May 16, 2022
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Man falls to death from hot air balloon in Israel

bbc– A man has died in northern Israel after he fell from a hot air balloon and landed on top of a moving car. Israeli media reported that the man, in his 20s, was a member of the balloon’s ground crew who was left hanging on to the balloon’s basket after it took off. The
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Deaths reported after Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Homs province

aljazeera– An Israeli airstrike in central Syria has killed one Syrian soldier and three pro-Iranian fighters, according to a UK-based war monitor. The Syrian state news agency SANA had earlier quoted a military source as saying that Wednesday’s attack near the city of Palmyra in Homs province had killed a soldier and wounded three others. […]
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Lebanon left without power as grid shuts down

bbc– Lebanon has been left without electricity, plunging the country into darkness amid a severe economic crisis. A government official told Reuters news agency the country’s two largest power stations, Deir Ammar and Zahrani, had shut down because of a fuel shortage. The power grid “completely stopped working at noon today” and was unlikely to […]
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Turkey Says It Captures Kurdish Militant Base In North Iraq

republicworld– Turkish troops have captured a major base belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said on Monday. Twelve members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were “neutralized” in the operation, the ministry said in a tweet. It uses the term to describe opponents that are killed, wounded or captured. The […]
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Syria war: UN calculates new death toll

bbc– At least 350,209 people have been killed in 10 years of war in Syria, the UN says in its first official death toll since 2014. Its human rights chief cautioned the figure is “certainly an under-count of the actual number of killings”. A leading but unofficial UK-based monitoring group recently put the death toll at […]
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Islamic State ‘Beatles’ member pleads guilty over US hostage deaths

bbc– An Islamic State (IS) group suspect from the UK has pleaded guilty in a US court to charges of conspiring to murder four American hostages. Alexanda Kotey is accused of belonging to an IS cell dubbed “The Beatles” involved in kidnappings in Iraq and Syria. Kotey and fellow “Beatle” El Shafee Elsheikh initially pleaded […]