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What is left of the Syrian opposition?

And which Syrian opposition will be going to Sochi?<p>On January 29, Russia will host what it calls the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. It claims that this meeting will emphasise the "necessity of a speedy political settlement of the Syrian crisis based on UN Security Council Resolution …

Middle East

Double Suicide Bombing in Baghdad Kills at Least 38 People

Extremism

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.<p>The Defense …

Military

Egypt says it does not want war as tension grows with Sudan | Reuters

CAIRO (Reuters) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday Egypt is not conspiring against its neighbors and has no intention to fight, a reference to growing tension with Sudan.<p>FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi gives a televised statement on the attack in North Sinai, in …

North Africa

Turkey bolsters Syria border as US force plan slammed

Armoured vehicles, tanks deployed as Turkey, Syria and Russia attack US-led coalition plan to form 30,000-strong force.<p>Turkey has sent military reinforcements along its border with Syria, according to state media, as Ankara, Damascus and Moscow all attacked a US plan to form a new border security …

The Houthis’ Do-It-Yourself Air Defenses

On the evening of Jan. 7, 2018, the coalition of the Houthi insurgency and Yemeni military units that sided with the Houthis claimed to have shot …

Middle East

Syrian army vows to eject US troops

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Troops allied with Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are determined to "end the presence of the US" in the country, Syria's state-run news agency, SANA, said Monday, citing an official at the regime's Foreign Ministry.<p>The official told SANA that the Assad-aligned Syrian Arab Army …

Middle East

New data shed light on the dramatic protests in Iran

The swift spread of Iran’s protests through socially conservative and traditionally apolitical small cities is perhaps their most notable feature. Participation in anti-government protests in such locations carries potentially high costs. Why did the protests garner such support in these areas?<p>The …

Protest

Turkey to launch imminent Syria operation against YPG

Turkey's president vowed "to purge terrorism" across the border in Syria, as Turkish forces pounded US-backed fighters with artillery fire on Sunday.<p>A military operation in northern Syria against the city of Afrin - controlled by the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG - will be launched "in the days …

Middle East

Wanted Dead or Alive: The Frustrating, Failing Hunt for ISIS Leader Baghdadi

Americans and Russians have converged on the Euphrates Valley where the ISIS “caliphate” is making a last stand. They “think” Baghdadi’s alive there. …

China to move millions of people from homes in anti-poverty drive

Xiao Ercha lives in a tumbledown shanty beside a pigsty, thousands of kilometres and a world away from the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Beijing and Shanghai.<p>Tatty mosquito nets hang from the bamboo poles propping up its cracked asbestos roof; kittens and chickens scuttle across the shack’s earthen …

China

Ash-spewing Volcano In Papua New Guinea Forces – Hazards Risk

3 months ago<p>Ash-spewing Volcano In Papua New Guinea Forces Hundreds To Flee<p>Sydney: A remote island volcano in Papua New Guinea has begun spewing ash …

Iran launches wave of arrests as regime bids to quell protests

Dozens of students have been detained by Iranian authorities who have arrested more than 1,000 people in their attempt to quell anti-government protests, according to Iranian MPs.<p>Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist MP, was quoted by the Iranian labour news agency as saying that around 90 students have …

Protest

British Council Nigeria signs up for HawkSight Software

British Council Nigeria has signed an annual contract for HawkSight SRM's award-winning security risk management solution, HawkSight Software powered …

They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The camp was supposed to be a refuge. Falmata’s life had been stolen by war ever since the sixth grade, when she was abducted from her home and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram’s fighters for the next three years.<p>She finally escaped last spring, slipping into the bush while her …

Africa

Thousands protest Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

Some 10,000 people have staged a "March of Shame" prompted by police probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into allegations of graft. His …

Saudi Arabia On Track This Year To Execute The Most People In Two Decades

Figures provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveal that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s attempt to present himself as a reformer, the country's approach to the death penalty has not changed.<p>Mujtaba al-Sweikat was 17 years old when he attended a protest against the government in Saudi Arabia in the …

Saudi Arabia

In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Sunday that it had destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory, dealing a substantial blow to one of the main strategic assets in the Islamic militant group’s arsenal.<p>It was the second cross-border tunnel in six weeks that the Israeli military said it …

Israel

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Peace Process

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as a prelude to moving the U.S. Embassy there, has thrown a wrench into …

Islamic State Completely ‘Evicted’ From Iraq, Says Iraqi PM

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday, 9 December, that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the …

HawkSight SRM launches HawkSight Software powered by Esri

HawkSight SRM has today released the latest powered by Esri version of its award-winning security risk management HawkSight Software.<p>Recognised in …

The Dangerous Myths About Sufi Muslims

Detractors and admirers alike embrace the same misunderstandings.<p>The attack on Al Rawdah mosque in the Sinai last Friday, during which Islamists claimed at least 305 lives, was quite possibly the deadliest terrorist atrocity in modern Egyptian history and one of the largest terrorist attacks …

Why Muslim extremists attacked this mosque in Egypt

On Friday, at least 305 Egyptians were killed by terrorists who detonated a bomb in a crowded mosque, then sprayed frantic worshipers with gunfire as they fled. It was deadliest in the country's modern history.<p>It “was horrific,” local Ibrahim Sheteewi told the New York Times. “The bodies were …

Islam

Zimbabwe’s Military, in Apparent Takeover, Says It Has Custody of Mugabe

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s military said early Wednesday that it had taken custody of President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, in what increasingly appeared to be a military takeover in the southern African nation.<p>After apparently …

South Africa

Bomb and gun attack on Mogadishu hotel kills dozens

Islamic militants from al-Shabaab have killed at least 28 people in an attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.<p>Police said the attackers rammed a car bomb into the gates of the Dayah hotel shortly after 8am on Wednesday before storming inside.<p>A series of attacks have underlined the …

Africa

Bigger battles are rising from the ashes of the war on ISIS

<b>(CNN) —</b> The last ISIS fighters in Raqqa have been killed or surrendered, and the terror group that once held territory the size of the United Kingdom and ruled over 10 million people has been pushed back to a few dusty towns straddling the Syrian border with Iraq.<p>The campaign to eradicate the …

Middle East

Lebanon has a racism problem

The problem of racism in Lebanon goes beyond xenophobic attitudes towards Syrian and Palestinian refugees.<p>President Michel Aoun told the United Nations General Assembly last month that Lebanon should be the permanent centre of an institution dedicated to peace education with a "focus on forgiveness …

Middle East

China’s South Sea Fleet gets new unit as military looks to boost its presence in disputed waters

The Chinese South Sea Fleet has set up a new marine rescue squadron as part of moves by the People’s Liberation Army to step up its battle readiness …

Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

For a group with such spectacular ambitions, Islamic State’s last stand took place in surroundings of almost shocking banality: a hospital and sports stadium in Raqqa, the Syrian town that was the political capital of its self-styled caliphate. After weeks of street-to-street battles and bombing, …

Middle East

As Kirkuk's Governor Is Forced to Flee, Iran Moves In

Baghdad and Washington say the invasion has been no big deal. The Kurds beg to differ.<p>Najmaldin Karim, the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk Province, will not be returning to the city that elected him in 2011 and 2014. It's too dangerous.<p>In an interview Wednesday, he told me he fled his home on Tuesday …