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Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

By Agencies A Syrian maternity hospital in a rebel-held area of Idlib province has been extensively damaged after a direct hit, according to the international charity Save the Children, which supports the facility. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said on Friday that the hospital in the town of Kafar Takharim was heavily damaged and left barely operational. The charity also published a … Continue reading Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

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Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

By Agencies Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Juolani confirmed late on Thursday that his group has formally split from al-Qaeda and has renamed itself as Jabhat Fath al-Shaam (Levantine Conquest Front). “The creation of this new front aims to close the gap between the jihadi factions in the Levant,” Joulani said in his first televised appearance, soon after Nusra released the first photo of the … Continue reading Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

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President declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey

FINAL UPDATE By Agencies Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that the country will be placed under a “state of emergency” for three months, in response to the failed coup. In a televised address on Wednesday, Erdogan said the decision was made following a meeting with members of the national security council. The state of emergency was needed “in order to remove swiftly all … Continue reading President declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey

More than 100 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

By Agencies More than 100 civilians have lost their lives in northern Syria due to airstrikes by the US-led coalition targeting militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group operating in the violence-wracked Middle Eastern country, says a UK-based monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said 11 children were among the victims of the coalition’s Tuesday air raids near the Syrian village of … Continue reading More than 100 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

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Turkey: Arrests continue after failed coup

By Agencies – FINAL UPDATE Two Turkish pilots who played a role in the downing of a Russian jet in November are in custody over the July 15 failed coup in Turkey, a Turkish official said. The downing of the Russian fighter jet on the Syrian last November border sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Russia, which ended last month when the two countries … Continue reading Turkey: Arrests continue after failed coup

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Turkey confirms nationalities of attackers of Istanbul’s airport

UPDATE 4 By DN 24 and agencies Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding 239. The three suicide bombers were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, a Turkish government official has said. The official gave no further details beyond confirming the attackers’ nationalities and declined to be named because details of … Continue reading Turkey confirms nationalities of attackers of Istanbul’s airport

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Deadly suicide bombings rock eastern Lebanon

By AFP At least five people were killed in multiple suicide bombings early Monday in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, officials said. At least four suicide blasts hit the predominantly Christian village of al-Qaa, a military source told AFP. “The first attacker knocked on one of the homes in the village, but after the resident became suspicious, he blew himself up,” the source … Continue reading Deadly suicide bombings rock eastern Lebanon