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Homes 'drift away', soil turns liquid in quake-hit Indonesian suburb

Homes 'drift away', soil turns liquid in quake-hit Indonesian suburbLots of places on the beleaguered Indonesian island of Sulawesi were hit hard by Friday’s deadly earthquake-tsunami disaster. For four days, rescue workers and government officials have struggled to reach this suburb on the outskirts of the devastated city of Palu. There was no tsunami here — Petobo is too far inland — but the earth itself liquefied under the power of the jolt.



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Suspect in serial killings lived in a tidy California suburb

Suspect in serial killings lived in a tidy California suburbCITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — The man who authorities said Wednesday is among the worst serial killers and rapists in U.S. history is a 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran, former police officer and grandfather who lived in a tidy, suburban California home with a neatly kept green lawn.



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Rebel rocket fire kills 35 in Damascus suburb

Rebel rocket fire kills 35 in Damascus suburbA rocket killed 35 people in a Damascus shopping district Tuesday, in one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital, as fire in the other direction left dozens of civilians dead in an opposition stronghold. The rocket attack came as heavy bombardment killed 38 civilians in the shrinking rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta east of Damascus. State media said the opposition fire hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers — including some buying presents ahead of Mother’s Day.



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Syrian troops cut besieged Damascus suburb in three after major gains

Syrian troops cut besieged Damascus suburb in three after major gainsBashar al-Assad’s troops have made major gains in Eastern Ghouta, splitting the enclave in three, as a group of rebels left in the first evacuation deal. The advancements separate the largest town of Douma from the rest of the opposition pocket and trapping civilians in increasingly shrinking territory. As part of a divide-and-conquer strategy, Syrian troops seized control of the road linking Douma with the town of Harasta further west, and also captured the town of Misraba. The government now controls more of Eastern Ghouta – an estimated 40 per cent – than at any time since they besieged the area five years ago. Children gather wood in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus Credit: Reuters Jaish al-Islam, one of the dominant rebel groups in the Damascus suburb, agreed to evacuate prisoners from an Islamist rebel group aligned to al-Qaeda that they had been holding. The extremist militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) are excluded from the yet-to-be-implemented UN ceasefire and their presence provided a justification for the government bombardment of the area. Eastern Ghouta is controlled by a complex patchwork of rebels including Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman, which have distanced themselves from HTS. Rebels evacuated from the Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, riding on a bus through the al-Wafideen crossing Credit: SANA The some 13 fighters and their families were sent to a town in central Hama province controlled by HTS. A humanitarian corridor was set up for civilians by the Syrian government and its Russian ally last week, but so far few have left. A UN official who accompanied a recent relief convoy into the pocket said both the regime and the rebels were preventing civilians from leaving. Sajjad Malik, the UN Refugee Agency’s representative to Syria, said snipers from opposition groups positioned near the corridor, and government air strikes, were stopping people escaping the escalating violence. “They said, ‘These guys are preventing us’ ” while pointing at nearby rebel fighters, Mr Malik said. A Syrian girl sits on the floor as United Nations' aid convoy enters the Douma town of Eastern Ghouta Credit: Getty “They want out — either the bombing to stop, or to get out. But reach safety where?” he said in an interview in Beirut. “We are getting to a point where there is literally no flight option. What worse situation could there be?” The UN convoy was the first to reach the some 400,000 residents of Eastern Ghouta since the government began its offensive there in mid-February. Families have been living in their basement to avoid the air strikes, leaving only to try to find food. Some 1,000 have been killed and as many as 3,000 injured in the last three weeks. “I’ve never seen such scared faces in my life that I’ve seen there,” Mr Malik added. “You can see it in their eyes, you can see it in their expressions. But they’re also desperate for someone to come and help them out.” He said the town was marked by the stench of death, with bodies lying unclaimed in the rubble.



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Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fire

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, UN votes for cease-fireBEIRUT (AP) — A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of a week of bombing in the area to 500, as the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria.



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More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburb

More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburbBEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.



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Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburb

Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburbSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities — in large part because hundreds of police officers from nearby Los Angeles lived there.



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Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents' Vow Not To Boycott Israel

Houston Suburb Conditions Hurricane Relief Money On Residents' Vow Not To Boycott IsraelA suburb outside of Houston is requiring residents who were affected by Hurricane Harvey to certify that they do not boycott Israel in order to apply for grant money to rebuild their home or business.



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Father Allegedly Kills Teen Daughter and Wife in Murder-Suicide in Wealthy New York Suburb

Father Allegedly Kills Teen Daughter and Wife in Murder-Suicide in Wealthy New York SuburbNew York State police are calling the death of three family members in Westchester County an apparent double-murder suicide, according to an official statement



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Car attack on soldiers in Paris suburb

Car attack on soldiers in Paris suburbA car rammed into a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb on Wednesday, injuring six before speeding off in what officials identified as a suspected terrorist attack.



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