Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Syria conflict: Rebels begin evacuating Homs enclave of al-Wair

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Syrian Arab Red Crescent is helping to evacuate people from al-Wair, the last rebel-held district of Homs Syrian rebels and their families are leaving their last remaining enclave in Homs, a city once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”. Buses have begun transporting people out of al-Wair district, under […]

Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 42

Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 42

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The bodies were brought ashore after the incident Forty-two people have been killed when a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen was fired at from a helicopter, the International Organisation for Migration says. Women and children were among those killed when the vessel was hit near the […]

UN’s Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid

UN’s Rima Khalaf quits over report accusing Israel of apartheid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Khalaf heads an agency promoting development in Arab countries A UN official has resigned after saying the UN had pressured her to withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid over its treatment of Palestinians. The report was published by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), led […]

Syria air strike: Mosque was not bombed, insists US

Media captionPiles of rubble were left in the aftermath of the strike in al-Jineh The US military has denied reports that it bombed a mosque in north-western Syria during evening prayers. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said 46 people, mostly civilians, died in an air strike on what it said was […]

Iranian pilgrims ‘to attend Hajj again’ after Saudi rift

Iranian pilgrims ‘to attend Hajj again’ after Saudi rift

Image copyright EPA Image caption Over two million Muslims are expected to travel to Mecca for the Islamic pilgrimage Saudi Arabia says Iranian citizens will attend this year’s annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, after missing last year’s event following a bitter rift between Riyadh and Tehran. Relations worsened between the two regional powers after hundreds […]

Israel’s Arrow anti-missile system ‘in first hit’

Israel’s Arrow anti-missile system ‘in first hit’

Image copyright AP Image caption Israel’s anti-missile system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world Israel has shot down a Syrian missile using its most advanced anti-missile system for the first time, Israeli media say. A surface-to-air missile (SAM) was intercepted using the Arrow system, designed to stop long-range ballistic […]

Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 31

Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 31

At least 31 people have been killed after a boat carrying Somali refugees was targeted in a helicopter attack off the coast of Yemen, the International Organisation for Migration says. Women and children were among those killed when the vessel was hit near the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the IOM said. Images from the scene showed […]

Syria ‘air raid on mosque kills 42’ in Aleppo province

Syria ‘air raid on mosque kills 42’ in Aleppo province

Forty-two people have been killed and many more injured in an air attack on a mosque in a rebel-held village in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. The raid is said to have taken place in al-Jineh, in Aleppo province. The UK-based observatory, which relays information from sources on the ground in […]

Egypt Pharaoh statue ‘not Ramses II but different ruler’

Egypt Pharaoh statue ‘not Ramses II but different ruler’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive statue – pictured with Denmark’s Prince Henrik, left – was at first thought to be Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great An ancient statue which was pulled from the mud in Cairo is not the Pharaoh Ramses II, but could be another king, Egypt’s antiquities minister […]

Syria conflict: Deadly attack on Damascus court complex

Syria conflict: Deadly attack on Damascus court complex

Image copyright AFP Image caption The area around the Palace of Justice was locked down after the bombing At least 25 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at the main court complex in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, state media report. The bomber detonated an explosive vest after police tried […]

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