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April 1, 2014

Death toll in Syria hits new mark

  • 150,000 dead in newly updated Syria death toll, by the Syria Observatory of Human Rights. Fighting still continues across the Syria nation under a three year civil war. Recent clashes have been taking place in the Latakia province off the Mediterranean coast and in the Armenian town Kessab off the Turkish border. source
10:42 // 3 months ago
March 30, 2014
thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.
Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

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15:14 // 4 months ago
March 25, 2014
It is unlikely at the current time that dialogue will resume between the Syrian regime and the opposition in Geneva
United Nations envoy Brahimi stated Monday. On the ground, Syrian forces battled with rebels who captured a village and a crossing on the Turkey border. UN’s Ban ki-Moon also blamed both sides of the conflict for blocking humanitarian aid.
11:00 // 4 months ago
March 5, 2014
15:44 // 4 months ago
February 7, 2014

These refugees survived a year and a half in one of the most conflict-laden cities in the world. They were rescued today.

  • 83 the number of civilians living in Homs, Syria that were evacuated from the war-torn region Friday, a year and a half after fighting broke out in the city. “They were living on leaves and grass and olives and whatever they could find,” World Food Programme spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said of the refugees, many of whom appeared malnourished. source
20:18 // 5 months ago
February 6, 2014
15:08 // 5 months ago
February 5, 2014
17:40 // 5 months ago
February 4, 2014

Thousands of non-Syrians are believed to be fighting in the country’s ongoing civil war

  • 7.5K foreign fighters are believed to be in Syria at this very moment, from more than fifty countries, fighting for the various factions taking part in the civil war that continues to ravage most of Syria. 
  • 1.8K of those fighters are believed to be of European origin, according to a recent report from Israel’s Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.
  • 50+ fighters from the United States are also believed to be in Syria and, given the fact that al Qaeda is believed to be training fighters inside the country’s borders, many nations fear the influx of foreign fighters could lead to new acts of terrorism when the fighters return home. source
18:23 // 5 months ago
15:45 // 5 months ago
January 31, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 31, 2014

How unsuccessful were the Syria peace talks? So unsuccessful that the two sides left the table without having an idea of when they would come back.

Ben Bernanke’s tumultuous term as Federal Reserve Chairman is done. Was it a good term or a bad term? Depends on who you ask.

Jesse Eisenberg will now be know for playing the two biggest villains of all time: Mark Zuckerberg and Lex Luthor.

Nintendo’s plan to save itself involves creating another game console based around fitness products. Great.

Every brand wants to be Oreo on Super Bowl Sunday.

19:52 // 5 months ago