Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “I believe Eastern Ghouta cannot wait,” Antonio Guterres told the UN Security Council on Wednesday. The Eastern Ghouta has […]

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Schlomo Filber (L) reportedly alleges the PM pressed him to help the Bezeq telecoms giant A close aide to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in one of several corruption cases, Israeli media report. Schlomo Filber is said to have turned state’s witness in what […]

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities,” Antonio Guterres told the […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: “Missiles are dropping like rain” A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam told the BBC. […]

Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

Bahrain activist jailed for five years over Twitter comments

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nabeel Rajab – photographed here in 2011 – has been in and out of prison for seven years Bahrain has sentenced a well-known rights activist to five years in prison over his social media posts. Nabeel Rajab – a key figure in 2011’s pro-democracy protests – was convicted over posts […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The situation in the besieged rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta in Syria is “beyond imagination”, the UN says. Regional humanitarian co-ordinator Panos Moumtzis was speaking to the BBC after three days of bombing in the area reportedly killed at least 250 people. The Syrian military […]

Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

Stanley Majors: Life sentence for Oklahoma man who murdered neighbour

Image copyright Tulsa Police Department Image caption Stanley Vernon Majors, 61, also hit Mr Jabara’s mother with his car A man who was convicted of killing his neighbour after months of harassing his Arab-American family has been sentenced to life in prison for the hate crime. Stanley Majors was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge […]

Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit

Palestinian head Abbas calls for international peace summit

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mahmoud Abbas said the situation for Palestinians was no longer bearable Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an international peace conference to tackle the Israel-Palestinian conflict. In a rare address to the UN Security Council, he said the situation was “no longer bearable” for Palestinians. Israel’s ambassador however […]

Iran plane crash wreckage found on mountainside

Iran plane crash wreckage found on mountainside

Image copyright AFP Image caption The wreckage of the Aseman Airlines plane was found on a snowy mountainside Search teams in Iran have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed on Sunday. The Aseman Airlines flight came down in the Zagros mountains in the west of the country and all 66 people on […]

Syria war: Pro-government forces enter Kurdish-held Afrin

Syria war: Pro-government forces enter Kurdish-held Afrin

Media captionPro-government forces waved Syrian flags as they entered Afrin, in footage posted by the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah Syrian pro-government forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. The government was asked for military help by a Kurdish militia that has been trying to […]

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