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Indonesia blocks internet in Papua over unrest fears

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua over unrest fears

Indonesia has cut off internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racist online posts would spark more violent protests in the region, but critics slammed the move as a threat to free speech.

Civilian death toll mounts as Syrian offensive widens

Civilian death toll mounts as Syrian offensive widens

Air strikes have killed more than two dozen civilians in northwestern Syria in the last two days in an escalation of a Russian-backed offensive against the last major rebel stronghold ...

Greece questions two women over dousing museum relics with oil

Greece questions two women over dousing museum relics with oil

Police in Greece are questioning two women suspected of squirting or dabbing oil on artefacts in at least two museums in a ritual the suspects said was dictated by Bible teachings.

More than 30,000 displaced in Syria's Idlib in latest offensive: UN

More than 30,000 displaced in Syria's Idlib in latest offensive: UN

Violence in northwest Syria has displaced more than 30,000 people this month alone, the United Nations said Monday, warning that a looming assault could create the century's ‘worst humanitarian catastrophe’.

Syrian offensive uproots more than 120,000: monitor group

Syrian offensive uproots more than 120,000: monitor group

Jordan, already hosting some 650,000 Syrian refugees, says its border will remain closed to more refugees.

Syrian offensive knocks hospitals out of service

Syrian offensive knocks hospitals out of service

President Bashar al-Assad is aiming to restore control over rebel-held areas at the borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Turkey intensifies Syria campaign against Kurdish militia

Turkey intensifies Syria campaign against Kurdish militia

Turkish warplanes and artillery took advantage of the clear skies and pounded the hill of Barsaya near the Kurdish town of Afrin in northwestern Syria.

Erdogan threatens to expand offensive to other Syrian cities

Erdogan threatens to expand offensive to other Syrian cities

Turkey launched its military operation dubbed "Olive Branch" against the YPG on Saturday, supporting Syrian rebels with ground troops, air strikes and artillery fire.

Lebanon to begin offensive against IS on Syria border

Lebanon to begin offensive against IS on Syria border

The Lebanese army announced Saturday the start of an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group close to the Syrian border in the east of the country, where jihadists have been operating for several years.

Thousands flee anti-IS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Thousands flee anti-IS offensives in Iraq and Syria

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled offensives against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are battling to keep what remains of their territory, the UN said Sunday.

Pakistan launches nationwide anti-militant offensive

Pakistan launches nationwide anti-militant offensive

Pakistan's military on Wednesday launched a nationwide anti-terrorist operation days after a series of bloody extremist assaults killed dozens of people across the country, the military said.

Iraq launches Mosul raid to drive out Islamic State

Iraq launches Mosul raid to drive out Islamic State

Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country.