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Syria took US chemical attack warning seriously – Mattis

Syria took US chemical attack warning seriously – Mattis

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun Syria’s government appears to have taken a US warning not to launch a chemical weapons attack seriously, Defence Secretary James Mattis says. The White House said similar activities had been seen at an airbase before the nerve agent […]

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

At least 15 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in an air strike on a village in eastern Syria held by so-called Islamic State, activists say. The DeirEzzor24 website reported that an unidentified jet had dropped cluster bombs on Dablan, about 20km (13 miles) south-east of the town of Mayadin. The UK-based Syrian Observatory […]

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

Syria war: ‘Cluster bombs’ dropped on IS-held village

At least 15 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in an air strike on a village in eastern Syria held by so-called Islamic State, activists say. The DeirEzzor24 website reported that an unidentified jet had dropped cluster bombs on Dablan, about 20km (13 miles) south-east of the town of Mayadin. The UK-based Syrian Observatory […]

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Qatar condemns Saudi refusal to negotiate over demands

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Qatar’s foreign minister held talks with the US secretary of state in Washington on Tuesday Qatar’s foreign minister has condemned its Gulf neighbours for refusing to negotiate over their demands for restoring air, sea and land links. Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani said the stance was “contrary to the principles” […]

Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warns

Media captionAbo Rabeea says he is still suffering from the suspected chemical weapons strike in Khan Sheikhoun The US says Syria’s government appears to be preparing for a chemical weapons attack and has warned that it will “pay a very heavy price” if one takes place. The White House said similar activities had been seen […]

Qatar facing indefinite isolation, UAE says

Qatar facing indefinite isolation, UAE says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crisis shows no sign of being resolved With less than a week remaining for Qatar to comply with a tough set of 13 demands from its Gulf Arab neighbours, it is looking increasingly likely that this month’s economic and political sanctions imposed on Qatar will become permanent. Saudi Arabia, […]

US deportations of Iraqis halted by Michigan judge

US deportations of Iraqis halted by Michigan judge

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters rally outside a federal court hearing in Michigan over the removal of some Iraqi nationals A federal court in Michigan has blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis living in the US who have been targeted in recent immigration raids. US District Judge Mark Goldsmith expanded an order […]

Fifa releases Qatar World Cup bid probe report

Fifa releases Qatar World Cup bid probe report

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup in 2010, with Russia given the 2018 tournament Football’s world governing body Fifa has released its full report into alleged corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It comes after German newspaper Bild published extracts of a leaked copy of the report on Tuesday. The […]

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Syria war: Air strike on IS prison in Mayadin ‘kills dozens’

Image copyright US Air Force/SrA Jordan Castelan Image caption The US-led coalition against IS has conducted more than 21,000 air strikes in Syria and Iraq Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for […]

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces repel IS counter-attack

Media captionOrla Guerin on the front line in Mosul Iraqi forces have repelled counter-attacks by so-called Islamic State (IS) as they push the group into a corner of Mosul’s Old City. IS deployed suicide bombers in different parts of the northern city but the affected areas were brought under control, Iraqi officials say. The Iraqi […]

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