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Humanitarian deal for Syrians breaks down

International | Idlib residents demand protection and the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/21/18, 02:05 pm

SYRIA: A Russia-Turkey brokered deal to create a demilitarized zone inside Idlib, opening a humanitarian corridor for the province’s 3 million residents, has broken down. The Wall Street Journal blames terrorist groups in Idlib, while China’s Xinhua news service reports the Turkish army gave orders to rebels to deny access to a safe corridor.

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Russia blames Israel for downed plane in Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/18/18, 11:39 am

The Russian Defense Ministry said a Syrian missile shot down a Russian military aircraft with 15 people on board late Monday. Russia blamed Israel for the “intentional provocation.” The ministry said a Syrian surface-to-air missile accidentally struck the Russian Il-20 aircraft while engaging four Israeli fighter jets in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia late Monday. All 15 Russians on board the aircraft died in the strike.

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Associated Press/Photo by Aaron Favila

Deadly landslide buries Philippine mining community

International | Plus, Syrians shelter in caves and more Russian meddling
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/17/18, 02:37 pm

PHILIPPINES: A landslide triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut buried a gold-mining community in a river of debris, with 40 bodies discovered Monday in Itogon. The super typhoon slammed into the northern Philippine province of Luzon on Saturday, killing at least 69 with numbers expected to rise.

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