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  • De Mistura: Civilians killed on horrific scale in Syria

    The UN special envoy for Syria has given warning that violence in the country is the worst he has seen since taking the job four years ago. Staffan de Mistura's remarks on Wednesday came as the US and Russia again traded blame at the UN over the ongoing conflict. "Civilians have been killed on a horrific scale - reports suggest more than 1,000.. More

  • French Muslims urge Macron not to interfere in Islam

    A leading representative of French Muslims has urged Emmanuel Macron not to interfere in the organization of the country's second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state. The statement came from the leader of an organization set up 15 years ago in a bid to defuse concern about conservativ.. More

  • Syrian regime, Russian strikes kill 230 civilians: UN

    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Saturday called for international action to stop one of the bloodiest period of the Syrian conflict with 277 civilians killed in the past week. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement: ''The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict, with wave after wave of deadly air.. More

  • Egypt launches military operation in Sinai, Nile Delta

    Egypt has launched a "comprehensive" security operation against "terrorists and criminal elements" across the country, a military spokesman said. Colonel Tamer Rifai announced on Friday the implementation of a plan to push out armed groups in the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile Delta and the Western Desert. "Law enforcement.. More

  • UN calls for immediate de-escalation in Syria

    The UN chief has called "for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence" after Israel launched intensive air raids on what it called Iranian bases in Syria, raising tensions in the region. "[A]ll concerned in Syria and the region have a responsibility and must abide by international law and relevant Security Council resolutions,&.. More

  • Israel detains 21 Palestinians in West Bank raids

    Israeli forces rounded up 21 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Monday. The individuals were arrested for "suspected involvement in terrorist activities," the army said in a statement without elaborating. According to Palestinian figures, roughly 6,400 Palestinians.. More

  • Yemenis protest after US drone attack kills 7 in Shabwa

    Scores of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the southern province of Shabwa after a US drone attack killed at least seven civilians. The January 28 drone attack decimated a car carrying at least six male members of the same family and another individual as they were searching for a "missing child" in Shabwa's Said district, residents said. Sale.. More

  • Syria's Idlib being bombed 'day and night'

    Images of death and destruction from the northern province of Idlib in Syria have flooded social media, with local activists and aid workers saying shelling by Russian and Syrian regime warplanes in the area has intensified. Rescue workers from the Syrian Civil Defence (SCD), a volunteer search and rescue team, say that at least 18 civilians have been.. More

  • UN appeals for emergency funds for Palestine, Syria

    The United Nations has launched an urgent financial appeal for its emergency programmes in Syria and the occupied Palestinian territories. UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said on Tuesday it needs $800m to provide life-saving aid including food, water, shelter and medical assistance. Pierre Krahenbuhl, UNRWA's commissioner-general, said the funds.. More

  • 12 Yemenis dead, scores injured in Aden clashes

    At least 12 people were killed and scores injured in clashes between government forces and southern separatists in Yemen’s coastal city of Aden, according to the health ministry. The violence broke out after forces loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (STC) reportedly seized the government headquarters in Aden on Sunday. Ministry official.. More

  • Eight killed in Eastern Ghouta despite ceasefire

    Military bombardment and shelling have continued overnight, killing at least eight people in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta, despite the supposed ceasefire brokered by Russia, according to monitors. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that in the last 24 hours, the victims were killed following regime bombardment.. More

  • Turkey urges US to withdraw from Syria's Manbij

    Turkey has called on the United States to withdraw its military personnel from northern Syria's Manbij region after announcing Ankara's plan to push Syrian Kurdish fighters from the area, according to local media. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, said on Saturday that it was "necessary for them [US] to immediately withdraw from Manbij".. More

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen attack Kabul military academy

    At least 11 soldiers have been killed and 16 others wounded in a pre-dawn attack on a military compound in Kabul, days after more than 100 people were killed in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital, a defense ministry official has told Al Jazeera. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for the ministry of defense, said on Monday that the fighting at the Marshal.. More

  • 'It is wrong': 21 groups slam US for cutting UNRWA aid

    The leaders of 21 aid groups have written to the US administration to object to a decision to withhold $65m out of $125m in planned contributions to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. The letter warned of "dire consequences" if the cut to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) was maintained, according to the.. More

  • Israel gets flak over human rights record in Geneva

    UN member states have criticized Israel for failing to abide by human rights laws and UN resolutions during a heated Human Rights Council (HRC) session; some labelled it an "apartheid state". The scolding in the Swiss city on Tuesday came as Israel was undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-led process meant to assess.. More