World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian government forces shelled the eastern suburbs of Damascus on Monday and clashed with armed rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, activists and residents said.
Residents reported hearing heavy gunfire from around 6 a.m. (11 p.m. EDT on Sunday). They said the capital was shaken by several loud blasts, possibly artillery fire, two hours later.
"Every one of them feels like an earthquake," a resident in the central district of Adawi told Reuters in a telephone call punctuated by two loud explosions.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assad's forces were targeting rural areas around the Zamalka and Ain Terma suburbs on the eastern fringes of Damascus, a rebel stronghold in recent months.
It said Monday's army offensive came after Assad's forces suffered heavy losses in the area on Sunday, when several military checkpoints came under attack.
The Observatory says more than 30,000 people, including 7,000 soldiers and members of the security forces, have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprising against Assad in March last year.
The army repelled a July rebel offensive in Damascus but Assad's opponents are still present in outlying areas of the capital. Rebels also launched coordinated attacks on the army last week in Aleppo, trying to break a two-month military stalemate in Syria's biggest city.
U.S. President said that the priority of the U.S. is to make sure that the gains that ISIL has made in Iraq are rolled back
Two miners may have been killed in the collapse at the Bonanza mining project, about 260 miles (420 km) northeast of the capital Managua
The red warning code indicates that an eruption is imminent or underway, with a risk of ash.
Kenya recently identified eight new offshore exploration blocks available for licensing, and all but one of them are located in the contested area.
The questions surrounding Akong Rinpoche's death underscore the distrust that many Tibetans have of the Chinese government.
Kiev has accused Russian troops of illegally entering eastern Ukraine and, backed by its U.S. and European allies, has said it will fight to defend its soil.
“I think Israeli people wants more Palestinian to be killed,” Elifelet Sara, 31 year-old Israeli Jew tells AA.
In a statement on its website, the government said that it places itself "at the disposal" of the Libyan parliament and voiced hope the legislature would pick a new government that "represents all segments of the Libyan people."
The defendants faced several charges, including assaulting security personnel and illegally demonstrating in Upper Egypt's Minya province.
Relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa soured last year over Ethiopia's construction of a $6.4-billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said that he top commander of the Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades Mohamed Deif is safe despite losing his wife and daughter in an Israeli attack.
On Thursday, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and that negotiators are set to demarcate the borders.
The self-styled IIslamic State group had threatened to start killing soldiers as of Wednesday.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has declared Syria's most dangerous chemical weapons totally destroyed.
The largest increase in rates of heroin overdoses was seen in the city's wealthiest neighborhoods
The exercise, called Ample Strike 2014, will involve 1,400 troops including 300 foreign soldiers from 11 NATO member countries and around 30 aircraft