Air strikes pound rebel-held areas of Aleppo: Syrian Observatory
At least 20 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, in the ninth straight day of violence in which bombardments by both sides have killed nearly 250 civilians, a monitoring group said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights did not immediately say whether Syrian government warplanes or Russian jets, which have been supporting Damascus, carried out the strikes. Bombing by the government side on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since April 22 have killed 140 people including 19 children, the Observatory said.
Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria
BEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships launched new airstrikes Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo. The fresh violence comes as the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that the intensification of fighting brings millions of people closer to a humanitarian disaster.
Air strikes pound Syrian city of Aleppo, death toll climbs
By John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Saturday and the total number of people killed by the warring sides after nine straight days of bombardment reached nearly 250, a monitoring group said. The Syrian government said the "regime of calm" - from which a military source said Aleppo had been exempted - was an attempt to salvage a wider ceasefire deal reached in February. The February truce, brokered by Washington and Moscow, has all but collapsed in fighting that has intensified, particularly in and around Aleppo as peace talks in Geneva have crumbled.
Kenya prepares huge ivory burning as it seeks ban on trade
By Ben Makori NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan park rangers piled up thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns to burn on Saturday, sending a message to poachers and smugglers that their trade will be stopped. Armed police guarded the area, on the edge of Nairobi National Park, where a tonne of rhino horn was added to 105 tonnes of ivory in a dozen large pyres, ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta coming to start the fire. Kenyatta has said the ceremony will show Kenya's commitment "to fighting wildlife crime and putting wildlife products beyond any economic use." The incineration will be the world's biggest after Kenya staged its first such burning in 1989.
People with albinism risk "extinction" in Malawi, says UN officialBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People with albinism in Malawi are at risk of "systemic extinction" due to relentless attacks fueled by superstitions, the United Nations' top expert on albinism said on Friday on her first official visit in her new role. At least 65 cases of violence against people with albinism including killings and dismemberment have been recorded by police in Malawi since late 2014, said Ikponwosa Ero, the U.N.'s independent expert on human rights and albinism. People with albinism live in danger in regions of the world where their body parts are valued in witchcraft and can fetch a high price.
Anti-government protesters breach Baghdad's Green Zone
BAGHDAD (AP) ? Dozens of protesters have climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad's highly-fortified Green Zone and could be seen storming into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government.
Cries heard as rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 10 dead
By George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Rescue workers raced on Saturday to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi - including a mother and baby whose cries could be heard - after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain. President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the site of Friday night's disaster and ordered the arrest of the owners. "We are still hearing some voices from the collapsed building," Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre director Colonel Nathan Kigotho, told reporters at the scene.
Iran media: Moderates win more than 30 more parliament seats
Sweden celebrates king's 70th birthday
STOCKHOLM (AP) ? Sweden is celebrating King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday with a service in the palace chapel attended by his family and royal visitors from Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark, among others.
South Sudan: 32 kidnapped Ethiopian children recoveredJUBA, South Sudan (AP) ? Authorities in South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a South Sudanese militia.