Clashes erupt near Damascus despite Syria truce

Clashes erupt  near Damascus despite Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with rebels near Damascus on Friday, disrupting a nationwide ceasefire that otherwise appeared to hold, monitors and a rebel official said. The clashes took place in a rebel-held valley northwest of the Syrian capital, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the country’s […]

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 […]

Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupt as French unions take to the streets against labour reform

Clashes erupted on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators protesting against a controversial labour law took to the streets of Paris and cities across France. The interior ministry said 32 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. France’s main CGT union estimated that 40,000 people had turned out to protest in Paris by mid-afternoon. […]

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Thursday, as security forces clashed with protesters for a second day following President Ali Bongo’s disputed re-election. Bongo beat opposition candidate Jean Ping with 49.8 percent of the vote, with Ping gaining 48.2 percent. The opposition rejected the results, calling them fraudulent. Since […]

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are “unacceptable,” the Pentagon said Monday, asking all sides to stand down. “We’ve called on both sides to not fight with one another, to continue to focus the fight on ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, using an acronym for the […]

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Refugee clashes in Samos: “When you lock people up, you can expect violence”

Clashes broke out between two groups of refugees in the “hotspot” on the Greek island of Samos on the night of June 2. According to medical charity MSF, it’s not surprising that tensions boiled over between refugees of different nationalities considering the stress, overcrowding and poor conditions that over a thousand people are facing there. […]