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Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

Islamic State group: Could it rebound from caliphate defeat?

Image copyright Manbar.me In short: yes, but not in the same form. The jihadist terror group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate”, which once ruled over nearly eight million people across Syria and Iraq, has been all but eliminated. The temptation for triumphalism in Western capitals is overwhelming. It has taken four and a half years of relentless military […]

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

India-Pakistan crisis: Saudi Arabia aims to de-escalate tensions

Image copyright EPA Image caption Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known as MBS – is on a high-profile tour of Asia Saudi Arabia has said it will work to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s arrival in Delhi. The prince, known as MBS, is on a […]

Ex-Russia probe overseer Rod Rosenstein 'to step down by March'

Ex-Russia probe overseer Rod Rosenstein 'to step down by March'

Image copyright Reuters Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who oversaw the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling, is to step down by mid-March, US media say. Reports emerged last month that Mr Rosenstein planned to quit once incoming Attorney General William Barr took over. Mr Barr’s appointment was confirmed by the Senate last week. […]

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Viewpoint: Should Britain apologise for Amritsar massacre?

Image copyright AFP Image caption Visitors can inspect a bullet-ridden wall at the site of the massacre Hundreds of Indians attending a public meeting were shot dead by British troops in the northern Indian city of Amritsar in 1919. Historian Kim Wagner sifts fact from fiction as the UK House of Lords prepares to debate […]

Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns

Australia's drought leading to 'suffering' of children, UN warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChildren speak to the BBC about their experiences last year A prolonged drought in Australia is having a devastating impact on children and forcing them to “grow up” prematurely, a UN report warns. Large parts of eastern Australia have endured severe drought for months, crippling farming communities. […]

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

Mexico border wall: US states sue over emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California is suing President Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare an emergency to raise funds for a Mexican border wall. The lawsuit was filed in the court for the Northern District of California. It comes days after Mr Trump invoked emergency powers to bypass Congress […]

Gilets jaunes: How much anti-Semitism is beneath the yellow vests?

Gilets jaunes: How much anti-Semitism is beneath the yellow vests?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse The French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, has said she won’t join other political parties in a march against anti-Semitism on Tuesday, accusing France’s leaders of doing nothing to tackle Islamist networks in France and saying she will mark the occasion […]

George Mendonsa, US WWII 'kissing sailor', dies aged 95

George Mendonsa, US WWII 'kissing sailor', dies aged 95

Image copyright AFP Image caption The photograph has appeared in exhibitions around the world The US sailor famously photographed kissing a stranger in New York’s Times Square to celebrate the end of World War Two has died aged 95. The picture of George Mendonsa bending over and kissing 21-year-old Greta Zimmer Friedman on VJ Day […]

Haiti arrests: US confirms Americans among group detained

Haiti arrests: US confirms Americans among group detained

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police on guard in Port-au-Prince amid protests against the president The US state department says it understands that a number of Americans are among a group arrested in Haiti. Local media reported semi-automatic weapons had been found but this has not been officially confirmed. The circumstances remain unclear but local […]

Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed

Cameroon kidnap: 170 students freed

Image copyright AFP Image caption Conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions has caused devastation since 2017 Cameroonian students and school staff who were kidnapped on Saturday have been freed, the Bishop of Kumbo has told the BBC. A total of 176 people, mostly students, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen at Saint Augustin’s College in Kumbo, in […]