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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 // 4 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

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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

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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
December 16, 2013
No one really wants to go to war in Syria because it’s a huge sectarian, you know, mess, with all kinds of implications. […] But look, this is complicated. This isn’t easy.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry shares with ABC News ‘The Week’ on how he views Syria today. He also admits al Qaeda is an issue he will have to confront there. 
13:47 // 7 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 7 months ago
December 9, 2013
Across the desert, the wind combs the sand into smooth ripples that roll out evenly for miles. So when a hole is dug, you see it immediately. The sand looks agitated. Its pattern is disturbed. That’s how you know where the bodies are buried. Close to three dozen people in northern Mali disappeared earlier this year, killed or taken away by the country’s military, according to human rights groups. The victims were caught in a backlash against Arabs and Tuaregs, desert people who form a small and shrinking ethnic minority in Mali. As the West Africa bureau chief for The Associated Press, I wanted to know what had happened to them.
An AP reporter beautifully chronicles their trip to hunt down where conflict killings were buried in Mali. 
9:00 // 7 months ago
November 24, 2013
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November 10, 2013
11:00 // 8 months ago
November 4, 2013
It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Laden was in 2003, and they let him live another eight years.
Tom Lee, from Michigan, claims he told the United States where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was back in 2003. He is now suing the U.S. for not having given him the famed $25 million reward. 
14:05 // 8 months ago
November 3, 2013
I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.
This week, drone victims from Waziristan spoke about their experiences with drone attacks in a United States lawmaker session. However, only five lawmakers attended. Another person affected by drone usage said, "We hear the noise 24 hours a day."
11:00 // 9 months ago