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.
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.
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.
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.
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