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Oct20

Locals affected with collapse of Turkey-Syria cease-fire

By: Heather Murdock Source: VOA News QAMSESHLI, SYRIA – A smattering of celebratory bullets lit up the sky like fireworks in towns in northeastern Syria on Thursday night, but by Friday afternoon the mood was more somber. The terms of the five-day cease-fire were becoming more clear. The Turkish pause in hostilities was contingent upon Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces moving farther back from the border, which SDF forces have said they will not do. On Friday evening, the SDF released a statement declaring the cease-fire had failed. “Attacks with artillery fire, tanks, heavy weapons and airstrikes continued nonstop,” reads the statement. “As legitimate...

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Oct01

Massive 1600 square km iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Reference image, not the actual iceberg. By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net A enormous iceberg bigger than Los Angeles or Greater London has separated from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica, the largest to do so in more than half a century. The table iceberg, named D-28 by scientists, broke off the shelf in east Antarctica on September 26. It measures 1636 square kilometres (632 square miles) in area, is 210 metres (689 feet) thick and weighs a massive 315 billion tons. The iceberg will now be tracked because it poses a potential hazard for shipping. Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Program, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Scripps Institution of...

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Jul21

Saudis agree to more US troops as Iran tensions rise

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved the hosting of U.S. troops for the first time since Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, as the two allies bolster cooperation amid rising tensions with Iran.“Based on mutual cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, and their desire to enhance everything that could preserve the security of the region and its stability…King Salman gave his approval to host American forces,” a Defense Ministry spokesman was quoted by Saudi state news agency SPA as saying on July 19.Saudi officials provided only limited details about the agreement. But senior U.S. defense officials...

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