Syria war: Displaced babies die due to freezing weather

Image copyright AFP Image caption Many of the civilians who have fled the fighting in Hajin are living at the al-Hol camp Fifteen displaced Syrian children – 13 of them aged under one – have died in recent weeks due to cold weather and inadequate medical care, the UN says. Eight deaths have been reported […]

Syria war: Turkey ready to create ‘safe zone’ for Kurds – Erdogan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Residents of Kurdish-held towns like Manbij fear they will be attacked when US troops leave Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he responded positively to Donald Trump’s call for a “safe zone” along its border with Kurdish-held Syria. The leaders spoke by telephone after Mr Trump threatened to “devastate Turkey […]

Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen says women ‘treated like slaves’

Media captionThe moment Saudi teen refugee Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Canada A Saudi teenager given asylum in Canada after fleeing her family has said the journey was “worth the risk” so she could live a more independent life. Rahaf Mohammed, 18, made headlines when she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel […]

Turkey dismisses Trump threat to economy over Syrian Kurds

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian Kurds have been protesting against Turkish threats to carry out a new offensive Turkey has dismissed President Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” its economy if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops. “You cannot get anywhere by threatening Turkey economically,” Foreign Minister Nevlut […]

Iran cargo plane crash ‘leaves 15 dead’

Image copyright EPA Image caption The plane crashed into a wall separating the airport from a residential area and then hit a house A cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, has killed 15 people. The Boeing 707 came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to land at Fath airport in […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton starts hunger strike

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella during a temporary release from prison A British-Iranian mother detained in Tehran has begun a three-day hunger strike in protest against being denied specialist medical care. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies. […]

Iran plane crash: ‘At least seven dead’ near Tehran

Image copyright AFP Image caption The aircraft was transporting meat from Kyrgyzstan At least seven people have died in a cargo plane crash near the Iranian capital, Tehran, media have reported. The Boeing 707 reportedly hit a building while trying to land at Fath airport in Karaj, west of Tehran. The Fars news agency said […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to go on hunger strike

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella during a temporary release from prison A British-Iranian mother detained in Tehran is due to begin a three-day hunger strike in protest against being denied specialist medical care. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which […]

Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkish economy over Syrian Kurds

Image copyright EPA Image caption Turkish-backed forces are poised to launch an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria US President Donald Trump has threatened to “devastate Turkey economically” if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops. In two tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump said that he didn’t want […]

Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Trump announced the troop withdrawal last month A senior member of the Saudi royal family has warned against a US troop withdrawal from Syria. Prince Turki al-Faisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact, further entrenching Iran, Russia and the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. US […]

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