Saturday 24 March 2018

In Brief: Homs suffers more carnage

Syrian activists say pro-government gunmen have killed more than a dozen people in the city of Homs.

Syria's state media confirmed deaths in Homs, but blamed "armed terrorists."

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 12 people were killed last night while the Local Co-ordination Committees said 45 were "murdered."

Both groups said the dead included children. The LCC and the Observatory said the attack was carried out by gunmen known as "shabiha" who have been playing a major role in crushing the year-old uprising.

Nixon's love letters shown

Long before Richard Nixon rose to power and fell from grace, he was just another man in love.

Six love letters between the president and his wife, Pat Nixon, will go on display later this week as part of an exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

The exhibit is intended to celebrate what would have been Pat Nixon's 100th birthday.

In his letters, Nixon recalls their first meeting, daydreams about their future and uses nicknames like "dearest heart" and "my Irish gypsy."

167 bodies are found in cave

the remains of 167 people have been found in a cave in the country's south were part of a pre-Hispanic cemetery dating back some 1,300 years.

The Chiapas state prosecutor's office said authorities found the remains on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch in a region where Central American migrants pass through while heading north.

Local farmers had first come across the cave last week and had alerted authorities.

Egypt moves to halt US aid

Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament has called for a vote on stopping US aid.

The move by the People's Assembly was sparked by the March 1 departure of six American defendants in a case of 43 employees of non-profit groups who are accused of using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt.

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