” the Unesco World Heritage-listed site “after […]

Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says

Syrian government made Sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun, France says

Image copyright EPA Image caption French intelligence agencies say it is not credible the incident in Khan Sheikhoun was staged France says it has evidence showing the Syrian air force “undoubtedly” dropped bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin on a rebel-held town last month. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters that samples taken from the […]

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US military commander met Kurdish fighters after the attack to show solidarity The US has expressed “deep concern” at Turkish air strikes that killed about two dozen Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against IS, said their positions were hit multiple times. […]

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Israel’s Netanyahu scraps talks with German minister over rights groups

Image copyright EPA Image caption Germany and Israel have been close allies for decades Israel’s prime minister has cancelled talks with Germany’s foreign minister after he refused to call off a meeting with Israeli human rights activists. Sigmar Gabriel had been due to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Mr Netanyahu had warned he would not […]

Yemen aid summit seeks to pull nation from brink

Yemen aid summit seeks to pull nation from brink

Image caption A quarter of Yemen’s population urgently needs help, the UN says A pledging conference to raise funds for Yemen is taking place in Geneva on Tuesday, amidst what the UN describes as “the world’s largest humanitarian crisis”. Before the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition, supporting Yemen’s government, and Houthi rebels began, Yemen was […]

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victims in Khan Sheikhoun suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent The US has imposed “sweeping” sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month. The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of 271 […]

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

US imposes ‘sweeping’ Syria sanctions over ‘chemical’ attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Victims in Khan Sheikhoun suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent The US has imposed “sweeping” sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month. The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of 271 […]

Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists

Article 308: Jordan to scrap marriage loophole for rapists

Image copyright EPA Image caption There was a protest against a similar law in Lebanon at the weekend, involving hanging wedding dresses on Beirut’s seafront A law which protected Jordan’s rapists from punishment if they married their victims looks set to be scrapped. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning […]

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reverses public sector pay cuts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption King Salman has issued a raft of decrees Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reinstated bonuses and special allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut last September as part of austerity measures when oil revenues were low. The king fired his civil service minister and put him […]

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