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When No Place Is Safe: Sheltering Under Siege in Syria

Advertisement All of eastern Ghouta is underground. That is how one aid worker described the situation as thousands of people fled into basements and makeshift shelters in the rebel-held suburb of Damascus this week. Eastern Ghouta is under a brutal aerial assault by Syrian government forces that has left more ...

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Syrian Bombardment Takes Its Deadliest Toll in Years

Advertisement BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government, seizing on a chance to reclaim territory lost in its ever-escalating civil war, has loosed a devastating bombardment on a rebel-held Damascus suburb, killing at least 200 people, many of them children, aid workers said Tuesday. Syrian officials vowed to show no quarter ...

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In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military

Advertisement KIEV, Ukraine — Nearly four years into a grinding war against rebels armed by Russia, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry proudly announced last month that it had improved its previously meager medical services for its wounded troops with the purchase and delivery of 100 new military ambulances. Not mentioned, however, was ...

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As Ramaphosa Hails a ‘New Dawn,’ South Africans See More of the Same

Advertisement SOWETO, South Africa — Refiloe Mapanya had closely followed the tumultuous changes in South Africa’s leadership in recent days: a political knife fight inside the long-governing African National Congress that brought to power President Cyril Ramaphosa. But Friday evening, midway through Mr. Ramaphosa’s first state of the nation address, ...

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