A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks.
For the first time in years, hundreds of Syrians nationwide used a ceasefire to resume anti-government protests. Waving the three-starred flag that has become the uprising's emblem, demonstrators in Aleppo, Damascus, Daraa and Homs called for the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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If the EU's and Turkey's joint action plan on refugees is to fail, the union is expected to be more vocal and critical of Turkey's engagement with its own Kurds as well as the Kurds in the region. Meanwhile, the EU has been turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Turkey.
French authorities began removing residents from the southern portion of the so-called “Jungle of Calais,” a refugee camp that has long served as a way station for a shifting population of several thousand migrants hoping to reach England via the Channel Tunnel, whose entrance is nearby.
Why are the Europeans and the Americans advising the Iraqi Kurdistan to postpone the referendum over the independence? If the referendum does take place, the Kurdish territory will gain some solid borders and the clashes with the rest of Iraq will cease.
The 2016 campaign, however, has provided a seemingly endless supply of shock and confusion.The candidates and the issues they are discussing will have far reaching effects, not just for American public policy but for leadership and policy throughout the world, especially the Middle East.
The Responsibility to Protect is an international norm, but it does not possess independent agency. The failure to end atrocities and protect civilians in Syria is not a failure of R2P, but of the imperfect actors and institutions charged with its implementation.