US-led airstrikes kill 10 civilians in Syria’s al-Raqqah:
At least 10 civilians were killed on Monday by a US-led airstrike on the country’s northern province of al-Raqqah, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group, state news agency SANA reported.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1019432.shtmlMore than 1,000 Iranian combatants killed in Syria, says official:
« The number of martyrs from our country defending the shrines has now passed 1,000, » Mohammad Ali Shahidi Mahalati, the head of Iran’s Foundation of Martyrs’ and Veterans’ Affairs, said
Pentagon says air strike killed ‘senior al Qaeda leader’ in Syria:
An air strike carried out by the United States last week killed Abu Afghan Al-Masri, a « senior al Qaeda leader, » near Sarmada, Syria, on Nov. 18, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday.
US names Syrian generals and officers accused of attacks on civilians:
The ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, read out the names and the military units alleged to be conducting torture to a meeting on Monday of the UN security council.
Aleppo: Civilians flee as Syrian troops advance on rebels:
More than 140 civilians have been killed in renewed fighting in eastern Aleppo: Government troops are battling rebels on several fronts inside opposition-held districts
UN chemical watchdog refused to send experts to Aleppo under Western pressure – Lavrov:
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons refuses to send its experts to Aleppo to check substances used by rebels in attacks. The move was « seemingly done under pressure from our Western colleagues, ».
Syria launches new commando force as war heats up in rebel-held eastern Aleppo
An army statement said the move came « in response to the rapid development of events, to support the successes of armed forces, and to meet people’s wishes to put an end to terrorist acts in the Syrian Arab Republic ».
Russian tankers defy EU ban to smuggle jet fuel to Syria – sources;
At least two Russian-flagged ships made deliveries – which contravene EU sanctions – via Cyprus, an intelligence source with a European Union government told Reuters.
New mass grave with 200 bodies found in Mosul:
A security force noticed a group of stray dogs scavenging the ground in Hammam Al-Alil. Moving to that spot, the forces ran into dead bodies pulled out by the dogs, »
Iraqi villagers mourn U.S.-led air strike victims :
As Kurdish forces drove militants from his Iraqi village four weeks ago, an air strike by a U.S.-led coalition hit his brother’s home, killing the brother and seven relatives, family and local officials say.
Chaos in Mosul as locals scramble to get food from aid trucks (VIDEO);
Video shows hundreds of desperate and starving Iraqi residents pushing and shoving each other as emergency food aid is handed out of a truck in the northern city of Mosul.
Media Blackout As Millions Of Muslims March Against ISIS In Iraq:
Millions of marchers participated in the annual Arbaeen Procession in Karbala. Each year, Sunni Muslims and followers of other religious groups such as Christians join the journey to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
Renewed clashes kill at least 19 in Yemen;
Government troops and Houthi rebels suffer casualties in heavy fighting near Taiz and Midi a day after truce expires.
Palestinian killed in West Bank, say Israeli occupation forces;
A Palestinian was shot dead at a West Bank checkpoint on Tuesday after walking towards guards wielding a knife, Israeli police said.
Israel to raze Palestinian village;
The Israeli government has announced plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the country’s southern Negev region that is home to Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘Disillusioned’ With Barack Obama Over Syria and Gulen:
The refusal of Washington to bow to the demand of its key NATO ally with speed has led to suspicion within the Turkish government that the U.S. is harboring Gulen.
Turkey undertakes another round of mass, post-coup firings:
More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the military, civil service, judiciary and elsewhere, while 36,000 people have been jailed pending trial as part of the investigation into the failed putsch.
European lawmakers call for end to Turkey EU membership talks;
The leaders of the European Parliament’s two largest groups called on Tuesday for the European Union to halt membership talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges.
Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon:
An attack by Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists against a Lake Chad army base manned by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a military source said Tuesday.
Three children killed in blast in east Libya’s Benghazi:
A Reuters reporter saw billowing smoke and flames at the site of the explosion near the city’s Jala hospital, which witnesses said had been caused by a car bomb.
Russia has right to defend against ‘aggressive’ NATO:
« Russia is doing all that is necessary to protect itself against the backdrop of NATO’s expansion toward its borders. NATO is indeed an aggressive bloc, that is why Russia is doing everything that is necessary, » as cited by Interfax.
Richard Branson’s Virgin to bankroll secret Blairite campaign to stop Brexit:
Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is to help bankroll a campaign set up in secret by Blairite former ministers and advisers to derail Brexit
Amnesty: UK ‘utterly disingenuous’ about human rights in Bahrain;
British ministers have acted like overexcited cheerleaders for Bahrain’s woefully inadequate human rights reforms,
3 killed, 5 injured in NW Pakistan bomb explosion:
At least three security personnel were killed and five others injured when a bomb went off near their vehicle in Pakistan’s northwest Peshawar city, local media reported Tuesday.
Japan PM says TPP trade pact meaningless without U.S.:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be meaningless without U.S. participation, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the pan-Pacific free trade deal.
Venezuela’s president threatens legal action against US bank:
« JPMorgan’s attitude is of a criminal nature, » Maduro said. He said local and foreign opponents were conspiring to give a false impression that Venezuela is on the verge of a debt default.
There is no such thing as western civilisation:
The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention
Study Shows Marijuana 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Alcohol:
Alcohol was found to be the deadliest drug on an individual level, at least when it comes to the likelihood of a person dying due to consuming a lethal dose. Heroin and cocaine were the next most deadly substances,
Edward Snowden talking about New President Donald Trump :
CNN, Mainstream TV News Continues Ignoring Dakota Access Pipeline;
A lazy mainstream media propagates false narratives based on second-hand sources
Texas police knock woman out of wheelchair, Taser her while handcuffed :
It shows the 36-year-old woman being shocked twice with a taser, once when she was on the ground and already handcuffed.
State Regulators Deny the Homeless a Free Meal ;
Kansas City Health Department put the kibosh on Kookers Kare’s attempts to feed the homeless before anyone was even able to enjoy the food.
News analysis – Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving If Republicans Have Their Way:
This Thanksgiving, while I give thanks for my Medicare, Speaker Paul Ryan and his Republican Congress are actively plotting to dismantle it.
Trump v the media: did his tactics mortally wound the fourth estate?:
From a bonanza of free airtime to an overt media campaign against him, Donald Trump was a candidate covered like no other. But were journalists unwitting accomplices in his election? And where does the industry go from here?
Trump tax plan helps ultra wealthy, businesses more than middle class, hurts single parents :
A family earning between $40,000 and $50,000 ? and for whom he promised to « massively cut taxes » ? would only see a tax cut of $560. Many in the middle class will even see their taxes go up,
Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ‘Under Serious Consideration’ for Trump Cabinet:
The 35-year-old Hawaii congresswoman is being looked as a candidate for secretary of state, secretary of defense or United Nations ambassador.
Trump naming Mattis as Pentagon chief would break with 65 years of U.S. history:
Putting a retired senior military officer in the job 65 years after Congress passed legislation that said it was « the sense » of lawmakers that « no additional appointments of military men to that office shall be approved. »
Donald Trump picks anti-Muslim intel officer to be national security adviser:
Donald Trump has tapped an immigration hardliner and a former intelligence officer to be top members of his administration.
Jeff Sessions – Racism Allegations ‘ False ‘ and ‘ Discredited ‘ :
Jeff Sessions Fmr Counsel – Racism Allegations ‘ False ‘ and ‘ Discredited ‘ – Fox News