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Yemen conflict: Twin suicide bombings hit Aden base

Yemen conflict: Twin suicide bombings hit Aden base

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pro-government forces have struggled to prevent attacks by jihadist militants in southern Yemen At least 10 Yemeni soldiers have been killed in a twin suicide car bomb attack on a security facility near Aden’s airport, security sources say. Gunmen also stormed the Central Security headquarters in Khormaksar district of the […]

Syria conflict: Army declares 72-hour nationwide truce

Syria conflict: Army declares 72-hour nationwide truce

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Syrian military said the “regime of calm” would be implemented across all Syrian territory The Syrian military has unilaterally declared a three-day truce covering the whole country, state media report. A statement by the general command said the “regime of calm” began at 01:00 on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on […]

Iraq sees worst bombing since invasion with 250 deaths

Media captionJeremy Bowen reports: “People are furious that jihadists seem to be able to bomb Baghdad at will” The death toll from Sunday’s suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to 250, the Iraqi government says, making it the deadliest such attack since the 2003 US-led invasion. A lorry packed with explosives was […]

US criticises Israel over plans for new settlement homes

US criticises Israel over plans for new settlement homes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The plans are said to include 560 new homes in Maale Adumim, just outside Jerusalem The US has criticised Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in existing settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. State department spokesman John Kirby called the plans the “latest step… in […]

EgyptAir crash: Recorder shows pilots ‘battled fire’

EgyptAir crash: Recorder shows pilots ‘battled fire’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Evidence from both recorders backs up the theory of a fire Pilots of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May battled to extinguish a fire, the cockpit voice recorder reportedly shows. The data, revealed by sources close to the investigation but not yet made public, backs […]

Muslims around the world mark end of Ramadan

Muslims around the world mark end of Ramadan

Image copyright AFP Image caption Prayers, feast and family time brought Ramadan to an end Muslims around the world have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The festival ends weeks of fasting, and is one of the most important events in the Muslim calendar. Its exact start […]

Medina bombing: Saudi king pledges ‘iron hand’ for attackers

Media captionThe attack occurred soon after sundown at during the holy month of Ramadan The king of Saudi Arabia has promised to strike with an “iron hand” against those responsible for a suicide attack near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina – one of Islam’s most sacred sites. Four security officers were killed in the attack, […]

Medina bombing: Saudi clerics denounce Prophet’s Mosque attack

Media captionThe attack occurred soon after sundown at during the holy month of Ramadan Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body has denounced the three suicide attacks in the kingdom on Monday, including one near Islam’s second holiest site. The Senior Council of Ulema said the bombers had “violated everything that is sacred”. Four guards were killed […]

Faluja: Iraqi Shia militia ‘killed and seized civilians’

Faluja: Iraqi Shia militia ‘killed and seized civilians’

Image caption Video purportedly of the released detainees showed a number of men receiving treatment Shia militants who fought alongside the Iraqi army in Falluja may have seized some 900 civilian men and boys and killed nearly 50, the UN has said. UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said the civilians were held last […]

EgyptAir crash: Recorder shows pilots ‘battled fire’

EgyptAir crash: Recorder shows pilots ‘battled fire’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Evidence from both recorders backs up the theory of a fire Pilots of the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May battled to extinguish a fire, the cockpit voice recorder reportedly shows. The data, revealed by sources close to the investigation but not yet made public, backs […]