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September 29, 2016
Desperate people of Aleppo fear massacre: rescue chief
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2016
Life in Aleppo will become impossible within weeks under relentless Russian and Syrian regime air strikes, the head of the renowned White Helmets volunteer rescue force said Tuesday. But the quarter of a million civilians trapped in the besieged rebel-held east of the Syrian city believe they will be massacred if they flee or if the city falls, Raed Saleh told AFP. And the White Helmets, members of a civil defense group that has won international acclaim for their work digging the wounded from b ... read more

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Syria's Aleppo faced worsening food and medical shortages and warplanes again pounded the city as Russia condemned what it called "unacceptable" Western rhetoric after allegations of war crimes. ... more
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Colombia, FARC rebels sign historic peace deal
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FARC rebels 'unanimously back' Colombia peace deal
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Friday unanimously backed a historic peace deal with the government to end the 52-year conflict there, their chief peace negotiator said. ... more
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