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"The Assad suburb": How Syria ghettoized the military to keep it loyal

Thursday  16:45,   02 june 2016
Vox.com

In early 2011, when Syrians rose up in protest and Bashar al-Assad attempted to put them down with murderous force , one of the reasons he failed was that a number of soldiers, disgusted with their orders to fire on civilians, instead joined the[...]

On the Road in Syria, Struggle All Around

Thursday  16:45,   02 june 2016
The New York Times

After Kurdish militias push out ISIS, people are eking out livings in a border area where state services have collapsed.As a column of putrid smoke rose into the sky, he pulled a cigarette from his oil-soaked shirt and explained how the Syrian civil [...]

From wilderness to wasteland

Thursday  16:35,   02 june 2016
MSN

A look at Nick Brandt's haunting photo series 'Inherit the Dust'.(click on any image to enter the full-screen[...]

Queen's travel miles add up to 42 times round the globe

Thursday  16:21,   02 june 2016
Press Association

The jet-setting Queen has travelled around the world 42 times, visiting 120 countries during her 90 years - and all without a passport. The monarch, who celebrates her 90th birthday on Thursday, has travelled to more than 60% of the world's 196[...]

Obama faces pressure on secret ‘28 pages’ ahead of Saudi trip

Thursday  16:21,   02 june 2016
France 24

As Barack Obama heads to Saudi Arabia next week, the US president is under increasing pressure to declassify redacted pages of a 9/11 report detailing Saudi connections to the attacks. Secured behind a locked door in a secret vault on Capitol Hill[...]

There are 5 things that could cause undecided voters to back Brexit — not one of them is immigration

Thursday  16:20,   02 june 2016
MSN

The latest polls on Britain's referendum over whether the country should stay or leave the European Union show a vastly mixed picture of what the result could possibly be. This week, we've had one poll that showed support for a Brexit — Britain[...]

This Woman Is Walking 600 Miles To Ask Diplomats To End The Syrian War

Thursday  16:20,   02 june 2016
HuffPost

One woman is so desperate to see Syria's war end, she is walking across Europe to ask diplomats to make it happen. Katherine Davies is trekking 600 miles from London to Geneva to encourage diplomats to come up with a solution for peace and to[...]

Evidence Of Giant Asteroid Found In Australia

Thursday  16:20,   02 june 2016
Sky News

Scientists believe they have found evidence of a giant asteroid that smashed into the Earth almost four billion years ago. Tiny glass beads, called spherules, have been found in the country's remote north-west and were formed by vaporised material[...]

Harmony of the Seas arrives in Southampton ahead of maiden voyage

Thursday  16:20,   02 june 2016
Press Association

The world’s largest cruise ship has arrived at Southampton ahead of its maiden voyage. The 1,188ft long Harmony of the Seas cost one billion US dollars (£695 million), can carry 6,780 guests and 2,100 crew, and took more than two-and-a-half years to [...]

Supermarket forced to scrap prosecco discount deal

Thursday  16:15,   02 june 2016
Press Association

A supermarket has been forced to scrap a discount deal on prosecco after shoppers rushed to buy bottles for £2.63 each. Customers who combined three Sainsbury's deals were able to take advantage of the bargain on the grocer's highly-rated Taste the[...]

Ex-PM Aide Avoids Jail Over Indecent Images

Thursday  16:15,   02 june 2016
Sky News

Patrick Rock, a former aide to David Cameron, has been given a two-year conditional discharge for making indecent images of children. The 65-year-old walked free from Southwark Crown Court after being convicted of downloading pictures of[...]

Boost for shoppers as price of groceries continues to fall

Thursday  16:15,   02 june 2016
Press Association

The cost of a basket of groceries has continued to drop, with shoppers enjoying another month of discounts on popular items, figures show. A basket of 35 items cost £82.59 in May, down from £86.60 this time last year - setting another lowest price[...]

Top 15 Smartphones In The World Today

Thursday  16:10,   02 june 2016
Forbes

Not all smartphones are created equalThe best smartphones in the world today? Try these 15 out for[...]

Children's Voices – Syrian refugees' hopes and memories

Thursday  13:00,   02 june 2016
MSN

<p>A series of portraits of children in the tent settlements by AP photographer Muhammed Muheisen.</p> "I used to go to the school back in Hama," Rakan Raslan (above left), 11, said of his hometown in western Syria. "I used to have friends[...]

Lee Rigby image found on Tube knifeman's phone, court told

Thursday  07:45,   02 june 2016
Press Association

Images of murdered soldier Lee Rigby and British Islamic State executioner Jihadi John were among extremist material found on a Tube station knife attacker's phone, a jury has heard.Muhiddin Mire, 30, went on a rampage with the blade at[...]