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At least 18 civilians dead after Syrian airstrikes on Idlib

At least 18 civilians dead after Syrian airstrikes on Idlib

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Eighteen civilians were killed Saturday by Syrian strikes in the region of Idlib, according to the White Helmets civil defense agency. The White Helmets tweeted that the Bashar al-Assad regime bombed the agency's building after attacking civilians with five airstrikes. After killing 18 people in #Idlib today, regime warplanes and helicopters bombed our center in #MaaratalNuman City and put it out of service, partial damage to the main building, in addition to complete destruction in the warehouse, without casualties among our volunteers. pic.twitter.com/ev774ZrVc9— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) January 11, 2020 According to a spokesperson for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, seven people were killed in the city of Idlib, seven in Binish and four in the vil
At least 63 Canadians dead in Iran plane crash

At least 63 Canadians dead in Iran plane crash

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TORONTO -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed his government will get answers after a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed, killing at least 63 Canadians, just minutes after taking off from Iran's capital. Trudeau said Wednesday 138 passengers on the flight were connecting to Canada. The flight included many international students as well as a family of four and newlyweds too. Trudeau said his foreign minister is in touch with the government of Ukraine and his transport minister is reaching out to his international counterparts. Getting answers from Iran might prove difficult as Canada closed its embassy in Iran in 2012 and suspended diplomatic relations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is calling for cooperation with any investigation into the cause of t...
At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

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At least 56 mourners have been killed in a stampede, causing the burial of Iran's top military commander to be postponed, Iran's state television has reported.More than a million people were on the streets for the funeral procession of Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad airport on Friday. The stampede in the general's hometown of Kerman has also left 213 people injured. He was due to be buried in a "martyrs' cemetery" today. Image: Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Soleimani It is not now clear when Major General Soleimani's burial will now take place.As mourners gathered in Kerman, the semi-official Fars news agency reported that a top Iranian security official said T...
Soleimani: Stampede kills at least 35 mourners at commander’s burial

Soleimani: Stampede kills at least 35 mourners at commander’s burial

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 35 people have been killed in a stampede as Iranians flocked to the burial of a top commander killed in a US drone strike, Iranian media report.More than 48 others were injured in the incident in Kerman, according to the reports. Qasem Soleimani is being laid to rest in his hometown with millions already estimated to have packed the streets for funeral processions.His killing has raised fears of a conflict between the US and Iran. Soleimani was widely considered the second most powerful man in Iran behind Supreme Leader Khamenei. The US saw him as a terrorist and a threat to American troops.President Trump adopted a tough stance against Iran after his election and Tehran responded with their own campaig...
At least 79 dead in Somalia checkpoint car bombing

At least 79 dead in Somalia checkpoint car bombing

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A car bomb outside a tax collection centre in Somalia has killed at least 79 people, according to officials.The blast struck a checkpoint during the morning rush hour at the start of the working week in the capital Mogadishu, in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in recent memory. Images taken at the scene showed a mass of mangled vehicles below clouds of black smoke. Image: A woman is pictured among bystanders at the scene of the attack Survivors described the intensity of the explosion as being similar to when a truck bomb detonated in the city two years earlier, leaving more than 500 dead.Both ambulance and government spokesmen warned in the aftermath of Saturday's blast that further fatalities were expected because of the se...