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Syrian forces, militants bolster ranks before battle of Aleppo

Syrian government troops and militants besieged in Aleppo are bracing for a final battle to gain control of the city, says a UK-based monitoring group. “Both sides are amassing their fighters in preparation for the great battle of Aleppo,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami ...

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Hunger a weapon of war in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria

PARIS (AFP) – While grain silos in many Western countries may overflow this winter, tens of millions of people risk going without food as hunger is being used more than ever as a weapon of war. More than 50 million people living in 17 conflict-ridden countries are in “severe food ...

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US releases redacted drone strike ‘playbook’

WASHINGTON: The US government has released a once-secret policy document once dubbed “the playbook” that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process. The 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), published Saturday by the American Civil Liberties Union, ...

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Iran bans Pokemon Go due to ‘security concerns’: report

Authorities in Iran have banned the Pokemon Go app citing ‘security concerns’ which currently are unspecified, the BBC reported on Friday. The High Council of Virtual Spaces, an official body overseeing online activity, made the decision. Iran is one of many countries that have raised security-related concerns connected to the ...

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Saudi military violates human rights in Yemen: UN report

A confidential UN report says Saudi Arabia has deliberately bombed civilian targets in Yemen and killed children during an ongoing military campaign against its impoverished neighbor. The report by a panel of UN experts cited a Saudi airstrike on a village house in southern Lahij Province on May 25 in which six civilians, including four children, ...

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Lebanese army raids Daesh position, arrests four terrorists

Lebanese military forces have raided a position of the Takfiri Daesh militant group in the town of Arsal close to the Syrian border, and arrested at least four terror suspects. An army unit stormed a house in the Wadi Ata area of the northeastern town, situated about 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the ...

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Lowell Goddard quits UK child sex abuse inquiry

The head of a major British child sex abuse inquiry has quit,the third person to leave the post since the probe was announced two years ago. The chairwoman, Lowell Goddard, quit without giving a reason, just over a year after taking on an unprecedented five-year inquiry into historical sexual abuse ...

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Russia says warned US before Aleppo toxic attack by militants

Moscow says it had warned Washington about the use of toxic shells by a US-backed “moderate” militant group before the Tuesday attack that killed seven people and injured over 20 more in Syria’s Aleppo. On Wednesday, Lieutenant-General Sergey Chvarkov, the director of the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria, said the information ...

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Erdogan unleashes anger at US over Gulen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is growing impatient with the US over its refusal to extradite Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having led a “terrorist” organization of putschists in Turkey. “At the moment, we are running into the difficulty of not being able to receive a terrorist ...

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