New refugee camps go up inside Syria

By BBC Turkish aid workers have been setting up tents and distributing supplies for thousands of new Syrian refugees kept from entering Turkey at the border. Some 35,000 people fled a Syrian government offensive in the...

Spain breaks up ‘IS jihadist cell’

By BBC Spanish police have arrested seven people with suspected links to so-called Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups, officials say. The suspects were held in raids in the cities of Valencia and Alicante and...

Two rescued from Taiwan quake rubble

By BBC Two people have been pulled alive from the ruins of an apartment building two days after it collapsed in a powerful earthquake in Tainan City in Taiwan. The first was a woman who  officials...

Man rescued from Taiwan quake rubble

By BBC Rescuers have pulled a 20-year-old man from the rubble of an apartment block more than a day after it was destroyed by an earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Taiwanese TV showed Huang...

EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

By BBC Officials in the EU have urged Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border at Kilis after fleeing fighting. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said there was...

North Korea fires long-range rocket despite warnings

By BBC North Korea has fired a long-range rocket, which critics say is a test of banned missile technology. A state TV announcer said that North Korea had successfully placed a satellite in orbit. The launch was...

Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

By BBC US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, has died aged 85. He passed away at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida, his family said. As part of...

Syrian fighting rages as thousands flee

By BBC Fierce clashes have been reported near Aleppo in northern Syria, as government forces try to surround rebels holed up in the strategic city. Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said about 120...

Deadly quake fells buildings in Taiwan

By BBC An earthquake has toppled buildings in the south Taiwanese city of Tainan, killing at least seven people. Rescue teams have been trying to reach people trapped in rubble since the magnitude 6.4 quake struck...

Al-Shabab retakes key Somalia port city of Merca

By BBC. Islamist militant group al-Shabab has taken control of the port city Merca, residents say. Merca, some 70km (45 miles) south-west of Mogadishu, is now the biggest town under al-Shabab control. African Union forces who had...
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