Rebellions and uprisings - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Rebellions and uprisings Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the country's south under martial rule for 60 days and cut short a visit to Moscow on Tuesday after Muslim extremists allied with the Islamic State group laid siege to a southern city. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a news conference in Moscow that martial rule took effec... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:29:00Z Lawmaker: Hugo Chavez's childhood home burned by protesters CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters set fire to late President Hugo Chavez's childhood home in western Venezuela on Monday, an opposition lawmaker said, as protests against the South American nation's socialist government grew increasingly hostile. While demonstrators are decrying current President Nicolas Maduro for the country's triple-digit inflation,... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:23:00 GMT 2017-05-23T00:23:00Z The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Trump described the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:18:00Z Syria's third largest city Homs clear of opposition BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government announced Sunday the country's third largest city Homs— once named the capital of the revolt against President Bashar Assad— had been cleared of armed opposition for the first time in more than five years. The announcement follows the completion of the evacuation of the last rebel-held neighborhood. Besieged for four years... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:16:00Z The Latest: US: Pro-Syrian forces hit in strike posed threat BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest Syria developments (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that "posed a threat" to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area. The coalition statement late on Thursday says the coa... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:40:00Z The Latest: Twin explosions rock refugee camp near Jordan BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A Syrian monitoring group says twin explosions have gone off in a makeshift camp near Syria's the border with Jordan, killing at least 10 people and wounding seven, including rebel fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the e... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:58:00Z UN forces retake strategic areas of C. African Republic city BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — United Nations peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic retook strategic points of Bangassou Monday after armed rebels attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby U.N. base and displacing several thousand, the United Nations said Monday. More than 1,000 residents had fled their homes and had ... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:08:00Z Evacuations of rebels from last Damascus stronghold begins BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of rebels and their families began leaving a northeastern neighborhood of Damascus and heading toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria Sunday, in another step that would eventually bring all parts of the capital under the control of President Bashar Assad's forces, state media and opposition activists said. The evacuations from Qa... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:47:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:47:00Z The Latest: Syrian Kurds take largest dam, town from IS BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 7:55 p.m. U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they have captured the country's largest dam and a nearby town from the Islamic State group. The fighters known as Syrian Democratic Forces, which are mostly Kurdish-led but also include Arab fighters, say they expelled IS militants from the Tabqa Dam and the nearby town, als... Wed, 10 May 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-05-10T17:13:00Z AP Explains: Venezuela's 'anti-capitalist' constitution CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With hundreds of thousands of protesters taking to the streets daily and international pressure mounting, embattled President Nicolas Maduro is doing something that once seemed unthinkable: Tearing up the constitution written by his beloved political godfather, the late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez pushed through what he called ... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:42:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:42:00Z Hamas rebrands itself in new manifesto, but old goals remain GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The new political program of Hamas, published Monday, is meant to help the Islamic militant group break out of its international isolation. The manifesto does not formally replace the group's fiery 1987 founding charter, but adopts more conciliatory language, even if some goals remain unchanged — such as the eventual "liberation" of all of histor... Mon, 01 May 2017 18:37:00 GMT 2017-05-01T18:37:00Z Taliban announce spring offensive, vow to build institutions ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Afghan Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive on Friday, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive in an emailed statement that boasted o... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-04-28T15:29:00Z The Latest: Explosion, fire reported near Damascus airport BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 7 a.m. Syrian opposition activists and a monitor say a large explosion has rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near Damascus airport. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman says the explosion early Thursday has... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:07:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:07:00Z Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries. The Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:49:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:49:00Z "They're going for death:" Syrian tells of defection from IS GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — He was barely 20 when Islamic State group militants stormed his home city of Deir el-Zour in oil-rich eastern Syria. Mohammed had already been fighting government forces the past two years, so it was an easy decision for him: join the militants to keep up the battle against President Bashar Assad's rule. Though he insists he was n... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:47:00 GMT 2017-04-20T17:47:00Z Path to screen for Armenian epic includes evading a knockoff NEW YORK (AP) — "The Promise," the grandest big-screen portrayal ever made about the mass killings of Armenians during World War I, has been rated by more than 111,300 people on IMDb — a remarkable total considering it doesn't open in theaters until Friday and has thus far been screened only a handful of times publicly. The passionate reaction is because ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-04-17T20:20:00Z Over 100 killed during Syria's troubled population transfer BEIRUT (AP) — A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point — adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation. The blast ripped through a bus depot in the al-Rashideen area where thousands of government loyalists e... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:15:00 GMT 2017-04-15T23:15:00Z The Latest: Rebel group decries Syria blast, seeks probe BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A major Syrian rebel group says many of its members were killed in a blast that hit an evacuation gathering point of government supporters, saying it will cooperate with an international probe to determine the culprits. Ahrar al-Sham group... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:06:00 GMT 2017-04-15T20:06:00Z Syrian army moves to tame rebellious Damascus districts BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Russian air power and allied militiamen on the ground, Syrian troops have recaptured entire cities from rebels and Islamic State group extremists in the past year, including the key cities of Aleppo, Homs and Palmyra. Yet for the past three years, President Bashar Assad's forces have been unable to free opposition-held neighborhood... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-04-15T14:50:00Z The Latest: Russia vetoes UN condemnation of Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Russia has vetoed a Western-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation. Wednesday's vote on the resolution drafted by Br... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-12T20:17:00Z Turkey: Kurdish rebels claim attack at police station ANKARA,Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Wednesday claimed an attack at a police station in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir which authorities said was carried out with a ton of explosives planted inside a tunnel. The blast occurred Tuesday at a workshop inside the police complex as an armored vehicle was being repaired. A police officer and two civili... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:14:00 GMT 2017-04-12T14:14:00Z The Latest: US calls for transparency in UN Syria summit BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on events in Syria (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. insisted that an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the U.S. missile attack on Syria be held in the open so that "any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do in full public vie... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:31:00 GMT 2017-04-07T16:31:00Z Mounting confidence nerve gas was used in Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — Diplomats at the U.N. Security Council sparred Wednesday over whether to hold President Bashar Assad's government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people in northern Syria, while U.S. intelligence officials, Doctors Without Borders and the U.N. health agency said evidence pointed to nerve gas exposure. The T... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:44:00 GMT 2017-04-06T05:44:00Z The Latest: Russian says rebel-held town in Syria exposed BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 4 a.m. The Russian Defense Ministry says a rebel-held town in northern Syria has been exposed to toxic agents from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian air strike. The ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement ea... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:05:00 GMT 2017-04-05T01:05:00Z Philippine leader warns rebels ahead of new round of talks MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Monday to unleash new attack aircraft and the "full power of the state" against communist rebels if a new round of peace talks fails, and insisted they accept new conditions including a halt to extortion and to territorial claims. Government and rebel negotiators have flown to the ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:37:00 GMT 2017-04-03T13:37:00Z Jordan FM: Arab world 'realizes urgency' of tackling crises DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders "realize the urgency" of tackling long-running regional crises, from war to high unemployment, Jordan's foreign minister said Monday after chairing a meeting of his counterparts from the region. Ayman Safadi said he and his colleagues endorsed more than a dozen policy resolutions, including several on the Israeli-Pales... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:08:00 GMT 2017-03-27T19:08:00Z Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said. The airstrikes, of which some activists said included Russian ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:22:00 GMT 2017-03-25T18:22:00Z Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention CAIRO (AP) — Far from the cameras that followed him closely over six years of legal wrangling, Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak quietly returned home to his family on Friday after winning acquittals and release from a Cairo hospital where he has been detained for years. The 88-year-old onetime autocratic ruler now walks free, acquitted over his role... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:48:00 GMT 2017-03-24T17:48:00Z Syrian troops respond as rebels renew attack on Damascus BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes and artillery fire shook Damascus on Tuesday as government forces tried to repel a second rebel attack on the Syrian capital in three days. The military deployed tanks along the city's leafy Fares al-Khoury Avenue leading to the eastern Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods, where opposition forces have been pinned for years, and the cracks of gunfire could... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:00 GMT 2017-03-21T16:43:00Z Syrian refugees in Turkey mark anniversary of uprising GAZIANTEP, Turkey (AP) — Syrian refugees in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep have marked the sixth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war with songs, speeches and a martial arts show. A group of children sang revolutionary laments in Arabic and Turkish, and boys clad in black with red headbands took the stage in a downtown municipal theater Monday. They swung... 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