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Airstrikes are still pounding Eastern Ghouta despite a ceasefire, doctor says

[ad_1] "Nothing has changed," Dr. Hamza Hassan said Sunday morning from Arbeen Hospital in Eastern Ghouta, hours after the UN unanimously adopted the resolution. "The airstrikes are continuing. A maternity hospital has just been hit in Saqba (a town in Eastern Ghouta) and is out of service," he said of the offensive from the Russian-backed Syrian regime on the rebel-held enclave.At least seven people are believed to have been killed since the resolution was passed, UN Humanitarian coordinator Panos Moumtzis told CNN on Sunday.The airstrikes and artillery fire have concentrated on the outskirts of Eastern Ghouta, according to...

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The West won’t stop the horrors in Syria even if it could. We simply don’t care

[ad_1] It is essentially the job of the United Nations to find the words -- to articulate the savagery being again unleashed on the people of Syria. Instead, they put out a statement saying that "No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones" following yet another day of brutality in Ghouta.It's not as if the carnage escapes the boundaries of language -- it doesn't. But the "no words" statement alluded to two things that are far more chilling.First: after seven years of condemning violence in the "strongest possible terms," the UN...

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Voices from Eastern Ghouta: ‘They will all die, one by one’

[ad_1] These are just a few stories from activists at the Ghouta Media Center in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus that has been besieged by the Syrian regime for years. At least 260 people were killed and 500 injured in a dramatic uptick in the bombardment this week, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said Wednesday. Other reports put the death toll above 300.Nearly 400,000 people remain trapped in Eastern Ghouta, many of them in desperate need of humanitarian aid. As bombing has intensified in recent days, families have retreated underground, to makeshift shelters and remaining hospitals. But...

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Eastern Ghouta doctors forced to use expired drugs to treat injured

[ad_1] The intensified bombardment of Eastern Ghouta, an area outside Damascus that has been besieged by the regime of Bashar al-Assad for years, drew international condemnation. Amnesty International said "flagrant war crimes" were being committed on an "epic scale" there, and the UN children's agency UNICEF published a symbolic blank statement, saying in a footnote there were "no words" to describe the suffering of children.The onslaught has prompted warnings that the Assad regime, which is backed by the Russian military, is preparing to crush the rebel-held enclave.In a statement condemning the attacks, the White House singled out Russia's support for...

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The mom’s story I could not forget (Opinion)

[ad_1] Here is one such story. It doesn't yet have an ending, but it is no longer where it began.I met Batoul last summer just outside the Syrian city of Raqqa, the town ISIS called its capital. She fled her city eight months pregnant. Escaping coalition airstrikes aimed at shaking ISIS from its stronghold, and braving ISIS snipers and land mines designed to stop civilians from leaving, she led her three small children and mentally ailing husband out of the city and away from danger. She felt nothing but terror, she says, but she knew she had to get out,...

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Syria’s Eastern Ghouta suffers 250 civilian deaths, rights group says

[ad_1] The death toll included 58 children and 42 women, the group said. More than 1,200 people were wounded by the Syrian regime shelling and airstrikes on the besieged Damascus suburb, which rights activists and residents described as being under "constant bombardment."SOHR said at least 106 of the civilian deaths took place on Tuesday.The monitoring group said the death toll is the highest since the 2013 alleged chemical attack on eastern Ghouta, which activists say killed approximately 1,400 people. "These are the worst days of our lives in Ghouta," Eastern Ghouta hospital director and pediatrician Amani Ballour said. "We...

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Kremlin dismisses Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians

[ad_1] Answering a question from CNN on a weekly telephone news conference, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said the indictments provided "no substantial evidence" of Russian meddling, and that there were "no indications that the Russian state could have been involved.""We didn't see any substantial evidence of someone interfering in the domestic affairs," Peskov added. He said the US indictment "mentions Russian citizens, but we heard the accusations against the Russian state -- that the Russian state, the Kremlin and the Russian government were involved." Special counsel Robert Mueller -- appointed by the US Justice Department...

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Filipina’s body arrives home from Kuwait

[ad_1] Joanna's sister Jessica sobbed as she clutched the casket soon after it arrived in the Philippines capital Manila, a devastating end to months of uncertainty over the fate of the 29-year-old domestic worker.Of more than 250,000 Filipinos in the Gulf country, at least 60% are domestic workers who live and work in the homes of their employers for more money than they can earn at home.In the small town of Sara, on the Philippines island of Panay, Demafelis' mother Eva told CNN Joanna was determined to leave to earn money for her family. "I told my daughter, don't leave....

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1,200-year-old comb holds clues to the Viking alphabet

[ad_1] When a team of Danish archaeologists first discovered the fragments of a comb in December, they thought nothing of it. Combs are some of the most common archaeological remains from the Viking Age. They scooped it up in a pile of soil and sent it to the conservation lab, as is procedure. It was only when the conservationist called saying that there was something unusual about it, that they rushed back to the lab to inspect. The comb had several lines etched into it, spelling out a word in runes, the ancient Viking alphabet. On one side of the...

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