Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq

Amazon to buy Middle East online retailer Souq

Image copyright AP Amazon has made its first move into the Middle East after agreeing to buy the region’s largest online retailer, Souq.com, for an undisclosed amount. Souq was launched in 2005 and offers more than 8.4 million products. It sells across 31 categories including consumer electronics, fashion, health and beauty, household goods and baby. […]

Mosul battle: Coalition urged to review tactics after civilian deaths

Media captionJeremy Bowens reports on the make-shift weapons leaving civilians with an impossible choice The UN’s human rights chief has called on Iraqi and US-led coalition forces to review their tactics in the battle for the city of Mosul to protect civilians. Zeid Raad Al Hussein said bodies were being found in buildings where IS […]

Scale of Mosul civilian deaths alarms Amnesty International

Media captionJeremy Bowens reports on the make-shift weapons leaving civilians with an impossible choice The US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State appears to be failing to take adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths during the battle for Mosul, Amnesty International says. The group found evidence pointing to an “alarming pattern” of air strikes in the […]

UN experts call for release of UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor

UN experts call for release of UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor

Image copyright AP Image caption Ahmed Mansoor is accused of using social media “to publish false and misleading information” UN human rights experts have called on the United Arab Emirates to release the prominent activist Ahmed Mansoor. Mr Mansoor, 47, was taken away in the early hours of 20 March by security agents, who broke […]

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

How the mouse came to live alongside humans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption House mice are found in human homes throughout the world Mice have been living alongside humans for 15,000 years, according to fossil evidence. This is earlier than previously thought – and predates the dawn of agriculture. Scientists believe wild mice crept into settlements in the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean) region […]

IS conflict: Syria force pauses assault for dam checks

IS conflict: Syria force pauses assault for dam checks

Image copyright AFP Image caption The assault on the Tabqa dam was launched last week with a US airlift behind IS lines US-backed Syrian fighters paused their offensive near the Tabqa dam on Monday to let engineers check it and fix any damage affecting operations. The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance is battling so-called Islamic State […]

Spain to investigate Syrian officials for alleged torture

Spain to investigate Syrian officials for alleged torture

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people are said to have been tortured – and killed – by Syrian security forces A Spanish court has ordered the first criminal investigation into the actions of Syrian government officials during the country’s civil war. The case involves a Spanish woman, born in Syria, who said […]

IS conflict: US-backed force pauses assault on Syria’s Tabqa dam

IS conflict: US-backed force pauses assault on Syria’s Tabqa dam

Image copyright AFP Image caption The assault on the Tabqa dam was launched last week with a US airlift behind IS lines US-backed Syrian fighters have paused their offensive near the Tabqa dam so engineers can do any work necessary to ensure it continues to function. The Syrian Democratic Forces alliance is battling so-called Islamic […]

Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

Syria fighters take control of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters are advancing towards Raqqa A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters has taken control of an Islamic State-held airbase west of the jihadist group’s stronghold of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and a monitoring group said Tabqa airbase had fallen on Sunday […]

Syria fighters ‘take control’ of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

Syria fighters ‘take control’ of IS-held airbase near Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters are advancing towards Raqqa A US-backed force of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters say they have taken full control of a key airbase held by the Islamic State group (IS) near Raqqa. Its capture is seen as a significant step in the fight to drive […]