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Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire

Media captionRawaa has been living in a basement with around 75 others for months The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations. However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions […]

Syria war: Air strikes in Eastern Ghouta ‘kill 500’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Eastern Ghouta has seen one of fiercest assaults of the Syrian war over the past week Syrian government forces have killed more than 500 civilians during a week of intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Damascus, activists say. The victims in the Eastern Ghouta include 121 children, says […]

Joanna Demafelis: Employers of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Demafelis’s sister cried over her casket upon its arrival in Manila last week The employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer in Kuwait have been arrested in the Syrian capital Damascus after a manhunt lasting several weeks. Joanna Demafelis, 29, was found frozen in her employers’ […]

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air strikes The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day. Russia wants changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to […]

Syria war: New deadly raids rock rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rescue workers said the town of Douma came under sustained attack on Thursday Syrian government forces are reported to have carried out a wave of air and artillery strikes on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region for a fifth day running. Forty-six more people died, bringing the number killed since […]

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “I believe Eastern Ghouta cannot wait,” Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The council is being […]

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “I believe Eastern Ghouta cannot wait,” Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The council is being […]

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Media captionMr Araghchi said Iran was working to reduce tension in the Syrian rebel-held area of the Eastern Ghouta Iran’s deputy foreign minister says the situation with its ally Syria is “very complicated” amid growing concern a wider regional war could erupt. “Fear of war is everywhere in our region,” Abbas Araghchi told the BBC. […]

Israel foiled ‘plane terror plot’ in Australia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country helped stop “an unimaginable slaughter” Israel helped avert an alleged terror plot in Australia to bring down a plane last year, both nations have confirmed. Last July, Australian police charged two brothers over an alleged plan to blow up an Etihad Airways flight […]

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Schlomo Filber (L) reportedly alleges the PM pressed him to help the Bezeq telecoms giant A close aide to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in one of several corruption cases, Israeli media report. Schlomo Filber is said to have turned state’s witness in what […]

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