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Syria: Rescue leaflets for civilians, militants thrown in Eastern Ghouta

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Syria: Rescue leaflets thrown in Eastern Ghouta

Amidst calls of stopping bloodshed by Syrian forces in Eastern Ghouta, Syrian aircraft continued dropping leaflets on Friday for encouraging the civilians to leave and armed militants to lay down their weapons.

Xinhua reports from Damascus that the footage released by the Syrian army shows its aircraft dropping leaflets displaying small maps showing safe exits out of Eastern Ghouta with instructions to the civilians on how to leave and urging the armed militants to lay down weapons to gain a presidential pardon for those who turn themselves in.

One leaflet read: “Everyone holding this paper is considered to have dropped arms against the Syrian military and can benefit from the amnesty issued by the president of the Arab Republic of Syria. All army checkpoints must guarantee the safety and protection of all this paper’s holders and provide them with food, medicine and shelter in accordance with the laws of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

The leaflets were dropped on the besieged inhabitants at a time when Russian sponsored five-hour a day pause continued for the fourth day without achieving the intended goal of civilians’ evacuation.

Syrian state media claims that rebels were preventing civilians to leave instead they were suing them as human shield. However, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said it evacuated two Pakistani civilians, a man and his wife on Wednesday.

On Friday, two children succeeded in leaving the besieged area after midnight through the designated humanitarian corridor in Wafidin area, reports Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria.  Syrian soldiers monitored their movement as the rebels fired at them while they were leaving.

On February 24, the UNSC adopted a resolution asking all parties to immediately cease clashes and provide a sustained humanitarian break for at least 30 days across the country. However, Syria and Russia announced

five hour daily pause in hostilities in Eastern Ghouta.

Meanwhile, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said no civilians were killed on Friday by the shelling in Damascus. The people in the capital still prefer to stay indoors, particularly in the eastern Damascus’ close to the Eastern Ghouta.

Meanwhile, official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports that the government has been alert to emerging information that rebels may stage a chemical attack against the army in Ghouta.

An army official told Thursday,”Terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta have received orders to use chemical weapons in the region to frame the Syrian army.”

The UN organizations have already sounded an alarm about the situation in Eastern Ghouta, where 400,000 people are believed to be trapped in the sprawling area.

A couple of months ago, al-Qaida-linked groups launched an offensive against a military base in the city of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, triggering a counter-military offensive in the area.

Syria: Rescue leaflets thrown in Eastern Ghouta

Latest report from Damascus, says that on Sunday, the five hour pause began at 9 a.m. for allowing civilians, besieged by Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated to it to leave the area.

SANA reporter at al-Wafideen camp said that ambulances and public transport buses are waiting near the safe corridor. Temporary housing shelters are set up in al-Duwair in Damascus countryside.

Meanwhile there are reports of 64 shells fired by terrorist organisations on the residential neighbourhood in Damascus and surrounding areas.

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Five news stations receive letter bombs in Ecuador, one explodes in journalist’s face

Minister says the bombs were sent as a clear message to silence journalists in violence-ridden Ecuador

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Police officials searching for bombs in a new station in Ecuador

Ecuadorean authorities have reported that a series of letter bombs were mailed to five different TV and radio new stations in Ecaudor. The explosive devices were delivered to journalists on Monday, March 20.

Interior Minister Juan Zapata informed that one of these letters exploded in Guayaquil’s Ecuavisa private TV station. The bomb burst in the middle of the newsroom in presenter Lenin Artieda’s face. He was injured but not severely. Lenin informed the police that the device was structured like a USB drive, and it exploded as he plugged it into his computer.

Zapata added that all the devices were similar and sent from the town of Quimsaloma, on the Los Rios coast. The Ecuadorean attorney-general’s department has begun their investigation on the letters as an act of terrorism. Journalists have said that the bombs were sent to intimidate the free press and silence the media.

 Zapata also said that the government condemns such attacks and freedom of expression is a right that must be respected. The other four explosives sent through post never exploded as they failed or were never opened.

Police officer Xavier Chango informed the USB drive sent to Artieda seemed to be loaded with a military-type explosive RDX.

Ecuador lies between Colombia and Peru, the world’s two largest cocaine producers, and has become a hub for global drug trade in the recent years. The increased violence is a result of competition and clashes between drug criminal gangs for territory and charge.

In 2022, the RTS TV station came under gunfire attack and in 2020, a bomb exploded at Teleamazonas. President Guillermo Lasso had declared war on the gangs controlling drug trade from prisons, and has led to the death of more than 400 inmates since 2021. Ecuador’s murder rate has jumped from 14 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021 to 25 per 100,000 in 2022.

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Earthquake leaves 11 dead in Pakistan, tremors shake North India

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled parts of Northern India on Tuesday night, left at least 11 people dead and over 160 others wounded in neighboring Pakistan, reports said.

According to reports by Pakistani media, tremors were felt in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Peshawar, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, and other areas of the country. In a statement, Pakistan Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake—which hit at a depth of 180 kilometers, at a latitude of 36.09 and a longitude of 71.35. — was the seismically active Hindu Kush region in Afghanistan.

Reports said that tremors and aftershocks were also witnessed in Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Kot Momin, Madh Ranjha, Chakwal, Kohat and in Gilgit-Baltistan areas.

Pakistani news channels showed panicked citizens running out of their home and on the streets to seek refuge from the tremors.

According to a report by Pakistan-based Geo News, eleven people, including two women were killed while over 160 people were injured due to the earthquake.

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The strong jolts also led to the collapse of several buildings in impacted regions while a stamped was witnessed in markets of Rawalpindi when the earthquake hit, according to The Express Tribune newspaper.

State-run Associated Press of Pakistan released a statement by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who has directed disaster management authorities to remain vigilant to handle any situation while Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel declared an emergency in Islamabad hospitals.

A statement by the international seismological centre said that apart from Pakistan, tremors were also felt in India, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Kyrgyzstan.

Tremors of the earthquake, that hit at around 10:17 pm on Tuesday night, were felt across Northern India including Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. However, no casualties were reported. However, reports of damages to buildings are coming in from different parts of North India.

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Rupert Murdoch set to marry for 5th time at 92

Murdoch, who met 66-year-old Smith last September at an event held at Murdoch’s vineyard in California, is planning to marry her in the summer.

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Rupert Murdoch, an Australian-born American business magnate, announced on Monday that he will be marrying for the fifth time at the age of 92. Murdoch is already engaged to former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith.

Talking about his fifth marriage, Murdoch, the 31st richest person in the United States, said he was very nervous, and dreaded falling in love, but he knew it would be his last. He said he is happy about it.

Murdoch, who met 66-year-old Smith last September at an event held at Murdoch’s vineyard in California, is planning to marry her in the summer. He said that they both are looking forward to spending the second half of their lives together. They will spend their time between California, the UK, Montana and New York, reports state.

Smith is the widow of an American country singer and media executive who died in 2008. Speaking about the relationship with Murdoch, Smith said the two bonded over their shared knowledge of the media business.

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She said for both of them it’s a gift from God. She said she is a widow for 14 years. Smith went on to say that like Rupert, her husband was a businessman. Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations, and helped promote Univision. So she speaks Rupert’s language. They share the same beliefs, she added.

Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corp., has six children from his first three marriages. Prudence MacLeod, with his first wife Patricia Booker, then Elisabeth and sons Lachlan and James with his second wife Anna Mann. He has two more daughters, Grace and Chloe, with his third wife Wendi Deng.

Later, he married former supermodel Jerry Hall for the fourth time. But the couple decided to part ways eight months ago after being together for six years.

According to Forbes, Murdoch is believed to have a fortune of around $17 billion. His empire includes Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and a string of other media assets around the world.

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