Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops increased their hold on Aleppo on Friday after retaking full control of the city, as residents anxious to return to their homes moved through its ruined streets. Syria’s army announced on Thursday it had recaptured the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo following a landmark evacuation deal that saw thousands of opposition fighters […]

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Government forces retook six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, forcing nearly 10,000 civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive Sunday to retake Syria’s second city. In a major breakthrough in the push to retake the whole city, regime forces on Saturday captured Masaken Hanano, which had been the biggest rebel-held district […]

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Civilians and police killed in DR Congo opposition rally

Congolese police on Monday clashed with protesters marching against what they claim is a bid by President Joseph Kabila to extend his mandate, killing at least 17 people and prompting a threat of further sanctions from the United States. The protest, attended by thousands, came at a time of growing local and international pressure on […]

Memorial interfaith Mass urges French to ‘oppose violence with love’

Memorial interfaith Mass urges French to ‘oppose violence with love’

Muslims attended Catholic Mass in cities and towns across France on Monday in a show of solidarity following the grisly murder of an 86-year-old priest at a Normandy church earlier this week for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. In Raincy – an affluent town of around 14,300 people surrounded by Paris’s poor northern […]

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

US-led coalition strike kills 56 civilians in Syria

Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said. The civilians had apparently been mistaken for jihadists and were bombed while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar in Aleppo province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for […]

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 […]

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo Friday, as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas in the war-torn country. The raids were the most intense in more than a week, with dozens of barrel bombs — crude, unguided explosive devices […]