Pope meets with leaders of besieged US Catholic Church

  1. Pope meets with leaders of besieged US Catholic Church  CNN
  2. Pope OKs probe into US bishop as he meets with US delegation  ABC News
  3. Pope Francis Authorizes Investigation of West Virginia Bishop Over Sexual Harassment Claims  TIME
  4. The pope needs to clear the air over cover-ups in the Catholic Church — including about his own conduct  Los Angeles Times
  5. ‘Civil war’ divides world’s Catholics amid allegations of sex abuse, coverup  USA TODAY
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Syrian army renews push on besieged areas

Syrian army renews push on besieged areasThe Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs on Monday, a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged. The attack comes as Syrian state television broadcast footage of work to clear roads into part of a pocket in south Damascus where fighting had raged, to allow some rebels there to withdraw in a surrender deal, it said. Late on Sunday, the Syrian army said missiles had struck bases in northern Syria, describing it as a “new aggression” by its enemies.


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Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclaves

Assad steps up efforts to crush last besieged enclavesBy Angus McDowall and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one and a newspaper reported an ultimatum against another. President Bashar al-Assad scored a major victory this month by retaking eastern Ghouta, the biggest rebel stronghold near Damascus, putting his forces in by far their strongest position since the early months of the seven-year-old civil war. The United States, Britain and France launched a volley of air strikes on Saturday against three Syrian targets in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons strike during the Ghouta assault.


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Syrian rebels evacuate key town in besieged eastern Ghouta

  1. Syrian rebels evacuate key town in besieged eastern Ghouta  CBS News
  2. Syrian rebels to leave key town in eastern Ghouta enclave  ABC News
  3. Syrian rebels and families begin to leave besieged Eastern Ghouta after deal  Telegraph.co.uk
  4. Turkey Is Launching the Next Middle East War With Attacks on Kurds in Iraq and Syria  Newsweek
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Thousands flee in first mass exodus from Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta

Thousands flee in first mass exodus from Syria's besieged eastern GhoutaThousands of Syrian civilians fled from a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing by foot to army positions in the first mass exodus from the besieged enclave since Syrian government forces launched an assault to capture it a month ago. Men, women and children staggered under the weight of blankets, bags and suitcases as they walked along a dirt road to army lines on the outskirts of Hammouriyeh town. Others reached government positions in the nearby town of Beit Sawa on wheelchairs.


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Syria marks 7 years of war; hundreds leave besieged enclave

  1. Syria marks 7 years of war; hundreds leave besieged enclave  Washington Post
  2. Syrians stream out of rebel-held Ghouta town as army advances  Reuters
  3. The Latest: Aid convoy enters Syria’s eastern Ghouta  Miami Herald
  4. Seven years on, the West should stop feigning heartbreak over Syria  CNN
  5. Syria War Anniversary: These Pictures Show How The Country Has Changed After Seven Years of Conflict  Newsweek
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