Syria conflict: Rebels set up internment camp for IS defectors

Syria conflict: Rebels set up internment camp for IS defectors

Image caption A rebel commander said not everyone being held at the camp would be allowed to leave A secret internment camp for former Islamic State militants and their families has been established in Syria. Some 300 defectors and captured combatants, including many Europeans, are being held at the camp operated by the rebel group […]

IS conflict: Booby-trapped drone kills Kurdish fighters in Iraq

IS conflict: Booby-trapped drone kills Kurdish fighters in Iraq

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga forces are preparing for the offensive to retake the IS-held city of Mosul A booby-trapped drone has killed two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and badly wounded two French soldiers battling so-called Islamic State in Iraq. A Kurdish defence official told Reuters news agency that the drone exploded when the […]

Russian anger over UK Syria protest call

Russian anger over UK Syria protest call

Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson said those behind the attacks should face trial for war crimes Russia has condemned Boris Johnson’s call for demonstrations outside its London embassy as “shameful”. The foreign secretary said on Tuesday that he would “like to see” a protest against bombings of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which […]

Iran hanging: Fears for child bride Zeinab Sekaanvand

Iran hanging: Fears for child bride Zeinab Sekaanvand

Image copyright Private Image caption Zeinab Sekaanvand was convicted of killing her abusive husband Human rights activists say a 22-year-old woman whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant could be hanged within days in Iran. Zeinab Sekaanvand was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. Her execution was postponed […]

Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo

Syria conflict: Heavy air strikes resume on Aleppo

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There are fears that eastern Aleppo could face total destruction within months Russian planes have resumed air strikes on rebel-held districts in the city of Aleppo, in what activists say is the heaviest bombardment in days. At least 25 people are reported to have died, including children. The bombardment follows […]

Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin halts France visit amid row

Syria conflict: Russia’s Putin halts France visit amid row

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin was due to visit Paris later this month Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has cancelled a planned visit to France amid a row over Syria. He had been due to meet French President Francois Hollande and open a new Orthodox church later this month. But after France’s government […]

Yemen conflict: ‘Saudi-led coalition plane’ hit funeral

Yemen conflict: ‘Saudi-led coalition plane’ hit funeral

Image copyright AP Image caption The attack hit a packed funeral hall, wounding more than 500 people Saudi Arabia has privately accepted that one of its coalition planes bombed a funeral in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the BBC has learned. At least 140 people were killed, most of them civilians, in one of […]

First Turkish death in Syrian campaign

First Turkish death in Syrian campaign

Image copyright AP Image caption The Turkish offensive is aimed at both so-called Islamic State and Kurdish rebels Turkey has suffered its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign in northern Syria, the military says. A soldier was killed when Kurdish fighters fired on tanks. Kurdish media say three tanks were destroyed. Turkish armour […]

Syrian war: US and Russia ‘achieve clarity on path forward’

Media captionAs Darayya is evacuated, some progress has been made on a way forward for Syria US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov “have achieved clarity on the path forward” in Syria, but have “narrow issues” to resolve. The two held talks in Geneva to try to find […]

UAE activist finds iPhones security flaw

UAE activist finds iPhones security flaw

Image copyright AP Image caption The texts had been sent to human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor Flaws in Apple’s iOS operating system have been discovered that made it possible to install spyware on a target’s device merely by getting them to click on a link. The discovery was made after a human rights lawyer alerted […]