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Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Syria war: Rebels evacuated from Damascus stronghold

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebels and civilians displaced from Qaboun were transported to camps in Idlib province Buses have arrived in northern Syria carrying rebels and their families who were evacuated from a devastated north-eastern district of Damascus. Some 2,300 people left Qaboun on Sunday following two months of intense air strikes and artillery […]

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Yemen war: Emergency in Sanaa as cholera kills scores

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Children are especially vulnerable to the water-borne disease A state of emergency has been declared in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after an outbreak of cholera killed scores of people. Hospitals in the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, are crowded with cholera patients. The Red Cross says the number […]

‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’

Although women can’t run in the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran, they are active in local politics. We spoke to four women about their experiences. ‘I wanted to show what a woman can do’}

Iran election: Fierce exchanges in final TV debate

Iran election: Fierce exchanges in final TV debate

Image copyright EPA Image caption Flyers are handed out for candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran Angry exchanges have erupted during the final televised debate before Iran’s presidential election next week. President Hassan Rouhani accused one of his rivals of abusing religion to win power and another of wanting to beat up students. In return he […]

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Mosul battle will be finished within days – Iraqi army chief

Image copyright AFP Image caption Troops have faced fierce resistance from militants using suicide car bombs and snipers Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army’s chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would […]

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’

IS conflict: Syrian force ‘takes town of Tabqa and dam’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The battle for Tabqa has been raging for weeks An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km […]

IS conflict: Syrian opposition ‘take town of Tabqa and dam’

IS conflict: Syrian opposition ‘take town of Tabqa and dam’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The battle for Tabqa has been raging for weeks An alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has announced it has taken a strategically important town from so-called Islamic State (IS). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had “completely liberated” the town and its nearby dam, which are 40km […]

Iran coal mine explosion death toll rises to 42

Iran coal mine explosion death toll rises to 42

Image copyright AFP Image caption More than 70 miners were also injured in the incident at the Zemestan-Yurt mine At least 42 people are now known to have been killed by an explosion at a coal mine in north-eastern Iran last Wednesday, state media report. An official in the Golestan provincial government, Reza Morovati, said […]

Syria war: Rebels start leaving Damascus district of Barzeh

Syria war: Rebels start leaving Damascus district of Barzeh

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rebel fighters and their families left Barzeh on buses heading to northern Syria Rebel fighters and their families have begun leaving a besieged area of the Syrian capital Damascus, under a new evacuation deal with the government. Up to 1,500 people were expected to leave the Barzeh district in the […]

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders

Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders

Image copyright Reuters The Archbishop of Canterbury is to meet Palestinian and Israeli political leaders as part of a 12-day tour of the Holy Land. His visit comes two weeks before US President Donald Trump is due to arrive in Jerusalem to try to revive the moribund peace process. However, the Most Reverend Justin Welby […]