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3 killed in blast in India's Punjab state

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Police say about 20 other people are injured after 2 armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The charred body of a priest has been recovered in the central town of Alindao, where sectarian clashes have claimed at least 37 lives this week, says Catholic Church

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

U.S.-backed Syria offensive kills 35 ISIS fighters

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Fighting has killed 414 jihadists and 227 SDF fighters in total since the assault began on September 10, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

DEAD. Syrians mourn during the funeral of four fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Powerful Afghan police chief killed in shooting at security meeting

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Taliban claims the shooting and says the targets are US commander General Scott Miller and General Abdul Raziq – the police chief of Kandahar province who had a fierce reputation for brutality

In this photo taken on January 2, 2018, Afghan General Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, looks on as he speaks during a press conference in Kandahar province. An Afghan security chief and a journalist were killed and three Americans wounded on October 18 when a gunman opened fire on a high-level security meeting attended by top US commander General Scott Miller, officials said.  JAWED TANVEER / AFP

Yemen rebels detain dozens of student protesters – activists

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Shiite Huthi movement detains at least 55 students, including 18 women, near Sanaa University in Yemen

UNREST. A Yemeni protester holds up a sign showing the crossed-out faces of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (R) and his Emirati counterpart Mohamed bin Zayed (L) with a caption in Arabic reading "kill them, cross them, cast them into hell", with the defaced flags of Saudi Arabia (R) and the UAE (L) bearing slogans against them, at a protest against inflation and the rise of living costs in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taez on October 4, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP

At least 6 police die in Burkina Faso blast – security sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) A police convoy runs into an ambush in Solle town in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali

U.N. calls on Israel, Hamas to prevent further deaths

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:14 PM

At least 193 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since March 30, the majority during Israel-Gaza border protests, while one Israeli soldier has been shot dead by a Palestinian sniper

BORDER PROTEST. In this file photo, smoke from a tire fire rises as Palestinians protest near the border with Israel east Gaza City on July 13, 2018 against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Death toll in Afghan suicide attack soars to 68

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

It is the deadliest attack since an ambulance packed with explosives detonated in a crowded street in the heart of Kabul in January

AFGHAN ATTACK. An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on September 11, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Iraq parliament holds emergency talks as Basra burns

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'We're thirsty, we're hungry, we are sick and abandoned,' says a protester after another night of violence

UNREST. Iraqi protesters wave a national flag while demonstrating outside the burnt-down local government headquarters in the southern city of Basra on September 7, 2018 during demonstrations over poor public services. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Hundreds escape prison near Libya's Tripoli

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Libyan police say guards were unable to prevent the prisoners escaping as they feared for their own lives

CHAOS. Libyans gather at the site of where a mortar shell landed in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The decision comes after the United Nations human rights mission published a report criticizing the persisting 'climate of fear' in the country

An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of six members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. / AFP PHOTO / MARVIN RECINOS

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Bangladesh police arrest photographer for 'provocative comments'

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Plainclothes officers detain prize-winning photographer Shahidul Alam after his interview with Al Jazeera

Founder of Drik Photo Agency of Bangladesh Shahidul Alam speaks during the inaguration of Photo Imaging Asia 2006, in New Delhi, 07 December 2006. PhotoImaging Asia 2006 is the biggest photography and imaging exhibition in South Asia and will be on till 10 December at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi's exhibition hall. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH PRAKASH SINGH / AFP

Nicaragua strongman blames 'satanists,' bishops, U.S. for unrest

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Daniel Ortega says the protesters, financed by the 'North American empire' and domestic business chiefs, had been conspiring to mount a coup d'etat against him

STRONGMAN. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife and Vice President Rosario Murillo wave during the commemoration of the 39th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at "La Fe" square in Managua on July 19, 2018. Ortega blamed "satanical criminals," Catholic bishops and the US for a wave of unrest he has violently sought to extinguish, as he marked on Thursday the 39th anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power. INTI OCON / AFP

Nicaragua government forces regain control of opposition stronghold

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The taking of Masaya by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega was a significant development in 3 months of unrest that has left at least 280 people dead

CRACKDOWN. Members of Nicaragua's Special Forces patrol the streets of Monimbo neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 18, 2018, following clashes with anti-government demonstrators. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Streets deserted as Nicaragua strikes after protest deaths

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:20 AM

Opposition supporters claim the strike was 90 percent respected across the country while official media announced business as usual in several trade zones

STRIKE. A man pushes a cart past closed stalls during a 24-hour nationwide general strike called by the opposition, at the "Oriental" market in Managua on July 13, 2018. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

Syria state media confirms deal with rebels for Daraa city

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Under the deal for opposition-held areas of Daraa city, rebels are to hand over their heavy and medium-sized weapons

DEAL. Displaced Syrians from the Daraa province come back to their hometown in Bosra, southwestern Syria, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Yusuf/AFP

Nicaragua's Ortega rules out early elections

Jul 08, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega breaks his silence on the proposal by the influential Catholic hierarchy to bring forward the elections scheduled for 2021 to March 2019

MOVE ELECTIONS. A supporter of embattled Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega holds a placard reading "Let's go to the Polls. (Ortega) Till 2021" during the government-called "Walk for Security and Peace" in Managua on July 7, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

11 killed, 7 missing as tensions rise in DR Congo's east

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:53 PM

The latest violence in the restive provinces of North and South Kivu underscores the fragility of a region which has been wracked by ethnic and rebel violence since the mid-1990s

Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Calm reigns over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RETURN HOME. Syrian families return to their homes in towns and villages situated on the eastern outskirts of Daraa on July 7, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Pope fears for Christian presence in Middle East

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:47 PM

'Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,' says Pope Francis

RELIGIOUS LEADERS. Pope Francis (L) watches as Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros (Theodoros) II releases a dove after a meeting with other religious leaders at the Pontifical Basilica of St Nicholas in Bari, in the Apulia region in southern Italy, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

3 dead in Nicaragua clashes as U.S. slaps sanctions on gov't

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:46 PM

More than 220 people have been killed in the ongoing unrest since mid-April

FRESH CLASHES. A man fires a homemade mortar during a protest against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government in Managua, on July 4, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

At least 2 dead in Nicaragua's day of anti-Ortega marches

Jul 01, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'I'm here because I want to see my Nicaragua free, it hurts that children like me have died, but we must continue fighting to get this dictator out,' a 15-year-old student says at the Flowers March, which was done in honor of the youth killed during months of unrest

PROTEST. Flowers are seen on a Nicaraguan national flag during the "Marcha de las Flores" -in honor of the children killed during protests- in Managua on June 30, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Afghan forces resume offensive operations after gov't ceasefire ends

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The ceasefire, which lasted 18 days, has been '98 percent successful,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

UNREST. Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Nicaragua clashes leave 8 dead including baby – rights group

Jun 24, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The rights group says more than 200 people have been killed in protests that started just over two months ago demanding President Daniel Ortega step down

UNREST. A man stands near the coffin of Jose Maria Orozco, 69, who died during an attack by riot police and members of the Sandinista Youth, in an empty room, as people avoids attending the wakes of riot victims for fear of retaliation, in Managua on June 23, 2018. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Yemen pro-gov't forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels – coalition

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,' says Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, coalition commander for the Red Sea coast

CLEARED. A grab from a AFPTV video shows Yemeni pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led military alliance advancing during their fight against Huthi rebels in the area of Hodeida's airport on June 19, 2018.AFP PHOTO/AFPTV

Nicaragua agrees during crisis talks to allow probe of deadly unrest

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Under the new agreement Managua would allow in the UN, the EU and urge the presence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to investigate "all deaths and acts of violence, the identification of those responsible and a comprehensive plan for the victims so that effective justice is achieved"

IN PROTEST. A friend of Jorge Carrion, 33, who was shot dead during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, carries a homemade mortar and shouts anti-government slogans during Carrion's funeral in the city of Masaya. Photo by Inti Ocon/AFP

U.S. commando killed, 4 wounded in Somalia attack

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The attack has occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

Eiffel Tower shuts due to security personnel strike

Apr 13, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Paris' most recognizable monument has been hit by repeated strikes by its 300-strong staff

ICON. Beams of light are visible atop the Eiffel Tower, in this file photo. File Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Sri Lanka to probe anti-Muslim riots, lift curfew

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Three people died, 20 others were wounded and more than 200 Muslim-owned businesses and homes were destroyed in four days of rioting

AFTERMATH. A Sri Lankan army patrol on the streets of Digana, a suburb of Kandy on March 8, 2018. Photo by AFP

Aid convoy quits Syria enclave as regime presses onslaught

Mar 06, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Dozens of United Nations trucks reach the main town of Douma, the first aid convoy to arrive since a bloody Russian-backed assault began more than two weeks ago

AID FOR SYRIANS. Displaced Syrians wait to receive aid from Russian soldiers as they return to their villages in the area of Abu al-Duhur on March 4, 2018. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Rohingya exodus still growing, 6 months into crisis

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Myanmar denies seeking to eradicate the minority but refuses to give UN investigators access to an area where thousands of Rohingya are believed to have been killed

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

DR Congo police fire bullets, tear gas on anti-Kabila rally – AFP

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(2nd UPDATE)The protests come after months of tension sparked by Kabila's prolonged rule and long-delayed elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

3 bombs rock capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) One is detonated in the compound of the state government secretary's home, while the two others explode in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach

BOMBING. An earlier photo of people cleaning a damaged bulding after a bombing in Lashio in Myanmar's Shan state on February 22, 2018. Photo by AFP

Iran's Rouhani rejects violence but vows 'space for criticism'

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:36 AM

His statements come as hundreds of protesters marched through Tehran and other cities in the 4th day of demonstrations

UNREST. Iranian President Rouhani finally broke his silence on the protests that mark the biggest test for the regime since mass protests in 2009. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

2 Palestinians dead in 'day of rage', U.S. isolated at UN

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Whether violence would further spiral in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere is being closely watched, with Friday marking a second day of unrest

PROTESTS. Palestinian protestors burn an effigy of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 7, 2017. File photo by Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Pakistan braces for military response after violent clashes

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Police and paramilitary forces pulled back from an operation to break up a huge sit-in that had paralyzed Islamabad for weeks after their clearance operation on Saturday turned deadly

CLASHES. Pakistani riot policemen gather around the burning tents of protesters of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group in Islamabad on November 25, 2017. Photo by Aamir Qureshi / AFP

Clashes as Pakistani police try to disperse sit-in

Nov 25, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Smoke and tear gas fill the air as the roughly 8,500 elite police and paramilitary troops in riot gear were also seen throwing rocks and using slingshots in the ongoing bid to clear 2,000 or so hardline demonstrators.

PROTEST. A Pakistani protester of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group throws a tear gas shell back towards police during a clash in Islamabad on November 25, 2017. Photo by Aamir Qureshi / AFP

Fresh violence kills 71 in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED The office of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi says 12 security officials had been killed alongside 59 militants – the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out last year

Maduro installs disputed new Venezuela assembly

Aug 04, 2017 - 11:37 AM

3rd UPDATE The inaugural session of its 500 plus members – who include Maduro s wife and son – will take place under high tension

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and members of the military high command seen during a military parade in Caracas on February 1, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela protest ban dampens street opposition to Maduro

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:52 AM

UPDATED President Nicolas Maduro warns that anyone taking part in new protests against the election to choose a Constituent Assembly tasked with rewriting Venezuela s constitution risk up to 10 years in prison

UNREST. Anti-government activists take shelter during clashes with riot police in a protest in Caracas on July 28, 2017. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Venezuela's government, opposition on deadly collision course

Jul 28, 2017 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Fears of open civil conflict have prompted an exodus of thousands of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia

PROTESTS. Anti-government activists burn tires during clashes with the National Guard in Caracas on July 27, 2017 on the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Venezuela Catholic Church calls government 'dictatorship'

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:27 AM

An influential voice in Venezuela the church has long had strained relations with President Nicolas Maduro who is under mounting opposition and international pressure to hold early elections

U.S.-backed forces cut off last ISIS escape route from Raqa

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:36 PM

But ISIS fighters hit back with a counterattack that included several suicide bombings against the Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters trying to seize control of the city

RAQA. A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Deaths from Venezuelan anti-government protests up to 75

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:01 AM

A 22 year old man was killed during a demonstration in the capital s Altamira area

MORE PROTESTS. An injured protester is assisted by medics and fellow demonstrators as opposition activists and riot police clash during an anti-government protest in Caracas, on June 22, 2017. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Bahrain minister briefly hacked after Qatar cyber attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Bahrain has been gripped by persistent unrest since 2011 when its Sunni rulers crushed protests led by its Shiite majority