Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Iraq must do more for ISIS sex abuse victims, UN

Iraq must do more to ensure that thousands of women and girls who survived sexual violence by Islamic State militants receive care, protection and justice, the UN said Tuesday. In a fresh report, the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq and the UN rights office also...

Over 100 Syrians killed in US-led strikes in a week, observatory

A so-called monitoring group says more than a dozen civilians have lost their lives in a week as the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group conducted a series of aerial assaults in Syria’s militant-held northern city of Raqqah. The Syrian Observatory for...

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Death toll from mudslide disaster in Sierra Leone rises to 499

The number of bodies recovered after a mudslide and flooding hit Sierra Leone on Aug. 14 has reached 499, Sierra Leonean media reported Sunday. Victims include 162 males, 163 females, 156 children and an additional 18, Awoko Newspaper reported. A hillside collapsed in heavy rains in...

US-led airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians in Syria’s Raqqa, reports

At least 40 civilians were killed and dozens injured in airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on neighborhoods in Raqqa city in Syria, local sources said Monday. The airstrikes targeted residential buildings in northern Raqqa, while the clashes continued between the Syrian Democratic Forces and IS...

Russian air force targets 200+ ISIS terrorists heading for Deir Ez-Zor, Syria

Russia's air force has destroyed a large column of ISIS fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir Ez-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies cited Russia's Defense Ministry as saying on Monday. ISIS is concentrating its forces around Deir Ez-Zor after...

American comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at age 84

Comedian Dick Gregory, who took an active role in the civil rights movement in the US in the 1960s, has died at age 84, his son said on social media on Saturday. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father,...

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,...

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