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    Gunmen kills 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

    Gunmen kills 14 bus passengers in Pakistan


    Gunmen in Pakistan have ambushed a bus and killed 14 passengers after forcing them off the vehicle in the country's south-west, an official...

    Gunmen in Pakistan have ambushed a bus and killed 14 passengers after forcing them off the vehicle in the country's south-west, an official said.
    Trailblazing female Iranian boxer cancels plans to return home after authorities issue arrest warrant

    Trailblazing female Iranian boxer cancels plans to return home after authorities issue arrest warrant


    Sadaf Khadem, who on Saturday became the first Iranian woman to contest an official boxing bout, has cancelled her return to Tehran after an arrest warrant was issued for her there, her representative said...

    Sadaf Khadem, who on Saturday became the first Iranian woman to contest an official boxing bout, has cancelled her return to Tehran after an arrest warrant was issued for her there, her representative said yesterday.

    Nurse kidnapped by Isil five years ago 'may still be alive'


    A New Zealand nurse kidnapped by Isil in Syria more than five years ago may still be alive, says her employer the Red Cross, breaking its silence in attempts to find...

    A New Zealand nurse kidnapped by Isil in Syria more than five years ago may still be alive, says her employer the Red Cross, breaking its silence in attempts to find her.

    Isil bride was in 'morality police'


    Shamima Begum, the east London schoolgirl who fled to Syria, served in the Islamic State's "morality police" and also tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group, well-placed sources have told...

    Shamima Begum, the east London schoolgirl who fled to Syria, served in the Islamic State's "morality police" and also tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group, well-placed sources have told reporters.

    Shamima Begum 'was member of feared Isis morality police' in Syria


    Shamima Begum was a member of the Isis morality police, a feared group which enforced the terror organisation’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, according to...

    Shamima Begum was a member of the Isis morality police, a feared group which enforced the terror organisation’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, according to reports.
    Health fears as Libyans flee from the fighting closing in on capital

    Health fears as Libyans flee from the fighting closing in on capital


    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it feared outbreaks of infectious diseases due to dirty water and people fleeing fighting nearing Tripoli, where it has about two weeks of emergency supplies for hospitals and health...

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it feared outbreaks of infectious diseases due to dirty water and people fleeing fighting nearing Tripoli, where it has about two weeks of emergency supplies for hospitals and health facilities.
    First privately funded mission to moon ends in failure after crash

    First privately funded mission to moon ends in failure after crash


    An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late yesterday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar...

    An Israeli spacecraft lost contact with Earth and crashed just moments before it was to land on the moon late yesterday, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history as the first privately funded lunar mission.
    Amy Teibel: 'Nationalism and security policies do the trick for 'magician' Bibi'

    Amy Teibel: 'Nationalism and security policies do the trick for 'magician' Bibi'


    People don't call Benjamin Netanyahu "the magician" for nothing. The attorney general had already served notice that he plans to indict the Israeli prime minister on multiple counts of bribery and fraud. A popular former military chief with a reputation...

    People don't call Benjamin Netanyahu "the magician" for nothing. The attorney general had already served notice that he plans to indict the Israeli prime minister on multiple counts of bribery and fraud. A popular former military chief with a reputation for integrity had convinced many in Israel their leader had to go. But the scandals weren't enough to sink Netanyahu's bid to become Israel's longest-serving prime minister. His nationalist base rallied to his aid, cushioning him against likely charges.
    Thousands flee homes as fighting rocks Tripoli

    Thousands flee homes as fighting rocks Tripoli


    EASTERN forces and troops loyal to the Tripoli government fought on the outskirts of Libya's capital yesterday as thousands of residents fled from the...

    EASTERN forces and troops loyal to the Tripoli government fought on the outskirts of Libya's capital yesterday as thousands of residents fled from the battle.
    Turkey warns it will turn to Russia if the US refuses to supply jets and air defence systems

    Turkey warns it will turn to Russia if the US refuses to supply jets and air defence systems


    Turkey has warned it could buy jets and additional air defence systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defence ties between Moscow and a Nato...

    Turkey has warned it could buy jets and additional air defence systems from Russia if it cannot get Patriot missile shields and F-35 jets from Washington, raising the prospect of ever deeper defence ties between Moscow and a Nato member.
    Netanyahu claims 'colossal' victory for right-wing alliance

    Netanyahu claims 'colossal' victory for right-wing alliance


    ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a clear path to re-election, with religious right-wing parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority despite a close contest against his main centrist...

    ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured a clear path to re-election, with religious right-wing parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority despite a close contest against his main centrist challenger.

    Madonna ignores call to boycott Eurovision


    Madonna is set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel despite calls to boycott the...

    Madonna is set to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel despite calls to boycott the event.

    Stalemate as result of Israeli election just too close to call


    Israel's elections were too close to call last night as both Benjamin Netanyahu and the former general trying to unseat him claimed...

    Israel's elections were too close to call last night as both Benjamin Netanyahu and the former general trying to unseat him claimed victory.
    Israelis go to polls in referendum on Netanyahu's record reign

    Israelis go to polls in referendum on Netanyahu's record reign


    Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social...

    Israelis began voting in an election on Tuesday that could hand conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record fifth term or see him dethroned by an ex-general who has pledged clean government and social cohesion.
    Israeli prime minister pledges to annex settlements in West Bank if re-elected

    Israeli prime minister pledges to annex settlements in West Bank if re-elected


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, a last-minute pre-election promise likely to enrage Palestinians and the Arab...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins another term in office, a last-minute pre-election promise likely to enrage Palestinians and the Arab world.
    Peadar King: 'United in their grief, the Arabs and Jews who long for peace'

    Peadar King: 'United in their grief, the Arabs and Jews who long for peace'


    They could have been a couple in love. And perhaps they were. In their own way. Rami Elhahan and Bassam Aramin. Men in their fifties. All the tell-tell signs were there. The eyes. The eyes. The way they met. Their lightness and the gentleness of touches....

    They could have been a couple in love. And perhaps they were. In their own way. Rami Elhahan and Bassam Aramin. Men in their fifties. All the tell-tell signs were there. The eyes. The eyes. The way they met. Their lightness and the gentleness of touches. The slightest of smiles.
    Netanyahu trails in polls, but still likely to stay in power

    Netanyahu trails in polls, but still likely to stay in power


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen behind his main challenger in opinion polls ahead of next week's election but still has an easier path to form a government that would keep him in power for a record fifth...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fallen behind his main challenger in opinion polls ahead of next week's election but still has an easier path to form a government that would keep him in power for a record fifth term.

    Saudi royal family 'give murdered journalist's children $4m homes'


    The children of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing of their...

    The children of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing of their father.
    Erdogan to challenge Istanbul election results as defeat looms

    Erdogan to challenge Istanbul election results as defeat looms


    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party has decided to lodge objections to local election results in all 39 Istanbul districts, the 'Hurriyet' newspaper said yesterday, after results showed a narrow lead for the main opposition...

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party has decided to lodge objections to local election results in all 39 Istanbul districts, the 'Hurriyet' newspaper said yesterday, after results showed a narrow lead for the main opposition candidate.
    130,000 fake tweets help boost Netanyahu

    130,000 fake tweets help boost Netanyahu


    Two Israeli researchers said yesterday they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts that promoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked his political rivals, a week before the...

    Two Israeli researchers said yesterday they had discovered a network of hundreds of fake Twitter accounts that promoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attacked his political rivals, a week before the election.
    Netanyahu tries dirty tricks as rival leads in the polls

    Netanyahu tries dirty tricks as rival leads in the polls


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party is scrambling to regain lost ground in the polls by trying to paint his main rival as mentally...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party is scrambling to regain lost ground in the polls by trying to paint his main rival as mentally unstable.
    Three young Palestinians die as thousands join Gaza protest

    Three young Palestinians die as thousands join Gaza protest


    A third young Palestinian has died as tens of thousands of protesters gathered near the Israeli border to mark the first anniversary of weekly demos in the Gaza...

    A third young Palestinian has died as tens of thousands of protesters gathered near the Israeli border to mark the first anniversary of weekly demos in the Gaza Strip.
    Russian tycoon in divorce battle wins back his €388m yacht

    Russian tycoon in divorce battle wins back his €388m yacht


    A €388m superyacht belonging to a Russian billionaire in one of the world's costliest divorce battles has been released by a Dubai court after being impounded last...

    A €388m superyacht belonging to a Russian billionaire in one of the world's costliest divorce battles has been released by a Dubai court after being impounded last year.
    Four children among seven dead as airstrike hits rural hospital in Yemen

    Four children among seven dead as airstrike hits rural hospital in Yemen


    An airstrike, most likely by the Saudi-led coalition, struck near a rural hospital in northern Yemen, killing seven people including four children, according to the charity Save the Children, which supports the...

    An airstrike, most likely by the Saudi-led coalition, struck near a rural hospital in northern Yemen, killing seven people including four children, according to the charity Save the Children, which supports the facility.
    Netanyahu forced to juggle election with Gaza action

    Netanyahu forced to juggle election with Gaza action


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington yesterday, going straight into military consultations after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed Gaza targets and Palestinian militants fired rockets into...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned home from Washington yesterday, going straight into military consultations after a night of heavy fire as Israeli aircraft bombed Gaza targets and Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel.
    US air strike kills 10 displaced children: UN

    US air strike kills 10 displaced children: UN


    Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations has...

    Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations has said.

    Israel strikes back at Gaza after seven injured by rocket


    The Israeli military said it had begun carrying out strikes on Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday, hours after a rocket struck a house in...

    The Israeli military said it had begun carrying out strikes on Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip yesterday, hours after a rocket struck a house in Israel.
    Dubai's leaders reject gig claims by R Kelly

    Dubai's leaders reject gig claims by R Kelly


    Dubai's government has vigorously denied a claim by R&B singer R Kelly that he had planned concerts in the emirate after he had sought permission from a US judge to travel there despite facing sexual-abuse...

    Dubai's government has vigorously denied a claim by R&B singer R Kelly that he had planned concerts in the emirate after he had sought permission from a US judge to travel there despite facing sexual-abuse charges.
    US-backed troops detonate explosives left behind by Isil

    US-backed troops detonate explosives left behind by Isil


    US-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area taken from Isil and arrested several militants, a day after declaring the end of the extremists'...

    US-backed Syrian fighters cleared explosives in the last area taken from Isil and arrested several militants, a day after declaring the end of the extremists' caliphate.
    Islamic State defeated in final stronghold, US-backed Syrian forces announce

    Islamic State defeated in final stronghold, US-backed Syrian forces announce


    US-backed Syrian forces say they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared...

    US-backed Syrian forces say they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremists and the end of their self-declared caliphate.
    55 killed as ferry sinks during 'new year' party

    55 killed as ferry sinks during 'new year' party


    A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday, killing at least 55 people, mostly women and children, officials...

    A ferry overloaded with people celebrating the Kurdish new year sank in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul yesterday, killing at least 55 people, mostly women and children, officials said.

    Israeli forces kill Palestinian suspected of deadly attack in West Bank


    Israeli forces on Tuesday killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing and shooting attack in the occupied West Bank two days earlier, the Israeli Shin Bet security service...

    Israeli forces on Tuesday killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a deadly stabbing and shooting attack in the occupied West Bank two days earlier, the Israeli Shin Bet security service said.

    How the resilience of Syrian women and girls is inspiring a hard-fought battle for gender equality


    The war in Syria has entered its ninth year. What began as a response to peaceful protest in 2011, quickly erupted into a ferocious conflict that has led to the deaths of more than half a million people, driven an exodus of more than 6.5 million...

    The war in Syria has entered its ninth year. What began as a response to peaceful protest in 2011, quickly erupted into a ferocious conflict that has led to the deaths of more than half a million people, driven an exodus of more than 6.5 million refugees, almost half of whom are children, and displaced millions more. In 2018 alone, 1,106 children were killed in the fighting - the highest ever number of children killed in a single year since the start of the war.

    Fears for safety of prisoners slows final push to drive Isil from Syria stronghold


    The US-backed Syrian forces' push to defeat Isil in its last bastion in Syria has been slowed by the presence of civilians and scores of prisoners held by the extremists, officials...

    The US-backed Syrian forces' push to defeat Isil in its last bastion in Syria has been slowed by the presence of civilians and scores of prisoners held by the extremists, officials said.
    Israel airstrikes blast Gaza after rocket attacks target Tel Aviv

    Israel airstrikes blast Gaza after rocket attacks target Tel Aviv


    Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes hitting 100 locations after militants in the territory fired two rockets towards Tel Aviv, the first time the coastal city has been targeted since the war in...

    Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes hitting 100 locations after militants in the territory fired two rockets towards Tel Aviv, the first time the coastal city has been targeted since the war in 2014.

    Hundreds of Isil militia surrender as coalition claims 'battle over'


    Isil faced imminent defeat in its final enclave last night as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed the battle was as good as...

    Isil faced imminent defeat in its final enclave last night as hundreds of jihadist fighters and their families surrendered and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed the battle was as good as over.
    Israeli troops kill man 'armed with knife'

    Israeli troops kill man 'armed with knife'


    Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran at them with a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank yesterday, the military...

    Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran at them with a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank yesterday, the military said.

    Air strikes kill 22 civilians - including children - in Yemen


    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations...

    Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, in a village in northern Yemen, the United Nations said.
    Isil cornered but still unbowed in last stronghold

    Isil cornered but still unbowed in last stronghold


    In Baghuz, a single black flag fluttered yesterday in a light afternoon breeze above wrecked vehicles and improvised tents - the last Isil banner flying over the last of its territory east of the Euphrates. The final slice of the terror group's...

    In Baghuz, a single black flag fluttered yesterday in a light afternoon breeze above wrecked vehicles and improvised tents - the last Isil banner flying over the last of its territory east of the Euphrates. The final slice of the terror group's "caliphate" was braced for a fresh assault from Western-backed forces.

    Britain 'strips two more Isil brides of citizenship'


    Two more jihadi brides being held with their children in Syrian refugee camps have been stripped of their British citizenship, it has been...

    Two more jihadi brides being held with their children in Syrian refugee camps have been stripped of their British citizenship, it has been reported.
    Assault to resume on Islamic State's last Syria enclave 'if no more civilians exit by Saturday afternoon'

    Assault to resume on Islamic State's last Syria enclave 'if no more civilians exit by Saturday afternoon'


    U.S-backed fighters will resume their assault on Islamic State's last, small patch of ground in eastern Syria if no more civilians come out by Saturday afternoon, one of their spokesmen said on...

    U.S-backed fighters will resume their assault on Islamic State's last, small patch of ground in eastern Syria if no more civilians come out by Saturday afternoon, one of their spokesmen said on Friday.

    Turkey faces showdown with US over Russia missile deal


    Turkey is running out of time to avert a showdown with the United States over its plans to buy Russian air defences and spurn a counter-offer from its Nato partner, raising the chance of US sanctions against...

    Turkey is running out of time to avert a showdown with the United States over its plans to buy Russian air defences and spurn a counter-offer from its Nato partner, raising the chance of US sanctions against it.
    US and British bombs 'killed 200 in Yemen'

    US and British bombs 'killed 200 in Yemen'


    American and British-made bombs may have killed or injured nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen's four-year conflict, according to a report by human rights...

    American and British-made bombs may have killed or injured nearly 1,000 civilians, including women and children, in Yemen's four-year conflict, according to a report by human rights groups.
    Children 'tortured into making confessions of affiliation to Isil'

    Children 'tortured into making confessions of affiliation to Isil'


    Hundreds of children in Iraq have been charged with links to terrorism, many of them based on confessions obtained through torture, a human rights group has...

    Hundreds of children in Iraq have been charged with links to terrorism, many of them based on confessions obtained through torture, a human rights group has found.
    Children 'being tortured in Iraq' for confessions of Islamic State affiliation - report

    Children 'being tortured in Iraq' for confessions of Islamic State affiliation - report


    Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch...

    Iraq and the Kurdish regional government have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged affiliation with the Islamic State group, often using torture to coerce confessions, Human Rights Watch said.
    Syria offensive slows to allow civilians to flee

    Syria offensive slows to allow civilians to flee


    US-backed fighters have slowed an offensive to take Isil's last enclave in eastern Syria as a small number of civilians remain there, though fierce fighting...

    US-backed fighters have slowed an offensive to take Isil's last enclave in eastern Syria as a small number of civilians remain there, though fierce fighting continues.
    'I made a huge mistake,' says Isil fighter husband of UK teenage runaway

    'I made a huge mistake,' says Isil fighter husband of UK teenage runaway


    The Dutch man who married British teenager Shamima Begum after she ran away to join Isil now wants to return to the Netherlands with her and their newborn...

    The Dutch man who married British teenager Shamima Begum after she ran away to join Isil now wants to return to the Netherlands with her and their newborn son.

    Last pocket of Isil militants dig in as bombs rain down


    Columns of black smoke billowed from the last small piece of territory held by Isil militants yesterday as US-backed fighters pounded the area with artillery fire and...

    Columns of black smoke billowed from the last small piece of territory held by Isil militants yesterday as US-backed fighters pounded the area with artillery fire and airstrikes.
    Isil and al-Qaeda: How do the two Islamist militant groups differ?

    Isil and al-Qaeda: How do the two Islamist militant groups differ?


    Who leads al-Qaeda and Isil? Ayman al-Zawahiri has led al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains leader of Isil but is believed to have recently fended off a...

    Who leads al-Qaeda and Isil? Ayman al-Zawahiri has led al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains leader of Isil but is believed to have recently fended off a coup.
    Like father, like son: a new face of terror

    Like father, like son: a new face of terror


    We have a remarkably myopic view of terrorist organisations. If they are not on our news channels, the assumption is that they have gone away. Yet the reality is that they are locked into struggles that they see on millenarian timelines in advance of...

    We have a remarkably myopic view of terrorist organisations. If they are not on our news channels, the assumption is that they have gone away. Yet the reality is that they are locked into struggles that they see on millenarian timelines in advance of God's greater glory.

    Girl who joined ISIS moved from Syrian refugee camp amid 'safety concerns'


    Shamima Begum and her newborn baby are thought to have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after they were "threatened", her family's lawyer has...

    Shamima Begum and her newborn baby are thought to have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after they were "threatened", her family's lawyer has said.
    Israeli security forces may be guilty of war crimes over killings in Gaza - UN

    Israeli security forces may be guilty of war crimes over killings in Gaza - UN


    United Nations investigators said Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last...

    United Nations investigators said Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year.
    At least ten killed and more than 20 injured in fire at Cairo's main train station

    At least ten killed and more than 20 injured in fire at Cairo's main train station


    At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 injured when a fire broke out at the main train station in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, two medical sources...

    At least 10 people were killed and more than 20 injured when a fire broke out at the main train station in Egypt's capital on Wednesday, two medical sources said.
    Princess named first female Saudi ambassador

    Princess named first female Saudi ambassador


    A Saudi princess has been named as the country's first ever female ambassador and its next envoy to the United...

    A Saudi princess has been named as the country's first ever female ambassador and its next envoy to the United States.
    Huge fire in Bangladesh capital kills at least 70 people

    Huge fire in Bangladesh capital kills at least 70 people


    A devastating fire has raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 70 people, officials...

    A devastating fire has raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 70 people, officials said.
    Isil's last stronghold on brink of collapse

    Isil's last stronghold on brink of collapse


    Isil appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where US-backed forces estimate several hundred jihadists are still holed...

    Isil appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where US-backed forces estimate several hundred jihadists are still holed up.
    Civilians still trapped inside final Isil enclave

    Civilians still trapped inside final Isil enclave


    Around 200 families are trapped in a tiny pocket of land in Syria still controlled by Isil and are being bombed by US-led coalition forces, the UN has...

    Around 200 families are trapped in a tiny pocket of land in Syria still controlled by Isil and are being bombed by US-led coalition forces, the UN has said.
    Saudis will free 2,100 Pakistani prisoners

    Saudis will free 2,100 Pakistani prisoners


    Saudi Arabia has agreed to free more than 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as the kingdom's crown prince concluded a visit to its nuclear-armed...

    Saudi Arabia has agreed to free more than 2,100 Pakistani prisoners as the kingdom's crown prince concluded a visit to its nuclear-armed ally.
    EU states 'won't take back Syria militants'

    EU states 'won't take back Syria militants'


    European countries have pushed back on a US demand to repatriate citizens who went to Syria to join Islamic State (Isil), deepening a split between Washington and its allies on the...

    European countries have pushed back on a US demand to repatriate citizens who went to Syria to join Islamic State (Isil), deepening a split between Washington and its allies on the issue.
    Former peace broker leaves Israeli politics

    Former peace broker leaves Israeli politics


    One of Israel's most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, yesterday said she was leaving politics and warned "democracy is in...

    One of Israel's most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, yesterday said she was leaving politics and warned "democracy is in danger".

    Yazidi father tells of his agony over wife and three children kidnapped by Isil


    Khudida Haji has followed news of the battle for the caliphate's final stronghold more closely than most. For four and-a-half years, he has been hoping for information on family members captured by the jihadists. Out of the five that went missing the day...

    Khudida Haji has followed news of the battle for the caliphate's final stronghold more closely than most. For four and-a-half years, he has been hoping for information on family members captured by the jihadists. Out of the five that went missing the day Isil overran the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar, northern Iraq, in 2014, only one returned.

    Wedded to barbarity


    Widowed, homeless, having already lost two young children and utterly alone save for the unborn baby she is soon to give birth to in a Syrian detention camp. So one might expect to detect a note of contrition in the east London accent of teen jihadi...

    Widowed, homeless, having already lost two young children and utterly alone save for the unborn baby she is soon to give birth to in a Syrian detention camp. So one might expect to detect a note of contrition in the east London accent of teen jihadi bride Shamima Begum.

    'Why have an army we don't dare use?'


    A senior French officer involved in the fight against the co-called Islamic State terror group in Syria faces punishment - from his own side - after launching a scathing attack on the tactics used by the US-led coalition to defeat Isil in its remaining...

    A senior French officer involved in the fight against the co-called Islamic State terror group in Syria faces punishment - from his own side - after launching a scathing attack on the tactics used by the US-led coalition to defeat Isil in its remaining stronghold of Hajin, a French army spokesman said yesterday.

    Tehran is planning for a 'new Holocaust', says Pence


    Iran is planning a "new Holocaust" to destroy Israel, US Vice President Mike Pence claimed at a summit on Middle Eastern...

    Iran is planning a "new Holocaust" to destroy Israel, US Vice President Mike Pence claimed at a summit on Middle Eastern security.
    Saudis incinerated Khashoggi's body, say Turkish police

    Saudis incinerated Khashoggi's body, say Turkish police


    Turkish police believe the remains of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been burned, according to a police...

    Turkish police believe the remains of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been burned, according to a police report.
    Aged 12, she weighs 10kg: Yemen's living hell

    Aged 12, she weighs 10kg: Yemen's living hell


    Displaced by war, starving and living under a tree, 12-year old Fatima Qoba was just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition...

    Displaced by war, starving and living under a tree, 12-year old Fatima Qoba was just 10kg when she was carried into a Yemeni malnutrition clinic.
    'I want to come home,' pleads UK teen after four years as Isil bride

    'I want to come home,' pleads UK teen after four years as Isil bride


    When London teenager Shamima Begum fled Britain with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join Isil, it shocked a nation. Now, she wants to go...

    When London teenager Shamima Begum fled Britain with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join Isil, it shocked a nation. Now, she wants to go home.

    Conjoined twins die as evacuation appeals fail


    Conjoined twin boys born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died at the weekend after attempts to secure their evacuation for potentially life-saving treatment...

    Conjoined twin boys born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died at the weekend after attempts to secure their evacuation for potentially life-saving treatment failed.

    Jihadists are pinned down in battle for Isil's last square mile


    US-backed troops yesterday battled at Syria's eastern edge to oust Isil from the last square mile of the group's once-sprawling so-called caliphate...

    US-backed troops yesterday battled at Syria's eastern edge to oust Isil from the last square mile of the group's once-sprawling so-called caliphate territory.
    US-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Isis

    US-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Isis


    The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of...

    The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.
    Saudi Prince said Khashoggi would 'face a bullet' a year before murder

    Saudi Prince said Khashoggi would 'face a bullet' a year before murder


    Mohammed Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, reportedly told an aide that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi one year before the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in...

    Mohammed Bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, reportedly told an aide that he would use "a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi one year before the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
    Fear and frustration stalk desert as Isil fighters cling to last square mile

    Fear and frustration stalk desert as Isil fighters cling to last square mile


    The landscape of the eastern Syrian Desert is so flat that from a vantage point 300 yards away you can almost see the entirety of the minuscule last pocket of territory ruled over by the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

    The landscape of the eastern Syrian Desert is so flat that from a vantage point 300 yards away you can almost see the entirety of the minuscule last pocket of territory ruled over by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
    Saudis offer hope for conjoined twins facing death in Yemen

    Saudis offer hope for conjoined twins facing death in Yemen


    Conjoined twin boys born in the chaos of Yemen's war may be evacuated to Saudi Arabia for lifesaving treatment, Saudi authorities said...

    Conjoined twin boys born in the chaos of Yemen's war may be evacuated to Saudi Arabia for lifesaving treatment, Saudi authorities said yesterday.
    Saved: Girl (5) found in rubble 18 hours after building collapsed

    Saved: Girl (5) found in rubble 18 hours after building collapsed


    A five-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of an eight-storey apartment building in Istanbul yesterday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least 10 people have been found...

    A five-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of an eight-storey apartment building in Istanbul yesterday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least 10 people have been found dead.
    Afghan opposition accused of betrayal over Taliban talks

    Afghan opposition accused of betrayal over Taliban talks


    Afghan opposition leaders are set to meet Taliban envoys in a meeting decried by Afghanistan government officials as a betrayal that could let insurgents exploit political...

    Afghan opposition leaders are set to meet Taliban envoys in a meeting decried by Afghanistan government officials as a betrayal that could let insurgents exploit political divisions.
    Pope Francis to meet Muslim elders in Abu Dhabi show of tolerance

    Pope Francis to meet Muslim elders in Abu Dhabi show of tolerance


    Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting with the federation's leader and a group of Muslim elders before addressing faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on...

    Pope Francis is opening his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates by meeting with the federation's leader and a group of Muslim elders before addressing faith leaders in a show of religious tolerance in a Muslim region known for its restrictions on religious freedom.

    France to repatriate 130 Isil suspects as US troops quit Syria


    France is planning to repatriate more than 100 Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US troops withdraw from the war-torn...

    France is planning to repatriate more than 100 Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US troops withdraw from the war-torn country.
    UAE held a 'gender balance' awards... but all the winners are men

    UAE held a 'gender balance' awards... but all the winners are men


    The United Arab Emirates vice-president boasted of the country's "significant progress" on gender equality as he handed out awards for promoting equal opportunity. The only trouble was - all of them went to...

    The United Arab Emirates vice-president boasted of the country's "significant progress" on gender equality as he handed out awards for promoting equal opportunity. The only trouble was - all of them went to men.
    'Our goal is to bring peace' - US commits to troops leaving Afghanistan

    'Our goal is to bring peace' - US commits to troops leaving Afghanistan


    A senior US government official, speaking after six days of US peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, said that Washington was committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of...

    A senior US government official, speaking after six days of US peace talks with Afghan Taliban militants, said that Washington was committed to withdrawing foreign forces from Afghanistan to end more than 17 years of war.
    Shelling on displaced people camp kills eight in Yemen: UN

    Shelling on displaced people camp kills eight in Yemen: UN


    The United Nations said shelling of a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen killed eight civilians and wounded 30 others, as the UN envoy arrived yesterday in the capital Sanaa for ceasefire talks with Houthi...

    The United Nations said shelling of a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen killed eight civilians and wounded 30 others, as the UN envoy arrived yesterday in the capital Sanaa for ceasefire talks with Houthi rebels.
    US 'agrees Afghan deal with Taliban'

    US 'agrees Afghan deal with Taliban'


    Taliban officials said US negotiators yesterday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being...

    Taliban officials said US negotiators yesterday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed.
    More than 100 killed as Taliban rams into training base in explosive-laden Humvee

    More than 100 killed as Taliban rams into training base in explosive-laden Humvee


    A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan yesterday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in...

    A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan yesterday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months.
    Airstrikes in Syria ramp up tension between Iran and Israel

    Airstrikes in Syria ramp up tension between Iran and Israel


    Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed 11 Iranian and pro-Assad fighters early yesterday, in the most serious direct combat between Iranian and Israeli forces in the past six...

    Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed 11 Iranian and pro-Assad fighters early yesterday, in the most serious direct combat between Iranian and Israeli forces in the past six months.
    Four US victims killed in deadly Isil attack

    Four US victims killed in deadly Isil attack


    Four American servicemen were killed in an Isil suicide bombing in Syria yesterday, calling into question Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops before the Islamist group had been...

    Four American servicemen were killed in an Isil suicide bombing in Syria yesterday, calling into question Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops before the Islamist group had been defeated.

    15 children freeze to death in refugee camps


    Severe weather conditions in Syria have killed at least 15 displaced children seeking refuge, over half of whom were in a camp under US...

    Severe weather conditions in Syria have killed at least 15 displaced children seeking refuge, over half of whom were in a camp under US control.
    Yemen truce ends as rebels threaten more drone attacks

    Yemen truce ends as rebels threaten more drone attacks


    Hopes for a fresh truce in Yemen were dealt a blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-­government...

    Hopes for a fresh truce in Yemen were dealt a blow over the weekend as Houthi rebels boycotted UN-brokered peace talks and threatened further drone strikes against pro-­government forces.
    US 'will press' MBS over killing of Khashoggi

    US 'will press' MBS over killing of Khashoggi


    The US secretary of state insists he will press Saudi Arabia's crown prince to ensure that the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held...

    The US secretary of state insists he will press Saudi Arabia's crown prince to ensure that the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable.
    US troops start Syria pull-out

    US troops start Syria pull-out


    US troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America's Kurdish...

    US troops have begun withdrawing from Syria, compounding weeks of confusion over Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East and raising fears over the fate of America's Kurdish allies.
    Girl (8) drowns as storm hits refugees in Lebanon

    Girl (8) drowns as storm hits refugees in Lebanon


    An eight-year-old Syrian girl has died in Lebanon after she fell into a swollen river and drowned in the northern town of Minyeh, as refugee camps were battered by extreme winter...

    An eight-year-old Syrian girl has died in Lebanon after she fell into a swollen river and drowned in the northern town of Minyeh, as refugee camps were battered by extreme winter weather.
    Saudi teen who fled family has been granted asylum in Canada - Trudeau

    Saudi teen who fled family has been granted asylum in Canada - Trudeau


    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to...

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life has been granted asylum in Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, as Thai officials confirmed the teen was en route to Toronto.

    Saudi woman's flight rallies opposition to male guardianship


    An 18-year-old Saudi woman's flight from what she said was an abusive family has rallied opposition to the kingdom's male guardianship system, still a major constraint on women despite the conservative Muslim country's efforts to open...

    An 18-year-old Saudi woman's flight from what she said was an abusive family has rallied opposition to the kingdom's male guardianship system, still a major constraint on women despite the conservative Muslim country's efforts to open up.
    Iran ignores US warnings over plan to send satellites into space

    Iran ignores US warnings over plan to send satellites into space


    Iran will put two satellites into orbit in coming weeks using domestically made missiles, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, a week after Washington warned it not to pursue three planned space rocket...

    Iran will put two satellites into orbit in coming weeks using domestically made missiles, President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday, a week after Washington warned it not to pursue three planned space rocket launches.
    Exploding-drone attack kills six at army parade

    Exploding-drone attack kills six at army parade


    Houthi rebels used an explosive-packed drone to target Yemen's military leaders at an army parade yesterday, killing six soldiers and wounding several senior...

    Houthi rebels used an explosive-packed drone to target Yemen's military leaders at an army parade yesterday, killing six soldiers and wounding several senior officers.

    Saudi teenager seeking asylum cleared to stay temporarily in Thailand


    An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the UN refugee agency, immigration...

    An 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family over alleged abuse and barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room in a bid for asylum will be allowed to stay in Thailand while her case is evaluated by the UN refugee agency, immigration authorities said.