Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse

Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse

Image copyright Unicef/Romenzi Image caption Many migrant children are kept in detention centres in Libya The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy. Unicef says almost 26,000 children – most of them unaccompanied – crossed the Mediterranean last year. […]

Egypt parliament expels MP critical of human rights record

Egypt parliament expels MP critical of human rights record

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Egypt’s parliament is dominated by supporters of the president Egypt’s parliament has expelled an MP who was an outspoken critic of the government’s human rights record. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, a nephew of the late President Anwar Sadat, was accused of forging signatures on a draft bill and leaking sensitive information […]

MWC 2017: Wikipedia goes data-free in Iraq

MWC 2017: Wikipedia goes data-free in Iraq

Image copyright Getty Images Access to Wikipedia will not incur mobile data charges to customers of the Asiacell mobile phone provider in Iraq, the organisation has announced. It is part of the Wikipedia Zero scheme that has operated in 59 countries around the world since 2012. The Wikimedia Foundation says it wants to “bring the […]

Syria al-Qaeda leader ‘targeted in strike on car’

Syria al-Qaeda leader ‘targeted in strike on car’

Image copyright Local Co-ordination Committees Image caption Syrian opposition activists posted this photo which shows the car targeted, they say The deputy leader of al-Qaeda was the target of an air strike in the Syrian province of Idlib on Sunday, according to unconfirmed reports. It is not clear whether Abu al-Khayr al-Masri survived the attack. […]

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces seize key bridge

Mosul battle: Iraqi forces seize key bridge

Image copyright AP Image caption Troops advancing into western Mosul have been involved in intense clashes with IS militants The Iraqi military says it has retaken a bridge across the River Tigris in Mosul, after driving back Islamic State militants in the city’s south-west. The Federal Police Rapid Response Force advanced into the Jawsaq district […]

Oscars: Iranian winner Asghar Farhadi blasts Trump travel ban

Oscars: Iranian winner Asghar Farhadi blasts Trump travel ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iranian-born US engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari read out Farhadi’s statement Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has condemned President Donald Trump’s “inhumane” travel ban on immigrants, as his movie, The Salesman, won the best foreign language film Oscar. Farhadi boycotted the ceremony, with two Iranian-Americans representing him. “Dividing the world […]

Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Government forces have controlled Homs since December 2015 Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in the western Syrian city of Homs killing at least 32 people. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead. Some reports put the death toll at more than […]

Egypt’s Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks

Egypt’s Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks

Image copyright AFP Image caption More Christian refugees from Sinai are expected to arrive in Ismailiya Dozens of Coptic Christian families in Egypt have fled North Sinai province after a number of killings in recent weeks by suspected Islamist militants. Many have now taken refuge in the Evangelical Church in the Suez Canal city of […]

Iraqi forces enter IS-held neighbourhood in west Mosul

Media captionQuentin Sommerville reports amid a fierce gun battle between Iraqi security forces and IS fighters Iraqi forces have entered a neighbourhood in West Mosul for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State (IS) five days ago. It comes a day after troops retook the city’s airport from […]

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 51’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Syria: ‘Car bomb kills 51’ near al-Bab after IS defeat

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish-backed rebels now have control of al-Bab, the country’s military says A car bomb has killed at least 51 people in a rebel-held village near the Syrian town of al-Bab, sources in the region and monitors say. The blast – claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants – destroyed a rebel […]

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