Syrian news agency removes report of Damascus air attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) issued a report on Sunday saying Syrian air defences had intercepted enemy targets around Damascus international airport, but later in the day said the attack had not happened. “Our air defences intercepted enemy aerial targets in the vicinity of Damascus international airport in southern Damascus,” SANA said in its initial ...

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‘I’ve got two months to find a donor’

Image copyright Meena Kumari-Sharma Image caption Meena, left, has taken the search for a stem cell donor into her own hands Looking back at photographs of last year’s Christmas party, mum-of-twins Meena Kumari-Sharma says she looked “the picture of health”. She was a successful recruitment consultant and loved long weekends of trips to the zoo and cocktails with friends. But ...

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Macron prepares response to ‘yellow vest’ protesters as Paris cleans up

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday as he seeks to placate “yellow vest” anti-government protesters who wreaked havoc in Paris this weekend. A man sweeps the sidewalk near a vandalized truck the day after clashes during a national day of protest by the “yellow vests” movement in Bordeaux, France, December 9, 2018. REUTERS/Regis ...

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I helped send my adoptive father to jail for 5,000 years

Image copyright Richard Sennott / Ground Truth Project Thirty-six years after surviving one of the worst army massacres in Guatemala’s civil war, Ramiro Osorio Cristales stood up in court last month to give evidence against one of the killers. But the man on trial, a former soldier called Santos López, was not just accused of the murder of Osorio’s family ...

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Syrian air defenses intercept enemy targets around Damascus: SANA

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian air defenses intercepted enemy targets around Damascus international airport on Sunday, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)said. “Our air defenses intercepted enemy aerial targets in the vicinity of Damascus international airport in southern Damascus,” SANA added. Reporting by Dahlia Nehme; Editing by Andrew Roche Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Woman, 94, dies after being hit by police van in Cardiff

Image caption The incident happened on Merthyr Road in Whitchurch A 94-year-old woman has died after she was hit by a police van. The woman was struck on Merthyr Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff, at 17:20 GMT on Saturday. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it was investigating the death following “a mandatory referral from South Wales Police”. It ...

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Belgian PM relaunches government as minority after ally quits

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel relaunched his government on Sunday as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit in a dispute over signing the U.N. migration compact. FILE PHOTO: Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel holds a press conference in Brussels, Belgium December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal Michel met King Philippe to remould his ...

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‘Digital museum’ brings millions of fossils out of the dark

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMuseums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record fossils in their collection The bid to create a “global digital museum” has been welcomed by scientists, who say it will enable them to study valuable specimens that are currently “hidden” in museum drawers. Museums including London’s Natural History Museum and the ...

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