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IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

IRAQ – Deadly airstrikes

MOSUL – At least 112 bodies have been pulled from the site of a US-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, senior Iraqi health official Ahmed Dubardani said Monday. The deaths have sparked renewed concerns about civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in the city. A senior Iraqi military officer said a March 17 coalition […]

DUBAI – Driverless flying taxi set to launch

DUBAI – Driverless flying taxi set to launch

ABU DHABI – Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it’s not the world’s first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It’s a fleet of flying taxis. Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start […]

SYRIA – Suicide bombers strike Damascus

SYRIA – Suicide bombers strike Damascus

DAMASCUS – Suicide bombers hit the main judicial building and a restaurant in Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people, according to state media, spreading fear across Syria’s capital as the country’s civil war enters its seventh year. The first attacker struck inside the Justice Palace, located near the famous and crowded Hamidiyeh market. […]

652 children dead last year in Syrian conflict

652 children dead last year in Syrian conflict

DAMASCUS – More Syrian children were killed in 2016 than in any other year of the six-year conflict, making last year the worst on record for children in the war-torn nation, according to children’s charity UNICEF. At least 652 children died in the last 12 months, a 20 per cent increase on 2015, the organization […]

IRAQ – ‘Chemical attack’ injures 12

IRAQ – ‘Chemical attack’ injures 12

MOSUL – Twelve civilians have been injured in Mosul in what appears to be the first chemical weapon attack in the battle for the IS stronghold. A doctor from the International Red Cross (ICRC), based in nearby Irbil, confirmed the incident to the BBC. An 11-year-old boy has severe respiratory and skin problems and a […]

Russia, China veto Syria sanctions

Russia, China veto Syria sanctions

DAMASCUS – Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons. It is the seventh time Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government. China has also vetoed six security council resolutions on Syria since the civil war began […]

Car bomb kills dozens in Syria

Car bomb kills dozens in Syria

AL-BAB – A car bomb in northern Syria killed as many as 60 people and wounded dozens more, Turkish state media and activist groups said Friday, even as the Turkish military said that the nearby town of al-Bab had been retaken from ISIS. Al-Bab was ISIS’ last significant holdout between the northern countryside of Aleppo […]

Iraqi forces take key village in Mosul

Iraqi forces take key village in Mosul

MOSUL – US-backed Iraqi forces have cleared ISIS fighters from a key village overlooking Mosul’s airport, the Iraqi army said Monday. The seizure came less than 48 hours after the start of an operation to retake western Mosul — ISIS’ last major stronghold in the country. Iraqi federal police and the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Deployment […]

AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN – More than 100 dead in avalanche

AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN – More than 100 dead in avalanche

KABUL/ISLAMABAD –– At least 119 people have died along the Afghan-Pakistani border after three days of heavy snowfall caused a series of deadly avalanches Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach isolated regions where it’s feared more people are trapped beneath the snow. Most of the casualties occurred in Afghanistan, where at […]

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