For gays under ISIS rule, fear of cruel death

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Before a crowd of men on a street in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the masked ISIS judge reads out the sentence against the two men convicted of homosexuality: They would be thrown to their deaths from the roof of the nearby Wael Hotel.

UN says ISIS struggling to expand in Libya

2015-12-01 22:01

The Islamic State group has no more than 2 000 to 3 000 fighters in Libya and is struggling to expand its foothold in the north African country, a UN report says.

Obama tells Russia, Turkey to focus on ISIS

2015-12-01 15:59

US President Barack Obama has led calls for Turkey and Russia to end their dispute over the downing of a Russian fighter jet and focus instead on Islamic State, the real enemy.

Turkey detains migrants in sweep

2015-11-30 22:27

Turkey state media report that 1 300 migrants planning to cross into Greece have been detained in a sweep.

Assad: Enemies boosting support for 'terrorists'

2015-11-29 22:36

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that his enemies abroad had increased support for the regime's armed opponents since the start of a major offensive to win back lost territory.

Carson: Absorb Syrian refugees in Mideast

2015-11-28 20:30

US Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has visited a camp for Syrian refugees and suggested they should be absorbed by neighbouring Middle Eastern countries.

Protests as France's Hollande calls on UK to join Syria campaign

2015-11-28 12:07

French President Francois Hollande has urged British MPs to back an air campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, as thousands prepared to march in London to oppose the plans.

Turkey crossed the line with plane downing - Lavrov

2015-11-27 15:40

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Ankara has crossed the line by shooting down a Russian warplane this week and warned the incident could severely undermine Turkey's interests.

2 Turkish journalists jailed over Syria smuggling reports

2015-11-27 08:50

In new blow to media freedoms in Turkey, a court has ordered two prominent opposition journalists jailed pending trial over charges of willingly aiding an armed group and of espionage for revealing state secrets for their reports on alleged arms smuggling to Syria.

Rescued Russian pilot: Turkey gave no warning

2015-11-25 22:03

One of the Russian pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border, has told state media that there was no prior warning.


Prominent French jihadist tried in absentia

2015-12-01 22:46

Seven members of a network in France accused of recruiting fighters for ISIS have gone on trial, but the highest-profile suspect is being tried in absentia because he is thought to be in Syria.

Netanyahu: Israel strikes in Syria from 'time to time'

2015-12-01 20:55

Israel "is active from time to time in Syria", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said in one of his most explicit comments yet on reported Israeli airstrikes there.

German cabinet approves ISIS mission in Syria

2015-12-01 15:32

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has approved sending up to 1 200 troops to support the international military campaign to defeat ISIS in Syria.

Defiant Turkey urges Russia to retract sanctions

2015-11-30 17:32

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has urged Moscow to reconsider economic sanctions that it issued after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter plane.

ISIS executes 3 500 in Syria since declaring 'caliphate'

2015-11-29 19:47

The Islamic State group has executed more than 3 500 people in Syria, including nearly 2 000 civilians, since declaring its "caliphate" in June last year, a monitor says.

Downing of Russian plane saddens Erdogan

2015-11-28 14:48

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says while he's saddened by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish forces, both sides should approach the incident in a more positive way.

Turkey's president warns Russia not to 'play with fire'

2015-11-28 10:00

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to "play with fire" after reports emerged that Turkish businessmen had been detained in Russia.

Sirens ring out as airstrikes hit ISIS stronghold

2015-11-27 09:29

In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say.

IS provokes sea-change in global politics

2015-11-26 06:22

Islamic State has made a grave mistake by defying two big powers – Russia and France – almost at the same time, says Leopold Scholtz.

Putin sends air defence missiles to Syria

2015-11-25 17:56

Putin has responded to Turkey’s downing of Russian jet by sending air defence missiles to Syria.

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