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Turkey starts ground offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin

20 January, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the 'de-facto' start of a ground operations in Syria's Afrin, warning the Kurdish-held town of Manbij was Ankara's next target.

Philippines bars workers from Kuwait over sexual abuse fears

20 January, 2018

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has followed on from a threat to bar nationals from working in Kuwait, over allegations of abuse and deaths in the Gulf country.

Turkey targets Kurdish positions in Syria's Afrin

20 January, 2018

Turkey launched new strikes on Kurdish positions in Afrin on Saturday, as 'first stage' of Ankara's operations in northern Syria begins.

Sudan detains AFP, Reuters journalists covering Khartoum protests

20 January, 2018

Sudanese authorities have targeted journalists as protests anti-austerity protests continue in the country's capital.

Russia rules out salvaging Iran deal if US withdraws

20 January, 2018

Russia's foreign minister says there will be no saving the Iran nuclear accord if Donald Trump decides to pull out of the agreement.

IS faces military defeat 'witihin weeks,' says Macron

20 January, 2018

Emmanuel Macron says France will 'adapt' its contribution to the anti-IS coalition while laying out the country's defence plans.

Turkey: Between old alliances and Kurdish anger

20 January, 2018

In-depth: Turkey finds itself navigating tricky land as it prepares for the offensive in Syria's Kurdish province while maintaining its ties with the US and Russian administrations.

Anti-IS coalition civilian deaths tripled in 2017: monitor

20 January, 2018

Civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria tripled in 2017, according to Airwars, adding Trump's declaration of a "war of annihilation" against IS could have contributed to the surge in fatalities.

US government shutdown threat: Pence to continue MidEast trip

20 January, 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence will still visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel this week despite a partial shutdown of federal government services looming in Washington.

Germany stops weapons sales to countries fighting in Yemen

19 January, 2018

Germany's government said on Friday it would "immediately" stop weapons sales to countries involved in the Yemen conflict, including major customer Saudi Arabia.

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