Associated Press/Syrian Civil Defense

Government shelling in Syria kills nearly 100

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/18, 10:40 am

Government airstrikes and shelling in the Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus killed at least 98 people Monday in the region’s deadliest day in three years, according to a monitoring group and health responders. The Syrian Civil Defense confirmed the deaths and said the casualties could be higher since more people remain beneath debris. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 720 people sustained injuries, some critical. The casualties include 20 children and 14 women.

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Immigration, race flashpoints in Italian election

International | A drive-by shooting of migrants has turned into a major campaign issue
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/18, 01:32 pm

A drive-by shooting targeting African migrants in Italy has fueled a nationwide debate about immigration and race ahead of the country’s general election on March 4.

In a retaliatory attack, 28-year-old Luca Traini on Feb. 3 shot six people from Africa in the streets of Macerata. Days before, authorities arrested a Nigerian immigrant accused of killing and dismembering an 18-year-old Italian woman.

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Syria kills more than 200 civilians in strikes against rebels

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/09/18, 10:19 am

More than 200 people died in the last four days during intensified bombing by government forces in the Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. The fighting marks the region’s bloodiest week since 2015, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Renewed clashes began after a national dialogue brokered by Russia failed to finalize peace talks. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 229 people, including 58 children and 43 women, died in the rebel enclave along the outskirts of the capital city of Damascus.

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