U.N. stunned by multiple civilian casualties in western Mosul
BAGHDAD The United Nations expressed profound concern on Saturday over reports of an incident in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul that caused a high number of civilian casualties.
KUWAIT Flames ripped through the complex housing Kuwait's new opera house on Monday, just three months after the futuristic $770-million venue opened to the public.
A thick plume of black smoke rose from the waterfront Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, television footage showed. Firefighters on a crane sprayed water onto the building, a structure covered with geometric Islamic patterns.
In a statement later in the day, the centre said the fire had been contained with no casualties. The blaze hit the roof of the complex building, away from the theatre and music buildings, it added.
The musical "Cats" was due to open at the complex on Thursday, and the centre's statement said events and activities there would continue uninterrupted.
(Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy and Hadeel Al Sayegh; Writing by Andrew Torchia; Editing by Alison Williams)
ROME Leaders of the European Union met in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaty and demonstrate that the EU can survive the impending departure of major power Britain.
UNITED NATIONS Israel has ignored a demand by the United Nations Security Council to halt settlement building and some Palestinian groups are continuing to incite violence against Jews, U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the 15-member body on Friday.