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Fleeing Aleppo fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices | Reuters

Updated : Dec 04, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Fleeing Aleppo fighting, Syrians describe terrifying choices | Reuters

BEIRUT As Syrian government forces advanced into Aleppo's rebel-held al-Sakhour district, Hasan al-Ali said he faced the choice of staying put and being caught by the army, or fleeing into a shrinking rebel enclave under relentless bombardment.A father of three children, he opted for the latter, though food, fuel, water and medicine are running critically low in rebel-held areas, such is his fear of the Syrian government that insurgents have been trying to unseat for more than five years."I didn't take anything with me. I took the kids, ran to my car, and left... We took the decision at the final hour, because the army could have swooped in at any moment," the 33-year-old said, speaking in eastern Aleppo. #Middle East #Europe #Army #markets #United Kingdom #Entertainment #city
Nine dead, many missing, in California party fire | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Nine dead, many missing, in California party fire | Reuters

By Peter Henderson | OAKLAND, Calif. #Economy #India #Business #Middle East #Fire #Entertainment #city
Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

By Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD BAGHDAD No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday.Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts, while other forces have sealed Mosul's southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west.But their advance has been hampered by waves of counter-attacks from the ultra-hardline Islamists who have controlled the city since mid-2014 and built a network of tunnels in preparation for their defence of north Iraq's largest city.The slow progress means the campaign is likely to drag on throughout the winter, and has prompted warnings from aid groups that civilians face a near complete siege in the coming months.A trader in Mosul, speaking by telephone, said no new food or fuel supplies had reached the city since Sunday. Despite attempts by the militants to keep prices stable, and the arrest last week of dozens of shopkeepers accused of hiking prices, the trader said food had become more expensive and fuel prices had tripled."We've been living under a real state of siege for a week," said one resident of west Mosul, several miles (km) from the frontline neighbourhoods on the east bank of the Tigris river."Two days ago the electricity generator supplying the neighbourhood stopped working because of lack of fuel. Water is cut and food prices have risen and it's terribly cold #India #Army #Iraq #crisis #Entertainment #city
Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

Updated : Dec 02, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official | Reuters

By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry | BEIRUT BEIRUT A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signalling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat.Buoyed by its rapid capture of several whole neighbourhoods, the government on Friday took journalists on an escorted tour of the ruined northeast Aleppo districts which fell on Sunday and Monday, and which the army is sweeping for mines. The rebels' talks with Russia, the most powerful ally of President Bashar al-Assad, in Ankara point to the bad set of options they face. The government assault aims to take Aleppo by the time U.S. #India #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #Iraq #city
Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies | Reuters

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed | MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the U.S.-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with Islamic State militants.More than six weeks into the offensive against Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq, the army is trying to dislodge militants dug in among civilians in the eastern districts, the only side Iraqi troops have been able to breach. #United States #Middle East #Europe #markets #crisis #city
Islamic State arrests shopkeepers for hiking prices in nearly besieged Mosul | Reuters

Updated : Nov 28, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Islamic State arrests shopkeepers for hiking prices in nearly besieged Mosul | Reuters

By Ulf Laessing | MOSUL, Iraq MOSUL, Iraq Islamic State has arrested dozens of Mosul shop owners accused of raising food prices in the nearly besieged city, to tamp down discontent as a U.S.-backed offensive closes in on the group's last major stronghold in Iraq, residents said on Monday.The arrests took place on Sunday morning in Bursa, a commercial district in the western part of the city, said a witness who asked not be identified as Islamic State punishes with death those caught communicating with the outside world.About 30 shop owners in the area were arrested and taken away blindfolded to unknown destinations, he said.The Sunni hardline group is relentlessly cracking down on people who could help the biggest ground offensive in Iraq since the U.S-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.Most of the people executed previously in Mosul were former police and army officers, suspected of disloyalty or plotting rebellions against the militants' rule. #Business #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Iraq #city
Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims | Reuters

Updated : Nov 25, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims | Reuters

BAGHDAD A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. #United States #India #Business #Islam #markets #Iran #city
U.S. strike destroys bridge, restricts Islamic State in Mosul - official | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. strike destroys bridge, restricts Islamic State in Mosul - official | Reuters

By Saif Hameed and Stephanie Nebehay | BAGHDAD/GENEVA BAGHDAD/GENEVA U.S. #Syria #Middle East #Europe #crisis #city
Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake, nuclear plant briefly disrupted | Reuters

By Yuka Obayashi and William Mallard | TOKYO TOKYO A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, generating a tsunami that hit the same region devastated by a massive quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011.The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, had a magnitude of 7.4 and was centred off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), the agency said.A tsunami of up to 1.4 metres (4.5 feet) had been observed around Sendai, about 70 km (45 miles) north of Fukushima, following the quake, which struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT Monday), public broadcaster NHK said.Television footage showed ships moving out to sea from harbours as tsunami warning signals wailed, after warnings of waves of up to 3 metres (10 feet) were issued."We saw high waves but nothing that went over the tidal barriers," a man in the city of Iwaki told NTV television network.All Japan's nuclear power plants on the coast threatened by the tsunami are shut down in the wake of the March 2011 disaster, which knocked out Tokyo Electric Power Co's (9501.T) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, spilling radiation into the air and sea.A spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric Power, known as Tepco, said the cooling system for a storage pool for spent nuclear fuel at the reactor at its Fukushima Daini Plant had been halted. A spokesman said the cooling system had restarted soon after #United States #Business #Environment #science #Earthquakes #lifestyle #city
Turkish-backed rebels and Kurds battle over Syria's al Bab | Reuters

Updated : Nov 22, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Turkish-backed rebels and Kurds battle over Syria's al Bab | Reuters

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | AMMAN AMMAN Syrian rebels backed by Turkey who are trying to drive Islamic State from the city of al Bab said on Monday they clashed with U.S.-backed Kurdish forces as both groups seek to dislodge the militants to expand their own territory.The rebels said the fighting with the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish and Arab tribal fighters, led by the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG, erupted in the village of Sheikh Nasser.The village and others that were captured by the Turkish- backed operation were until recently in the hands of Islamic State and part of the militants' last enclave near the Syrian-Turkish border."We clashed with the Kurdish YPG and we took over the village," said Abu Assad Dabeq, a commander in the Turkish-backed Operation Euphrates Shield. The operation was launched in August when Ankara sent warplanes, tanks and artillery into Syria in support of mostly Arab and Turkmen rebels.The SDF could not be immediately reached for comment and there was no way of independently verifying if the rebels did have control of the village. #United States #India #science #Europe #Entertainment #city