Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the capital, Damascus. The latest attacks include a ground offensive that began hours after the UN urged a 30-day truce “without delay”
Meanwhile, an Iraqi criminal court on Sunday sentenced to death 15 Turkish women after finding them guilty of belonging to the Islamic State. Another Turkish woman accused of joining the jihadist group was given a life sentence. Aged between 20 and 50, the women said they had entered Iraq illegally to join their husbands who were heading to fight for ISIS.
Lastly, Katy Perry performed a surprise set on Sunday at a benefit for first responders and survivors of January’s deadly mudslide in Montecito, California. A crowd of more than 2,000 gathered for the “One 805 Kick Ash Bash” fundraiser, named after the area code where disaster hit. It raised nearly $2 million dollars, according to organizers.