- March 18, 2018
Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack on a UN compound in the centre of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday setting off explosions and battling the security forces.
A plume of smoke hung over the city centre after the attack was launched, eight days after six Americans, soldiers and civilians, and nine Afghans were killed in a suicide car bombing in Kabul.
The Taliban, fighting to expel Western forces and establish Islamist rule, claimed responsibility, saying a compound used by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), had been attacked.
The images became a symbol of the second intifada
A film of a 12-year-old boy crying and cowering beside his father as a gun battle raged around them in Gaza has been challenged by an official Israeli report that suggests that the entire event may have been staged.
The images, which became a symbol of the second intifada, contain no evidence that the child was injured or killed by Israeli fire, a committee of inquiry into television coverage of the death of Muhammad al-Dura concluded.
Government forces launched the offensive on the town of Qusair just hours after Assad said in a newspaper interview that he’ll stay in his job until elections
Syrian troops pushed into a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Sunday, fighting house to house and bombing from the air as President Bashar Assad tried to strengthen his grip on a strategic strip of land running from the capital to the Mediterranean coast.
Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the move
Israel has been sending mixed signals on its internationally condemned settlement policy as US Secretary of State John Kerrypursues efforts to revive negotiations Palestinians quit in 2010 in anger over Israeli settlement building on occupied land they seek for a state.
In a reply to a Supreme Court petition by the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, the Israeli government said it had taken steps in recent weeks to authorise retroactively four West Bank outposts built without official permission.
Videos of executions and torture have become increasingly common in Syria, where more than 94,000 people have been killed in a conflict now in its third year
Fighters of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Syria executed 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a video published on Thursday showed.
A man whose face was covered in a black balaclava shot each man in the back of the head as they kneeled, blindfolded and lined up in a row in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor.
Four years on and the leader is under pressure from political divisions at home
Iran’s best known political grandee, former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, looms large in the history of the Islamic Republic – now registered to run in Iran’s presidential election next month he may also get the chance to carve out its future.
Few have wielded such influence in modern Iran as the 78-year-old but since 2009 he and his family have faced political isolation over their support for the opposition movement which lost the disputed election to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The bombs ripped into crowded streets near Reyhanli’s shopping district in the early afternoon
Twin car bombs killed 43 people and wounded many more in a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Saturday and the government said it suspected Syrian involvement.
The bombing increased fears that Syria’s civil war was dragging in neighbouring states despite renewed diplomatic moves towards ending two years of fighting in which more than 70,000 people have been killed.
Secretary of State John Kerry is making his case to Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia to take a tougher stance on Syria at a time when Israel’s weekend air strikes against the beleaguered Mideast nation have added an unpredictable factor to the talks.
Kerry arrived Tuesday in Moscow for talks with the most powerful ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
At least 17 people were killed by three bombs and a grenade attack on a mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday, medics and police said.
Unidentified assailants threw hand grenades at Sunni Muslim worshippers as they left a mosque yesterday evening, killing six people, police and medics said.
Earlier in the day, two car bombs exploded near police checkpoints at the entrance to the Shi'ite district of Hussainiya in the north of the city, killing one policeman and seven civilians.
The Israeli airstrike on Sunday signalled a sharp escalation of Israel’s involvement in Syria’s civil war
Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter in the country’s east, killing eight government troops on board as President Bashar Assad’s troops battled opposition forces inside a sprawling military air base in the north for the second straight day, activists said Monday.
In the past months, rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad have frequently targeted military aircraft and air bases in an attempt to deprive his regime of a key weapon used to target opposition strongholds and reverse rebel gains in the 2-year-old conflict.
Google said it was 'following the lead of the UN' in changing its references from 'Palestinian Territories' to 'Palestine'
A senior Israeli official accused Google on Monday of setting back Middle East peace hopes by putting the name “Palestine” under the banner of its search page for the Palestinian territories.
Palestinians hailed Google’s move as a virtual victory on the long path to the state they seek in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, which Israel seized in the 1967 war.
UN human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.
The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.
Target was a Iranian-made missiles shipment believed to be on their way to Lebanon’s Hezbollah
An intelligence official in the Middle East has confirmed that Israel launched a second airstrike in three days Syria.
The official tells The Associated Press that the target of Sunday’s strike was a shipment of advanced guided Iranian-made missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to disclose information about a secret military operation to the media, says the strike took place in Damascus.
Footage showed Assad chatting casually with a group of employees, two days after his prime minister narrowly escaped assassination
Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare public appearance at a Damascus power station on Wednesday, while two bombs exploded near the city centre, killing one and wounding over two dozen people, Syria's state news agency reported.
Footage of the visit broadcast on state television showed Assad chatting casually with a group of employees, two days after his prime minister narrowly escaped assassination by an explosion and a day after another major bombing in the capital took the lives of at least 14.
Sixteen people have died and three more missing after downpours caused flash floods in several areas of the desert kingdom
Sixteen people have died and three more are missing in Saudi Arabia after downpours caused flash floods in several areas of the desert kingdom, the civil defence authorities said on Wednesday.
Two others died in flash floods in neighbouring Oman, local media reported, as cloudbursts swept across most Gulf countries.
Nine Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces this year so far in the West Bank
Large numbers of Israeli security forces have been deployed in the West Bank after an Israeli settler was stabbed to death by a Palestinian amid fears that the killing could trigger widespread confrontations.
Eviatar Borovzky, 30, a father of five children and a part-time security guard at the hardline settlement of Yitzhar, near Nablus, died of his wounds at the scene of the attack. His assailant snatched the settler's gun and shot at nearby border police. They returned fire, wounding the Palestinian, who was detained and taken to hospital in Israel.
Traditionally regarded as loyal to Assad, Christians are facing aggression from Islamist rebels, and, whatever their sympathies, are becoming a trapped minority in a disintegrating country
Syrian Christians like to say that they belong to an ancient community that long pre-dates the arrival of Islam – and that whatever the outcome of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, they will still be there when it is over. But these are deeply unsettling times – highlighted by the case of the two bishops kidnapped on Monday in another alarming example of the human toll of a war without end.
The decision could imperil advances in the country’s media industry
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed with a call from the country's conservative religious council for a crackdown on television stations, calling some of their programmes “immoral and un-Islamic”, officials said on Tuesday.
The decision by Karzai may alarm some of Afghanistan's international backers, who have invested heavily through 12 years of war in promoting liberal values and freedom of expression in Afghanistan's deeply conservative society.
2 guards injured in first such attack in Libyan capital since 2011 war
The French embassy in Libya was hit by a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards in the first such attack in the Libyan capital since the 2011 war that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
The explosives-laden car was detonated just outside the embassy building in Tripoli's the smart resdiential area of al-Andalus, officials said.
Deal with Israeli authorities expected to be signed today
A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike today after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said.
Samer Issawi began refusing food in August to protest his re-arrest. His strike became a rallying cry for Palestinians who protested, sometimes violently, on his behalf, seeing the 33-year-old from Jerusalem as a symbol of their struggle. Israel was worried there would be wide unrest if anything happened to Issawi.