Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

Scores killed in suicide bombing claimed by IS group in Yemen

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 60 people Monday at an army recruitment centre in Aden, in the latest jihadist attack to hit the Yemeni city. Aden is the temporary base of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, which has been battling Iran-backed rebels as well as jihadists across the […]

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France launches new wave of air strikes on IS group targets in Syria’s Raqqa

France on Sunday launched a fresh wave of air strikes targeting the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, destroying an arms depot and combat positions in the group’s stronghold of Raqqa, the French foreign ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said four Rafale and four Mirage 2000 fighter jets as well as an Atlantique […]

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Mass rally in war-torn Yemen in support of rebels, former president

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched on Saturday in support of Shiite Houthi rebels and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The march in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, was in support of a new combined governing council the rebels and Saleh announced late last month, but which was immediately rejected by the internationally recognized […]

Syria regime flies jets over Hasakeh despite US warning

Syria regime flies jets over Hasakeh despite US warning

Syrian government warplanes were again in the air over the mainly Kurdish-held city of Hasakeh early Saturday despite a US warning against any new strikes that might endanger its military advisers, a monitor said. It was not immediately clear whether the aircraft, which were in the skies throughout the night, had carried out any bombing […]

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

After Arab and Kurdish fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from Manbij in Aleppo province, residents who endured two years of occupation were dancing and cheering in the streets. As IS group fighters withdrew from the town on Friday, some women burned the niqabs they were forced to wear while men who had […]

Syrian rescuers say toxic gas dropped on town in Idlib province

Syrian rescuers say toxic gas dropped on town in Idlib province

A Syrian rescue service in rebel-held territory said Tuesday that toxic gas was used overnight on a town in Idlib province. The US State Department said it was looking into the reports, adding that such a development would be “extremely serious”. The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) accused President Bashar al-Assad of being behind the […]

Al-Nusra Front split from al Qaeda ‘a deft political maneuver’

Al-Nusra Front split from al Qaeda ‘a deft political maneuver’

Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the al-Nusra Front, announced this week that it is splitting from its parent organisation, in a move FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadist movements said may be mutually beneficial. The al-Nusra Front announced that it was officially severing ties with al Qaeda and changing its name to Jabhat Fatah al Sham […]

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Two bomb blasts claimed by the Islamic State group hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 170 others, state television reported. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the blasts but gave a lower death toll of 14 killed and dozens […]

Recent spate of violence against Egypt’s Christians goes largely unpunished

Recent spate of violence against Egypt’s Christians goes largely unpunished

Violence against Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian minority, one of the largest and oldest groups of Christians in the Middle East, has escalated at an alarming rate in the last several weeks, with little official response. Since late May, Christians in Egypt have been the victims of at least a dozen sectarian attacks, and activists and […]

Pope denounces 1915 ‘genocide’ during visit to Armenian memorial

Pope denounces 1915 ‘genocide’ during visit to Armenian memorial

A sombre Pope Francis, “with pain in my heart,” paid tribute on Saturday to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in 1915, an event that he has labelled a genocide, risking Turkey’s ire. Francis, on the second day of his trip to Armenia, made an early morning stop at the Tzitzernakaberd, the “Genocide Memorial and Museum,” […]

UK heads to polls in historic EU referendum

UK heads to polls in historic EU referendum

Jordan declared the desert border regions with Syria and Iraq “military zones” barred to civilians after a suicide bomber killed six Jordanian soldiers near the Syrian frontier on Tuesday. King Abdullah II vowed to hit back with an “iron fist” after meeting top civilian and military officials to discuss the attack in an area where […]

Car bomb kills Jordanian troops on Syrian border

Car bomb kills Jordanian troops on Syrian border

A car bomb exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early on Tuesday, the Jordanian military said, killing and wounding several Jordanian border guards in an attack that raised new questions about the pro-Western kingdom’s stability. The military said the blast went off at about 5:30 a.m., close to a makeshift tent encampment where tens of thousands […]

Rebel US diplomats won’t be heard on Syria, ex-ambassador says

Rebel US diplomats won’t be heard on Syria, ex-ambassador says

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, former US ambassador to Syria Robert Ford explained why 51 American diplomats have slammed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria as “unsustainable” and called for US airstrikes against the Syrian regime. On Thursday, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal revealed that 51 American diplomats had […]

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

France calls for calm in Saudi-UN row over Yemen

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Friday for calm to resolve an angry row between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations over the blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen. Ayrault said France could help defuse tensions following a UN decision to remove the coalition from a list of child rights violators. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon […]

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Forces aligned with Libya’s unity government said on Friday they had taken control of the port of Sirte, making further gains in Islamic State’s North African stronghold. Brigades largely composed of fighters from Misrata advanced this week to the perimeter of Sirte’s city centre, after launching a counter attack against Islamic State last month and […]

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

I killed 13 Palestinian kids today: Israeli sniper

An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave. Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle. The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by […]

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found near Hebron, officials say

Bodies of missing Israeli teens found near Hebron, officials say

The bodies of three young Jewish settlers who went missing near Hebron two weeks ago have been found near the city in the occupied West Bank, security officials said Monday. The search for the teens, who disappeared on June 12, has become a national obsession for Israel, setting off a frantic manhunt and large crackdown […]

Egypt’s Sisi sweeps presidential poll in landslide victory

Egypt’s Sisi sweeps presidential poll in landslide victory

Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was declared the winner of the 2014 presidential election on Tuesday with a landslide 96.91% of the vote. Official results of last week’s vote was announced by the country’s election commission late Tuesday and came as no surprise in a country where the opposition has been severely crushed. […]

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