Trump hails fall of Islamic State ‘caliphate’ in Syria

Trump hails fall of Islamic State ‘caliphate’ in Syria

Media captionKurdish TV showed the SDF raising a yellow flag on top of buildings seized from IS in Baghuz US President Donald Trump welcomed the fall of the Islamic State group’s five-year “caliphate”, but warned that the terror group remained a threat. Mr Trump’s remarks came after Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raised victory flags […]

Morocco teachers protest over working conditions

Morocco teachers protest over working conditions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Most of the protesters are on temporary contracts and are calling for better working conditions Several thousand Moroccan teachers are staging a protest in the capital, Rabat, hours after police dispersed an earlier demonstration. They are demanding permanent contracts, better working conditions, as well as protesting against the rising cost […]

Rafi Eitan: Mossad spy who captured Adolf Eichmann dies

Rafi Eitan: Mossad spy who captured Adolf Eichmann dies

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Rafi Eitan served in both Israel’s domestic and foreign intelligence services Rafi Eitan, the Mossad agent who led the Israeli team that captured Nazi Adolf Eichmann, has died aged 92. Eitan commanded an eight-man team who flew to Argentina in 1960 and spirited Eichmann back to Israel to stand trial. […]

Islamic State group defeated as final territory lost, US-backed forces say

Islamic State group defeated as final territory lost, US-backed forces say

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kurdish television showed the SDF raising a yellow flag on top of buildings seized from IS The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say the Islamic State group has lost its last bit of territory in Syria, bringing to an end its “caliphate”. A spokesman for the SDF declared the “100% territorial […]

Golan Heights: Syria condemns Donald Trump’s remarks

Golan Heights: Syria condemns Donald Trump’s remarks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Golan Heights has a political and strategic significance which belies its size Syria has condemned as “irresponsible” US President Donald Trump’s comments that it was time to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. A statement published by the Syrian state news agency said it showed the “blind […]

Iraq ferry sinking: ‘Nearly 100 dead’ in Tigris river

Iraq ferry sinking: ‘Nearly 100 dead’ in Tigris river

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The ferry was on its way to this tourist island upstream from the city centre Almost 100 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq’s city of Mosul. Most of the victims were women and children, the interior ministry said. It is […]

Egypt: At least eight killed in chemical blast

Egypt: At least eight killed in chemical blast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Relatives of the victims of the chemical plant explosion gathered outside a morgue At least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a chemical plant in Egypt, local security forces say. Reuters news agency quoted them as saying that a further five people were injured as a […]

Iraq ferry sinking: ‘More than 70 dead’ in Tigris river

Iraq ferry sinking: ‘More than 70 dead’ in Tigris river

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ferry was en route to a tourist island upstream from the city centre More than 70 people are reported to have died after a ferry sank in the Tigris river in Iraq’s city of Mosul. Most of the 100 passengers said to have been on board could not swim, […]

Two Palestinians killed in clashes in Nablus

Two Palestinians killed in clashes in Nablus

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hundreds attended the funerals of the two Palestinian men Two Palestinian men have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said explosive devices were hurled from a car at troops guarding Jewish worshippers at Joseph’s Tomb in the city of Nablus. The […]

Alaa Al Aswany: Egypt ‘sues novelist for insulting state’

Alaa Al Aswany: Egypt ‘sues novelist for insulting state’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alaa Al Aswany’s latest novel – The Republic, As If – was banned in Egypt The bestselling author Alaa Al Aswany has said he is being sued by military prosecutors in Egypt for insulting the president, armed forces and judiciary. Aswany, who lives in the US, said the lawsuit […]

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