Migrants ‘sold in Libya slave markets’

Migrants ‘sold in Libya slave markets’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Reports of African migrants being bought and sold mark a new low in the crisis Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia […]

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Turkey says tests confirm Sarin was used

Syria ‘chemical attack’: Turkey says tests confirm Sarin was used

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Casualties from the incident suffered symptoms consistent with reaction to a nerve agent Turkey says it has “concrete evidence” the nerve agent Sarin was used in a suspected attack by Syrian government forces a week ago, state media report. Health Minister Recep Akdag was quoted by the Anadolu news agency […]

Death penalty: Global executions fall 37% since 2015 – Amnesty

Death penalty: Global executions fall 37% since 2015 – Amnesty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of recorded executions in Pakistan have decreased by 73% since 2015 The number of executions recorded worldwide in 2016 fell by 37% on the previous year, human rights group Amnesty International says. At least 1,032 people were executed last year, down from 1,634 in 2015, Amnesty said. […]

Mosul battle: Abandoned lion and bear rescued from zoo

Mosul battle: Abandoned lion and bear rescued from zoo

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lula the bear was suffering from pneumonia when found at the zoo in February The only surviving animals of Mosul zoo have been rescued from appalling conditions in the war-torn Iraqi city. Simba the lion and Lula the bear were found abandoned at the privately-owned zoo in February, still in […]

Syria war: US missiles ‘took out 20% of aircraft’

Syria war: US missiles ‘took out 20% of aircraft’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US fired 59 cruise missiles at the Shayrat airbase A US air strike in response to a suspected chemical attack damaged or destroyed 20% of Syria’s operational aircraft, the US has said. Defence Secretary James Mattis said Syria would be “ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons”. Syria […]

Egypt mourns Coptic church attack victims

Egypt mourns Coptic church attack victims

Image copyright AFP Image caption Seventeen people were killed in the bombing in Alexandria, historic seat of the Coptic pope Funerals have been held in Alexandria for victims of one of the two bomb attacks on Coptic churches in Egypt by so-called Islamic State (IS). The ceremony at the Monastery of St Mina took place […]

Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks

Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks

Media captionFootage shows the scene following an explosion at a church in Tanta in northern Egypt Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead. The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. It needs […]

Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency after church attacks

Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency after church attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks targeting Coptic churches Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead. The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people’s homes. It needs […]

Tillerson: Russia ‘failure allowed Syria chemical attack’

Tillerson: Russia ‘failure allowed Syria chemical attack’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Tillerson is set to visit Moscow this week US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised Russia, saying it had failed to prevent Syria from carrying out a chemical attack on a rebel-held town. Russia had agreed to ensure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles were destroyed – and its failure […]

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia unveils plans for ‘entertainment city’ near Riyadh

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The new complex will be built on the edge of Riyadh (pictured) Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for an entertainment city on the edge of Riyadh which will be 50 times the size of Gibraltar once complete. The 334 sq km (129 sq mile) attraction – about the same as […]