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Syrian army pounds IS-held district in capital's south

22 April, 2018

Heavy regime bombardment pounded a southern district of Syria's capital on Saturday, state media and a monitor said, as government forces pressed their campaign against Islamic State jihadists there.

15 militants killed in anti-jihadist operation in Mali: army

21 April, 2018

Fifteen militants have been killed in an anti-jihadist operation in central Mali, the Malian army said on Saturday, adding that one soldier died and two others were injured.

Natalie Portman snubs Israeli ceremony to 'protest Netanyahu'

21 April, 2018

Natalie Portman said she was backing out of a Jerusalem ceremony where she was to receive a $2 million prize to protest the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Iran rejects critical US human rights report as 'biased'

21 April, 2018

Iran rejected the latest US human rights report as hypocritical on Saturday, saying it was "biased by political objectives".

Child among four Palestinians killed during Friday's Gaza protests

21 April, 2018

Four Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops during protests on the Gaza border Friday, in the latest killing of protesters.

Thousands of Syrian rebels and civilians to leave Qalamoun

21 April, 2018

Syrian rebels are expected to begin leaving one of the final strongholds in the Damascus area Saturday, following a deal with regime ally Russia.

Are there really 'no good guys' in Syria?

20 April, 2018

Comment: The 'no good guys' argument places the largely peaceful Syrian uprising on the same moral plane as the murderous regime that forced it to militarise, writes Idrees Ahmad.

Islamic State to give up last pocket in Damascus

20 April, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says four policemen were killed after gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southwestern province of Asir, which borders Yemen.

US city 'bans police from training with Israel forces'

20 April, 2018

A US city has banned its police force from training with the Israeli military after lobbying from community organisations, making it the first to take such a measure.

Iranian official arrested for 'mixed-sex dance video'

20 April, 2018

Iran has arrested a senior official after a video posted online showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.

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