Mosul battle: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ fleeing IS-held district

Mosul battle: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ fleeing IS-held district

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians have been seen fleeing western Mosul, some carrying injured children Dozens of civilians have been killed in Mosul while fleeing a district held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city, reports say. A Reuters TV crew found the bodies of men, women and children laying in a […]

Mosul battle: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ fleeing IS-held district

Mosul battle: ‘Dozens of civilians killed’ fleeing IS-held district

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Civilians have been seen fleeing western Mosul, some carrying injured children Dozens of civilians have been killed in Mosul while fleeing a district held by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Iraqi city, reports say. A Reuters TV crew found the bodies of men, women and children laying in a […]

Trump delays moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Trump delays moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Image copyright AFP Image caption Successive US administrations have said Jerusalem’s status must be decided by negotiations President Donald Trump has decided to delay moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite promising to do so during the election. He renewed a waiver for a law requiring the relocation, as his […]

Bahrain court dissolves main secular opposition group

Bahrain court dissolves main secular opposition group

Image copyright AFP A court has ordered the dissolution of Bahrain’s main secular opposition group, as the Gulf state continues a crackdown on dissent. The National Democratic Action Society (Waad) was accused of “advocating violence, supporting terrorism and incitement to encourage crimes”. Amnesty International said the allegations were “baseless and absurd”. It comes less than […]

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS targets in Syria

Russia fires cruise missiles at IS targets in Syria

Image copyright Russian Defence Ministry Image caption The US, Turkey and Israel “were informed in a timely manner of the missile launches” A Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS) positions in central Syria. The strike – the first of its kind since November – […]

Yemen facing total collapse as war continues, UN warns

Yemen facing total collapse as war continues, UN warns

Image copyright EPA Image caption A cholera outbreak and food shortages are worsening the crisis in war-torn Yemen The United Nations humanitarian chief has said Yemen is facing “total social, economic and institutional collapse”. Stephen O’Brien told members of the UN Security Council that “urgent action is required to stem the suffering”. More than two […]

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS

Syria conflict: US sends arms to Kurdish forces fighting IS

Image copyright AFP Image caption The US believes the Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are essential to taking Raqqa The US says it has started distributing weapons to Kurdish forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria. Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway said the Kurdish fighters had received small arms and vehicles […]

Yemen facing ‘total collapse’ as fighting continues, UN warns

Yemen facing ‘total collapse’ as fighting continues, UN warns

Image copyright EPA Image caption A cholera outbreak and food shortages are worsening the crisis in war-torn Yemen The United Nation’s top humanitarian co-ordinator has said Yemen is facing “total social, economic and institutional collapse.” Stephen O’Brien was speaking directly to the UN Security Council, telling them “urgent action is required”. Yemen is in the […]

Iraq conflict: Baghdad ice cream parlour hit by suicide attack

Iraq conflict: Baghdad ice cream parlour hit by suicide attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Both attacks came during the night when Muslims were out after breaking their Ramadan fasts Two car bomb explosions in the heart of the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least 26 people and wounded 95 others, sources say. The first ripped through an ice cream shop just after midnight […]

Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians ‘in grave danger’ – UN

Iraq Mosul offensive: Civilians ‘in grave danger’ – UN

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 400,000 civilians in western Mosul have been displaced Civilians are being hit hardest as Iraq’s military assault on Mosul enters its final phase, the country’s UN humanitarian relief co-ordinator says. Lise Grande told the BBC residents were in grave danger as so-called Islamic State (IS) was directly targeting […]