PLANS FOR CEASEFIRE IN ALEPPO
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem announced at joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Syria had given Russia plans for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo, RT reports. He also said that, if successful, the plan could be implemented in other cities and that the government was ready to exchange prisoners with the opposition. This comes just five days ahead of the planned Geneva 2 peace conference. It is still unclear whether representatives of the opposition will attend.
LEBANON TOWN HIT BY ROCKET FROM SYRIA
At least seven people died in Eastern Lebanon after a rocket apparently fired from the Syrian side of the border hit the town of Arsal, The Daily Star reports.
BLAST IN BANGKOK AS PROTESTS CONTINUE
Twenty-eight anti-government protesters were injured in Bangkok after a small explosive device went off where demonstrators were marching, The Bangkok Post reports. Protesters have been targeted a number of times over the past few days, leading an army chief to express concern that an armed group might be behind these attacks.
ISRAEL CHARGES “PRO-PALESTINIAN BIAS”
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman summoned the ambassadors of Britain, France, Italy and Spain this morning, accusing them of “pro-Palestinian bias” after they criticized the recent announcements of new settlements to be constructed in territories illegally occupied by Israel, AFP reports.
CIGARETTES DEADLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
A new scientific study shows that cigarettes can cause a lot more diseases than previously thought, including diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and ectopic pregnancy, The New York Times reports.
Hiroo Onoda, the Japanese soldier who didn’t emerge from hiding and surrender until 30 years after the end of World War II, has died in Tokyo at age 91.
A member of the Italian Parliament went on an anti-immigrant rant in blackface. Read here what he had to say.
A team of journalists has identified France’s most famous singer, Johnny Hallyday, as a possible tax evader after studying geolocated photos on his Instagram account. His reply? “They’re morons”...
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Sreemanti Sengupta is a freelance writer, poet, and media studies lecturer based in Kolkata.
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