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88-year-old praises God for sending help

FORMER BASIC school teacher, 88-year-old Luna Hall, peered out of her board dwelling and shouted, “Thank you, Jesus, help is here,” as she received her care package on May 17. “This is meaningful and I really appreciate it, as I was asleep and...
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88-year-old praises God for sending help

FORMER BASIC school teacher, 88-year-old Luna Hall, peered out of her board dwelling and shouted, “Thank you, Jesus, help is here,” as she received her care package on May 17. “This is meaningful and I really appreciate it, as I was asleep and...

Digicel Foundation pumps $42m in humanitarian project

DIGICEL FOUNDATION has announced a significant investment in Jamaica’s response to the COVID-19 crisis with the launch of its $42-million islandwide humanitarian project, Operation SAFE, (Sanitising, Advocating, Feeding, and Enabling) in the fight...
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Digicel Foundation pumps $42m in humanitarian project

DIGICEL FOUNDATION has announced a significant investment in Jamaica’s response to the COVID-19 crisis with the launch of its $42-million islandwide humanitarian project, Operation SAFE, (Sanitising, Advocating, Feeding, and Enabling) in the fight...

Glenmuir High doubles efforts to help COVID-19 affected families

GLENMUIR HIGH School in Clarendon has merged efforts with donors, locally and overseas, to assist some families affected by the novel coronavirus. The disease has infected over five million people worldwide, caused over 300,000 deaths, and has had...
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Glenmuir High doubles efforts to help COVID-19 affected families

GLENMUIR HIGH School in Clarendon has merged efforts with donors, locally and overseas, to assist some families affected by the novel coronavirus. The disease has infected over five million people worldwide, caused over 300,000 deaths, and has had...

Basic-school principal hosts free online lessons

KEREEN HIBBERTS, principal of Marcus Garvey Basic School, Kingston, has been hosting free online reading lessons to assist students who are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools across Jamaica have been closed since mid-March. The...
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Basic-school principal hosts free online lessons

KEREEN HIBBERTS, principal of Marcus Garvey Basic School, Kingston, has been hosting free online reading lessons to assist students who are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools across Jamaica have been closed since mid-March. The...

Iranian tanker DOCKS at Venezuelan port after braving stormy waters to deliver 1st oil shipment despite US blockade

The Iranian-flagged tanker ‘Fortune’ has arrived at its final destination, docking at El Palito port on Venezuela's northern coast. The vessel is the first of five Iranian tankers that set sail for Caracas loaded with fuel. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Iranian tanker DOCKS at Venezuelan port after braving stormy waters to deliver 1st oil shipment despite US blockade

The Iranian-flagged tanker ‘Fortune’ has arrived at its final destination, docking at El Palito port on Venezuela's northern coast. The vessel is the first of five Iranian tankers that set sail for Caracas loaded with fuel. Read Full Article at RT.com

Déconfinement : les auto-écoles de nouveau sur les rails

En raison de leur fermeture administrative dûe au coronavirus, les auto-écoles n'ont accueilli aucun élève en deux mois. Une situation inédite pour ces commerces, qui tournent habituellement toute l'année. Elles vont pouvoir désormais reprendre leur ac
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Déconfinement : les auto-écoles de nouveau sur les rails

En raison de leur fermeture administrative dûe au coronavirus, les auto-écoles n'ont accueilli aucun élève en deux mois. Une situation inédite pour ces commerces, qui tournent habituellement toute l'année. Elles vont pouvoir désormais reprendre leur activité.

A Ua Pou, les parents d’élèves veulent rester confinés

Dans les archipels, les élèves peuvent retrouver les bancs de l'école depuis le 21 avril, épargnés par la crise sanitaire. Mais à Ua Pou (Marquises), les classes restent presque désertes malgré tout. 
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A Ua Pou, les parents d’élèves veulent rester confinés

Dans les archipels, les élèves peuvent retrouver les bancs de l'école depuis le 21 avril, épargnés par la crise sanitaire. Mais à Ua Pou (Marquises), les classes restent presque désertes malgré tout. 

Déconfinement : les pirogues à voile sont de retour

A l’heure du déconfinement, une activité idéale pour se reconnecter avec la nature et découvrir des sensations nouvelles : la pirogue à voile. L'école d'Arue propose ses séances aux débutants comme aux plus confirmés. 
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Déconfinement : les pirogues à voile sont de retour

A l’heure du déconfinement, une activité idéale pour se reconnecter avec la nature et découvrir des sensations nouvelles : la pirogue à voile. L'école d'Arue propose ses séances aux débutants comme aux plus confirmés. 

Business ombudsman says 123 entrepreneurs prosecuted in Russia seek to return home

Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov said he had received requests from entrepreneurs earlier engaged in entrepreneurship activity in Russia, who have to stay outside Russia due to the circumstances of criminal prosecution against them
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Business ombudsman says 123 entrepreneurs prosecuted in Russia seek to return home

Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov said he had received requests from entrepreneurs earlier engaged in entrepreneurship activity in Russia, who have to stay outside Russia due to the circumstances of criminal prosecution against them

Pandemic turns Eid sour as millions stay home to curb virus in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-05-25 02:20 RIYADH: This year Eid Al-Fitr celebrations around the world have been subdued due to the coronavirus pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid of 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to fight the sp
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Pandemic turns Eid sour as millions stay home to curb virus in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-05-25 02:20 RIYADH: This year Eid Al-Fitr celebrations around the world have been subdued due to the coronavirus pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid of 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to fight the spread of the virus. The first day of Eid went by without morning congregations in mosques. Due to social distancing, parties and other family events, which are usually a hallmark of the Eid festivities, did not take place. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, air travel has been suspended globally. This has affected expatriates living in Saudi Arabia who usually travel back to their home countries to celebrate this important occasion with their loved ones. Rafiul Akhtar, a finance professional working with Advanced Electronics Co. Ltd. (AEC) in Riyadh, said: “Eid Al-Fitr follows weeks of fasting and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It came amid a lockdown period due to the pandemic, which is indeed very painful.” “For an expat like me, celebrating Eid away from my family is a heartbreaking experience,” he said. Akhtar said that he had never imagined celebrating Eid without family and friends and away from his home country. Left with limited options due to a 24-hour curfew, like many others Akhtar found cooking the best way to spend his time. “I tried making it a little festive by testing my culinary skills by preparing seviyan or vermicelli (a traditional Indian sweet) and biryani, a rice dish with meat and rich Indian spices.” Akhtar said that to get a feel of Eid he tried to change the mood by decorating his place. “I spent most of my time chatting to my family and friends using videocalling apps,” he said. “God willing, this tough time will also pass. The Saudi government has taken many steps to overcome this pandemic. These steps are important to contain the spread of the virus,” Akhtar said. Sharing his experience of spending Eid during the pandemic, Abrar Hussain, a senior corporate account manager at global IT company Citrix Inc., said: “This year Eid Al-Fitr’s celebrations have been overshadowed by the fear of the pandemic.”   “Eid is a festival of greeting and meeting, get-togethers and lavish feasts with families and friends,” he said. “But this year we offered Eid prayers at home and celebrating the festival at home with family, enjoying the traditional Eid delicacies, greeting near and dear ones remotely and virtually. The virus fears have dampened the spirit of the celebration,” he said. Zeenat Enam, a homemaker, said: “This is unprecedented and will go down in history as a unique year when people prayed at home as against usual Eid congregations and stayed indoors without meeting and greeting families and friends.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Eid Al FitrCoronaviirus Ithra marks Eid Al-Fitr with parade in Saudi Arabia's Eastern ProvinceSaudi Arabia records 2,399 new COVID-19 cases

Regional CSR Network selects Princess Hind as global ambassador

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 02:29 JEDDAH: In recognition of her leading role advocating community services in the Kingdom, the Regional Network for Social Responsibility (CSR), a member of the UN Global Compact, has chosen Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al
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Regional CSR Network selects Princess Hind as global ambassador

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 02:29 JEDDAH: In recognition of her leading role advocating community services in the Kingdom, the Regional Network for Social Responsibility (CSR), a member of the UN Global Compact, has chosen Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al-Saud as the global social responsibility ambassador. Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am honored to be selected as an ambassador to support the fight against the pandemic.” On March 25, the Regional CSR Network launched a campaign to support the international response to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The drive will continue until June 25. “The campaign is to advocate international efforts to combat COVID-19 with Arab participation and community leaders were chosen as global ambassadors to spread useful information to members of the community through various channels to combat the virus,” said Princess Hind on Rotana Khalijia’s Sayidaty show last April. Princess Hind, a long-time champion of community service, considers volunteerism an honorable means to give back to one’s community by utilizing skills and efforts of young men and women and fighting hand in hand with authorities against the pandemic. “Anyone can participate through signing up on the networks’ website and request to document their (volunteer) efforts that must exceed 20 hours,” she added. Through the “We all are responsible” initiative launched by the Saudi Ministry of Health, she called on volunteers to play a role that could make a positive impact on their communities.  As a community leader, she has personally participated in a campaign “we help and assist” where she delivered medications to patients of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al-SaudCSR Network Saudi ministry, Red Sea Development company sign deal for CSR initiativesBahri to nurture CSR culture in Saudi Arabia

Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemic

Mon, 2020-05-25 03:04 RIYADH: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saudis are exploring different ways to exchange gifts and eidiya. They are mostly relying on internet and different apps available to solve this problem by sending e-gifts and transferring money usin
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Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemic

Mon, 2020-05-25 03:04 RIYADH: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saudis are exploring different ways to exchange gifts and eidiya. They are mostly relying on internet and different apps available to solve this problem by sending e-gifts and transferring money using electronic channels. “I got my eidiya this year from my cousin though STC (app),” said Waleed Bukhari. “I normally receive cash from the family’s elders, but I was happy to get something different.” An eidiya is hard to define. Its literal translation is “of Eid” and it is usually a money gift that children — and sometimes adults — receive on the morning of the first day of Eid, with amounts generally depending on one’s age. The Saudi Telecom Co.’s payment app, STC Pay, is offering a fun way for people to send their eidiya money electronically. There are options to customize the envelope and attach a personal message, and many might find this a suitable alternative to the traditional aspect of doling out Eid money. But some prefer to send e-gifts instead of money for Eid. Dana Al-Harbi, a college student, said her parents never gave her money for Eid but that she had yet to receive an Eid gift from them that she did not love. A box to hold money with ‘Blessed Eid’ written on it in Arabic. “Money is useful, sure, but they’ve always given me stuff I appreciated much more,” she told Arab News. “They put a lot of love and thought into their gifts, and that’s more important to me than money.” Some stores offer special boxes or envelopes to hold cash in interesting ways, or sell cards with a little slot for holding rolled-up bills. Some decorate bouquets of flowers with money, hide money inside chocolate wrappers, or even make scavenger hunts for their families with bills hidden around the house for them to find. Wafaa Al-Mansour, a mother of five, recommends handing out gift cards. “There’s something I don’t like about straight-up giving cash out, and I’m always out of the loop when it comes to what my children want as gifts, so I give them the option to choose what they like, but also make sure they’re not wasting money on something I don’t approve of,” she told Arab News. She recommended gift vouchers offered by different bookstores as a good option. “I like to get the SR100 ($26.66) vouchers, as they’re an appropriate amount, the ones under 12 get three and the ones over 12 get five. They can choose to buy books, toys, games, stationery, or even do what my sons did and save up the vouchers for the more expensive electronics. They got their PlayStation that way,” she said. Haifa Abduljaleel prefers to send her three kids their cash by bank transfer, a process that she says has made her life much easier over the years. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Eid Al-FitrCoronaviruseidiyas Saudi Eid festivities set to be most colorful yetEid in Saudi Arabia’s Hijaz region marked by family reunions

Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

Mon, 2020-05-25 05:17 RIYADH: The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has implemented an extensive inspection campaign to shops in the retail sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. It aims to ensure the commitment of shop owners to the value-adde
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Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

Mon, 2020-05-25 05:17 RIYADH: The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has implemented an extensive inspection campaign to shops in the retail sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. It aims to ensure the commitment of shop owners to the value-added tax (VAT) system and the implementation of its regulations, and the non-implementation of the tax’s updated value before schedule. In cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce, GAZT has implemented 1,335 inspection visits, with the participation of all the authorities’ branches in different regions since the announcement of increasing the VAT to 15 percent from 5 percent on May 11. The number of shops penalized for tax violations has reached 421, and violations varied from not keeping records, documents and tax invoices to failing to collect VAT. GAZT called on owners of commercial enterprises to commit to the scheduled date to implement the new VAT of 15 percent on products and services, starting July 1, 2020. It stressed that its inspection campaigns will continue in markets and shops to ensure the commitment of people responsible for tax regulations in the Kingdom. GAZT called on all consumers to report any enterprises that implement the new VAT before its due date on the authority’s official website gazt.gov.sa through the unified number 19993 or the VAT’s special app. GAZT had issued an instruction manual for transitional provisions related to increasing the original VAT to 15 percent, available on the authority’s official website.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia

KSRelief distributes aid in Lebanon, Yemen

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 05:22 King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has distributed 540 food baskets in cooperation with the Lebanese Al-Ghina Charity Association. The food baskets will benefit 3,240 people in Lebanon. KSRelief, i
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KSRelief distributes aid in Lebanon, Yemen

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 05:22 King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has distributed 540 food baskets in cooperation with the Lebanese Al-Ghina Charity Association. The food baskets will benefit 3,240 people in Lebanon. KSRelief, in cooperation with the Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief, also distributed 203 tons/2,742 food baskets to displaced Yemenis in the directorates of Hiran, Abs and Harad, which are adjacent to Saada governorate. SPA Beirut Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) International organizations hail KSRelief humanitarian efforts

Saliva ban would be temporary, says ICC's Kumble

A recommendation banning the use of saliva to shine a cricket ball when the sport resumes after the novel coronavirus shutdown is only a temporary measure, Anil Kumble, the chairman of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, has said.
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Saliva ban would be temporary, says ICC's Kumble

A recommendation banning the use of saliva to shine a cricket ball when the sport resumes after the novel coronavirus shutdown is only a temporary measure, Anil Kumble, the chairman of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, has said.

Players eager to restart contact training, says Palace's Townsend

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are "desperate" to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League's testing regime for the new coronavirus.
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Players eager to restart contact training, says Palace's Townsend

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are "desperate" to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League's testing regime for the new coronavirus.

Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory

JERUSALEM — Three electoral challenges by a popular former army chief could not unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A clear majority of Israeli lawmakers could not set aside their differences long enough to oust him.
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Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory

JERUSALEM — Three electoral challenges by a popular former army chief could not unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A clear majority of Israeli lawmakers could not set aside their differences long enough to oust him.

Family of exiled top Saudi officer Saad al-Jabri 'targeted'

A senior Saudi security official who for years was the key go-between for Britain's MI6 and other Western spy agencies in Saudi Arabia is now being persecuted along with his family, according to former Western intelligence officials.
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Family of exiled top Saudi officer Saad al-Jabri 'targeted'

A senior Saudi security official who for years was the key go-between for Britain's MI6 and other Western spy agencies in Saudi Arabia is now being persecuted along with his family, according to former Western intelligence officials.

No one can take away Palestine's lands - Turkey's Erdogan

«I would like to reiterate that Al Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first Kiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide,» says Turkish President Erdogan.
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No one can take away Palestine's lands - Turkey's Erdogan

«I would like to reiterate that Al Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first Kiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide,» says Turkish President Erdogan.

‘Brazen power grab’: GOP sues California Gov. Newsom over plan to send mail-in ballots to ALL registered voters

Republicans have filed a lawsuit to overturn the California Governor’s executive order, that will see every voter receive an absentee ballot for the November election, denouncing it as a “direct assault” on the vote’s integrity. Read Full Article at R
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‘Brazen power grab’: GOP sues California Gov. Newsom over plan to send mail-in ballots to ALL registered voters

Republicans have filed a lawsuit to overturn the California Governor’s executive order, that will see every voter receive an absentee ballot for the November election, denouncing it as a “direct assault” on the vote’s integrity. Read Full Article at RT.com

200,000 migrant workers get special Hari Raya Puasa meal

SINGAPORE - Some 200,000 migrant workers living in dormitories were given a special lunch menu, including mutton biryani and chicken chop rice, to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa on Sunday (May 24). Workers in 58 places across the island were also surprised with
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200,000 migrant workers get special Hari Raya Puasa meal

SINGAPORE - Some 200,000 migrant workers living in dormitories were given a special lunch menu, including mutton biryani and chicken chop rice, to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa on Sunday (May 24). Workers in 58 places across the island were also surprised with Hari Raya cookies prepared with the help of 15 home-based bakers in an effort to spread festive cheer. The initiative was organised by the inter-agency task force to support migrant workers, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI). Partially funded by donations from the community through mosques and organisations like the Association of Muslim Professionals and Singapore Muslim Women Association, the initiative comes after two gruelling months for many migrant workers. They have been disproportionately affected by the spread of the coronavirus, with 28,806 out of 323,000 workers who live in dorms, or nearly 9 per cent, testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday.

Earthquake strikes near New Zealand's capital Wellington, no immediate damage reported

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday (May 25), but there were no immediate reports of damage. The earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Z
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Earthquake strikes near New Zealand's capital Wellington, no immediate damage reported

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday (May 25), but there were no immediate reports of damage. The earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Zealand’s North Island close to Wellington, according to Geonet. It was followed by a 3.5-magnitude quake, then one of 3.6, then 3.7. Geonet first classified the earthquake as magnitude 5.9. Emergency services in Wellington City said there were no immediate reports of damage. All trains in Wellington were suspended while engineers assessed the impact, the city’s Metlink service said on Twitter. A Reuters witness felt strong shaking in Wellington. Emergency officials said there were no immediate reports of damage. Several residents reported strong shaking. “Not what we need right now...,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a tweet. New Zealand lies on the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000-km arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean.

More support for social service sector in upcoming Budget: DPM Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - The upcoming Budget will include ways to better support the social service sector, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sunday (May 24). In a Facebook post, Mr Heng said he received many good ideas from 30 social service organisations dur
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More support for social service sector in upcoming Budget: DPM Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - The upcoming Budget will include ways to better support the social service sector, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sunday (May 24). In a Facebook post, Mr Heng said he received many good ideas from 30 social service organisations during a virtual meeting on Saturday, ahead of his ministerial statement on the fourth round of Covid-19 support measures on Tuesday. «Their passion to serve came through during the dialogue, as they are doing all they can to strengthen support for vulnerable members of our community during the circuit breaker,» said Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister. He said the discussion touched on how social service agencies can strengthen collaboration and capability building, and difficulties with fundraising during the pandemic. «The circuit breaker has accelerated the shift to digital, as more services are provided online. This highlighted both the potential and also the current constraints of going digital,» said Mr Heng.

'I feel obligated': 99-year-old veteran walking 100 km before 100th birthday for COVID-19 research

A 99-year-old Ontario veteran of the Second World War is vowing to walk 100 kilometres by his 100th birthday to raise money for medical research to help stop COVID-19.
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'I feel obligated': 99-year-old veteran walking 100 km before 100th birthday for COVID-19 research

A 99-year-old Ontario veteran of the Second World War is vowing to walk 100 kilometres by his 100th birthday to raise money for medical research to help stop COVID-19.

Syrian troops destroy terrorist unit in southwest of Raqqa province, says online paper

The government troops had conducted a mop-up operation near the city of Salmiya, from where militants had been attacking military convoys on a regular basis
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Syrian troops destroy terrorist unit in southwest of Raqqa province, says online paper

The government troops had conducted a mop-up operation near the city of Salmiya, from where militants had been attacking military convoys on a regular basis

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