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Turkish tanks back Free Syrian Army's offense in Afrin – local media

Published time: 21 Jan, 2018 07:40 Edited time: 21 Jan, 2018 07:56 Turkish tanks are supporting the Free Syrian Army’s ground offensive on Kurdish positions in Syria’s Afrin region, as operation ‘Olive Branch’ enters its second day, local media reported. The Turkish military reportedly faces no serious resistance from the Kurdish forces, which have retreated to towns and villages, Hurriyet ...

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4 months without a government: Is Germany better off this way?

After four months of political horse trading, Germany appears to be close to forming a new government, but with things humming along, it begs the question: Does the EU’s most powerful player actually need someone in charge? Following last week’s preliminary deal agreement, the Social Democratic Party will vote Sunday as to whether it should pursue coalition talks with Chancellor ...

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12-hour siege of Kabul Intercontinental Hotel ends, all 3 attackers killed (WATCH LIVE)

Published time: 21 Jan, 2018 05:18 Edited time: 21 Jan, 2018 05:58 All three attackers on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul were killed and their hostages released after a siege lasting several hours. The attack left five people dead and as many as 10 wounded. READ MORE: Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital Kabul, several killed (VIDEO) Afghan ...

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N. Korean pop singer arrives in the South to check out Olympic art venues

A N. Korean delegation has travelled to the South to inspect Olympic venues. Pyongyang had earlier indicated the visit would be canceled, raising alarm over the fate of the budding rapprochement in the run-up to the Games. Accompanying the inspection team is young female artist Hyon Song-wol, who now heads the North’s Samjiyon Orchestra. She’s known for her part in ...

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Ground phase of Turkish attack on Afrin will start on Sunday – PM

Following an intense shelling and bombing attack on Kurdish positions in Afrin Saturday, Turkey’s PM announced the ground phase of operation ‘Olive Branch’ will kick into gear Sunday. “From tomorrow [Sunday], depending on developments, our ground units will perform the necessary activities [as part of the Operation Olive Branch],” Binali Yildirim told reporters. He claimed the first phase of the ...

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Investigate chemical incidents in Syria instead of blaming Damascus & distorting our views – Moscow

Russia has called for an investigation of all chemical incidents in Syria, as the US has ignored all evidence of terrorist involvement while portraying the allegations against Damascus, based on shady sources, as the truth. “All the ongoing attempts by the US to accuse the Syrian government of using chemical warfare agents in combat against the so-called “opposition” are based ...

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9 reported deaths in Turkish strikes on Afrin, wounded civilians rushed to hospitals (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Published time: 20 Jan, 2018 23:43 At least nine people have reportedly been killed in Afrin, Syria, as Turkey bombs the predominantly Kurdish region. Footage from the scene shows hospitals treating wounded civilians and locals donating blood. Turkish airstrikes killed three fighters and six civilians, according to a statement by the Kurdish militia. At least 13 civilians were wounded. Turkey ...

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Turkey vows to spare Afrin civilians as reports of 1st non-combatant deaths emerge

Turkey has vowed not to harm civilians in Afrin as it bombs the Syrian Kurdish region amid the first reports of civilian casualties. “Every kind of attention and sensitivity will be shown so that civilians and innocent people will not be harmed,” Gen. Hulusi Akar from the Turkish General Staff said in a video address. He repeated that Turkey is ...

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Italians asked to report fake news to police ahead of March election

The Italian government is cracking down on fake news ahead of its upcoming general election, launching a portal that allows the public to report online news hoaxes directly to the police. Reports of fake news can be made via a “red button” system on the website of Italy’s postal police – the division that tackles cyber crime. Those reporting media ...

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World first: Frenchman undergoes second face transplant

A Frenchman whose body rejected a face transplant has become the first person in the world to undergo the procedure a second time. The unnamed man in his 40s, who received his first transplant seven years ago, spent nearly two months in an induced coma without a face until a second donor was found on Monday, according to a joint ...

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