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BEIRUT | Syrian president grants general amnesty to army deserters

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar Assad granted general amnesty on Tuesday to army deserters both within Syria and those outside the country, a move that could boost the return of refugees who fled violence in their war-torn country. The decree, published by state media, said the amnesty did not include “criminals” and those on the … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian president grants general amnesty to army deserters

MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

MOSCOW  — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces. The zone will be established by Oct. 15 and be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep, with … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin: Demilitarized zone for Syria’s Idlib to be created

WASHINGTON | US warns Moscow over looming attack in Syrian city of Idlib

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern city of Idlib. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, says the U.S. and its allies are concerned about the deadly consequences if Syrian President Bashar Assad, with support from Russia and Iran, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US warns Moscow over looming attack in Syrian city of Idlib

BEIRUT | UN: Syria war displacement this year worst ever

BEIRUT— The U.N. Commission of Inquiry says Syria this year has witnessed levels of internal displacement not seen before in the seven-year conflict. The agency said in a report released Wednesday that over 1 million Syrian men, women and children have been displaced so far this year “with most now living in dire conditions.” Syrian … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN: Syria war displacement this year worst ever

MANILA, Philippines | Attacker at Philippine festival shared fruit to conceal bomb

MANILA, Philippines — A bomber who killed two people and wounded 35 at a town festival in the southern Philippines offered fruit to people in hopes of evading suspicion when he abandoned the bag that also contained the bomb, a Philippine military commander said Wednesday. Wary residents still alerted police when the man hurriedly left … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Attacker at Philippine festival shared fruit to conceal bomb

The Latest: Afghan aid group offers to help Ghazni’s wounded

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan after a surge in Taliban attacks (all times local): 2:50 p.m. An Afghan aid group is offering to help with the wounded in the eastern city of Ghazni where critical battles are underway between government forces and the Taliban and where the local hospitals have been … Continue reading The Latest: Afghan aid group offers to help Ghazni’s wounded

BEIRUT | Syria: At least 22 killed in Idlib and Aleppo airstrikes

BEIRUT  — Government airstrikes on opposition-held territory in northwest Syria killed at least 22 people, a monitoring group said Friday, as the U.N.’s children’s agency warned a new battle in the war-torn country could affect the lives of 1 million children. Government forces unleashed a wave of airstrikes across Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces after … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria: At least 22 killed in Idlib and Aleppo airstrikes

MANILA, Philippines | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino soldier, five militiamen and four villagers were killed by a powerful bomb that exploded in a van the troops were inspecting Tuesday amid threats of bombings in a southern province, military officials said. Regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Gerry Besana said one other government militiaman was wounded in the blast … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Powerful bomb in van kills at least 10 in south Philippines