Sunday, August 20, 2017

Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

An advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American. Bouthaina Shaaban said the fact that Syria was staging the...

9/11 survivors blast May for hiding Saudi report

Survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have lambasted UK Prime Minister Theresa May for “shamefully” rejecting their request to publish a high-profile government report on Saudi Arabia’s funding of terror groups, which they say might hold some clues into the 9/11 as...

UN hopes for Syria peace talks in October-November

The UN hopes for “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, the UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday. “We are counting very much on Russia, on Iran, on anyone who has got major influence,...

Afghan police discover mass graves after village attack

Afghan police have discovered mass graves containing the bodies of at least 36 victims of a recent militant attack on a village, officials said on Wednesday, as cited by Reuters. One grave in the northern province of Sar-e Pul held 28 bodies and another...

Mass grave with around 40 bodies discovered in northern Sari Pul, Afghanistan

Local Afghans and security forces discovered around 40 bodies in a mass grave in the northern Sari Pul province on Tuesday amid government forces' cleanup operations in the troubled region, reported Xinhua news agency. Militants loyal to the Islamic State group and Taliban outfit have...

Syrians fleeing IS face ‘terrible’ camp conditions, ICRC

Civilians fleeing Islamic State’s two remaining Syrian strongholds face “terrible conditions” in dozens of informal camps, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday. IS is under pressure in the remaining areas it holds in Syria, with a US-backed force battling to oust the...

At least 179 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide, Red Cross

At least 179 bodies have been brought to the central morgue in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, after a mudslide in the outskirts of the city on Monday morning, the Red Cross said. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red...

At least 179 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide

At least 179 bodies have been brought to the central morgue in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, after a mudslide in the outskirts of the city on Monday morning, the Red Cross said. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red...

600,000 Syrians returned home in 2017, more fled

The UN’s migration agency says over 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes this year, citing an increasing trend of returns while warning the situation remains “not sustainable,” reported Associated Press. International Organization for Migration spokeswoman Olivia Headon says the 602,759 returns between January...

More than 500,000 children in need of humanitarian aid in Libya, UNICEF

The ongoing conflict and the breakdown of the economy have left more than a half million children in need of humanitarian aid in Libya, according to the United Nations (UN) children's agency. "Six years since the crisis began in Libya, over 550,000 children need assistance...

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