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August 13, 2018

At least 69 including 17 children dead in apartment building blast in Syria: Monitoring group

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building in rebel-held northwestern Syria has risen to 69, including 17 children, a monitoring group said on Monday. The explosion happened on Sunday morning in the town of Sarmada, when a weapons depot in the basement of an apartment building detonated, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Most of the residents in the building had been displaced from Syria’s Homs province, the organization ..
August 11, 2018

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has been on hunger strike for 90 days

Isa Foltin/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Oleg Sentsov has not eaten for 90 days. For nearly three months, the Ukrainian film director has been on a hunger strike in a remote Russian prison, where advocates say he is being held as a political prisoner. Sentsov, 42, was arrested in 2014 when Russian seized his native Crimea from Ukraine. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison on terrorism charges in a trial that Amnesty International condemned as “Stalinist.” He was then sent to a high-security prison c..
August 11, 2018

Iran fired ballistic missile as part of naval exercise

iStock/Thinkstock(STRAIGHT OF HORMUZ, Iran) -- Iran fired a short range anti-ship missile last week as part of the short notice naval exercise it held near the Strait of Hormuz, according to two U.S. officials. Earlier this week the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said the Iranian naval exercise was intended to send a message to the U.S. about the resumption of economic sanctions against Iran. According to a U.S. official an anti-ship version of the Fatah-110 short range ballistic missile ..
August 10, 2018

Germany loosens ban on Nazi symbols in video games

iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- Hitler-style mustaches and swastikas can now be used in video games in some instances, German regulators have ruled. Germany's constitution forbids the use of symbols deemed "anti-constitutional," including Nazi party-affiliated symbols, and violation of those rules can result in jail time. Yet although such symbols can be used in certain sectors under artistic freedom laws -- for example, in films portraying the Nazi era -- the video gaming industry had long be..