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Five-month battle with IS ends in Philippine city

23 October, 2017

Islamic State militants in the city of Marawi were completely cleared after a five-month long battle, the military confirmed on Monday.

Call to end 'abysmal conditions' for refugees in Greece

23 October, 2017

A group of humanitarian organisations sent an open letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsiparis, demanding the government revokes its policy of trapping asylum seekers to the Aegean islands.

Russia likens US-led bombing of Raqqa to WWII Dresden

22 October, 2017

Russia, who has been operating a bombing campaign in Syria in support of Assad's regime, has likened the US coalition's operations against IS Raqqa to Second World War Dresden.

Rex Tillerson: Iranian militias must leave Iraq

22 October, 2017

"All foreign fighters need to go home", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Riyadh on Sunday as he began a trip to the Middle East.

US diplomat Tillerson joins landmark Saudi-Iraq meeting

22 October, 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the first meeting of the joint Saudi-Iraqi coordination council in Riyadh on Sunday as part of his second visit to the Middle East.

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan denies rape accusation

22 October, 2017

Prominent Islamic scholar and academic Tariq Ramadan has denied charges of rape and sexual aggression, according to his lawyer.

US-backed forces seize major Syria oil field from IS

22 October, 2017

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the capture of the al-Omar oil field in the province of Deir az-Zour, which was seized by the Islamic State group in 2014.

Foreigners who joined IS face imminent death in Raqqa

22 October, 2017

As the final battle in Raqqa draws to a close, hundreds of foreign fighters remain in Syria, with few countries willing to recover their citizens who fought for IS.

Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria in phone call: Kremlin

22 October, 2017

The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an upcoming meeting of the Astana process on the Syrian conflict, during a phone call on Saturday.

UN ends month-long Libya talks with little progress

22 October, 2017

A month of UN-backed Libya peace talks held in Tunisia have ended with little progress towards stabilising the country or holding elections.

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