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Syria rebels, civilians leave penultimate Ghouta pocket

Syria rebels, civilians leave penultimate Ghouta pocketHundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians quit the penultimate opposition-held pocket of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, bringing the government ever closer to sealing its victory over the battered enclave. Eastern Ghouta was the opposition’s final stronghold on the edge of Damascus, but beleaguered rebels are now left with less than 10 percent of their one-time bastion. Since February 18, a Russian-backed air and ground assault has brought most of the area under government control, and Damascus is using evacuation deals to clear the last three pockets.



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Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern GhoutaA renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing nearly 200 people in a matter of days and shattering cease-fire negotiations.



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Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitor

Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitorRegime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday’s deadliest strikes had hit the Hammuriyeh district, killing 12 civilians including four children.



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Colorado shooting latest: Deputy killed after gunman shoots at officers and civilians near Denver

Colorado shooting latest: Deputy killed after gunman shoots at officers and civilians near DenverA volley of gunfire met deputies who entered an apartment after responding to an early morning disturbance call, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters, with the assailant firing “well over 100 rounds” before dying in the gunfight. Authorities had visited the same apartment complex in the middle of the night to address a noise complaint, Mr Spurlock said, but departed after hearing nothing and discerning no issue. “All of them were shot very, very quickly,” Mr Spurlock said.



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HRW accuses Yazidi fighters in Iraq of executing civilians

HRW accuses Yazidi fighters in Iraq of executing civiliansFighters from Iraq’s Yazidi community, brutally targeted by the Islamic State group, executed 52 civilians in apparent revenge killings after capturing territory from the jihadists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. “Relatives of victims told Human Rights Watch that on June 4, 2017, Yazidi forces detained and then apparently executed men, women, and children,” the US-based rights group said in a report. After seizing Iraq’s Sinjar area in 2014, IS unleashed a brutal campaign against the Yazidis — dubbed heretics by the jihadists for their non-Muslim faith — that the UN says could amount to genocide.



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US military says civilians not killed in Somali raid

US military says civilians not killed in Somali raidUS military investigators said Wednesday that only enemy fighters were shot dead in a joint US-Somali raid in August, amid allegations that multiple civilians were killed. At issue is an August 25 operation at a farm near Bariire in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, when Somali troops and US special forces attacked a suspected hideout for fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group. Local elders called a news conference in the capital Mogadishu and displayed nine bodies, two of them children, saying they were civilians killed in cold blood by Somali troops.



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Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitor

Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitorSyrian regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 23 civilians on Sunday across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said. Eastern Ghouta is already in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by a crushing regime siege of the area since 2013 that has caused severe food and medical shortages.



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Trump Nominee: It's 'Insane' Civilians Can Buy Assault Rifles

Trump Nominee: It's 'Insane' Civilians Can Buy Assault RiflesWhile President Donald Trump doesn’t think guns are to blame for the problem of recurrent mass shootings in the United States, his nominee for assistant secretary of defense for health affairs believes it is “insane” that civilians can purchase high-powered semi-automatic guns.



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Russian strike kills 38 fleeing civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian strike kills 38 fleeing civilians in east Syria: monitorA Russian air strike killed 38 civilians on Wednesday as they tried to cross the Euphrates river to escape fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. Deir Ezzor borders Iraq and civilians have fled into the province to escape the battles against IS in their own country. Two campaigns are being fought against IS in east Deir Ezzor, with one on the western side of the Euphrates river that slices diagonally across the province led by Syrian troops and backed by ally Russia.



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US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria's Raqa: HRW

US-led strikes killed 84 civilians near Syria's Raqa: HRWUS-led coalition strikes near the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqa in March killed at least 84 civilians, including dozens of children, Human Rights Watch alleged Monday. The group said the strikes hit two sites: a school housing displaced families in the town of Mansourah, and a market and bakery in the town of Tabqa. It said witnesses acknowledged IS fighters had been present at both sites, but that large number of civilians were also there.



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