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Syria conflict: US says Idlib strike kills 100 al-Qaeda fighters Syria conflict: US says Idlib strike kills 100 al-Qaeda fighters
A US military air strike in north-western Syria has killed more than 100 al-Qaeda militants at a training camp, the Pentagon says. Spokesman Capt Jeff Davis said the camp in Idlib province had been in operation since 2013. The attack involved a B-52 bomber and an undisclosed number of drones, officials said. The strike on Thursday was the second major US military attack in the final hours...
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Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in Gambia crisis: Jammeh given last chance to resign as troops close in
West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered The Gambia. Mr Jammeh has been given until noon on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed regional forces. Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline passes. The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) is acting in support of Ada...
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Nigeria air strike error kills dozens in refugee camp Nigeria air strike error kills dozens in refugee camp
A Nigerian military jet has mistakenly bombed a camp for displaced people in the north-east, killing at least 52 people and injuring many more. Aid workers are among the dead in Rann, with the Red Cross saying six of its employees were killed. The MSF aid agency said that over 200 people had been injured and appealed for help with medical evacuations. President Muhammadu Buhari, whose arm...
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Syria war: Dozens dead in IS attack on Deir al-Zour Syria war: Dozens dead in IS attack on Deir al-Zour
Islamic State militants have launched a fierce assault on government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, with dozens reportedly killed. Twelve government soldiers and 20 IS fighters were killed, said the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. At least two civilians were also killed in IS rocket fire on government-controlled parts of the city, it added. The jihadi...
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China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension
China's only aircraft carrier has led several warships across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's defence ministry said. The Liaoning was returning from drills in the South China Sea. It did not enter Taiwanese waters but did cross its air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the ministry said. It is the latest escalation amid tensions between the two neighbours, and Taiwanese authorities have ask...
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Kabul bombings: Dozens dead after twin blasts near Afghan parliament Kabul bombings: Dozens dead after twin blasts near Afghan parliament
At least 30 people have been killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in the capital Kabul. The blasts, part of a wave of attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday, took place during rush hour as staff were leaving the complex. The Taliban said they carried out the attack, targeting members of the Afghan intelligence agency. In Kandahar, blasts at the governor's guest...
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Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named Tunisia beach attack: ‘Mastermind’ named
A BBC investigation has identified the man accused of organising the terror attack on a beach that killed 38 people in Tunisia. Chamseddine al-Sandi is described as the "mastermind" behind the attack in documents obtained by Panorama. He is named in confessions from suspects who were arrested in connection with the shootings. Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on the beach and in the Imperial ...
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Iran's ex-President Rafsanjani dies at 82 Iran's ex-President Rafsanjani dies at 82
Iran's ex-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a dominant figure in the country's politics since the 1980s, has died at the age of 82, media say. Mr Rafsanjani had suffered a heart attack, the reports said. He served as president from 1989 to 1997 but lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he ran again in 2005. Although Mr Rafsanjani was part of the religious establishment, he was regarded a...
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Syria conflict: Russia 'withdrawing aircraft carrier group' Syria conflict: Russia 'withdrawing aircraft carrier group'
Russia is starting to withdraw forces from Syria and its aircraft carrier group will be the first to leave, the Russian armed forces chief says. The announcement comes days after Russia and Turkey negotiated a ceasefire in Syria which is largely holding, according to the UN. Russia has carried out air strikes on anti-government rebels since 2015. Moscow's involvement is credited with turn...
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UAE outlaws keeping wild animals as pets UAE outlaws keeping wild animals as pets
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has outlawed the keeping of wild animals, like lions or tigers, as pets. For some in the oil-rich Gulf State, owning the likes of a cheetah is a status symbol, but they now risk jail or a fine. Big cats have been pictured being taken on walks in social media postings. Past pictures featured lions in the back of cars, and a video emerged in October showing fi...
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