Syria war: Army makes rapid gains in rebel-held east Aleppo

Syria war: Army makes rapid gains in rebel-held east Aleppo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Several thousand civilians are reported to have fled eastern Aleppo in the last few hours Syrian government forces have been making rapid advances into eastern Aleppo, forcing thousands of civilians to flee. The Syrian army captured Jabal Badro on Sunday, a day after seizing Hanano district, and is making in-roads […]

Syria war: Army pushes deeper into rebel-held Aleppo

Syria war: Army pushes deeper into rebel-held Aleppo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 4,000 civilians are reported to have fled eastern Aleppo in the last few hours Syrian government forces have retaken a second rebel-held district in eastern Aleppo, as thousands of civilians flee. The army said it had “fully recaptured” Jabal Badro, a day after seizing Hanano district. A monitoring group […]

Israel fires: Dozen suspects arrested on suspicion of arson

Israel fires: Dozen suspects arrested on suspicion of arson

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Specialist air crews have been fighting the wildfires Israeli police have arrested 12 people on suspicion of arson over a series of wildfires that have burned around the country for four days. Firefighters have brought a blaze under control around the northern city of Haifa, where about 80,000 people were […]

Israel fires: Tens of thousands flee as fires hit Haifa

Media captionRoads and schools closed as firefighters tackle blazes in Haifa, Neve Shalom and elsewhere Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated as wildfires rage through parts of Israel’s third largest city of Haifa. The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city. Wildfires […]

Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq

Media captionMobile phone footage shows the aftermath of the attack, near the village of Shomali Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 km (60 miles) […]

IS conflict: Turkish soldiers killed in Syria attack

IS conflict: Turkish soldiers killed in Syria attack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops, tanks and artillery are backing a three-month-old rebel offensive against IS Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in an attack in northern Syria, but there are conflicting reports about what may have happened. Turkey’s military said the soldiers had been targeted in a Syrian government […]

Iraq suicide bomb: Blast kills 70 Shia pilgrims

Iraq suicide bomb: Blast kills 70 Shia pilgrims

At least 70 Shia pilgrims have been killed in a truck bomb attack at a road stop in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near al-Hilla, some 100km (60 miles) south of Baghdad. The road stop was full of people returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the city of […]

Mosul battle: Iraq militias ‘cut off IS access to city’

Mosul battle: Iraq militias ‘cut off IS access to city’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation force is making gains to the west of Mosul An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has seized a key road west of Mosul, effectively encircling the city controlled by so-called Islamic State. The Popular Mobilisation (Hashd al-Shaabi) declared it had taken control of the road between […]

Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine

Israel unveils Bronze Age ‘Thinker’ figurine

Image copyright AFP Image caption The intriguing Bronze Age figure was found by archaeologists in Israel A small figurine, almost 4,000 years old and sitting in a pensive pose, has been unveiled in Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said that the thoughtful, hat-wearing figure was discovered in recent excavations in Yehud, east of Tel […]

Egypt ancient city unearthed by archaeologists

Egypt ancient city unearthed by archaeologists

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed what they describe as a city that dates back more than 5,000 years, containing houses, tools, pottery and huge graves. It lies by the river Nile, close to the Temple of Seti the First in Abydos. Experts say the size of the 15 newly discovered graves indicates the high social […]