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Syria war: ‘World shrugs’ as 103 civilians killed in 10 days

More than 100 people, including 26 children, have died in air strikes on hospitals, schools, markets and bakeries in north-west Syria in the past 10 days, a top UN official says. Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet blamed the attacks in rebel-held areas on the government and its allies. But the attacks were met with "apparent international indifference", she said. Syria and its ally Russia have both denied targeting civilians in air strikes in t..

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen has declared a ceasefire, according to officials. Sources told the BBC the ceasefire will come into effect on Thursday in support of UN efforts to end the five-year-old war. The coalition, backed by Western military powers, has been fighting against Houthi forces aligned to Iran since March 2015. It's unclear if the Houthi forces will also observe the ceasefire. Last month the ..

Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1

Media playback is unsupported on your device Gibraltar has freed an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting, despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities. The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria. Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran. Gibraltar's chief justice, Anthony Du..

Coronavirus: Iranians urged to stay home during holiday

Iran has urged people to stay at home during Nowruz, the Persian New Year, warning that the coronavirus disease is currently killing one person every 10 minutes. "Considering this information, make a conscious decision concerning travel, days out and family visits,” the health ministry’s spokesman tweeted. Tehran’s bazaars were busy and its roads filled with cars as Iranians prepared for Nowruz, which starts on Friday. The country has reported 18..

Middle East peace plan: Jared Kushner proposes $50bn fund

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has unveiled the first section of the US Middle East peace plan. Focusing on economics, it envisages more than half of a $50bn (£39bn) fund being spent in the Palestinian territories over 10 years. The plan will be presented at a conference in Bahrain next week, but the Palestinian Authority has said it will boycott the event, having refused to engage with Mr Trump since the US recognised..

Hamza Bin Laden ‘killed in air strike’

Hamza Bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden, died in an air strike, US media outlets report, citing intelligence officials. The place and date of death were unclear. The Pentagon did not comment. Bin Laden, thought to be aged about 30, had released audio and video messages calling for attacks on the US and other countries. As recently as February, the US government offered $1m (£825,000) for information leading to his capture. W..

Libya migrants: UN says attack could be war crime

Media playback is unsupported on your device An attack which killed more than 44 migrants at a detention centre outside the Libyan capital could constitute a war crime, a UN official said. At least 130 people were injured in the attack, which the Libyan government blamed on an air strike by forces loyal to a warlord, General Khalifa Haftar. Gen Haftar's forces accuse the government side of shelling the centre. Most of the dead are believed ..

Iran tanker row: Greece closes out ship after US warnings

Greece has refused to help the Iranian tanker recently detained in Gibraltar on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria. Deputy foreign minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told broadcaster ANT1 his country was "not willing to facilitate the course of this ship to Syria". The move comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened sanctions on any country that helps the tanker. Adrian Darya-1 left Gibraltar on Sunday and listed the Greek port Kalamat..

Yemen conflict: Southern separatists seize control of Aden

Yemeni separatists have taken effective control of the port city of Aden after days of fighting with troops loyal to the internationally backed government. Forces aligned with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) - which wants an independent south - said they had seized control of military camps and the presidential palace. The opposing Saudi-led coalition said it had responded with military action. The government itself characteris..

Argentina designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation

Argentina has designated Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organisation and frozen its assets. It accuses the Shia Islamist group of being behind two attacks on its soil. The announcement was made on the 25th anniversary of one - the bombing of the Amia Jewish cultural centre in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died. Hezbollah is also designated by the US, UK, Israel and several Gulf Arab states, but Argentina is the first country ..

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