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As fighting in Syria intensifies, pressure is rising for US intervention amid the crisis
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock (IDLIB, Syria) -- As fighting over Syria's last rebel-held stronghold intensifies and puts U.S. ally Turkey in direct conflict with Russia, there is a growing chorus for the U.S. to do something about the dire humanitarian crisis.Nearly one million people have been displaced since December by Syrian President Bashar al Assad's offensive into the Idlib province, backed by Russian air power and Iranian-commanded forces. Relief organizations are struggling to respond to the overwhelming need amid freezing temperatures and a lack of basic resources -- like tents.But for the four million civilians in Idlib, there is no where to...
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Right-wing extremism suspected in Germany shooting that left 11 dead, including suspect
welcomia/iStock (HANAU, Germany) -- A mass shooting in Germany that left 11 people dead, including the suspected gunman, appears to have been motivated by racist, right-wing extremist views, authorities said. The massacre in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau erupted around 10 p.m. Wednesday at two hookah bars in the city of fewer than 100,000 people. "Racism is poison, hatred is poison and this poison exists in society and it is to blame for far too many crimes," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday morning. "There are many indications at the moment that the perpetrator acted on right-wing extremist, racist motives,...
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US citizen to remain in Egypt detention after prosecution appeal accepted
ericsphotography/iStock (CAIRO) -- A dual U.S.-Egyptian national who won a court order to be released from a Cairo prison will remain in jail after a prosecution appeal was accepted on Thursday, her lawyer has said. Pennsylvania teacher Reem Desouky had been serving a pre-trial detention that is renewed periodically since she was arrested at Cairo's airport during a visit to her family in July 2019. She was accused of running a Facebook page that criticizes the government.She had a chance to walk free on Wednesday when a court ordered her release. However, an appeal from prosecutors against her release and...
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