Iraqi forces launch final assault on Mosul Old City
19 June 2017 | 7:05 am
Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month campaign to seize the militants' stronghold.
28 Aug 2021
Although US military withdrawal raises the risk of terrorist activity, experts say the Taliban will likely value pursuing international recognition of their rule over harboring militants.
30 Aug 2021
In northern Nigeria dozens of fighters from jihadist group Boko Haram have been handing in their weapons, seeking reintegration into society. The government claims the credit, though the full reasons are less clear. And not everyone is ready to accept them back into the fold.
2 Sep 2021
An alpaca named Geronimo has been dominating headlines in the UK, due to a fierce battle between his owner and the government over whether the animal should be put down or not. Geronimo’s owner disputed the validity of two positive tests for bovine tuberculosis, making several court bids to prevent his destruction. More than 140,000 people signed a petition calling on the government to offer the animal a reprieve, but the animal was euthanised by government vets.
1 Sep 2021
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26 Sep 2021
Cuban authorities launch a national campaign to vaccinate children aged two to 18 against Covid-19. With the Delta variant spreading across the island of 11.2 million, the country's health care system has been pushed to the brink, and the government says it will only gradually re-open schools for in-person instruction in October after the vaccination campaign among children is completed.
20 Sep 2021
A bell is inaugurated at a church in Mosul to the cheers of Iraqi Christians, seven years after the Islamic State group overran the northern city. Dozens of faithful stood by as Father Pios Affas rang the newly installed bell for the first time at the Syriac Christian church of Mar Tuma.
25 Sep 2021
Vaccination fatigue and anti-vaxxer movements have slowed down vaccination programs in EU countries like Germany and France, but not so in Spain. After a slow start, the country’s inoculation campaign is now running smoothly. Only 6% of Spain’s population has refused to get vaccinated.
22 Sep 2021
While the Taliban have said only that female students must observe hijab, without giving more details, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of head-to-toe garments. This week we spoke to two Afghan women who told us more about the Taliban's dress code – and the women who are fighting against it in the streets and online with the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes.
5 Oct 2021
Tonight we take a look at the Covid-19 situation in South Africa. The country is about to expand its vaccination campaign. President Cyril Ramaphosa has also eased the restrictions and announced that the government would put in place a standardized vaccination certificate. We also head to Guinea, where Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn in as the interim President… and to Cameroon as international NGO's try to fight back against a government crackdown.
5 Oct 2021
We take a look at the Covid-19 situation in South Africa, which is about to expand its vaccination campaign. President Cyril Ramaphosa has also eased restrictions and has announced that the government will put in place a standardised vaccination certificate. We also head to Guinea, where Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has been sworn in as interim president. Finally, in Cameroon, we see how international NGOs are fighting back against a government crackdown.
17 Oct 2021
Iraqi forces claim to have captured a high-ranking IS leader in an international operation.
2 Nov 2021
In Iraq's vast western desert, some 200 families live in a hamlet largely cut off from the rest of the world, their only neighbour one of the country's biggest military bases. Lost in rocky ochre hills and surrounded by humble palm groves, Al-Sahl’s only education facility is a primary school, and residents rely on livestock and farming to survive.
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