Syria Deaths at Wartime Low in 2018 as Assad Made Gains

A group that closely tracks Syria's war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war.Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar al-Assad's forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and southern Syria, bringing just over 60 percent of the country back under his control. Of the 20,000, only 6,500 were civilians.The Syrian Observatory for…

Syria Deaths at Wartime Low in 2018 as Assad Made Gains

A group that closely tracks Syria's war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war.Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar al-Assad's forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and southern Syria, bringing just over 60 percent of the country back under his control. Of the 20,000, only 6,500 were civilians.The Syrian Observatory for…

Syria Deaths at Wartime Low in 2018 as Assad Made Gains

A group that closely tracks Syria's war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war.Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar al-Assad's forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and southern Syria, bringing just over 60 percent of the country back under his control. Of the 20,000, only 6,500 were civilians.The Syrian Observatory for…

Trump Defends His Planned Troop Withdrawal from Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his planned withdrawal of all 2,000 American troops from Syria, attacking critics of the action as chronic complainers.In a string of Twitter remarks, Trump said, "If anybody but Donald Trump did what I did in Syria, which was an ISIS (Islamic State) loaded mess when I became President, they would be a national hero."He said the Islamic State terrorist group that once claimed…

Sudan Unions Call for 2nd March on Bashir’s Palace

An umbrella of independent professional unions is calling on people to march on the presidential palace in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, to demand that autocratic President Omar Bashir step down.It's the second time that the umbrella, which enjoys the support of opposition parties, has called for the march.On Christmas Day, thousands attempted to reach the Nile-side palace, clashing with police that used tear gas and batons to disperse them.This time, the…

UN Chief Calls for International Cooperation to Overcome Dangers to Humanity

In his New Year's message, U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres urges international cooperation to resolve the many dangers and divisions facing humanity. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres carries the burdens of the world upon his shoulders. At the same time, he is expected to be the world's cheer-leader-in-chief, reassuring nations that solutions to the world's many problems are available.He does not disappoint in either category. On the one…

Secretary General’s Message on New Year: UN will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions

Following is the message of UN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on 2019 New Year's Message: "Dear fellow citizens of the world, I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year. Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test. Climate change is running faster than we are. Geo-political divisions are…

Secretary General’s Message on New Year: UN will continue to bring people together to build bridges and create space for solutions

Following is the message of UN Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on 2019 New Year's Message: "Dear fellow citizens of the world, I wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous new year. Last New Year, I issued a red alert, and the dangers I mentioned still persist. These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test. Climate change is running faster than we are. Geo-political divisions are…
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