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Syria

US warns on jihadist threat in Iraq

Iraqi forces battled militants northeast of Baghdad yesterday, as Washington said a powerful jihadist group was "beyond anything" it has seen and that operations in Syria may also be needed. Pentagon chiefs warned of the dangers of the Islamic State, a slick, well-funded operation powered by an "apocalyptic end of days" ideology as the West reeled from the grisly execution of American journalist James Foley. But despite the jihadists' threat to kill a second reporter if it does not halt air...

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

Death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The figure, covering the period from March 2011 to April 2014, is the first issued by the UN's human rights office since July 2013, when it documented more than 100,000 killed. The high...

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

A US secret military mission had "recently" tried but failed "to free a number of American hostages held in Syria", the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US...

Liveability Index

Dhaka 2nd worst city

Dhaka 2nd worst city

Dhaka has been ranked as the second least liveable city among the world's 140 cities in this year's Global Liveability Index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Only Damascus in war-torn Syria lags behind Dhaka, which was placed in second position last year too and at the bottom the year before. The list is prepared based on the scores across a range of criteria, including health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. The capital of Bangladesh had come second from the bottom of the GLI index in 2012 and 2011.  Australia's Melbourne has retained its status as the world's most liveable city for the fourth consecutive year, outscoring three other Australian cities in...

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have been accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. At least 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority are believed to have been killed with women and children abducted in a village in Iraq. IS is also accused of killing 700...

Only 11 countries in the world are actually free from conflict

Only 11 countries in the world are actually free from conflict

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war. But experts believe this is actually almost universally the case, according to a think-tank which produces one of the world’s leading measures...

Malaysian Airlines flight avoids Ukranian airspace

Malaysian Airlines flight avoids Ukranian airspace

A Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to London was rerouted to fly over Syria on Sunday, as an alternative to using the same route taken by the MH17 plane downed while flying through Ukranian airspace last week. Flight MH004 flew over the war-torn Middle Eastern state following a path recommended by the International...

100 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday. An activist in the central province of Homs, who goes by the name Beibares Tellawi, said Friday that militants from the Islamic State group attacked army checkpoints and seized the Shaer gas field in the desert region of Palmyra the day before. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 115 people were killed. The Syrian government has not commented...

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Assad sworn in as Syria president for third term

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce". State television broadcast what it said was a live ceremony from the presidential palace in Damascus. Assad vowed to fight "terrorism" until security was restored to all of the...

Occupied Areas in Iraq, Syria

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

Jihadists declare 'Islamic state'

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has reportedly declared the areas it occupies in Iraq and Syria as a new Islamic state, removing Iraq and the Levant from its name and ushering in “a new era of international jihad”. The announcement will see Isis now simply refer to itself as The...

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