Monday, June 26, 2017

Forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people — official

Forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people on Saturday, most of them occupants of various vehicles that were on the road and caught in the blaze, an official said. Reuters reported, the fire, which has yet to be controlled, is already one...

IS snipers deliberately targeting civilians attempting to flee Mosul

Up to 100,000 civilians in west Mosul are suffering from lack of food, water and fuel as the Iraqi and US-led coalition forces try desperately to free the remaining two districts in the old city from ISIS militants, expected to involve what the UN...

9 million children in Syria and surrounding countries at risk — UNICEF

Nearly 9 million children in Syria and surrounding countries risk losing necessary programs due to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) facing a critical shortage of funds. “This is the most severe funding gap UNICEF has had since we started responding to the Syria crisis,...

Edward Snowden is not a criminal — Putin said Russia will not extradite him to US

Russia will not extradite US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden to the United States, because the whistleblower is not a criminal, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with US moviemaker Oliver Stone. On Friday, Stone released the transcript of...

Russia says killed Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Russia investigating whether one of its air strikes has killed Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reported BBC news on Friday. In a statement, the army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa, where...

US-led coalition using white phosphorus in Iraq and Syria

The use of artillery-delivered white phosphorus by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) forces in Syria and Iraq raises serious questions about the protection of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. This multipurpose munition should never be used...

Brexit negotiations will begin on Monday, June 19 — Govt.

Britain has announced that Brexit negotiations will begin on June 19, despite earlier speculation they could be delayed, as Prime Minister Theresa May is still scrambling to prop up her minority government. "The first round of talks that will see the United Kingdom leave the...

Obstruction of justice — US President Trump is being under investigation

US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russia interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign....

At least 83 people remained dead after the heavy clashes in Syria past day — monitor

A monitoring group in Syria reported, at least 83 persons were killed yesterday including 10 members of the regime forces and the militiamen loyal to them, and 28 fighters were killed in an ambush by the Kurdish Forces in the western countryside of Aleppo.  The...

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