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Trains crash in Iran

Trains crash in Iran

TEHRAN – Four carriages derailed and two caught fire when a train that had broken down was hit by another train. The accident happened in freezing temperatures early on Friday, 250km (150 miles) east of the capital Tehran. The rescue effort is being hampered by the remote location, officials say. President Hassan Rouhani has ordered […]

ISRAEL – Wildfires lead to evacuation of 60,000

ISRAEL – Wildfires lead to evacuation of 60,000

HAIFA –– Wildfires raged across Israel for a third consecutive day as authorities ordered the evacuation of 60,000 people in the northern city of Haifa. The fires, which began in Zichron Ya’akov Tuesday, also affected Modi’in in central Israel. A police spokesman told CNN that forces and firefighters are focusing their efforts on dealing with a […]

AFGHANISTAN – Suicide bombing kills 32

AFGHANISTAN – Suicide bombing kills 32

KABUL – A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing 32 people, the UN office said, the second large-scale attack targeting minority Shiites in Kabul in just over a month. Hours later, the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, […]

Hundreds of bodies discovered in mass graves

Hundreds of bodies discovered in mass graves

IRBIL – Iraqi security forces have discovered two mass graves near the city of Mosul containing around 250 bodies, police said Thursday. The graves were found near the town of Hammam al-Alil and were created by ISIS militants, Iraqi Federal Police Commander Brig. Gen. Faris Radhi Abbas told CNN. Their discovery follows the uncovering of […]

SYRIA – Children’s hospital hit

SYRIA – Children’s hospital hit

DAMASCUS – A hospital, blood bank and ambulances are reported to have been hit as Syrian government aircraft and artillery bombarded rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The director of the Bayan Children’s Hospital said he was sheltering in the facility’s basement, unable to leave. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 21 people had […]

SYRIA – Food rations run out in rebel-held Aleppo

SYRIA – Food rations run out in rebel-held Aleppo

ALEPPO – The last remaining food rations are being distributed in besieged rebel-held eastern districts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the UN has said. Humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland warned that without a resupply there would be no food left to hand out next week to the 275,000 people living there. Egeland ruled out airdrops […]

ISIS ‘executes’ 232 near Mosul

ISIS ‘executes’ 232 near Mosul

MOSUL – ISIS has ‘executed’ 232 people near the Iraqi city of Mosul and taken tens of thousands of people to use as human shields against advancing Iraqi forces, the United Nations says. The terror group carried out the mass killings Wednesday, punishing people who had defied its orders, a spokeswoman for the UN human […]

IS claims attack on Pakistan police academy

IS claims attack on Pakistan police academy

QUETTA – Militant group Islamic State said on Tuesday that fighters loyal to its movement attacked a police training college in Quetta in southwest Pakistan in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100. Pakistani authorities have blamed another militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), for the late-Monday siege, though the Islamic […]

SYRIA – Aleppo on the edge

SYRIA – Aleppo on the edge

NEW YORK – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has warned that “between now and December, if we cannot find a solution, Aleppo will not be there anymore”. Staffan de Mistura was speaking after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday where he said he “insisted on the fact that the […]

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