Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels pushed back by Assad’s forces

Syria conflict: Aleppo rebels pushed back by Assad’s forces

Image copyright AFP Image caption Syrian government troops are back in control of the al-Minian area Syrian government forces have retaken areas of the city of Aleppo that were lost to rebels in recent fighting. The loss of the territory on the city’s western edges was confirmed by the rebels themselves, as well as state […]

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF

Egypt wins approval for $12bn loan from the IMF

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last week Egypt floated its currency in a move aimed at strengthening confidence in the economy The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year $12bn (€11bn) loan for Egypt to help the country out of its deep economic crisis. Egypt will receive $2.75bn immediately, with the rest subject […]

Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

Mosul battle: IS hangs bodies of 40 civilians from poles in Iraqi city, UN says

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bashiqa is one of several towns recaptured as Iraqi forces continue their offensive on Mosul So-called Islamic State (IS) shot dead 40 civilians on Tuesday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul after accusing them of treason, the United Nations says. Their bodies were then hung from electricity poles in […]

Arab Spring ‘cost region $600bn’ in lost growth, UN says

Arab Spring ‘cost region $600bn’ in lost growth, UN says

Image copyright AP Image caption Protests rocked many states across the Arab world The Arab Spring protest movement has cost the region $614bn in lost growth since 2011, the UN says. The estimate is the first of its kind by a major economic body. It is equivalent to 6% of the region’s total GDP between […]

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by […]

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Image caption Amazon has a delivery depot in Avonmouth, in Bristol Amazon delivery drivers regularly work “illegal” hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed. Drivers for agencies contracted by the internet giant told an undercover reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day. Some admitted breaking […]

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Image copyright Spotify Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing and rewriting data to some […]

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

The BBC has confirmed it will launch a new virtual reality film, The Turning Forest, next week. The fairy tale will be made available for free on Daydream, Google’s mobile virtual reality product. Daydream is a mobile headset which covers the eyes of the user and immerses them in the film they are watching. The […]

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

South Korean prosecutors to question President Park Geun-hye

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Park bows said she felt a “sense of shame” South Korean prosecutors are set to question President Park Geun-hye over allegations of political corruption in a scandal that has engulfed her presidency. Officials say this will be the first time a sitting president has been questioned by prosecutors. Ms […]

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Trump election: Nato chief warns against going it alone

Image copyright AP Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned US President-elect Donald Trump that “going it alone” is not an option for Europe or the United States. He said the West faced its greatest security challenge in a generation. During his election campaign, Mr Trump described Western military alliance Nato as obsolete. He suggested […]