Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Image copyright AFP Image caption Recapturing Mosul was the bloodiest conflict – for both combatants and civilians Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained […]

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Trump’s Jerusalem move: Palestinian protests rage for third day

Media caption‘I didn’t fall, they shot me’ Palestinians have taken to the streets of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for a third day angry at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hundreds protested, but numbers were down compared to Friday. Earlier, Israel carried out strikes on Gaza in response […]

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

Image copyright EPA Image caption The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from the New Kingdom Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor. The mummy is believed to be that of a senior official from […]

Jerusalem: Trump’s envoy Haley berates ‘outrageous UN hostility’

Jerusalem: Trump’s envoy Haley berates ‘outrageous UN hostility’

Media captionBBC reporters in Jordan, Turkey, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan convey the public mood The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has accused the UN of damaging the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The organisation “has outrageously been one of the world’s foremost centres of hostility towards Israel”, she said. […]

Argentina ends missing sub ‘rescue mission’

Argentina ends missing sub ‘rescue mission’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hope of finding the ARA San Juan with surviving crew members has faded The Argentine navy has said it has abandoned attempts to rescue 44 crew members on board a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago. “Despite the magnitude of the efforts made, it has not been possible to locate […]

Kim Jong-nam killing: Regime critic carried ‘antidote’

Kim Jong-nam killing: Regime critic carried ‘antidote’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-nam (pictured in 2001) was former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s oldest son The half-brother of North Korea’s leader was carrying bottles of the antidote to the toxin used when he was killed earlier this year, reports say. Kim Jong-nam died in February at Kuala Lumpur airport after highly […]

Ikea in Italy row over sacked Milan single mum

Ikea in Italy row over sacked Milan single mum

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ikea has been in Italy for 29 years Italian unions are in dispute with Swedish retail giant Ikea over a single mother sacked because she struggled with early morning shifts. Marica Ricutti said she could not start work at 7am because she had to take her two young children – […]

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

North Korea latest missile launch a global threat – US

Media captionNorth Korea missile ‘higher’ than previous tests, says US Defence Secretary Mattis North Korea has fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and poses a worldwide threat, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has said. Earlier the Pentagon said the missile had flown for about 1,000km (620 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan. […]

Pakistan army called on to stop ‘blasphemy’ clashes in Islamabad

Pakistan army called on to stop ‘blasphemy’ clashes in Islamabad

Media captionPolice fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters Pakistan’s government has called for troops to be deployed in the capital, Islamabad, after violence broke out during protests by Islamists. About 200 people were injured when security forces tried to disperse an Islamist sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange – a key highway. Several […]

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