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Syrian Army Agrees To First Release Of Opposition Prisoners


In the first such step of its kind, the Syrian Army has agreed to a prisoner exchange with the opposition forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Syrian government forces freed two arrested men from Syrian prisons in exchange for the remnants of a destroyed tank in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria.

An Al-Arabia video report shows the exchange, which took place in the presence of UN monitors, with footage of a charred tank at 0:55 seconds into the clip being transferred onto a Syrian Army flatbed truck. One of the presumed prisoners looks pale and shaken.

The exchange is significant for the Free Syrian Army, said reporter Rashid al-Eid. "It seems clear that the Syrian regime now recognizes the existence of the Free Syrian Army, even if implicitly."

The transfer and the acknowledgement of the FSA's role, coupled with the negotiations for the prisoners' release signals a new course in the field of operations on the Syrian scene, al-Eid reported. "It is interesting to note that the tank cannot be repaired, but was returned to the Syrian Army after having been demolished by the FSA in an operation here," he said.

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How Parenthood Reinvented My Sex Life — Confessions Of A Swinging Mom

Between breastfeeding, playdates, postpartum fatigue, birthday fatigues and the countless other aspects of mother- and fatherhood, a Cuban couple tries to find new ways to explore something that is often lost in the middle of the parenting storm: sex.

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Parenting v. intimacy, a delicate balance

Silvana Heredia

HAVANA — It was Summer, 2015. Nine months later, our daughter would be born. It wasn't planned, but I was sure I wouldn't end my first pregnancy. I was 22 years old, had a degree, my dream job and my own house — something unthinkable at that age in Cuba — plus a three-year relationship, and the summer heat.

I remember those months as the most fun, crazy and experimental of my pre-motherhood life. It was the time of my first kiss with a girl, and our first threesome.

Every weekend, we went to the Cuban art factory and ended up at the CornerCafé until 7:00 a.m. That September morning, we were very drunk, and in that second-floor room of my house, it was unbearably hot. The sex was otherworldly. A few days later, the symptoms began.

She arrived when and how she wished. That's how rebellious she is.

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