Bernard Smith

Bernard Smith

Asia

India's Modi calls for Kashmir peace during independence ceremony

India is celebrating 70 years of independence, and Narendra Modi, the country’s prime minister, has used the occasion to renew calls for peace in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

India's Modi calls for Kashmir peace during independence ceremony

Asia

70 years later: Kashmir still a snag in India-Pakistan relations

Exactly 70 years after Partition and multiple wars, the status of Kashmir remains a major sticking point between India and Pakistan.

 70 years later: Kashmir still a snag in India-Pakistan relations

Arts & Culture

Bollywood releases film on love and sanitation in India

More than half of all Indians still don't use a toilet.

Bollywood releases film on love and sanitation in India

Middle East

Civilians flee last ISIL enclave in Mosul’s Old City

ISIL has been confined to less than one square kilometre by Iraqi forces in Mosul's Old City. Government troops have been fighting to re-take the city from the armed group since October.

Civilians flee last ISIL enclave in Mosul’s Old City

Middle East

Iraqis who fled ISIL reluctant to go home

As ISIL's grip on territory in Iraq weakens, villages and towns it once controlled are free to go back to how life once was. But, with so much destruction and little investment in reconstruction, many Iraqis are reluctant to go home.

Iraqis who fled ISIL reluctant to go home

Iraq

Iraq's military: ISIL is completely surrounded in Mosul

The Iraqi army has said it had completely surrounded the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the battle for Mosul. Federal police units have recaptured the last bridge over the river Tigris, cutting off the fighters escape route.

Iraq's military: ISIL is completely surrounded in Mosul

Middle East

Iraqi forces gain more ground in Mosul’s Old City

Iraq's military says it has advanced in the Old City of Mosul, bringing it closer to driving ISIL fighters completely out of the area.

Iraqi forces gain more ground in Mosul’s Old City

Middle East

Iraq refugees spend Eid in desperate conditions

Many who fled fighting in Mosul between ISIL fighters and security forces are spending another Eid in desperate conditions.

Iraq refugees spend Eid in desperate conditions

Middle East

ISIL blamed for the destruction of Grand al-Nuri Mosque

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has blamed ISIL for the destruction of a centuries-old mosque in Mosul. The Grand al-Nuri Mosque is where ISIL's leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi declared a so-called Caliphate three years ago.

ISIL blamed for the destruction of Grand al-Nuri Mosque

Middle East

Yemen cholera crisis: Disease kills 'one person per hour'

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is a threat to millions living in desperate conditions. More than 100,000 people have fallen ill in the past month.

Yemen cholera crisis: Disease kills 'one person per hour'

Middle East

Qatar hires law firm to counter "terrorism" accusations

Qatar has hired former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, and his law firm to counter accusations by Donald Trump that Doha supports "terrorism".

Qatar hires law firm to counter "terrorism" accusations

Asia

Mental health concerns in Indian-administered Kashmir

Decades of conflict between separatists and the armed forces have taken its toll on the mental health of many people in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Mental health concerns in Indian-administered Kashmir