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Afghan official says female journalist shot dead in capital

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An Afghan official says that unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a female journalist and adviser to the country’s parliament in the capital Kabul.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry, says that Mena Mangal, a cultural adviser for the lower house of the parliament and former TV presenter, was killed when she was on her way to work Saturday morning.

Rahimi said one or possibly more assailants escaped form the scene. Kabul police have launched an investigation.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul police say that it is not clear whether the murder was a terror act or the result of a personal dispute. Both Islamic State group and Taliban militants regularly carry out attacks in the capital.

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Afghan official says female journalist shot dead in capital

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news Afghan official says female journalist shot dead in capital Kabul (Afghanistan) fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world fnc/world fnc Associated Press article 44e6e3a5-b060-5149-9079-38e7a544e011

An Afghan official says that unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a female journalist and adviser to the country’s parliament in the capital Kabul.

Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry, says that Mena Mangal, a cultural adviser for the lower house of the parliament and former TV presenter, was killed when she was on her way to work Saturday morning.

Rahimi said one or possibly more assailants escaped form the scene. Kabul police have launched an investigation.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kabul police say that it is not clear whether the murder was a terror act or the result of a personal dispute. Both Islamic State group and Taliban militants regularly carry out attacks in the capital.

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Syrian hospitals bombed by Assad, Russian troops after coordinates were shared with the UN

Westlake Legal Group syrian-hospitals-bombed-by-assad-russian-troops-after-coordinates-were-shared-with-the-un Syrian hospitals bombed by Assad, Russian troops after coordinates were shared with the UN Hollie McKay fox-news/world/world-regions/middle-east fox-news/world/united-nations/human-rights fox-news/world/conflicts/syria fox-news/world/conflicts fox-news/world fox news fnc/world fnc article 86102a6a-57b3-5236-a7d0-30c107d4af9a

Over the past two weeks, Syrian and Russian warplanes have hammered the last remaining rebel-held bastion in the country’s north – killing dozens and prompting almost 200,000 people to flee.

Not only is the renewed offensive raising red flags that a final showdown might be underway in the long-running civil war, but that government forces may have misused data provided to them by the United Nations to gain an advantage and target hospitals.

“This is alarming for us. Five of our 12 hospitals have been attacked, and what is very concerning is that these centers were supposed to be de-conflicted areas. The coordinates of their locations were handed over the U.N. to give the government,” Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, President of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) told Fox News. “This was direct targeting, not collateral damage.”

The controversial “notification system” of handing over GPS coordinates of medical centers, schools, and other civilian locations started in early 2018, with NGO’s and aid groups providing their coordinates to the U.N which then passed it on to Russia, Turkey, and the U.S in a quest to deter civilian casualties. But the practice quickly came under fire after a hospital on that list was abruptly attacked by Assad and Russian aircraft.

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The bombing campaign in northern Syria this week has elevated concerns that an all-out offensive is underway, with the Assad government determined to re-capture the final rebel pockets of northern Syria. (Credit Syrian Civil Defense)

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Tarakji explained that information pertaining to the SAMS-run hospitals battered by warplanes this week were given to the U.N. on the condition that any violations be immediately investigated and taken up with the Security Council. But as of Thursday, he said he had received no response and his calls remained unanswered.

A spokesperson for the U.N Secretary-General did not respond to a request for further comment.

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Devastation in Syria this week (Syria Civil Defense)

“The current situation is worsening every day, we have never witnessed such brutal attacks by the regime and Russia before, whether airstrikes or ground missiles. They have been bombing main roads, killing civilians and we are all very afraid,” Dr. Mohamed, a 28-year-old surgeon at the Kafranbel Surgical hospital in northern Syria, which came under fire with four airstrikes on Sunday. “We have already been bombed 15 times by the regime, this time we were destroyed. Patients were so scared; some ran into the streets still in their robes with IV drips attached.”

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), air strikes have hit at least 10 schools and 12 health facilities since April 29, wounding and killing hundreds. The bombing campaign is the worst it has been for almost 18 months.

“These attacks against health facilities and other civilian infrastructure are a grave and totally unacceptable development,” Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director for the U.N’s World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement, noting that the health facilities that were struck “provided a total of 30,000 consultations, 860 hospital admissions and 700 surgeries per month to a highly vulnerable population.”

Ahmed Hallak, a 23-year-old English teacher from the town of Kafr Sajna, next to the consistently bombarded Kafranbel – which is home to 50,000 people displaced from other parts of the country – said the chaos is “unimaginable.”

“The situation is horrible, very scary. The worst thing is the cluster munitions being used to bomb civilians. Thousands of people are fleeing from northern Hama, its heartbreaking. They are taking whatever they can carry,” he said. “Some men have joined opposition forces to defend their villages and resist the ground invasion, but with warplanes in the sky, there is really nothing that they can do.”

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An uptick in the bombing in and around Idlib province in Syria this week. (Syrian Civil Defense)

There has already been some ground traction. This week, regime forces captured two strategic rebel-held towns: the city of Qala’ at Al Mudiue northwest of Hama, and Kfar Nabudah. Nine Syrian soldiers and eighteen rebel fighters were reported to have died in the ground assault.

Indeed, many fear that this is the beginning of the Assad government’s final push to re-take the remaining rebel-held pocket of the war-torn nation, and much of the international community is sounding the alarm that it will mark the worst humanitarian crisis in the already devastating eight-year conflict.

“We have seen this pattern over and over again in previous offensives. Bombing hospitals is often a precursor to a full-scale offensive,” Dr. Mohamed cautioned.

Lina Murad, President of the activist group Americans for a Free Syria said that while “it seems impossible”, they are seemingly “on the verge of the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the beginning of the crisis in Syria.”

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Complicating the situation is that nestled in and around the densely-populated civilian areas are fighters loyal to former Al Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS) who have sought to control much of the area.

Following heavy clashes last summer, Idlib province and the girdle of land around it had experienced only a few skirmishes due to a Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement inked in September.

However, Damascus has expressed increasing frustration with the current deal, and – with the military support of Moscow and Tehran – have repeatedly announced their determination to take back all of the ravaged country. Syrian State Media have vowed that the revived onslaught is in response to attacks orchestrated by the Al Qaeda-linked militants operating in the area.

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According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), air strikes have hit at least 10 schools and 12 health facilities since April 29, wounding and killing hundreds, and highlighting that bombing campaign is the worst it has been for almost a year-and-a-half.

Turkey, which supports the opposition, said Friday that the ceasefire terms had been violated. The European Union and the United Nations have called on Russia and Turkey to protect and maintain the ceasefire, and the U.S. State Department has expressed concern that the violent uptick will furthermore destabilize the region.

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Zahra Diab, 35, coordinator of the opposition-backed Syria Civil Defense’s women centers in the northwest, underscored that the scenario unfolding is almost without words.

“More than 113 people have been killed in the last two weeks, including many children. Hundreds of displaced families are arriving every day, they don’t have access to shelter or food and have to sleep in the open,” she added. “Whole families have died.”

The death toll in the Syrian Civil War is estimated to far exceed 500,000 – but it became so difficult to track, the U.N announced in April 2014 that it could no longer keep count.

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Houthi rebels begin withdrawal from key ports in Yemen

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have begun a long-delayed withdrawal of their forces from the key port city of Hodeida, following a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the rebels’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, says the pullout from Hodeida, as well as Salif and Ras-Issa ports started on Saturday at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT).

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV channel says U.N. observers are monitoring the forces’ withdrawal.

The head of the U.N. operation monitoring the cease-fire, Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, said Friday that the Houthi’s withdrawal from the three ports marked the first practical step toward realizing the cease-fire agreed on in December in Sweden. He added that the Houthis must commit to fully following through on the redeployment, which is expected to take place over three days.

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South Africa’s ruling ANC set to celebrate election victory

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is preparing to celebrate its win in national elections, with the formal announcement coming later on Saturday.

With 99.9% of votes counted, the ANC has 57% of the vote. It is the worst-ever showing at the polls for the party of the late Nelson Mandela, which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid 25 years ago.

Voter turnout is another low at 65%, reflecting the frustrations of many South Africans after corruption scandals around the ANC that led to the ouster of former president Jacob Zuma last year.

Current President Cyril Ramaphosa, a Mandela protege, has vowed to clean up the rot and apologized to South Africans. But his new five-year term is threatened by Zuma allies within the ANC’s leadership.

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Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

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A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and its nationalist allies has been hospitalized after being attacked outside his home.

The Yenicag newspaper says Saturday that columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with baseball bats after appearing on a TV show Friday.

The reason for the attack was not known but it comes amid tensions over the top electoral authority’s decision to cancel the results of the March 31 mayoral race for Istanbul, which was won by the opposition, and order a revote to take place June 23.

Erdogan’s party says the Istanbul vote was marred by fraud but the opposition says the electoral board was pressured by the government, which desperately wants to hold on to power in Turkey’s largest city.

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37 spotted seal pups rescued from China traffickers released

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Animal rights groups have cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China.

Humane Society International says the pups were discovered three months ago by police in a shed on a remote farm in the northern city of Dalian, many of them starving and dying. Eight suspects were arrested in the operation.

It says the pups had been taken from the wild by traffickers for the aquarium industry and for display in commercial venues like shops and restaurants. Another 29 pups could not be rescued and died, having been only about 2 weeks old when found and not yet weaned from their mothers.

Once hunted for their use in traditional Chinese medicine, spotted seals are now a protected species in China.

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After Putin falls during exhibition hockey game, a social media frenzy

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Russian President Vladimir Putin took a spill on Friday as he waved to fans at an exhibition hockey game in Sochi which featured several former NHL players.

The 66-year-old was waving to fans as he circled the rink at the Bolshoi Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi when he inadvertently raced toward the edge of a red carpet that had been placed on the ice.

Two of Putin’s teammates on the “Legends” tried to catch him but the Russian leader fell before they could reach him.

The fall inspired a frenzy of posts on social media mocking Putin and his authoritarian rule, and jokingly suggesting that someone would pay dearly for his or her role in the mishap.

Putin, by the way, quickly picked himself up after the fall and continued waving to the seemingly adoring fans.

Former NHL star Viacheslav Fetisov, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, and former New York Ranger Pavel Bure were among those who joined him on the ice, including his teammate, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who scored three goals.

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Putin himself reportedly score eight goals.

The opposing team was made up of high-profile amateur players, including Putin’s childhood friend, tycoon Gennady Timchenko, billionaire Vladimir Potanin and several Russian governors.

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Chaotic scenes at Hong Kong legislature over extradition law

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There have been chaotic scenes at Hong Kong’s legislative assembly as lawmakers for and against controversial amendments to the territory’s extradition law clashed over access to the chamber.

At least one person was taken from the chamber on a gurney following Saturday morning’s melee, in which legislators grappled with each other on the floor and amid seats and tables.

The amendments have been widely criticized as eroding the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s legal independence by making it easier to send criminal suspects to mainland China, where they could face vague national security charges and unfair trials.

Under the “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years following its handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997.

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Thousands protest in Rio against education budget cuts

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Thousands of people are gathering in Rio de Janeiro to protest against budget cuts to Brazil’s public education sector.

Students and teachers gathered in the city’s center Friday to oppose the measures imposed by the administration of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

In recent weeks, the Education Ministry has unveiled a series of cuts impacting all sectors of education from early childhood to post-graduate students.

Universities were hit by a 30% cut to their discretionary expenses and future scholarships for masters and PhD students were suspended.

Protesters were joined by Fernando Haddad, who ran in the last presidential race backed by the Workers’ Party.

Haddad was expected to speak at the event later Friday. Since his defeat, the former presidential candidate has rarely been seen participating in protests.

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