Russia claims the Syrian army has suspended combat operations in Aleppo to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighbourhoods - but residents and fighters are reporting no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign.
Islamic State appears to be using tens of thousands of people as human shields in and around Mosul, where Iraqi forces are waging a large-scale offensive aimed at retaking the country's second largest city, the UN human rights office has said.
Civilian casualties of the war in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in a row in 2015, as violence spread across the country in the wake of the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations reported yesterday.
Living in Yemen is like being trapped in a complex, faulty, Rubik’s Cube. Every day you face puzzles that may have no right answers. A move in any direction can lead to blindly exploding shells, airstrikes or stray bullets.