• Tue, Aug 20, 2019
  • The most powerful insurgent group in the area, the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, denied this and said the battle continued.
    Syrian army tightens grip on key town after rebel withdrawal
    Syrian government forces looked set to recover a strategic town that has been in rebel hands since 2014 in a major Russian-backed offensive into the opposition’s last major stronghold.An organisation that monitors the war and a pro-Damascus military source said insurgents had withdrawn from Khan Sheikhoun overnight, though the main insurgent group in the area said rebels still held part of the town and fighting continued.Capturing Khan Sheikhoun would be an important gain for President Bashar al-Assad into the northwestern region where his bid to recover “every inch” of Syria has hit complications including Turkish forces on the ground.Syrian state media, in a broadcast from near the town, reported that government forces had widened their control including by seizing a highway running through Khan Sheikhoun, which was targeted in a sarin...
  • Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologises to Malaysians for racial remarks Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologises to Malaysians for racial remarks

    Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60 percent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.

  • Qatar to build new port in Somalia's Hobyo Qatar to build new port in Somalia's Hobyo

    A Qatari delegation led by Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani visited Somalia on Monday.

  • Ghana cashes in on slave heritage tourism Ghana cashes in on slave heritage tourism

    The forts that still dot Ghana’s coast are a reminder of what slaves endured.

  • Twitter denies allegations of bias for suspending Pak accounts posting about Kashmir Twitter denies allegations of bias for suspending Pak accounts posting about Kashmir

    Twitter, which suspended about 200 accounts of Pakistanis posting about the Kashmir issue, has denied allegations of bias by Islamabad, saying that it enforced policies judiciously and ensured...

  • Italy's Di Maio signals imminent end of government, thanks Conte Italy's Di Maio signals imminent end of government, thanks Conte

    Conte is set to address parliament later on Tuesday to defend his record after the 5-Star’s coalition partner, the far-right League, said it would present a motion of no-confidence in the...

  • Medium to high level flood expected in Pakistan river Medium to high level flood expected in Pakistan river

    According to Director Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Tariq Masood Farooq, water levels were expected to rise in the coming hours.

  • Saudi Crown Prince calls up Imran over Kashmir Saudi Crown Prince calls up Imran over Kashmir

    The Monday night phone call comes a fortnight after Khan had called up the Saudi Crown Prince to inform him about India's move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • US announces 125 million dollars aid to Afghanistan US announces 125 million dollars aid to Afghanistan

    By this aid, the total US funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response reaches nearly $190 million.

  • Syrian migrants face deadline to leave Istanbul Syrian migrants face deadline to leave Istanbul

    The order to relocate was issued late last month, giving those affected about a month to comply.