by James Tweedie
THE Syrian army is engaged in a race to lift Isis’s three-year siege of Deir Ezzor — hoping to beat the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the strategically important city.
The SDF, which is backed by the US-led coalition,...
Monday 19th Jun 2017
posted by Morning Star in World
THE US navy confirmed yesterday that seven of its sailors were dead after a cargo ship hit one of its destroyers off Japan on Saturday.
But questions remained over how the collision occurred on a clear night a few miles off the coast south of Yokosuka and Tokyo.
IRAQI forces launched the final offensive on the Isis “capital” of Mosul at dawn yesterday with troops expecting “vicious” fighting from the extremists.
The assualt began with air strikes and a push by Iraqi troops into the Old City — the last two square...
VENEZUELAN Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas slammed Twitter on Saturday for freezing some 180 government, media and political accounts.
The accounts of Venezuelan National Radio and Miraflores TV, set to start broadcasting on Wednesday, remained inaccessible yesterday.
COLOMBIA’S National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels attacked claims they were behind Saturday’s bombing in a Bogota shopping centre that killed three people.
The bomb also injured nine people when it detonated in a women’s toilet in the Centro Andino centre in the...
AT LEAST 62 people were killed in raging forest fires in central Portugal over the weekend — most of them trapped in their cars when flames swept across a road.
At least 30 died when their vehicles were engulfed by the flames.
A lightning strike is believed to have...
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Saturday 17th Jun 2017
posted by James Tweedie in World
GREECE’S Syriza government hailed the unlocking of more EU bailout money yesterday after the latest austerity cuts.
European creditors agreed to release the latest tranche of €8.5 billion (£7.4 billion) on Thursday night after weeks of hard bargaining.
RUSSIA claimed yesterday that it may have killed Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air raid in Syria last month.
A Russian Defence Ministry statement said it had information suggesting Mr Baghdadi had attended a meeting with 30 Isis leaders near the death cult’s de-facto...