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Turkey bombs Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria

Turkey has promised to clear the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, from Afrin Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as Turkey promised to expand military operations against a Kurdish group that has been a key ally to the US in its fight against Islamic State in Syria. Show More Summary

Mike Pence visits Middle East but US role as peace broker may be over

Under Trump, relations between the Palestinian leadership and Washington have soured – and Pence’s trip is expected to confirm the enmity It’s not the trip to the Holy Land that Mike Pence might have imagined. For a start, the US vice-president – an evangelical Christian – is no longer welcome in Jesus’s birthplace of Bethlehem. Show More Summary

Trapped in Yemen: Dave Eggers on one man’s astonishing fight to get home to America

On a business trip to Yemen in 2015, Californian Mokhtar Alkhanshali was trapped when civil war broke out. Abandoned by his government and the airport bombed, he was forced to find his own way home … In the spring of 2015, I met Mokhtar Alkhanshali outside the Blue Bottle Coffee headquarters in Oakland, California. Show More Summary

Gaza family kills member who acted as Israeli informant

Ahmad Said Barhoum accused of supplying information that led to deaths of three Hamas militants A family in Gaza has killed one of its own members for allegedly passing on information to Israel that led to the deaths of three Hamas militants, Palestinian sources said. Show More Summary

How do we thwart the latest terrorist threat: swarms of weaponised drones? | Alyssa Sims

Countering a multi-drone strike, like that seen recently in Syria, should be prioritised in protecting civilian and military air space Russia responded on 5 January to an attack by a swarm of drones targeting a Russian airbase in north-western Syria and a naval station on the Mediterranean Sea. Show More Summary

'Gangsta jihadi' Denis Cuspert killed fighting in Syria

News site posts pictures of dead body said to be that of German rapper known as ‘Deso Dogg’ A German rapper turned Islamic State fighter notorious for holding a human head on camera has been killed fighting in Syria. Denis Cuspert –Show More Summary

Turkey begins assault on Kurdish-held enclave in Syria

Bombardment risks inflaming relations with US, which has allied with Kurds against Isis The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia has said Turkish forces have fired about 70 shells at Kurdish villages in the Afrin region of north-western Syria, as Ankara said its threatened military assault was “de facto” under way. Show More Summary

Al-Qaida moves in to recruit from Islamic State and its affiliates

Switch of loyalties seen as a key indicator of resilience of Isis as it evolves after territorial collapse Al-Qaida has been trying to win over extremists from Islamic State, while the Isis “caliphate” collapses amid heavy losses of men, material, territory and prestige. Show More Summary

Iranian protester who died in custody 'was forced to take pills'

Outspoken MP says unnamed protester told relatives before he died that the pills made him sick An Iranian protester who died in custody was forced to take pills that made him sick, his family have claimed, as secrecy shrouds the similar...Show More Summary

Tillerson: US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria – video

The US signalled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy to prevent Islamic State's resurgence, pave the way for the eventual departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and curtail Iran's influence. Continue reading...

US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says

US secretary of state says forces will remain in country in push against Isis, Bashar al-Assad and Iranian influence The US intends to maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria, not only to fight Isis and al-Qaida but also to...Show More Summary

A long simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds. But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian...

Israeli judge orders Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi to be held in custody

Human rights groups criticise detention of minor arrested after viral video showed her hitting Israeli soldiers An Israeli military judge has ordered the Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi to be held in custody during her trial, possibly for months, despite calls from rights groups for her release. Show More Summary

The IMF has choked Tunisia. No wonder the people are rioting | Jihen Chandoul

Since the 2011 uprising, the IMF – backed by the G8 – has imposed economic reforms on Tunisia, at a cost to ordinary people Tunisia has been facing protests across the country at price and tax rises since 3 January – the anniversary of the “bread riots” which occurred in 1984 under the Habib Bourguiba regime. Show More Summary

David Miliband: UN security council 'out of the picture' on Syria

Former foreign secretary says civilians are being ‘bombed to hell’ and UK must pay attention David Miliband, the former foreign secretary, has urged Theresa May and other world leaders not to forget about civilians being bombed in Syria at a time when the UN security council has been “driven out of the picture”. Show More Summary

The deadly African gold rush fuelled by people smugglers' promises

Sudanese refugees in northern Chad are risking their lives to mine the precious ore in a desperate bid to secure a new life in Europe Refugees from the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, who are living in camps in neighbouring Chad, are being drawn into an African gold rush in a desperate effort to pay smugglers to get them to Europe. Show More Summary

US to withhold $65m in aid for Palestinian refugees

Trump administration is reportedly conditioning the release of additional funds on whether the UN makes unspecified reforms The United States will give a UN agency $60m in aid for Palestinian refugees but withhold a further $65m forShow More Summary

Turkey says U.S. 'stabbed us in the back' by aligning with Kurds on Syrian border

In the ever-shifting landscape of the Syrian civil war, the line between allies and enemies is rarely clear. It was further muddied this week when the U.S.-led coalition revealed plans for a 30,000-strong security force to police Syria’s northeast borders with Turkey and Iran. The plan instantly...

Yemen war: 5,000 children dead or hurt and 400,000 malnourished, UN says

Unicef says five children a day have been killed or injured since March 2015, with ‘nearly every child in Yemen’ in need of humanitarian aid The war in Yemen has killed or injured more than 5,000 children and left another 400,000 severely malnourished and fighting for their lives, according to the UN children’s agency. Show More Summary

Attack by Turkish forces on US-backed Kurds in Syria thought imminent

Operation targeting ‘terror nests’ would risk inflaming tensions between Trump administration and Ankara Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels. Show More Summary

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