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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
6 March 2019
Greg Kandra

Hundreds of ISIS militants are leaving a besieged enclave in Syria. (video: ITV/YouTube)

Hundreds limp out of besieged Syria militant enclave (AFP) Veiled women carrying babies and wounded men on crutches hobbled out of Baghouz on Wednesday after US-backed forces pummeled the last militant village in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces leading the assault expected more fighters to surrender with their families in tow before moving deeper in the Islamic State group’s last redoubt…

Patriarch Kirill to visit North Korea (AsiaNews) Moscow Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will visit North Korea at the invitation of President Kim Jong-un. The Patriarchal exarch for Southeast Asia, the 45-year-old metropolitan of Singapore Sergij (Chashin) revealed the news on 3 March, meeting with journalists in Bangkok. He added “in Pyongyang they always welcome us very cordially, we carry out our service there and I am recognized as the legitimate bishop…”

New Lebanon minister makes return of Syrian refugees a priority (Al Jazeera) Thousands of Syrians who fled to neighboring Lebanon when the war began are going back home. The new minister in charge of Lebanon’s millions of refugees, Saleh Gharib, is an outspoken supporter of the Syrian government. Gharib’s first act in the job was to visit Damascus, where he has vowed to make the return of refugees a priority…

Man arrested for alleged connection to rape of Indian nuns in 1998 ( A man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the mass rape of four Catholic nuns that occurred more than two decades ago in central India. Police Superintendent Vineet Jain told that they arrested Kalu Limji on 5 March over his alleged involvement in the 1998 mass rape of nuns from the Foreign Missionary Sisters…

U.S. helping Ethiopia build capacity for disaster response ( Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Center (NDRMC) conducted a natural disaster simulation exercise to improve Ethiopia’s response to emergencies. The exercise was the first of its kind and provided a test run for NDRMC’s emergency operations center staff to coordinate a timely response to a simulated flood of the Awash River and areas around Lake Tana. This activity is part of an ongoing program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help Ethiopia to strengthen its National Incident Management System…

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