Syria conflict: Russia issues warning after US coalition downs jet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian plane Russia has warned the US-led coalition fighting in Syria that it will view its aircraft as targets, after the US shot down a Syrian military plane on Sunday. The coalition said the Syrian Su-22 had […]

Mosul battle: Fierce fighting as Iraqi troops push into Old City

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mosul is so-called Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq The last Islamic State militants in Mosul are reportedly putting up fierce resistance as Iraqi forces try to seize their final stronghold in the city. One commander said penetrating the jihadists’ defences was very difficult, as they had blocked […]

Historic violin lent by Oxford University to Syrian refugee

Image copyright Amr Kokash Image caption Aboud Kaplo, originally from Aleppo, has sought refuge in Lebanon with this family A 19th Century violin has been taken out of a collection of historic instruments held by Oxford University and sent to a young Syrian musician living as a refugee. Aboud Kaplo, 14, was forced out of […]

Carrie Fisher’s autopsy reveals cocktail of drugs, including cocaine, opiates and ecstasy – Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles County coroner’s report released on Monday revealed a mixture of drugs that were in actress Carrie Fisher’s system when she went into cardiac arrest on an L.A.-bound flight and later died. Fisher’s toxicology review found evidence of cocaine, methadone, MDMA (better known as ecstasy), alcohol and opiates when she was rushed to […]

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will launch on CBS in September – Los Angeles Times

“Star Trek” is still living long and prospering with its newest fleet landing on CBS’ streaming service in September. “Star Trek: Discovery,” a 15-episode prequel to the iconic adventures of Capt. Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, will launch on CBS on Sept. 24. The first and second episode will be available for streaming that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere, CBS […]

US coalition downs Syrian army plane in Raqqa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A F/A-18E Super Hornet (similar to the one pictured) shot down the Syrian Army plane The US-led coalition in Syria has shot down a Syrian military jet in Raqqa province. The Syrian army said its warplane was on a mission against the Islamic State (IS) group when it came […]

France polls: Macron’s party set for parliamentary majority

Image copyright EPA Image caption Emmanuel Macron was seen voting earlier in Le Touquet French President Emmanuel Macron’s party is on track for a parliamentary majority, exit polls suggest, weeks after his presidential victory. Polls have his La République en Marche, alongside its MoDem allies, winning at least 355 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. […]

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