Yemen's Houthis launch missile toward Saudi holy city
RIYADH Yemen's Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward Mecca on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war said on Saudi state news agency SPA.
BEIJING China's top economic planner on Friday approved a 13.2 billion yuan ($2 billion) urban rail project in Shijiazhuang, the largest city of northern Hebei province, as the government looks to boost flagging economic activity.
The project, involves three rail links with a total length of 80.4 kilometre (49.96 miles), is expected to finish in 2021, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on its website.
(Reporting By Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Kim Coghill)
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.
COLOGNE, Germany Hani Salam escaped civil war in Syria and survived the journey from Egypt to Europe. But when he saw men with bushy long beards at a mosque near his current home in Cologne last November, he was worried.