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Taliban says ready to counter Afghan forces after deadly carnage

May 14, 2020 - 12:16 AM

'From now onwards the responsibility of further escalation of violence and its ramifications shall fall squarely on the shoulders of the Kabul administration,' the Taliban says in a statement

BURIAL. Mourners carry a covered dead body during a burial ceremony following a suicide attack in a maternity hospital, at a cemetery in Kabul on May 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Calm returns after 2-day flare-up in and around Gaza

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The Israeli military reports no rocket fire from the territory and Agence France-Presse correspondents in Gaza report no Israeli strikes

AFTERMATH. Palestinians salvage belongings from the site of an Israeli airstrike east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Khamenei orders Iran unrest victims treated as 'martyrs'

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that families whose loved ones 'lost their lives in any way during the demonstrations' will be 'paid their blood money as restitution'

'MARTYRS.' Iran's supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as 'martyrs' with their families compensated. Photo by AFP

6 killed in Mali attack on pro-government forces

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:49 PM

Four more people are missing after the attack in strife-torn northeastern Mali

Regime forces advance towards key town in northwest Syria

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:31 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's fighters are just a few kilometers away from Khan Sheikhun, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

KEY TOWN. This picture taken on August 5, 2019 shows smoke billowing above buildings during a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on Khan Sheikhun in the south of the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Sudan shuts schools as pupils' killing sparks outrage

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Killing a student is killing a nation,' chant hundreds of schoolchildren, dressed in their uniforms and waving Sudanese flags, as they take to the streets of Khartoum

IN PROTEST. A Sudanese protester waves a national flag during a rally in the capital Khartoum to condemn the 'massacre' of 5 demonstrators including four high school students at a rally in the central town of Al-Obeida on July 29, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Paris says its missiles found on pro-Haftar base in Libya

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

But the French government denies supplying the missiles to rebel commander Khalifa Haftar and breaching a UN arms embargo

ADMISSION. This file photo taken on June 29, 2019 shows fighters loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord displaying US-made Javelin anti-tank missile and precision guided munition, which were reportedly confiscated from forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar in Gharyana. Photo by AFP

1,000 dead in 3-month fight for Libya's Tripoli

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:37 PM

The UN's World Health Organization says air strikes and ground fighting have left nearly 1,000 people dead and some 5,000 wounded

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on June 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising in Tajoura, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, following a reported air strike by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Haftar. File photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Sudan protesters agree to direct talks with ruling generals

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:22 PM

One of the conditions for the talks is to reach a decision 'within 72 hours'

DIRECT TALKS. Sudanese people gather as protests continue near the site of Sudan's military headquarters in central Khartoum on May 13, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Internet services are being used to coordinate illegal activities, said Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications

NO DATA. Mobile internet across Rakhine state has been turned off. AFP file photo

Ethiopian army chief, regional president killed in unrest

Jun 23, 2019 - 1:57 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says that an attempted coup had taken place in Amhara, one of 9 autonomous regions in the country

Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The flare-up comes as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier in June

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria's Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sudan police try to quell civil disobedience campaign

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The campaign is underway nearly a week after the assault on demonstrators at a sit-in outside army headquarters, which followed talks breaking down between protest leaders and military rulers

CRACKDOWN. Sudanese police fired tear gas June 9, 2019 at protesters taking part in the first day of a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators. Photo by AFP

Guaido, Maduro rallies set as Venezuela emerges from blackout

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Both opposition leader Juan Guaido and Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro ask their supporters to fill the streets of Caracas and other cities

PROTEST. Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, demonstrate in Caracas on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Bangladesh returns 'lost' Myanmar soldier

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The solider was detained by Bangladeshi security forces on January 24, 2019 after he crossed the border and was found in a jungle

2 die in political unrest ahead of Nigeria vote

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:19 PM

The election delay has increased tensions between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, stoking fears of violence and rigging

UNREST. A motorcyclist drives by a vehicle set on fire following deadly clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Kofa in Bebeji district of Kano, economic nerve centre of northern Nigeria, on February 22, 2019. - Two people were killed, while 40 vehicles, 12 motorcycles and houses were burn following bloody clashes between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kofa town, Bebeji district of Kano, northeast Nigeria ahead of tomorrow's rescheduled presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Haiti officials to lose perks in prime minister's response to violent unrest

Feb 17, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The unrest is the latest upsurge of discontent over corruption and poverty in the Caribbean half-island where protesters want the ouster of President Jovenel Moise

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as ISIS fighters trapped

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'In a very short time, not longer than a few days, we will officially announce the end of ISIS' existence,' says Syrian Democratic Forces commander Jia Furat

CIVILIANS. Men believed to be civilians fleeing the battered Islamic State-held holdout of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor stand in the back of a truck on February 11, 2019. Photo . by Fadel Senna/AFP

India mourns dead soldiers amid calls for revenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:55 PM

India accuses Pakistan of harboring the militants behind the attack, which sparks nationwide outrage and some public calls for war against the nuclear-armed arch-rival to avenge the killings

BURY. Family members and villagers carry the coffin of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Sukhjinder Singh during the cremation ceremony at Gandiwind village, some 60 kms from Amritsar, on February 16, 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir. Photo Narinder Nanu/AFP

11 dead as war-damaged flats collapse in Syria's Aleppo

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:00 PM

A child is the sole survivor of the collapse in the formerly rebel-held neighborhood of Salaheddin in Aleppo

RESCUE. Syrian civil defence workers rescue a child from under the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in the Salah al-Din district of the northern city of Aleppo on February 2, 2019. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Venezuela's Guaido calls for new protests, Pope fears 'bloodbath'

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Encouraged by the international support for his cause, Juan Guaido is on a mission to weaken the military's support of Nicolas Maduro, which has been essential to keeping him in power since 2013

REJECTED. A member of the Bolivarian National Guard burns a copy of amnesty measures for anyone in the military who disavows President Nicolas Maduro, distributed by opposition supporters, at the main entrance of the forces' headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela on January 27, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.N. chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Jan 24, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'What we are worried (about) with the situation in Venezuela is the suffering of the people of Venezuela,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

ACTING PRESIDENT? Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president,' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Photo by FedericoParra/AFP

France's 'yellow vests' mobilize for fresh round of protests

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Hundreds of officers are on guard on the Champs-Elysees, where banks, jewelry stores and other shops have boarded up windows in anticipation of renewed looting and violence

NEW ROUND. People march in the streets of center Paris, on January 12, 2019 during an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest "Gilets Jaunes" movement. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Air strikes, clashes hit Yemen's Hodeida despite ceasefire

Dec 16, 2018 - 4:49 PM

At least 29 fighters, including 22 Huthi rebels, are killed in clashes and air strikes in Hodeida province, a pro-government military source told Agence France-Presse

CONTROL. Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 8, 2018. AFP file photo

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe' – U.N. aid chief

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:49 PM

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock reiterates the UN's readiness to play a role to ensure that the rebel-held Hodeida port, a key entry point for imports and aid, to remain open

WAR. A Yemeni man pushes 7-year-old Abdullah, who was wounded in a land mine explosion in the Taez province, western Yemen, into their shelter in al-Hamili district on November 29, 2018. AFP Photo

3 killed in blast in India's Punjab state

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Police say about 20 other people are injured after 2 armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The charred body of a priest has been recovered in the central town of Alindao, where sectarian clashes have claimed at least 37 lives this week, says Catholic Church

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

U.S.-backed Syria offensive kills 35 ISIS fighters

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Fighting has killed 414 jihadists and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

DEAD. Syrians mourn during the funeral of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Powerful Afghan police chief killed in shooting at security meeting

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Taliban claims the shooting and says the targets are US commander General Scott Miller and General Abdul Raziq – the police chief of Kandahar province who had a fierce reputation for brutality

In this photo taken on January 2, 2018, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, looks on as he speaks during a press conference in Kandahar province. An Afghan security chief and a journalist were killed and three Americans wounded on October 18 when a gunman opened fire on a high-level security meeting attended by top US commander General Scott Miller, officials said.  JAWED TANVEER / AFP

Yemen rebels detain dozens of student protesters – activists

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Shiite Huthi movement detains at least 55 students, including 18 women, near Sanaa University in Yemen

UNREST. A Yemeni protester holds up a sign showing the crossed-out faces of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (R) and his Emirati counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed (L) with a caption in Arabic reading "kill them, cross them, cast them into hell", with the defaced flags of Saudi Arabia (R) and the UAE (L) bearing slogans against them, at a protest against inflation and the rise of living costs in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taez on October 4, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

At least 6 police die in Burkina Faso blast – security sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) A police convoy runs into an ambush in Solle town in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

It is the deadliest attack since an ambulance packed with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul in January

AFGHAN ATTACK. An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Iraq parliament holds emergency talks as Basra burns

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned,' says a protester after another night of violence

UNREST. Iraqi protesters wave a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on September 7, 2018 during demonstrations over poor public services. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Bangladesh police arrest photographer for 'provocative comments'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Plainclothes officers detain prize-winning photographer Shahidul Alam after his interview with Al Jazeera

Founder of Drik Photo Agency of Bangladesh Shahidul Alam speaks during the inaguration of Photo Imaging Asia 2006, in New Delhi, 07 December 2006. PhotoImaging Asia 2006 is the biggest photography and imaging exhibition in South Asia and will be on till 10 December at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi's exhibition hall. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua government forces regain control of opposition stronghold

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The taking of Masaya by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega was a significant development in 3 months of unrest that has left at least 280 people dead

CRACKDOWN. Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets of Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 18, 2018, following clashes with anti-government demonstrators. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Streets deserted as Nicaragua strikes after protest deaths

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Opposition supporters claim the strike was 90 percent respected across the country while official media announced business as usual in several trade zones

STRIKE. A man pushes a cart past closed stalls during a 24-hour nationwide general strike called by the opposition, at the "Oriental" market in Managua on July 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Under the deal for opposition-held areas of Daraa city, rebels are to hand over their heavy and medium-sized weapons

DEAL. Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Yusuf/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega rules out early elections

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega breaks his silence on the proposal by the influential Catholic hierarchy to bring forward the elections scheduled for 2021 to March 2019

MOVE ELECTIONS. A supporter of embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega holds a placard reading "Let's go to the Polls. (Ortega) Till 2021" during the government-called "Walk for Security and Peace" in Managua on July 7, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

11 killed, 7 missing as tensions rise in DR Congo's east

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:53 PM

The latest violence in the restive provinces of North and South Kivu underscores the fragility of a region which has been wracked by ethnic and rebel violence since the mid-1990s

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Calm reigns over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RETURN HOME. Syrian families return to their homes in towns and villages situated on the eastern outskirts of Daraa on July 7, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Pope fears for Christian presence in Middle East

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:47 PM

'Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,' says Pope Francis

RELIGIOUS LEADERS. Pope Francis (L) watches as Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros (Theodoros) II releases a dove after a meeting with other religious leaders at the Pontifical Basilica of St Nicholas in Bari, in the Apulia region in southern Italy, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

3 dead in Nicaragua clashes as U.S. slaps sanctions on gov't

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:46 PM

More than 220 people have been killed in the ongoing unrest since mid-April

FRESH CLASHES. A man fires a homemade mortar during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, on July 4, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP