BBC news with Marion Marshall.
Kurdish sources have told the BBC that their Peshmerga fighters have broadly taken control of the strategic dam in the north of Iraq from Islamist militants. Their ground offensives have been coordinated with US forces which provided air cover. Jim Muir is in the Kurdish regional capital Arbil. “Basically it seems they have taken most of the areas around the dam, some reporters saying they have taken part of the dam. It’s really quite confusing. What I think we can’t say is that they haven’t taken it completely, undisputably.
And finally, One commander says they still got a lot of clearing up to do that the ISIS or Islamic State radical fighters left a lot of explosives. And in fact all the way during the fighting, which began very early in the morning just at dawn, the Peshmerga on the ground had encountered a lot of roadside bombs even suicide bombs, according to some accounts.”
Syrian activists say government war planes have launched nearly 25 air strikes against bases of the militant group the Islamic State in the north of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 31 Islamic State fighters were killed. Analysts say this is the first targeted strikes by government forces against Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS.
An Ebola quarantine center has been attacked and looted in the Liberian capital Monrovia. There are conflicting reports about what happened to those in the center. Our West Africa correspondent Will Ross reports. “A group of men broke into the quarantine center in the densely populated West Point area of the capital Monrovia. They looted the mattresses and other items. About 30 suspected Ebola patients left the facility. But the Liberian government says they have all been found and taken to a treatment center. This incident shows the extraordinary challenges health workers face as they try to stop the spread of the deadly virus. People living in West Point were angry that the facility was set up in their neighborhood. It’s possible that the raid was aimed at closing it down.”
The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are holding talks in Berlin, hoping to make progress towards resolving the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Ahead of the meeting, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described the situation in Ukraine as difficult and tried to curtail expectations. “There are no guarantees that these talks will succeed, but I think it would be responsible not to use this willingness for talks, especially in light of the situation today and in the last couple of days.”
Police in Britain say the migrants found concealed in a shipping container on Saturday are believed to be Sikhs from Afghanistan. Thirty-five people, including women and children, were discovered at Tilbury docks when freight from Belgium was being unloaded. One man was found dead. Others were treated for severe dehydration and hypothermia. You are listening to the latest world news from the BBC.
Egyptian led efforts to mediate indirect talks between the Palestinians and Israelis over the Gaza conflict are continuing in Cairo. There’s, so far, been no sign of a breakthrough with the five-day truce currently enforced in Gaza set to expire in a little over 24 hours. Before the talks resumed, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there would be no agreement on a long-term ceasefire unless Israel security needs were clearly met.
More than 100,000 people in Brazil have attended a public mass in the northeastern city of Recife for the late presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Mr. Campos died in a plane crash on Wednesday. Here is Julie Kanarow. “The queue stretched for up to 3 km outside the governor’s palace in Recife. Over 100,000 people lined in the streets to bid farewell to Eduardo Campos, during the public service held in his honor. Mr. Campos had governed the state for seven years and stepped down just four months ago to run for president. Brazil’s most prominent politicians went to Recife for the funeral services, including his would-be opponents, President Dilma Rousseff and heir Sunaviz, and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.”
The US Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized a further post-mortem examination on Michael Brown, the black Missouri teenager who was shot by a police officer a week ago sparking violent protests. An initial autopsy, the day after the shooting, concluded that he died of gunshot wounds.
A German man who holds the world record for having the most body piercings has been refused entry to Dubai, after traveling there to make an appearance at a hotel night club. Rolf Buchholz has 453 piercings on his body and face. Mr. Buchholz, is reported to say he was never given an official reason for being barred. But airport workers told him he’d been turned away because authorities feared he may practice black magic. BBC news.