Hezbollah and Syrian army to launch attack on border area

Hezbollah and Syrian army to launch attack on border area

Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have launched an offensive to clear fighters from an area of the Syrian-Lebanese boarder, according to reports. The operation is targeting fighters in the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal, roughly 120km northeast of Beirut, and in the area surrounding the western...

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Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

Trump pulls out CIA support of Syrian rebels

The Trump administration has decided to stop CIA support of Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The CIA covert programme was set up in 2013 in order to help rebels overthrow Assad but it has had little success. The six-year civil war is ongoing. For many this is a...

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20 dead in Yemen from Saudi-led coalition attack

20 dead in Yemen from Saudi-led coalition attack

20 civilians were killed yesterday, Tuesday 18th July, in a village near Taiz in Yemen. The attack was part of an ongoing offensive by a Saudi-led coalition. The conflict in Yemen has been going since 2014 when Houthi rebels, allies of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took control of large parts of...

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Catalonian Independence Referendum

Catalonian Independence Referendum

Catalonia’s Parliament would declare independence “within two days” if separatists win a referendum on the issue scheduled for the 1st October. The pledge was made in a draft bill presented on 4th July by the separatist parties which form the ruling coalition in Barcelona. The draft bill comes ahead of...

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Republican bid to defeat Obamacare collapses

Republican bid to defeat Obamacare collapses

The Republican party’s plans to overturn healthcare laws faced a major setback on Monday (18th July) night as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the proposed repeal bill. The bill had set out a healthcare plan that would scrap major parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known...

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South Korea proposes talks with North Korea

South Korea proposes talks with North Korea

South Korea has proposed talks with North Korea to discuss military activities. The offer comes during a period of heightened tensions between the two nations. North Korea has consistently been carrying out military tests that violate UN resolutions. The most recent of these was the testing of an intercontinental ballistic...

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Nobel Prize-winning Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died

Nobel Prize-winning Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died

China’s most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died at the age of 61. The Nobel Prize winner was serving an 11-year prison sentence. Born in 1955 in the city of Changchun, Liu Xiaobo is most known for his involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Among other things, he led...

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Newly discovered malware threatens to leak private messages and personal history

Newly discovered malware threatens to leak private messages and personal history

A new type of malware that threatens to send private pictures, messages and internet browsing history to your personal contact list has been discovered, announced security firm McAfee. The latest attack, called LeakerLocker, affects Android phones through apps downloaded from the Google Play store. Usually, ransomware locks up private files...

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UN report says Gaza Strip is “unlivable” and warns of irreversible damage

UN report says Gaza Strip is “unlivable” and warns of irreversible damage

A report by the United Nations (UN) has deemed the Gaza strip as on track to be “unlivable” by 2020. The report, written by Robert Piper, references another UN report from 2012 that concerned projections about the quality of life and infrastructure. Piper says that not only are these projections...

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High Court rules UK arms trade with Saudi Arabia “lawful”

High Court rules UK arms trade with Saudi Arabia “lawful”

The High Court has ruled that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are lawful, after seeing “closed material” in closed court. The case had been brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) over concerns that supply of arms to Saudi Arabia contravened International Humanitarian law. The judicial review...

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