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Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:01:21 GMT

Government forces bomb a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, hours after the UN called for a truce.

Turkish women sentenced to death in Iraq for IS links

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:00:24 GMT

An Iraqi court sentences the 15 women to hang after finding them guilty of joining the jihadists.

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 14:02:24 GMT

A prominent leader of Syria's Kurdish community is arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant.

Jerusalem: Christianity's 'holiest site' closed in protest

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:50:45 GMT

Christian leaders shut Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be Jesus's burial site.

Joanna Demafelis: Employers of Filipina maid found dead in freezer arrested

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:43:45 GMT

The husband and wife employers of a Filipina maid found dead in a freezer are arrested in Syria.

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta after UN ceasefire resolution

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:08:56 GMT

A Syrian doctor in the enclave says despite the ceasefire resolution there is still some shelling.

Sheltering from the bombs in Eastern Ghouta

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:17:00 GMT

Rawaa has been living in a basement for months with around 75 others, mainly women and children.

Syria war: Children struggle to survive in Eastern Ghouta

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:19:14 GMT

This is the cost of five days of relentless air strikes for children in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

'Groped by Holy Mosque guard during Hajj' in Mecca

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:04:52 GMT

A number of women have taken to social media to say they've been sexually assaulted during the Hajj pilgrimage.

'How I joined the jihadis by mistake'

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:49 GMT

More than 300 people from Kosovo joined Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq - but not all of them are stereotypical jihadis.

How the Nile could see a 'water war'

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:38:16 GMT

A new dam on the river Nile could trigger the world's first war about water, writes Alastair Leithead.

Syria war: Who are Russia's shadowy Wagner mercenaries?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:14:08 GMT

Russian Wagner group fighters have died in Syria - others have fought in Ukraine.

Syria conflict: Will powers end up in direct war?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:37:01 GMT

The increasing tension between the different countries with a stake in the Syrian conflict poses a real threat to the region.

Syria war: Families struggle to survive in Eastern Ghouta, under siege

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:16:57 GMT

Syrians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta live in fear as the government steps up its bombardment.

The Russian guns for hire dying in Syria

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:41:39 GMT

A grieving mother sheds some light on Russia's secret mercenary war in Syria.