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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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China ushers most aggressive anti-religion campaign in years, as CCP burn churches, bibles to keep oppositions at bay Beijing, China (BT)- A massive crackdown on Christianity and other religions is reportedly taking place in China, as the ruling Communist Party levels up its campaign to thwart any potential challenge to its stranglehold in the country. […]

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PLO office served as the de facto embassy for Palestine in Washington CAIRO (BT) – The Arab League on Tuesday decried a U.S. decision to close the diplomatic mission of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington, saying the move undermines the Palestinian cause. “Since the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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Rohingya in good health but exhausted, Malaysian naval chief says By Adem Salvarcioglu The Burma Times – A boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees reached Malaysian waters Tuesday, the country’s naval chief said. The Rohingya, who escaped persecution in Myanmar, included 19 women, 20 children, and 17 men. Adm. Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin told local media outlets that after the boat was intercepted, […]

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ADDS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT IN GRAFS 4-6 By Michael Hernandez WASHINGTON  – President Donald Trump instructed his military brass to draw up plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria, but agreed to keep them in the war-torn country for the short-term, according to multiple reports published Wednesday. No firm deadline has yet been set for […]

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 Warplanes target crowded market in Eastern Ghouta’s town of Kafr Batna By Mohamed Misto DAMASCUS (Burma Times) – At least 40 civilians were killed Friday and hundreds more injured when Syrian regime and Russian warplanes struck a crowded market in Eastern Ghouta, an opposition-held Damascus suburb. According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in the town […]

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Two leaders reiterated their commitment to accelerate dialogue and cooperation By Ilkay Guder ANKARA  – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday spoke over the phone to discuss bilateral and Turkey-EU relations, and regional issues, according to diplomatic sources. During the conversation, Erdogan congratulated Merkel for being re-elected to a fourth […]

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