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Iraq base attack: Coalition and Iraqi troops hurt as Taji targeted again

Three service personnel from the US-led coalition in Iraq and two Iraqis have been injured in a rocket attack on a military base north of Baghdad, the coalition has said. The Iraqi military said more than 30 rockets were fired at Camp Taji base. This is the second attack this week on the base. On Wednesday, rockets killed two American troops and one British soldier there. The US responded with air strikes targeting an Iranian-backed militia. H..

UK soldier killed in Iraq was ‘larger than life’

The British soldier killed in an attack on a military base in Iraq has been named as L/Cpl Brodie Gillon. L/Cpl Gillon, 26, was described as a "larger than life soldier" who was "destined for great things". Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the attack - that also killed two Americans - as "cowardly". He said those responsible would be held to account and that it was "essential to defend against these deplorable acts". At least 12 ..

Coronavirus: Iran death toll rises as virus spreads

The death toll from Covid-19 continues to rise in Iran. The virus has now spread to every province in the country and people are fearful that the true scale of the outbreak is even worse than is being disclosed. A video circulating on social media shows a morgue in the city of Qom, full of dead bodies that are waiting to be tested for the coronavirus. Let's block ads!

Coronavirus: Israel to bring in 14-day quarantine for all arrivals

Everyone arriving in Israel will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. "All those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation," he said in a video address posted to Twitter. Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said the measure would be effective immediately for all Israelis returning to the country. It will apply to foreign citizens from Thursday, he..

Coronavirus: Iran reports leap in death toll

Iran has reported 43 new deaths related to the coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours, as it struggles to combat one of the world's worst outbreaks. At least 237 people have died and 7,161 have been infected across the country since mid-February, although the real figures are believed to be far higher. The authorities have tried to limit the spread of Covid-19 by closing schools and urging people not to travel. But no hotspots have been pu..

Yemen: The doctor on the front line after years of war

Dr Mekkia Mahdi works at the health clinic in Aslam, an impoverished town in the north west of Yemen. It is only 60km (37 miles) from the border with Saudi Arabia, but is on the front line of Yemen’s health emergency. The BBC spent time with her on the morning rounds, as she checked on the progress of her vulnerable patients. Produced by Lyse Doucet and Tony Brown Filmed by Dave Bull Read more: Yemen crisis: Why is there a war? Let's bloc..

Coronavirus: Team Ineos withdraw from all races until 23 March

Team Ineos have withdrawn from all races until 23 March following the death of sporting director Nico Portal and the "very uncertain situation" surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. Ineos have notified cycling's governing body the UCI and plan to return to racing at Spain's Volta a Catalunya. The team was due to compete in Italy's Strade Bianche event on Saturday. Australian team Mitchelton-Scott also withdrew from nine men's..

Syria war: Satellite images reveal Idlib destruction and displacement

Analysis of satellite images in the south and east of Syria's Idlib province suggests large parts of the area are now uninhabitable. A report by Harvard University, Save the Children and World Vision said almost a third of the buildings in two towns had been damaged or destroyed in government offensives on the opposition's last stronghold. Other images showed fields filling up with camps for displaced people. Almost a million civilians ..

Israel election: Netanyahu seeks defectors after failing to secure majority

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing bloc appears to have failed to secure a parliamentary majority in Monday's general election. With 99% of votes counted, Mr Netanyahu's Likud party was on track to win 36 seats, and allied right-wing and religious parties another 22. That would leave them three short of a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. Likud is encouraging defections from the rival centrist Blue and White al..

Syria war: Turkey lets refugees exit towards Europe

Groups of refugees and migrants are heading towards the EU after Turkey said it would not abide by a deal to stop them reaching Europe. Turkey's communications chief said the country had not received enough support in hosting millions of Syrian refugees. Its decision followed a deadly attack on Turkish troops by Syrian government forces in northern Syria. The incident sparked fears of a major escalation involving Turkey and Syria's mili..

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