More than 40 of Syria’s most powerful rebel factions said on Monday that Russia’s air campaign had made a political solution to the country’s bloody conflict impossible.
In a statement posted online, 41 groups including Jaish al-Islam near Damascus, Ahrar al-Sham in northwest Syria, and the Northern Front said that Russia’s “brutal occupation has cut the road to any political solution”.
The statement also urged the creation of a regional coalition to combat both the Syrian regime and its allies Iran and Russia. Read more about Syria: political resolution impossible
A simple childish fight over a puppy has led an 11-year-old boy to shoot and kill his 8-year-old neighbour in the US state of Tennessee, the girl’s grieving mother said.
Latasha Dyer said her daughter was playing outside when the boy asked to see her puppy. Little McKayla said “no” and shortly after was shot in the chest.
“When we first moved to White Pine, the little boy was bullying McKayla,” Latasha Dyer told WATE 6 news in a video posted on the station’s website on Sunday. Read more about Boy 11, shoots girl 8, over puppy
After a week of steady rain, thousands of South Carolina residents faced the prospect of going days without running water, and with waterlogged dams overflowing, bridges collapsing, hundreds of roads inundated and floodwaters rolling down to the coast, the southern state was anything but done with the disaster.
“This is a Hugo-level event,” Major General Robert Livingston, head of the South Carolina National Guard, said on Monday, referring to the September 1989 hurricane that devastated Charleston. “We didn’t see this level of erosion in Hugo. This water doesn’t fool around.” Read more about South Carolina battles floods
Adriaan Vlok, the former law and order minister, oversaw brutal police policies that suppressed public anger against racist white-minority rule, which was eventually overthrown with Nelson Mandela’s election in 1994.
Now a 77-year-old widower, Vlok seeks redemption from his past by opening his house as a refuge for the vulnerable and distributing food to poor black families. Read more about Apartheid chief helps township residents
A suspected US air strike on a charity hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed 19 people Saturday, a bombardment US President Barack Obama said was a “tragic incident” but which the UN condemned as “inexcusable”.
Washington has promised a “full investigation” into the bombing at the facility, a key lifeline that has been running beyond capacity during fighting that saw the Taliban seize control of the northern provincial capital for several days. Read more about US strike on hospital ‘inexcusable’
Russian bombers have abliterated nine Islamic State (ISIS) outposts in just 24 hours as Vladimir Putin steps up his huge bombing campaign in Syria.
Soviet jets pounded terrorist targets in Syria overnight using bunker busting bombs to blow up an ISIS command centre, potentially killing dozens of fighters.
The raids come after a senior British military expert said the West has been totally outflanked by Putin on the Syria crisis because its policy making has been dominated by “wishful thinking”. Read more about Putin jets blast ISIS HQ in Syria with bunker-buster bombs
The US and Russian military will hold talks ‘as soon as possible’ to avoid clashing in Syria, the countries' top diplomats say.
Russian defence officials say their aircraft carried out about 20 missions against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) on Wednesday.
But the US expressed fears the targets were non-IS opponents of Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US is targeting IS with air strikes in both Syria and Iraq. Read more about US and Russian talks over Syria
An explosion hit a residential building in Liuzhou city in south China’s Guangxi province early on Thursday, the day after parcel bombs killed at least seven in the same city, state media said.
The blast occurred at around 08:00, scattering bricks from the six-storey building, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
There were no immediate reports of casualties. Police and firefighters were sent to the scene.
At least 51 people were injured and two are still missing from the multiple explosions on Wednesday afternoon, according to Xinhua. Read more about Another explosion in China
Berg, a private company that uses artificial intelligence to discover new drugs and diagnostics, will help England’s national genomics project mine DNA and health data from thousands of British citizens for potential drug targets.
Berg, based in Boston, was co-founded in 2006 by Silicon Valley real estate billionaire Carl Berg. Since then, it has been working to change the way drugs are discovered, working in partnership with key players such as the US Department of Defence and the Parkinson’s Institute Clinical Centre. Read more about US company to help farm UK DNA
An Algerian man filed a claim on Wednesday with an international human rights body seeking compensation from the US government for the nearly 12 years he was held without charge at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Djamel Ameziane urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to grant him reparations and compensation for physical and psychological abuse that he says he suffered while in US custody and for his failure to get a job since being sent home in December 2013 because of the stigma of being held at Guantanamo. Read more about Guantanamo detainee seeks reparations