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  • What to know about Syria

    Syria is a Middle Eastern country sharing a border with Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. About Syria: Area: 185,180 sq km, slightly larger than North Dakota Population: 18,028,549 (July 2017 estimate) Median age: 24.1 years old Capital: Damascus Ethnic Groups: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians and other 9.7% Religion: Muslim 87%, Christian 10% and Druze 3% GDP (purchasing power parity): $50.28 billion (2015 estimate) GDP per capita: $2,900 (2015 estimate) Unemployment: 50% (2017 estimate) Timeline: 1517-1918 – Part of the […]

  • A look at the life of Bashar al-Assad

    Here’s a look at the life of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Personal: Birth date: September 11, 1965 Birth place: Damascus, Syria Father: Hafez Assad, late Syrian President Mother: Anisa Makhlouf al-Assad Marriage: Asma (Akhras) al-Assad (2000-present) Children: Karim, 2004; Zein, 2003; Hafez, 2001 Education: University of Damascus, Medicine, 1988; Ophthalmology residency, London, 1992-1994 Military service: Syrian Army, 1999, Colonel Religion: Alawite Muslim Timeline: 1994 – Syrian President Hafez Assad’s oldest son and heir apparent, Basel, dies in a car accident. Second son Bashar, is called back from medical training in Britain […]

  • Syrian Civil War: Timeline of events

    Here is some background information about the ongoing civil war in Syria. Since the war began in 2011, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the UN Envoy for Syria. Facts: Bashar al-Assad has ruled Syria as president since July 2000. His father, Hafez al-Assad, ruled Syria from 1970-2000. The ongoing violence against civilians has been condemned by the Arab League, the European Union, the United States and other countries. As of February 2018, more than 5.5 million […]

  • Authorities: Tennessee mother saw husband kill her 5-year-old son who had autism

    DICKSON, Tenn. — The mother of a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing in Tennessee last week told police she was present when her son was killed, WKRN reported, citing court documents. Krystal Nicole Daniels, 27, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child neglect or endangerment as authorities investigate the disappearance of Joe Clyde Daniels, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. It’s unclear whether she has an attorney. Joe Clyde’s parents initially reported him missing last week in Dickson, […]

  • Lawsuit: Canadian fertility doctor is father to 11 of clients’ children

    OTTAWA — A doctor who ran a fertility clinic in Canada used his own sperm to father at least 11 children, a class-action lawsuit alleges. Dr. Norman Barwin is accused of using his sperm without the knowledge or consent of the families who approached him for insemination treatment at his clinic, according to the lawsuit. “We are now aware of 11 individuals whose parents went to Dr. Barwin for assistance with fertility, and DNA investigation discloses that he is their […]

  • Former House Speaker Boehner ‘has evolved’ on marijuana, joins boardroom of cannabis company

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — John Boehner is heading for the boardroom of a cannabis company, the former Speaker of the House announced Wednesday. “I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved,” the Ohio Republican tweeted. ” I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.” I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug […]

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on privacy scandal

    WASHINGTON — Dozens of senators attempted to take swipes at Mark Zuckerberg in his debut on Capitol Hill. None appeared to land a blow. The Facebook CEO formally apologized to Congress on Tuesday for mistakes that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and stressed that his company is rethinking its responsibility to users and society. “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign […]

  • Gas prices could jump 14 percent this summer, forecast says

    WASHINGTON — Summer driving will be more expensive this year. Prices at the pump are likely to be 14 percent higher than last summer — an average of $2.74 per gallon, the U.S. government estimated Tuesday. The price of oil has climbed because of efforts by OPEC and Russia. Brent crude, the global benchmark, surged 3.5 percent on Tuesday to $71.04 a barrel, the highest since late 2014. That’s already above the EIA forecast of $63 for this summer, suggesting […]

  • Brain effects of ‘hottest pepper in the world’ put man in hospital

    NEW YORK — What happened to a contestant in a hot-pepper-eating contest might give spicy food aficionados one more reason to “fear the reaper,” according to a recent case report. The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in New York. The man developed excruciating pain in his head and neck, prompting him to go to an […]

  • Infant safe after being left in baby box outside Indiana fire station

    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — An infant left inside a baby box at a northern Indiana fire department is safe and being cared for. The child was left in the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box in LaPorte County on Sunday, WRTV reported. This was the second time in five months the box has been used at this particular fire station. In November, an infant was also left inside the box. “When this box was installed, we hoped […]

  • How people are honoring Humboldt victims

    HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan — Emotional tributes to members of a junior hockey team killed or injured in a bus crash in Canada have gained huge traction on social media. Ten players with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and five others, including two coaches, were killed after the bus carrying them collided with a tractor-trailer late Friday in the Saskatchewan province. At least 13 others were injured. As a community vigil in the Broncos’ Edgar Petersen Arena was ongoing, The Sports Network […]

  • Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? You can now find out

    Some Facebook users can now see whether their data may have been obtained by political data firm Cambridge Analytica. On Monday, the social media giant began rolling out a “see how you’re affected” tool at the top of News Feeds to inform users if they’re among the tens of millions of people who had their data improperly harvested by Cambridge Analytica. The full roll out will happen over time, so not all users will see the link at the same time. Users who […]