Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Government forces retook six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, forcing nearly 10,000 civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive Sunday to retake Syria’s second city. In a major breakthrough in the push to retake the whole city, regime forces on Saturday captured Masaken Hanano, which had been the biggest rebel-held district […]

Stargazers prepare for biggest supermoon in nearly 69 years

Stargazers prepare for biggest supermoon in nearly 69 years

The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It will reach its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific on Monday […]

Children make up nearly half of all refugees, says UNICEF

Children make up nearly half of all refugees, says UNICEF

  Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The report found that while children make up about a third of the world’s population as of 2015, […]

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

Amnesty: ‘Nearly 18,000 dead’ in Syria prisons

  Syrian authorities are committing torture on a “massive scale” in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday. More than 17,700 people are estimated to have died in custody in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011, an average of […]