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IRAN – Tehran high-rise collapses

IRAN – Tehran high-rise collapses

TEHRAN – More than 20 firefighters were killed in Tehran on Thursday when a multi-story building collapsed as they were battling a blaze, the city’s mayor told Iranian state TV channel. “Our colleagues in the fire department have lost their lives while trying to save the people in the fire,” Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf told the […]

ISRAEL – Truck attack

ISRAEL – Truck attack

JERUSALEM –– A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was likely inspired by Islamic State. It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets as […]

SYRIA – Ceasefire holding

SYRIA – Ceasefire holding

BEIRUT — A nationwide Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey that went into effect at midnight held Friday despite minor violations, marking a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has disregarded high-level peace initiatives for over five years. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported clashes early Friday between troops and rebels in […]

Ceasefire in Syria to start at midnight

Ceasefire in Syria to start at midnight

MOSCOW/ANKARA –– Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The parties were also prepared to start peace talks, Putin said, after Moscow, Iran and Turkey expressed readiness to broker a deal to settle the nearly six-year-old Syrian war. The Syrian army announced […]

SYRIA – Govt in charge

SYRIA – Govt in charge

BEIRUT — The Syrian government took full control of Aleppo on Thursday for the first time in four years after the last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of war-ravaged eastern districts, sealing the end of the rebellion’s most important stronghold. The evacuations ended a brutal chapter in Syria’s nearly six-year civil war, allowing […]

Syrian girl made famous by Aleppo tweets evacuated

Syrian girl made famous by Aleppo tweets evacuated

BEIRUT — A Syrian girl from eastern Aleppo whose tweets from the war zone captivated world attention was evacuated to safety Monday, part of an evacuation deal that saw the remaining residents of the former rebel enclave head to other parts of the country. “I escaped from East #Aleppo,” she tweeted after arriving in Rashidin, […]

SYRIA – Evacuation halted

SYRIA – Evacuation halted

ALEPPO –– The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi’ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters. The second day of the operation to take fighters and civilians out of Aleppo’s rebel […]

Trains crash in Iran

Trains crash in Iran

TEHRAN – Four carriages derailed and two caught fire when a train that had broken down was hit by another train. The accident happened in freezing temperatures early on Friday, 250km (150 miles) east of the capital Tehran. The rescue effort is being hampered by the remote location, officials say. President Hassan Rouhani has ordered […]

ISRAEL – Wildfires lead to evacuation of 60,000

ISRAEL – Wildfires lead to evacuation of 60,000

HAIFA –– Wildfires raged across Israel for a third consecutive day as authorities ordered the evacuation of 60,000 people in the northern city of Haifa. The fires, which began in Zichron Ya’akov Tuesday, also affected Modi’in in central Israel. A police spokesman told CNN that forces and firefighters are focusing their efforts on dealing with a […]

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