Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence […]

Kirkuk: Iraqi government forces enter disputed city

Media captionIraqi federal police advance towards disputed city of Kirkuk Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk, residents say, after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Witnesses told the BBC they saw federal forces entering the provincial government building. Clashes were reported south of Kirkuk earlier in the day, while thousands […]

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

US Open: Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb win titles on same day

Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb got married in 2016 US Open squash champions Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb are the first husband and wife in sporting history to win the same major singles title on the same day. El Tayeb, 24, beat Raneem El Welily 3-2 in the women’s final on Saturday. A […]

Cairo ‘most dangerous’ megacity for women – survey

Image caption Campaigners in Cairo say everything about the city is difficult for women The Egyptian capital Cairo has been described as the “most dangerous” megacity for women. The finding comes from the first international poll on how women fare in cities with over 10 million people. The survey was conducted in 19 megacities where […]

Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Image copyright AFP Image caption Baghdad said it was carrying out a major operation to take control of bases and oil fields in the disputed region Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have already […]

Iraqi Turkmen woman recalls horrors of IS captivity

Image copyright Mahmut Hamsici Members of Iraq’s Shia Turkmen community have been the targets of brutal persecution by so-called Islamic State (IS). One woman, who asked not to be named, told BBC Turkish’s Mahmut Hamsici about her ordeal at the hands of militants from the Sunni jihadist group. Warning: Some readers may find details of […]

Iraq conflict: Kurdish leaders refuse to reject referendum result

Image copyright AFP Image caption Shia militias allied to the Iraqi government have poured into the city of Kirkuk Kurdish leaders have refused Iraqi government demands to reject the result of an independence referendum ahead of talks on the future of Iraqi Kurdistan. They met Iraqi President Fuad Masum on Sunday in a bid to […]

Syria war: ‘Final assault’ launched to recapture Raqqa

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US-backed militias have been besieging the city for months US-backed forces have launched their final assault on the remaining Islamic State (IS) militants in Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it began the offensive on Sunday, after a convoy of IS fighters and their families left the city overnight, […]

Iraq conflict: Peshmerga ‘deadline to leave Kirkuk’ passes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have been ordered to defend Kirkuk “at any cost” A deadline allegedly set by Iraq’s central government for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of Kirkuk has passed. Kurdish security officials said the deadline had been set for early on Sunday but […]

Saudi Aramco said its flotation remains on track for 2018

Image copyright Reuters Saudi Aramco has insisted that its plans for what is likely to be the world’s biggest stock market listing remain on track. There are reports Aramco might shelve the initial public offering (IPO) in favour of private share placings. But the state-owned oil giant said the timing for a £1.5 trillion dual […]

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