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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in the hot seat yesterday as he spent 5 hours answering US senators question in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data collection scandal. Mr. Zuckerberg said the company would learn from its mistakes and when pressed, the 33-year-old billionaire tech titan said he would welcome regulation, if it was […]

At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements and said the deaths were likely to rise. There has been no independent verification of the reports and the Syrian […]

Syrian government forces have massed around the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta area, after rebels were reportedly given a deadline to leave. Syrian media said troops were preparing for a “huge” operation in Douma, which is controlled by Jaysh al-Islam. The government’s ally Russia is said to have told the group late on […]

A German national was detained by Turkish security forces in Sirnak, southeast Turkey while trying to enter Syria. Patrick Kraicker, 28, was detained in Silopi on March 14 while attempting to cross the Turkish border into Syrian territory controlled by the YPG. Police reportedly seized various documents, digital materials, and photos related to the PKK […]

It seems the protest have worked as the finance ministry has approved distributing financial incentive payments to health workers. A letter signed by Finance Minister Rebaz Mohammad orders payment of 4.1 billion Iraqi dinars ($3.46 million) in incentives and nightshift overtime. The incentive payment amounts to 100,000 Iraqi dinars (about $84) monthly and is intended to cover […]

 Syrian rebel groups have pulled out of more towns in the Eastern Ghouta, as the government tightens it grip on the enclave outside Damascus. Buses carrying fighters, their families and others left the area late on Saturday, leaving the city of Douma as the last rebel-held stronghold. About 70% of the Eastern Ghouta is now […]

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have blamed Russia and the Syrian regime for the ongoing “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. In a phone call on Sunday, Trump and May discussed Syria and “the appalling humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta.” The two leaders blamed Russia and the […]

At least 36 pro-Syrian government troops have been killed by a Turkish air strike in the region of Afrin. The strike targeted a camp at Kafr Jina in the northern Syrian region. The pro-government troops entered Afrin two weeks ago to back Kurdish forces. Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and another 13 were injured on […]

Indiscriminate shellfire by Turkish troops – and to a lesser extent Kurdish forces – has killed scores of civilians in Syria, a human rights group alleges. Amnesty International said it had verified witness testimony from the north-western Kurdish enclave of Afrin that “painted a grim picture”. Turkey has denied targeting civilians since launching an offensive against […]

Prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader Salih Muslim, who was detained in the Czech Republic, has been freed, prompting anger from Turkey, which issued the warrant for his arrest. The former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested in Prague on Sunday. He was freed by a Czech court on Thursday despite […]


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