Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies


BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse.

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Shimon Peres, Israel’s elder statesman on defense and peacemaking, dies at 93


JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s last surviving founding fathers who developed its powerful armed forces and nuclear capabilities before seeking peace with the Palestinians and sharing a Nobel prize, died on Wednesday at 93 after suffering a stroke.

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To Save Mosul, Arm the Sunni Tribes


Jamal Al-Dhari, New York Times
Mosul is the largest city that the Islamic State has captured. It is also overwhelmingly Sunni. The only way to liberate the city and minimize bloodshed is to involve the local population. To invite Shiite militias into Mosul would prompt a huge backlash from local residents. Some would even join the Islamic State, viewing the extremist group as the lesser evil, compared with Shiite militias.

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To Save Mosul, Arm the Sunni Tribes


Jamal Al-Dhari, New York Times
Mosul is the largest city that the Islamic State has captured. It is also overwhelmingly Sunni. The only way to liberate the city and minimize bloodshed is to involve the local population. To invite Shiite militias into Mosul would prompt a huge backlash from local residents. Some would even join the Islamic State, viewing the extremist group as the lesser evil, compared with Shiite militias.

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Faction of South Sudan Armed Forces Defects, Joins Opposition to Break Ceasefire


News 24. South Africa.
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Faction of South Sudan Armed Forces Defects, Joins Opposition to Break Ceasefire


News 24. South Africa.
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Faction of South Sudan Armed Forces Defects, Joins Opposition to Break Ceasefire


News 24. South Africa.
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Bangladesh Pulls Out of Saarc Summit Due to Pakistan’s ‘Repeated Interference’


Times of India.
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Air strike hits major Aleppo hospital: medical workers


BEIRUT (Reuters) – Air strikes hit a hospital in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in the early hours of Wednesday, putting it out of service, medical workers said.

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US Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Firm Tied to North Korean Nuclear Program


The Japan Times.
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