Several news agencies have reported one or more deaths in the incident. (Photo courtesy of
April 17, 2015 - 17:54 GMT
A car bomb exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomy zone.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, called the
April 17, 2015 - 16:19 GMT
Former top aid to Saddam Hussein Izzat al-Douri was reportedly killed in Iraq while fighting for Daesh.
Daesh's attack on Ramadi is widely considered a counteroffensive in response to their loss in Tikrit earlier this month. (
April 17, 2015 - 14:29 GMT
More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Daesh forces intensified their offensive on the Iraqi city.
The two towns are located near to Iraq's largest oil refinery. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 14:17 GMT
Iraqi government forces have managed to take full control of two towns close to the country's largest oil refinery in the northern province of Salahuddin from ISIL (Daesh) militants.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Image used for illustrative purposes. (
April 17, 2015 - 12:52 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused neighboring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo. He told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that Ankara had used its influence with rebel factions to persuade them to reject the proposals put forward by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for a ceasefire in the former commercial hub.
This is the latest in a series of incidents where Turkish Airlines planes have been forced to turn back. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 12:14 GMT
A Turkish Airlines flight headed for Basel was forced to return back to Istanbul Friday following a bomb scare, AFP has reported.
Security Council members were shown footage of children dying following a reported chemical weapon attack in March. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 11:50 GMT
Syrian doctors have presented their accounts to the UN of alleged chlorine attacks in Idlib province in Syria.
Three civilians are reported to be among the 36 fatalities. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 09:58 GMT
At least 36 people have been killed because of airstrikes and fighting in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to AFP.
The Iraqi prime minister said that everything
April 17, 2015 - 07:29 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed help from Iran in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), but has warned the country to respect Baghdad's sovereignty.
The UN boss says he is trying to find a new representative to deploy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 07:08 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate stop to fighting in Yemen and is urging a political solution as the best way to stop to violence.
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
April 17, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country.