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Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels reduced to small pocket after new loss

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels reduced to small pocket after new loss

Image copyright AFP Image caption Aleppo is a key battleground in Syria’s five-year civil war Syrian government forces have retaken a key area in southern Aleppo, activists and state media say, leaving rebels with only a small pocket in the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Sheikh Saeed district had fallen […]

Palmyra: IS retakes ancient Syrian city

Media captionA look inside the ruins after they were recaptured from so-called Islamic State in March The Islamic State (IS) group has retaken the Syrian city of Palmyra, hours after Russian air strikes appeared to have driven it back. The governor of Homs province, Talal Barazi, said government forces were now regrouping outside the ancient […]

Cairo bombing: Cairo Coptic Christian complex hit

Media captionAmateur footage reveals the anger and devastation inside the church A bomb explosion in the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in the Egyptian capital Cairo has killed at least 25 people, officials say. Dozens of others were injured in the blast in a chapel adjoining St Mark’s cathedral during a Sunday service. Many of the […]

Palmyra: Fierce battle for ancient Syrian city

Palmyra: Fierce battle for ancient Syrian city

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian army forces pass the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra in April Control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has been going back and forth between government forces and so-called Islamic State, reports say. Activists say IS regained control of the city despite being forced from the centre by […]

Iran signs $16bn deal to buy 80 Boeing aircraft

Iran signs $16bn deal to buy 80 Boeing aircraft

Image copyright AP Image caption The deal will allow Iran Air to update its ageing fleet State airline Iran Air says it has signed a deal to buy 80 passenger planes from US aircraft maker Boeing. The 10-year deal includes 50 of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and 15 of the 777-300 ERs planes plus […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of civilians are streaming out of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo Rebels holding out in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they have halted, for now, the government advance into the few areas still under their control. One commander said pro-government forces had been diverted to fight militants who […]

Russian air strikes ‘force IS out of Palmyra’

Russian air strikes ‘force IS out of Palmyra’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian army forces pass the Arch of Triumph in Palmyra in April Fighters from the so-called Islamic State group have been forced from the centre of the Syrian city of Palmyra, hours after they tried to retake it. Russian air strikes forced the militants to retreat to the outskirts, Russia […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of civilians are streaming out of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo Rebels holding out in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they have halted, for now, the government advance into the few areas still under their control. One commander said pro-government forces had been diverted to fight militants who […]

Blast near Cairo Coptic cathedral kills at least 22

Blast near Cairo Coptic cathedral kills at least 22

Image copyright AFP Image caption The blast took place next to St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral An explosion near Cairo’s Coptic cathedral has killed at least 20 people. Egypt’s state-run television said 22 people had been killed and 35 injured in the blast, citing health ministry officials. Local media reported the explosion hit St Peter’s church […]

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels ‘stem army advance’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of civilians are streaming out of rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo Rebels holding out in the Syrian city of Aleppo say they have halted, for now, the government advance into the few areas still under their control. One commander said pro-government forces had been diverted to fight militants who […]