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Turkish troops evacuate historic Tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria

Turkish troops evacuate site in Syria

Hundreds of Turkish troops in armoured vehicles have entered war-torn northern Syria to remove a historic Ottoman tomb and evacuate its beleaguered guards.

The mausoleum was demolished and the remains of Suleyman Shah, who died in the 13th Century, were moved to a site in Syria closer to the Turkish border.

Turkey considers the shrine sovereign territory.


Ferry sinks in central Bangladesh, killing at least 48

Banglasdesh ferryA river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh on Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was underway, but it was not clear how many people were missing.

The ferry was struck by the cargo vessel at the Daulatdia-Paturia crossing on the Padma River on Sunday afternoon, said fire department official Shahzadi Begum. Rescue teams were deployed and passing boats were helping in the operation, she said.


Kerry warns of PA collapse without Israeli-withheld taxes

Kerry warns of PA collapseThe US fears that without a cash injection, the Palestinian Authority could collapse, entailing serious security implications for Palestinians, Israelis, and others in the region, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

He warned that the possibility of the Palestinian government halting security cooperation with Israel or disbanding because of its economic predicament was real and could have negative consequences even outside Israel and the West Bank.


UNICEF: 89 Boys Abducted in South Sudan

Sudan boys abductedAn armed group in South Sudan has abducted at least 89 boys in a northern state, the U.N. children's agency said Saturday.

The boys, some as young as 13, were abducted near Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, according to a UNICEF statement.

Malakal, which is currently under government control, has recently seen intense fighting between rebel forces and government troops who accuse each other of violating multiple peace agreements.


US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

Slower exit from AfghanistanThe United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday.

Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also said the Obama administration is "rethinking" the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate.


Waterless, the first planned Palestinian city sits empty

RawabiA year ago the construction of the first 700 housing units of the first planned Palestinian city, Rawabi, north of Ramallah, was completed. But none of the apartment owners have moved into their purchased homes since the newly built city has no access to water.

Why? It seems that the Israeli government is delaying the connection of the city to a water pipeline. Why? That’s difficult to explain.


Boko Haram crisis: Some Nigerian abductees reunited with families

Nigerian girls homeA group of 158 women and children abducted by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria in December have been reunited with their families.

They were kidnapped during a raid on Katarko village in Yobe state and spent about a month in captivity. The circumstances of their release are unclear but they were eventually handed over to the state authorities for counselling and rehabilitation.


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