The Syrian regime army has taken credit for killing the head of the Islamic State (IS) group in an operation in the country's south in October, state media reported on Friday. These claims could not be verified however ... military ... SyriaInsight. How the recent ISIS-rebel battle highlights Daraa's growing insecurity ... (Reuters & The NewArab) ....
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Planned reforms to Indonesia's criminal code would penalize extramarital sex with up to a year in prison, ban cohabitation before marriage, and illegalize "insults" to the country's president, state institutions and national ideology ... .
A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was "pleased" to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying "it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people are in pain." ... .
Ukraine will move to place restrictions on the activities of Russian-linked religious organisations in the country, and security services will begin an investigation into a Moscow-linked branch of the Orthodox Church after a raid on a monastery last week ...Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church condemned the raid. .
A federal appeals court panel on Thursday halted an outside review of thousands of documents seized from former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence, ruling that a lower-court judge was wrong to appoint an expert to decide whether any of the material should be shielded from criminal investigators ...U.S ...Capitol on Jan ... Brasher and Britt C ... .
India has begun its yearlong presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), taking over from Indonesia at a time of geopolitical tumult and uncertainty over post-pandemic economic recovery. “Today, we do not need to fight for our survival – our era need not be one of war ... What is the G20? ... What does the G20 presidency entail? ... What is G20’s upcoming agenda? ... .
Sanaa, Yemen – In Maeen district in the heart of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, about 10 street vendors gathered on the side of a busy road to watch the Argentina-Saudi Arabia match. The men, who make a living selling vegetables or black-market petrol, crowded around a laptop that one of the vendors had brought and placed on some cardboard on the ground.
The Dutch government is planning to buy up and close down up to 3000 farms near so-called environmentally sensitive areas to comply with EU orders. The Hague. Many farms are to be closed down in the Netherlands because of EU requirements and Brussels’ “GreenDeal” ...The government will soon be making “compulsory purchases” of up to 3000 farms ... ....