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Nearly 100,000 displaced by fighting in northwest Syria: UN

Beirut - Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced since early December by fighting in northwestern Syria, where the regime is waging an offensive against jihadists, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Syrian refugee sets himself ablaze at UN office in Lebanon

Tripoli - A Syrian refugee in Lebanon set himself on fire Wednesday outside a UN office in desperation at aid getting cut off to his family, suffering serious burns.

No winter let-up for migrants in Calais

Calais - When the squalid Jungle camp near Calais was demolished last year, France hoped it was the last time migrants trying to reach Britain would be sleeping in tents and makeshift shacks outside the port city.

Foreign jihadists 'could' have escaped Syria's Raqa: coalition

Washington - Foreign fighters from the Islamic State group may have escaped the Syrian city of Raqa shortly before its recapture, the spokesman for the US-led coalition against the jihadists said Tuesday.

Russian defence minister visits Assad ahead of Syrian offensive

Moscow - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad welcomed Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to Damascus on Tuesday as Syrian forces supported by the Russian army prepare to make a final push into parts of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

South Syria ceasefire 'globally respected': Russia

Moscow - The ceasefire in south Syria is being "globally respected", Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday, in comments broadcast on Russia television.

Canada prolongs Iraq mission to 2019

Ottawa - Canada will continue to train Kurdish militia for another two years as part of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq, the defense minister announced Thursday.

Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

Madrid - Police in southern Spain on Tuesday staged raids targeting assets of the family of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a judicial source said.

Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

Madrid - Police in southern Spain on Tuesday staged raids targeting assets of the family of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a judicial source said.

Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

Madrid - Police in southern Spain on Tuesday staged raids targeting assets of the family of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a judicial source said.

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Damascus - Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault.

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Damascus - Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault.

Norway releases images of Russian fleet en route to Med

Oslo - The Norwegian military said Tuesday it had taken photos of a Russian fleet, including its flagship aircraft carrier, which were shadowed off its coast as they headed for the eastern Mediterranean.

US-led coalition raids kill 15 civilians in Syria: monitor

Birut - At least 15 civilians were killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by a US-led coalition in Syria, a monitor said.The strikes hit a northern town controlled by the Islamic State jihadist group, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkey nabs French IS jihadist after hair transplant: report

Istanbul - Turkish police arrested a Frenchman suspected of being an Islamic State fighter after he had a hair transplant procedure at a beauty salon, local media reported.

Turkish forces killed 771 'PKK rebels' in past month: state media

Ankara - Turkish forces have killed 771 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey over the last four weeks, the state news agency Anatolia said Friday.
 

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