Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, it has morphed from a peaceful uprising against the government into a devastating struggle in which both the regime and its enemies have sanctioned rape and torture, according to the United Nations. The carnage has led half the country’s citizens to flee, with more than 5 million refugees living outside of Syria. Human rights groups say Assad and his Russian allies have killed the largest number of civilians, dropping barrel bombs indiscriminately, targeting hospitals and medical centers, using chemical weapons and carrying out a series of sieges to starve the opposition into submission. Its most recent offensive, in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, has killed more than 1,100 civilians since mid-February, as the Syrian president continues to win back control over his battered country. … [Read more...] about Fake News Tourism in Syria: Westerners Search for ‘Truth,’ But Are They Assad’s Pawns?
CANBERRA, Australia -- Seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the tourist town of Margaret River in Australia's southwest on Friday in what could be the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years, police said. The bodies of three adults and four children and two guns were found at a rural property at the village of Osmington, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said. … [Read more...] about 7 dead in what may be Australia’s worst mass shooting in 22 years, near Margaret River in western Australia
The new economics minister, Giovanni Tria, is a mainstream economist at Rome University, while the foreign ministry goes to Enzo Moavero Milanesi, a former European Union official in Brussels who was European affairs minister in former Premier Mario Monti's two-year technical government. … [Read more...] about Italy gets western Europe’s 1st populist govt on second try
Sessions’ Department of Justice on Thursday night decided it wouldn’t defend some of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions. … [Read more...] about “We’re really taking step after step after step”: Jeff Sessions sings Trump’s praises in Denver speech at Western Conservative Summit
In Snohomish County, outdoor burning also will be banned in all unincorporated areas starting Friday except for small recreational fires. … [Read more...] about More Western Washington counties enact burn bans