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UN Syria envoy urges restoration of ceasefire

26 March, 2017

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura has urged Russia, Iran and Turkey to help restore a ceasefire in Syria, warning that escalating violence was threatening peace talks in Geneva.

American University of Beirut settles US lawsuit over Hizballah

26 March, 2017

A Lebanese university will pay $700,000 to settle a US lawsuit over allegations it provided "material support" to entities linked to Hizballah, US officials said.

Deadly strike prompts suspension of west Mosul operations

26 March, 2017

While Iraq's parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri has expressed concern over reports of airstrikes that may have killed more than 100 civilians in western Mosul.

Deadly airstrike rocks besieged Damascus suburb

25 March, 2017

In the last week rebel forces have launched a new offensive on the Syrian capital from east Ghouta. In response regime forces have upped airstrikes, with civilian death tolls rising.

Spotlight falls on Raqqa as Tillerson to visit Turkey

25 March, 2017

Turkey is a key NATO ally to the US. However Washington's faith in Kurdish forces currently marching on IS de facto capital threatens to derail the relationship.

Dozens killed in prison airstrike in Syria's Idlib

25 March, 2017

The dead included both prisoners and prison guards, while a number of prisoners were shot dead as they attempted to flee after airstrikes struck the prison.

The Iraq Report

24 March, 2017

This week in Iraq: Your weekly digest brought to you by Tallha Abdulrazaq.

'Assad's torturers told me I'd hang by my fingernails'

24 March, 2017

Exclusive: Jailed, beaten, raped repeatedly. Maryam Khleif has survived Syria's dungeons to share her harrowing story with Lindsey Snell.

The electronics ban will do nothing to protect Britain

24 March, 2017

Comment: Not only is this an ineffective and illogical security measure, it is also a blow to civil liberties and the right to privacy in general, writes Kareem Chehayeb.

UN: Destroying cultural heritage may constitute war crime

24 March, 2017

On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of heritage sites calling on all groups involved in such acts to be prosecuted

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