Syrian torturer is sentenced to life in jail for crimes against humanity

A German court sentenced a former Syrian intelligence officer to life in prison yesterday for crimes against humanity in a landmark ruling against the Assad regime. The conviction is the first time the regime has been held responsible for state-sponsored…

Fight for life as Polish services pull migrants from freezing swamp

Four migrants from Syria and Iraq were rescu ed from a swamp in Poland near the border with Belarus late on Tuesday in a life-or-death operation as bitter winter conditions set in, security services said. While the number of migrants…

*Vehicle knocks groom dead on wedding day in Nasarawa (Nation)*Lagos resumes clampdown of illegal abattoirs, veterinary premises April 19 – Commissioner (Guardian)

Vehicle knocks groom dead on wedding day in Nasarawa (Nation) A gay atmosphere was turned into a mournful one in Ikyangedu community, Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State last Saturday as a would be groom was knocked dead by a…

Syria marks 10 years since uprising began

Syrians are marking 10 years since peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government erupted in March 2011, touching off a popular uprising that quickly turned into a full-blown civil war. Despite a decade of fighting and a broken country, al-Assad…

Turkey set to invade Syria; US to remove forces from area (NewTelegraph)

Turkey is set to invade Syria, as the country had been threatening in recent months, with the United States saying it will remove all of its forces from the “immediate area,” according to the White House. The news came late…

Car bomb kills Kurdish police officer in northeast Syria (Guardian)

A car bomb killed a police officer and wounded two other people Sunday in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, police said, the second such attack in just over a month. Kurdish police spokesman Ali al-Hassan said the…

Golan Heights: Syria condemns Donald Trump’s remarks (BBC)

Syria has condemned as “irresponsible” US President Donald Trump’s comments that it was time to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. A statement published by the Syrian state news agency said it showed the “blind bias” of the…

Israel targets Iranian positions in Syria (BBC)

Israel says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces says the overnight operation targeted the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Syrian air defences. The Syrian military says…

Late winner as Aussies down Syria to go through (Supersport)

Tom Rogic’s injury-time thunderbolt settled an Asian Cup thriller on Tuesday as defending champions Australia beat Syria 3-2 to reach the last 16 and knock out their war-torn rivals. The result meant the holders finished second in Group B behind…

Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot (BBC)

Loud explosions have been heard close to Syria’s capital Damascus overnight, in what the Syrian military says were Israeli air strikes on a weapons depot. A Syrian military official told state media the depot was hit, and three soldiers were…

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