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U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

U.S. military advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces near the front lines against Islamic State, a sign of President Trump's willingness to grant more latitude to American commanders than they've had since Iraq’s ground war against the militants was launched more than two years ago. The...

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards

A court has rejected charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Courts (IRGC) against Onsieh Daemi and Hanieh Daemi, the sisters of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, who had initially filed a complaint against the IRGC. The sisters had been accused of “insulting the supreme leader” and “deliberate assault” against IRGC agents, but a […]

Tehran Criminal Court Sentences Three Alleged Thieves to Hand Amputations

A criminal court in Tehran has sentenced three alleged thieves to hand amputations and other punishments for committing robbery, according to a local newspaper. Farhikhtegan newspaper reported on February 13, 2017 that the sentences also include three years of imprisonment for each of the unnamed defendants and that they must return the property they have been […]

Rockets fired into southern Israel from Egypt's Sinai

No casualties as two handmade rockets land in Eshkol region day after Isis claims four members were killed by Israeli drone Two rockets, apparently fired by Islamic militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai, have landed in southern Israel....Show More Summary

Eyewitness: the Mediterranean

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There are reasons to be cheerful... LGBTI rights gains in unlikely countries

Iraq, Tunisia and Lebanon are three countries that have made progressive steps forward in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights this year In the last 12 months, Martin Luther King’s “arc of the moral universe” has bent towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights. Show More Summary

The migrant slave trade is booming in Libya. Why is the world ignoring it? | Ross Kemp

I’ve seen the dangerous route to Europe through Libya, with thousands of people at the mercy of cruelty for profit. But our leaders prefer to keep them there It’s a mass grave that we don’t need the United Nations to verify. Every day an average of 14 migrants, the vast majority from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, die crossing the Mediterranean. Show More Summary

Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era

Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exporters The global transfer of major weapons systems rose over the past five years to the highest volume since the endShow More Summary

Suicide bomber kills dozens at market in Somalia

Blast in Mogadishu comes less than a fortnight after election of new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least 39 people and injuring about 50. The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district, where the bombing happened. Continue reading...

UN says civilians at extreme risk as west Mosul offensive begins

Early advances by Iraqi forces meet limited resistance but Isis thought to have prepared ambush points in urban centre Iraqi forces have launched a long-awaited offensive to retake west Mosul, making cautious advances towards the city’s...Show More Summary

Gritty clashes mark what Iraq hopes will be 'the dawn of a great victory' in Mosul

The sniper’s bullet hissed like a sharp exhalation of breath, scattering the clump of soldiers observing the battle unfolding down the hill. They ran, stumbling over stones as they raced for a row of vehicles behind them. Another hiss came. They ran faster. “The sister of a whore, he’s too far....

Search and rescue in the Mediterranean – in pictures

Photographer David Ramos was onboard the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro, operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms which provides assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea Continue reading...

Body of Briton who died while fighting Isis in Syria arrives in UK

Hero’s welcome at Heathrow for body of Ryan Lock who died after travelling travelled to Syria to fight with Kurdish forces The body of a British man who died after travelling to Syria to join Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State has arrived back at Heathrow airport to a hero’s welcome. Show More Summary

Torture videos cast shadow over Iraqi forces' west Mosul offensive

Images emerge of men in Iraqi forces uniforms carrying out executions as army general reports strong start to campaign Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive to capture the western part of the city of Mosul from Islamic State. Hundreds...Show More Summary

MI6 chief’s role in abduction of Gaddafi foe Belhaj set to be revealed

High court to consider review of decision not to prosecute former MI6 director over Abdel Hakim Belhaj case Britain’s role in the seizure and alleged torture of a Libyan opponent of the former dictator Muammar Gaddafi looks set to be exposed after a court decision that will set alarm bells ringing in the intelligence services. Show More Summary

Benjamin Netanyahu expected to face protests in Australia

Israeli PM will be his country’s first serving prime minister to visit, but his visit has already been criticised by prominent Australians The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is expected to be greeted with protests during his historic visit to Australia this week. Show More Summary

Shocking images of brutality threaten to undermine the Iraqi fight for Mosul

Video evidence of executions and torture sparks renewed Sunni-Shia tension as troops prepare final push to retake city from Isis Graphic videos of men in Iraqi security force uniforms carrying out beatings, attacks and summary executions...Show More Summary

12 fun things to do in Dubai late at Night!

Dubai Events and Nightlife Blog | ClockOff Dubai Events and Nightlife Blog | ClockOff - Music & Entertainment, Dubai Nightlife and Events There are two types of people, one who likes to sleep at night and the other who likes to explore the Nightlife of the city. Show More Summary

Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted in 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies at 78

Extremist Muslim cleric known as ‘blind sheikh’ became notorious figure to US authorities and was for decades the face of radical Islam before 9/11 attacks Omar Abdel-Rahman, the extremist Muslim cleric known as “the blind sheikh” who...Show More Summary

Violent assault on Islamic State entrenchments in west Mosul set to begin

Col. Refaq Abdul Baqi paused for an instant at a cinder-block wall before darting across the alleyway. Safely through, he crouched low as he climbed the stairs to the roof of a dilapidated house on the edge of this city's Qubbah district. “This is the right bank of Mosul,” said Baqi, gesturing...

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