‘Stop the war’: Elissa urges fans to pray for Syria

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Updated 05 April 2017
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‘Stop the war’: Elissa urges fans to pray for Syria

JEDDAH: Arab musician and singer Elissa has had enough of the war in Syria. On Wednesday, she pleaded with her Twitter followers to pray for the Syrian people and an end to the carnage in the country.
“All I can do for the innocent Syrian people dying everyday is to pray for them. Join me in wishing this war stops very soon,” the Lebanese singer, who was born to a Syrian mother, wrote.
“The massacres in Syria are horrible. The pictures of babies and innocents dead are heart aching. Isn’t it about time to stop this bloody war?” she tweeted.
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 72 civilians, among them 20 children, in opposition-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, prompting global outrage and calls for international action. The attack also left dozens more gasping for air, convulsing, and foaming at the mouth.
Over half of Syria’s population has been displaced internally and abroad since the conflict began, with regional neighbors hosting most of those who have become refugees.


Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

Updated 19 April 2019
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Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

  • President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated
  • Black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area

MONROVIA, Liberia: A spokesman says Liberia’s president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated. He is expected back in the office on Monday.

Weah was a superstar on the pitch in the mid-1990s, particularly during his spell in Italy with AC Milan. (Getty Images)

The black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area. Liberia is home to poisonous snakes and officials are not taking chances.
The deputy press secretary says the fumigation has begun to take care of “crawling and creeping things.”
Weah, who was FIFA’s 1995 player of the year, assumed the presidency in January 2018.