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US air strikes in Syria killed 2 children-officials

(By Bonny Apunyu)

In what analysts claim marks the first time the American military has acknowledged causing civilian casualties in the Syrian war, officials said Thursday that US air strikes last year against Islamist extremists in Syria killed two children by mistake.

Sources quoting AFP reported that Lieutenant General James Terry, head of the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State group, said in a statement that "we regret the unintentional loss of lives."

Canada: 10 young people arrested trying to join Islamic State group

(By Estera Popowska)

Some 10 young people have been arrested by Canadian police as they allegedly tried to leave Canada to join the Islamic State group, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. According to AFP, Canada’s federal police arrested the young people last weekend at Canada’s Montreal's international airport and their passports have been withdrawn.

Syria: U.S led air strike kills 170 Islamic State jihadists in 48 hours

(By Estera Popowska)

In the past 48 hours, air strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria have killed around 170 jihadists, a monitoring group said Tuesday, according to AFP report.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reportedly said "the jihadists were killed in the past 48 hours in the province of Hasakeh, nearly all of them in very intense air strikes by the international coalition which is helping Kurdish forces in the area."

Colombia: 33 killed in massive landslide triggered by heavy rains

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 33 people died after a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northwest Colombia on Monday, authorities said, warning the death toll could rise since some families were still missing.

According to the Daily Star Lebanon, the dawn landslide tore through a ravine in the municipality of Salgar, in the department of Antioquia. "We have 33 dead, but that figure could increase," said Ines Cardona, director of the department's disaster response agency. Between two and five families are still missing, she reportedly said.

Syria: 300 killed in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

(By Estera Popowska)

Some 300 people have been killed in several days of fighting since the Islamic State group launched an attack against Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said Sunday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, said the toll comprised 123 soldiers and loyalist militiamen, 115 IS fighters and 57 civilians-AFP

Syria: US air strike kills 32 Islamic State members including 4 of its leaders

(By Estera Popowska)

Four leaders of the Islamic State group are among the 32 members of the terror group killed in air strikes and a U.S. special forces raid that targeted the group in eastern Syria, a group monitoring the Syrian war said on Sunday.

Reuters reported U.S. officials as saying the raid killed a senior Islamic State leader identified as a Tunisian who helped to manage its black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds. A U.S. official said that about a dozen fighters were killed in the raid.

Philippines: 72 killed in fire at footwear factory in northern Philippines

(By Estera Popowska)

At least 72 people died after a fire engulfed a footwear factory in the northern Philippines, authorities said Thursday. According to CNN, the fire  ripped through a slipper and shoe factory in Valenzuela City on Wednesday, Mayor Rex Gatchalian told reporters at a news conference although reports say wasn't immediately clear whether fire officials expected to find any more bodies in the burnt-out ruins.

Mexico: American jailed for 199 years and fined $96,000 for child pornography

(By Estera Popowska)

Authorities in Mexico said Wednesday that a U.S man who took pornographic photos of a girl with her mother's consent, was sentenced to 199 years in prison.

According to reports, the American man had been arrested in Manzanillo, in the western state of Colima for "taking images of a minor girl which he then sent to other countries on the Internet," the prosecutor's office said. It did not name the man, or provide the girl's age.

Pakistan: Gunmen open fire on bus carrying Shia Muslims killing 43 people.

(By Estera Popowska)

Six gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi killing at least 43 people and injuring 20 others, local  police said.

According to BBC news Wednesday, a police official said the gunmen appearing to be from a banned extremist group, stopped the bus which was carrying about 60 people going to an Ismaili Shia place of worship and fired indiscriminately.

North Korea publically executes defense minister accused of treason-South Korea

(By Estera Popowska)

According to reports from South Korea, North Korea has publicly executed the country's defense minister accused of treason, CNN reported Wednesday.

Hyon Yong Chol was killed by fire from an anti-aircraft gun at a military school in front of hundreds of people in Pyongyang; the South Korean Intelligence Agency was reported to have told parliament members in a closed-door session.