Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution

Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution

Image copyright AP Image caption Syrian government troops are continuing their large-scale offensive in Aleppo Russia and China have vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council that called for a seven-day ceasefire in Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo. Russia said the document infringed the council rule allowing countries 24 hours to consider the […]

Aleppo tweeting girl Bana Alabed ‘is safe’

Aleppo tweeting girl Bana Alabed ‘is safe’

Image copyright @alebedbana Image caption Bana Alabed’s tweets drew worldwide attention A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from a besieged Syrian city drew worldwide attention is safe, the BBC has learned. Bana Alabed disappeared from the social network on Sunday as a government offensive was launched on rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. However, a new tweet […]

Aleppo battle: Syrian troops push deeper into rebel-held east

Aleppo battle: Syrian troops push deeper into rebel-held east

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hundreds of people are reported to have died since the government assault was stepped up Syrian government forces are reported to have recaptured more parts of besieged, rebel-held eastern Aleppo, as they continue a large-scale offensive. A monitoring group said troops had seized control of Qadi Askar and Karm al-Qaterji, […]

Bana Alabed, seven-year-old tweeting from Aleppo, goes quiet

Bana Alabed, seven-year-old tweeting from Aleppo, goes quiet

Image copyright @alebedbana Image caption Bana Alabed’s tweets drew worldwide attention A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo drew worldwide attention has disappeared from the social network amid an army offensive. Tweeting in English with the help of her mother, a teacher, Bana Alabed painted a picture of life in the city. But […]

Iran fashion workers jailed for ‘spreading prostitution’

Iran fashion workers jailed for ‘spreading prostitution’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The covering of hair in public has been compulsory for women in Iran since 1979 Twelve people involved in the fashion industry in Iran are reported to have been jailed for “spreading prostitution” via images posted online. The eight women and four men were handed sentences of between five months […]

Aleppo siege: Syria rebels lose 50% of territory

Media captionThe children of eastern Aleppo have never known a life without war Syrian government troops control of 50% of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo, a military spokesman has told the BBC. Gen Samir Sulaiman said he hoped all of Aleppo would be in government hands within weeks. Gen Sulaiman was speaking a day after […]

Aleppo siege: Syria rebels lose 60% of territory

Media captionThe children of eastern Aleppo have never known a life without war Close to two-thirds of rebel-held areas of east Aleppo have now fallen to the Syrian government after another district was seized. A UK-based monitor said the Tariq al-Bab district fell on Friday, opening up a link between government-held areas and Aleppo’s airport. […]

IS conflict: 1,950 Iraq security forces killed in November

IS conflict: 1,950 Iraq security forces killed in November

Image copyright AFP Image caption Iraqi special forces and army units are facing stiff resistance as they push into eastern Mosul At least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in November, the UN says. It is almost three times the figure for October, when the government launched a major […]

Syria conflict: Russia proposes safe corridors for Aleppo

Syria conflict: Russia proposes safe corridors for Aleppo

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 27,000 people have fled the rebel-held east for government and Kurdish-controlled areas Russia has indicated it is ready to discuss opening four safe corridors to the besieged, rebel-held east of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said they might be used to […]

Qatar accused of blocking Doha News website

Qatar accused of blocking Doha News website

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Qatar has enjoyed a reputation as a centre for media freedom in the Gulf A popular English-language news outlet in Qatar says access to its website has been blocked in an apparent act of censorship by the government. Doha News said both of the Gulf state’s internet service providers had […]

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