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U.N. to send monitors to evaluate Aleppo evacuations after Security Council OK

Security Council okahs observers in AleppoThe United Nations will send monitors to evaluate evacuations form eastern Aleppo after the Security Council unanimously approved the plan Monday.

After hours of negotiations Sunday, Russia agreed to a resolution by France to stop "mass atrocities." Russia has veto power in the Security Council.

The resolution allows U.N. officials and others to monitor evacuations from eastern Aleppo and the safety of those who remain there.


Buses assigned to Syria evacuations attacked, deal stalls

Buses attacked, Aleppo deal stallsA delicately timed evacuation deal involving trapped civilians and fighters in war-ravaged east Aleppo and two Syrian villages was thrown into doubt Sunday when assailants torched six buses assigned to the operation.

The buses were to take part in the evacuation of over 2,000 wounded and sick Syrians from Foua and Kfarya, two rebel-besieged villages that have remained loyal to the government in an area under opposition control in the northwest Idlib province, activists and government media reported.


The village where men are banned

Kenyan village where men are banned

Jane says she was raped by three men wearing Gurkha uniforms. She was herding her husband’s goats and sheep, and carrying firewood, when she was attacked. “I felt so ashamed and could not talk about it to other people. They did terrible things to me,” says Jane, her eyes alive with pain.

She is 38 but looks considerably older. She shows me a deep scar on her leg where she was cut by stones when she was pushed to the ground. In a quiet, hesitant voice she continues her story. “I eventually told my husband’s mother that I was sick, because I had to explain the injuries and my depression. I was given traditional medicine, but it did not help. When she told my husband [about the rape], he beat me with a cane. So I disappeared and came here with my children.”


Aleppo evacuations suspended after explosions near convoy

Aleppo evacuation suspendedA deal to evacuate tens of thousands of civilians from the besieged districts of east Aleppo has been suspended and is at risk of unravelling after al-Qaida linked fighters in Idlib province refused to allow a simultaneous evacuation of two pro-government villages.

A source with knowledge of the Aleppo evacuation deal told the Guardian it was suspended over the refusal of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) to allow the evacuation of wounded people from Fua and Kefraya, two Shia villages in Idlib province that have been besieged by rebels for years.



Evacuation of east Aleppo under way during ceasefire

Aleppo evacuates civiliansThe evacuation of the eastern part of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has begun with ambulances and buses carrying the wounded and sick leaving the rebel-held territory in the city under a fragile exit deal.

A slow-moving convoy of around two dozen vehicles snaked out of Al-Amiriyah district and crossed into government-held Ramussa en route to rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo province.


Aleppo civilians facing execution plead, 'Oh, God, help us'

Aleppo civilians executedDesperate Syrians trapped in biesieged eastern Aleppo see death on their doorstep and are describing what may be their final moments in social media posts and telephone calls.

"At home waiting for the inevitable fate that Allah wills," Salah Ashkar, 28, said in a telephone call, his voice quaking as Syrian government forces moved in to reclaim the last portions of Aleppo held by rebel forces.


Obama won't declassify Senate 'torture report' now, but will preserve it

Torture report will not be de-classifiedPresident Barack Obama has moved to preserve a Senate report on harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA during the war on terror, but he's passed up options that could have led to declassification of broad swaths of the review in the near future.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), other lawmakers, and human rights and transparency advocates have been pressing Obama to declassify the nearly 7,000-page unabridged version of the Senate Intelligence Committee "torture report," or to have it declared an official record of one of the agencies that has a copy.


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