Rocket attack kills at least 7 in central Syria

Updated 20 April 2013
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Rocket attack kills at least 7 in central Syria

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say a rocket attack by government forces has killed at least seven people in a village near the central city of Homs.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attack on the village of Eastern Buwaydah took place Wednesday morning. It says children were among those killed.
Eastern Buwaydah is located between Homs and the Lebanese border.
Observatory director Rami Abdul-Rahman reported heavy fighting Wednesday in the area between government troops and rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime.
More than 70,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011.


Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

Updated 8 min 43 sec ago
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Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

  • Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey
  • Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed complaints against the main opposition party leader and 72 legislators accusing them of insults for posting and sharing a cartoon on social media that depicts him as a variety of different animals.
Anadolu Agency said complaints were filed Wednesday against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who posted the cartoon on Twitter, and other officials who shared it in support of four university students arrested for holding up a poster of the same caricature during their graduation ceremony.
Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey.
Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults, dropping many following a failed military coup in 2016 as a goodwill gesture, but filing many others since.