Several dead, scores injured in Pakistan hotel blaze

Several dead, scores injured in Pakistan hotel blaze

A fire at a luxury hotel in the Pakistani city of Karachi killed at least 11 people and injured dozens on Monday, media reported. The blaze broke out in a ground floor kitchen of the Regent Plaza hotel and trapped guests in upper floors, the English-language Dawn newspaper reported. The hotel has more than 400 […]

France urges businesses to label goods from Israeli settlements

France urges businesses to label goods from Israeli settlements

France published an official notification Thursday urging businesses to use labels to identify goods produced in the Israeli settlements, prompting a swift condemnation from Israel. It was not immediately clear whether the notice published in the French Official Journal is binding for retailers or a recommendation. A press official with the trade ministry said late […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition starts 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen

The Saudi-led military coalition declared a 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, on the condition that Shiite rebels abide by it and allow humanitarian assistance into besieged cities, particularly the city of Taiz. However, minutes after it went into effect, activists in Taiz said that rebel shelling continued in the city while a rebel-affiliated military […]

French priest helps expose IS group’s Yazidi genocide

French priest helps expose IS group’s Yazidi genocide

Father Patrick Desbois spent over a decade documenting some of the Nazis’ least known atrocities in the killing fields of Ukraine. In turning his attention to Iraq’s Yazidi minority, he hopes to thwart a genocide going on right now. Like most people unfamiliar with the ethnic hodgepodge of northern Iraq, Father Patrick Desbois had not […]

Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi forces seize Mosul district; UN flags chemical weapons fears

Iraqi special forces said they pushed deeper into Mosul on Friday despite heavy resistance from Islamic State militants using civilians as cover, and were holding half a dozen city neighbourhoods seized in the last 10 days. The elite Counter Terrorism Service troops broke through Islamic State group defence lines to enter the city early last […]

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Air strikes on Mosul help breach Islamic State group’s defences

Iraqi elite brigades fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, backed by coalition air strikes. FRANCE 24’s reporters followed Iraq’s special forces as they coordinated the advance with their international allies. Targeted air strikes by the US-led coalition have been crucial to the troops’ swift offensive, helping Iraqi troops set foot in […]

Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Turkish police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city’s co-mayors. Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli were taken into custody on Tuesday night in a surprise move against the leaders of a city hit by renewed fighting between Turkish […]

Peshmerga Brigadier General Barzani discusses Iraq’s Mosul offensive

Peshmerga Brigadier General Barzani discusses Iraq’s Mosul offensive

Kurdish Peshmerga Brigadier General Sirwan Barzani talked to FRANCE 24 about the offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul as the battle entered its second day on Tuesday. Barzani said the offensive had got off to a quick start. “Our timeline was 12 hours, but the Peshmerga just liberated nine villages in seven hours,” he […]

Amid Syria’s violence, diplomats produce ideas but no truce

Amid Syria’s violence, diplomats produce ideas but no truce

The United States, Russia and seven other would-be Syria mediators ended a 4½-hour meeting Saturday without agreement or concrete steps to match what America’s top diplomat described as the urgent crisis in the city of Aleppo. Instead, the envoys said only that new ideas were proposed and more discussions planned. The lackluster result from the […]

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s ex-president calls for mobilisation on Saudi border after deadly air strikes

Yemen’s rebel-allied former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called Sunday for mobilisation along the border with Saudi Arabia to avenge deadly air strikes on a funeral blamed on a Saudi-led coalition. “I call upon all members of the armed forces, security and popular committees (militia)… to head to the front, to the borders, to take revenge,” […]

Peshmerga will not enter Mosul’, Kurdish Iraqi minister tells FRANCE 24

Peshmerga will not enter Mosul’, Kurdish Iraqi minister tells FRANCE 24

Kurdish peshmerga troops will not enter Mosul if allied forces battling the Islamic State (IS) group recapture the northern Iraqi city, Falah Mustafa Bakir, the foreign minister of Iraqi Kurdistan told FRANCE 24. The pledge is significant, since Baghdad is concerned that the Kurdish peshmerga might seize parts of Mosul, which would give them more […]

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia said Tuesday it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the five-year conflict. The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal over Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said he was appalled by the “chilling” upsurge in fighting in Aleppo and warned that the use of advanced weaponry in Syria’s battleground city could amount to war crimes. Ban cited reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons, bunker buster bombs and other powerful munitions in […]

Kerry and Lavrov trade blame as air strikes pound Aleppo

Kerry and Lavrov trade blame as air strikes pound Aleppo

Russia and the United States clashed over the carnage in Syria at a tense meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, as air strikes pounded Aleppo following the collapse of a ceasefire. An angry US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Russia force Syria to ground its air force, which Washington blames for […]

Islamists eye comeback as Jordan heads to polls

Islamists eye comeback as Jordan heads to polls

Jordanians voted Tuesday in an election that could see opposition Islamists re-emerge as a major parliamentary force in the key Western ally. The focus will be on turnout and the performance of the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood. Experts expect the party to clinch around 20 seats in the 130-seat […]

Aleppo aid convoy stuck in Turkey as Syria truce expires

Aleppo aid convoy stuck in Turkey as Syria truce expires

A 20-truck aid convoy destined for eastern Aleppo with enough supplies to feed tens of thousands is still stuck in Turkey, a UN aid chief said on Monday, hours after a seven-day ceasefire by the Syrian army expired. The UN has said it has not received necessary permissions and safety guarantees from the Syrian government […]

High praise for Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ – but who are they?

High praise for Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ – but who are they?

The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the “White Helmets”, are the subject of a new Netflix documentary that paints them as nothing less than heroes, while a huge petition is calling for the group to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Little known until now, the actions of this civilian volunteer rescue group — […]

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, held up by security fears and disagreements between combatants on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of around 20 trucks carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish […]

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

Saudi hospitals at the ready as millions of Hajj pilgrims arrive in Mecca

A year after a stampede killed some 2,300 people at the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi hospitals are preparing for the annual influx of visitors while authorities have begun issuing identification bracelets for those taking part. The bracelets are an attempt to offer reassurance to some pilgrims, though their distribution has been far from systematic […]

Residents return to Syrian border town Jarablus after Turkish intervention

Residents return to Syrian border town Jarablus after Turkish intervention

A group of 292 Syrians went back to the Syrian town of Jarablus from Turkey on Wednesday, marking the first formal return of civilians since Ankara launched a military incursion two weeks ago in a bid to secure the border region. Jarablus, which had been occupied by the Islamic State (IS) group for three years, […]

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

Dozens killed in wave of Islamic State group suicide bombings in Syria

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks across Syria on Monday that left dozens dead in mostly government-controlled territory. The suicide blasts killed Syrian troops, including several officers, as well as some Kurdish fighters, the jihadist group said via its official press agency, Amaq. Amaq reported the so-called IS […]

Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

Turkish tanks roll into Syria, opening new line of attack

Turkey and its rebel allies opened up a new line of attack in northern Syria on Saturday as Turkish tanks crossed the frontier from Kilis province, making a western thrust in an operation to sweep militants from its border. The incursion from Kilis – an area repeatedly targeted by Islamic State rocket fire over the […]

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