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Dozens of Yazidis enslaved by IS in Iraq now free

Dozens of Yazidis enslaved by IS in Iraq now free

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 36 liberated Yazidis were taken to Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq Thirty-six members of the Yazidi religious minority are free after nearly three years in the hands of so-called Islamic State (IS), the UN says. They have been taken to UN centres in Dohuk in Kurdish northern Iraq. […]

Pope Francis visits bombed Coptic church during Egypt visit

Pope Francis visits bombed Coptic church during Egypt visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Francis said religious leaders were “duty-bound” to prevent violence carried out “in the name of the sacred” Pope Francis, on a trip to Egypt, has visited a church where 29 people died in a suicide bombing in December. He attended a service at St Peter and St Paul church in […]

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption A photo taken from a rebel-held town showed what appeared to be a blaze at Damascus airport An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport, Syrian state media report. A fuel tank and warehouses were damaged, the Sana news […]

Palestinian Authority ‘stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity’

Palestinian Authority ‘stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity’

Image copyright EPA Image caption There is already no electricity in the Gaza Strip for up to 20 hours per day The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it will stop paying for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials say. There was no confirmation from the PA. But President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Obese woman to move to UAE after ‘losing 250kg’ in India

Obese woman to move to UAE after ‘losing 250kg’ in India

Image copyright Saifee hospital An Egyptian woman believed to have been the world’s heaviest is to be moved to the UAE after a row over her weight loss at the Indian hospital where she was being treated. Mumbai’s Saifee hospital said Eman Abd El Aty had weight loss surgery and was free to go as […]

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

IS conflict: Iraqi force ‘retakes ancient city of Hatra’

Image copyright @teamsmediawar Image caption The Popular Mobilisation said this photograph showed the devastation at Hatra An Iraqi paramilitary force says it has recaptured the ancient city of Hatra, which is believed to have been destroyed by Islamic State militants. The Popular Mobilisation announced that its fighters had “liberated” the Unesco World Heritage-listed site “after […]

Pope Francis visits Egypt as ‘messenger of peace’

Pope Francis visits Egypt as ‘messenger of peace’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis described his visit as a ‘journey of unity and fraternity’ Pope Francis is in Egypt on a visit aimed at improving Christian-Muslim dialogue, three weeks after bombings at two Coptic churches killed 45 people. As he arrived in Cairo he said his trip would be a “journey of […]

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Syria war: ‘Israeli strike’ hits military site near Damascus airport

Image copyright AFP Image caption A photo taken from a rebel-held town showed what appeared to be a blaze at Damascus airport An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport, Syrian state media report. A fuel tank and warehouses were damaged, the Sana news […]

Palestinian Authority ‘stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity’

Palestinian Authority ‘stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity’

Image copyright EPA Image caption There is already no electricity in the Gaza Strip for up to 20 hours per day The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it will stop paying for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials say. There was no confirmation from the PA. But President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Obese woman to move to UAE after ‘losing 250kg’ in India

Obese woman to move to UAE after ‘losing 250kg’ in India

Image copyright Saifee hospital An Egyptian woman believed to have been the world’s heaviest is to be moved to the UAE after a row over her weight loss at the Indian hospital where she was being treated. Mumbai’s Saifee hospital said Eman Abd El Aty had weight loss surgery and was free to go as […]

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