war & conflict
By VICE News
Several people — including a number of children — also drowned over the weekend as they attempted to flee the besieged city by crossing the Euphrates River.
By VICE News
A government spokesperson did not release any further details and no one has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Baqa'a refugee camp — the largest in the country, housing around 100,000 refugees.
By Tess Owen
The bodies of suspected informants are often displayed publicly, and some people have reportedly been killed by being dropped into a vat of acid.
The attack on the town of Bosso near the border with Nigeria was the deadliest carried out in Niger by Boko Haram in more than a year.
On the front line of the battle against IS, Peshmerga fighters say they're earning international support for a Kurdish state. They may be wrong.
The Saharan town of Ubari is now at peace — but full of kids with weapons and no prospects for a life after the fighting. And Libya's three rival governments can do very little about it.
The kingdom is on track to execute more people this year than in 2015, when it carried out a 20-year high of 158 executions, and to deepen resentment among its Shiite minority.
The al Qaeda affiliated Islamist militant group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the car bombing and hours-long siege at Hotel Ambassador, which left at least 16 people dead.
Abadi's decision to halt, two days after elite Iraqi troops poured into the city's rural southern outskirts, postpones what was expected to be one of the biggest battles ever fought against Islamic State.
The militants reportedly targeted the Ambassador Hotel, in the latest attack against places frequented by foreigners in the Somali capital.
"It's significant in that it's their last remaining funnel" to Europe, a US military official said, adding that the offensive will be supported by a small number of US special operations forces.
The violence came as Amnesty International released a report saying that the number of internally displaced people in Afghanistan has doubled in the last three years.
The Iraqi army is advancing slowly against Islamic State militants barricaded in the city. Caught in the middle, more than 50,000 civilians are trapped, and at grave risk.
Salim Alaradi was facing charges of supporting Libya’s national transition council after the Arab Spring. He and his three Libyan co-accused cheered and embraced in the courtroom upon hearing the news.
The battle for Fallujah is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever fought against Islamic State, in the city where US forces waged the heaviest battles against the Sunni Muslim militant group's precursors.
The Mali peacekeeping mission is an increasingly dangerous one, with 64 peacekeepers killed on active service since it began.
By Tess Owen
"I appeal to the civilized world, including all those human rights bodies, to investigate the brutal murder of my brother and compensate his children" the brother of the late taxi driver Mohamad Azam said.
The sighting comes days after US special operations troops were photographed and videotaped in Syria on the front lines of a major Kurdish-led offensive against the Islamic State.
Canada is refusing to pay ransom to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf, but that doesn't mean there's not an effort to pay the terrorist group.