Month: October 2017

Daesh captures town from Syrian government: Syrian Observatory

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday that Daesh (ISIS) fighters had seized control of the town of Al-Qaryatayn in Homs province, part of a wider counterattack by the militants as they resist a fierce offensive in eastern Syria.

Spanish police move to prevent Catalonia independence vote

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish national police moved to shut down a banned independence referendum in Catalonia on Sunday, confronting crowds of angry voters at some polling stations in a showdown that has raised fears of unrest across the wealthy northeastern region.

Trump lays blame on Puerto Ricans for slow hurricane response

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday placed blame squarely on Puerto Ricans for the slow recovery from Hurricane Maria after critics and the mayor of San Juan complained his administration’s response to the U.S. territory’s plight was insufficient.

Saudi university to open driving school for women

A university in Saudi Arabia has said it will open a driving school for women, in a first for the ultra-conservative country after a ban on women driving was lifted.

Schools reopen in Myanmar’s Rakhine, but Rohingya still flee

Myanmar has reopened schools for ethnic Rakhine children in townships hit hard by recent communal violence declaring “stability” has returned, state-backed media said Sunday, but thousands of Rohingya Muslims remain on the move from the same areas.

Social media and democracy: optimism fades as fears rise

Just a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements like the Arab Spring to flourish.

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