Syrian government forces have taken control of several towns in northwestern Idlib province, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported, amid a renewed push by President Bashar al-Assad to recapture the last rebel stronghold. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Idlib in recent weeks amid stepped up air strikes by Russian and Syrian forces aimed at clearing the opposition from its last redoubt after almost nine years of civil war. The Syrian Observatory, a war monitor, said on Sunday that six towns in the Idlib countryside had fallen to Syrian government forces in the past 24 hours.
Bombs and blood feuds: the wave of explosions rocking Sweden’s citiesIncidents involving explosives have risen to crisis levels in a country where the crime rate is low
Rebecca Long-Bailey broke Labour leadership contest rules but was quietly cleared by Jeremy Corbyn’s allies who promptly rewrote them, The Independent can reveal.The episode has triggered widespread anger among supporters of rival campaigns, who have accused the leader’s team of manipulating the race to rescue their favoured candidate.
China on Sunday expanded drastic travel restrictions to contain an epidemic that has killed 56 people and infected nearly 2,000, as the United States, France and Japan prepared to evacuate their citizens from a quarantined city at the outbreak's epicentre.
Temperatures are set to drop below freezing with snow, hail and strong winds battering Britain over the next few days.Forecasters said a band of rain is heading towards the UK with showers sweeping in and falling as snow, sleet or hail in parts of the country.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo screamed obscenities at a reporter and demanded she proved she could find Ukraine on an unmarked map, it has been alleged.National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Mary Louise Kelly interviewed the secretary for the programme “All Things Considered” on Friday. She asked Mr Pompeo whether he owed an apology to former US Ukraine ambassador Marie L Yovanovitch.
Prince Charles has revealed that he would like to make an official visit to Iran.In an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, the future King said the country has been "such an important part of the world for so many centuries".
Sharon Green was overwhelmed to find a poem penned by Peter Fearnley on the railings on the anniversary of her daughter's death.
The US has warned Boris Johnson that his hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal rest on first making progress in the already-troubled negotiations with the EU.Speaking in London, Steven Mnuchin, the US Treasury secretary, insisted he was “optimistic” that the agreement most prized by Brexiteers can be struck by the end of the year.
George RR Martin has spoken out once again about his intentions for the final two books – The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring – in his Song of Ice and Fire series.The author, who has addressed the backlash to the final season of the hit HBO series on a number of occasions, says that the TV ending is definitely not the full story.
Text messages allegedly sent by Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos may have been sold to tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer by his girlfriend’s brother, according to sources quoted by The Wall Street Journal.According to the paper, federal prosecutors are examining messages, including at least one photograph, first sent by the world’s richest man to news reporter Lauren Sanchez, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing.
Dani Dyer has revealed that she was not told her ex-boyfriend Jack Fincham was having a baby until he announced it to the world today.The Love Island star, 24, told Rylan Clarke's BBC Radio 2 show that the news was as big a surprise to her as anyone.
Mask-wearing patients fainting in the street. Hundreds of fearful citizens lining up cheek by jowl, at risk of infecting each other, in narrow hospital corridors as they wait to be treated by doctors in forbidding white hazmat suits.
How MI5 chiefs abandoned Stephen Ward to take the blame in Profumo scandalVeteran journalist and friend of the society osteopath raises fresh questions of a cover-up in BBC Two documentary
One of Barack Obama’s top advisers as president says voters have a ‘chilling’ lack of interest in the impeachment case, which he blames on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ‘cynical calculation’.David Axelrod, Mr Obama’s former chief strategist, met with a focus group of Democratic voters in Chicago on Friday in which he says impeachment “didn’t come up” until more than an hour into the discussion.