Syria

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”. The latest virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. There have been warnings […]

French voters are to choose their next president after an unpredictable campaign that has divided the country. The second round contest pits centrist Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, against the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen, 48. Citizens in some overseas territories and many French expats abroad have begun voting. The polls open in […]

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to press for a ceasefire to halt the war in Syria. The two spoke by telephone for the first time since the US launched air strikes against Syria nearly a month ago, straining relations. White House and Kremlin statements suggested a productive conversation. Meanwhile, the […]

The US has expressed “deep concern” at Turkish air strikes that killed about two dozen Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq. The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against IS, said their positions were hit multiple times. A woman addressing visiting US forces described Syrian Kurds as “mothers of martyrs” Turkey will resume its military […]

  In tragic news, at least five Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were killed Tuesday morning and several others wounded in Turkish air strikes aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Mount Shingal in western Mosul. In a separate air strike in Syrian Kurdistan 18 Kurdish guerrillas are believed killed. The targeted area was used by […]


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