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At least 13 people were killed in one day in the capital of Caracas.

CNN

 


More than 100 people, including 68 children, the vast majority being families evacuating from two Shiite villages, were killed in a suicide attack on Saturday in rebel-held northwestern Syria.

NPR

 


Syria: Witnesses to the attack said it began just after sunrise. Numerous photographs and graphic videos posted online by activists and residents showed children and older adults gasping and struggling to breathe, or lying motionless in the mud as rescue workers ripped off victims’ clothes and hosed them down. The bodies of least 10 children lay lined up on the ground or under a quilt.

NY TImes

“…..Rescue workers from the White Helmets civil defense organization said that many children were among at least 50 dead and 250 wounded. Radi Saad, who writes incident reports for the group, said that volunteers had reached the site not knowing a chemical was present, and that five of them had suffered from exposure to the substance…..”


Gaza: Gazans are rebuilding after living through wars, but after so many years of isolation, residents of Gaza find themselves ever further from Palestinians in the West Bank, their future clouded by rising doubts that they could ever unite and work toward a lasting peace.

NY Times

  • Two million tons of rubble have been cleared
  • Two-thirds of the 160,000 damaged homes have been rebuilt
  • Half of the 11,000 homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt
  • Roads are better, travel faster.
  • The first real mall, with a food court and 12 escalators
  • Unemployment is high, especially among the many young people graduating from college.
  • 50,000 people remain displaced.
  • Electricity and water supplies are still near crisis levels.
  • Tunnel building goes on


War and economic crisis in Yemen has left an estimated 3.3 million people, including 2.2 million children, suffering from acute malnutrition and 460,000 under 5 have severe acute malnutrition.

Reuters

Meritxell Relano, UNICEF representative in Yemen:

“Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains,” she said, with 63 out of every 1,000 live births now dying before their fifth birthday, against 53 children in 2014.

Yemen has been divided by nearly two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Releno later told a news briefing that the rate of severe acute malnutrition had “tripled” between 2014 and 2016 to 460,000 children…..”


Milwaukee, WI: A traffic stop that led to a death, then a night of protest and violence.

Washington Post

“…four officers were hurt, and a 16-year-old girl was hit by what was thought to be crossfire, suffering non-life-threatening injuries…..17 people were arrested, most for civil disobedience but four on burglary charges. Six businesses were burned, and seven squad cars were damaged….”


South Sudan: At Juba’s sprawling displacement camp on the outskirts of the capital, women risk starvation and/or sexual assault.

NY Times

 


Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.

Washington Post

 


Turkey: Did social media and smart phones take down the coup?

CNN

Ankara, Turkey

 


U.S. military operations against the Islamic State group out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base came to a halt Saturday afternoon as the Turkish military closed the airspace around the base following an attempted coup

Stars and Stripes

“Forces loyal to Turkey’s president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left at least 161 people dead and 1,440 wounded Saturday.”

 


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