‘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.


Ethiopia’s capital to ban motorbikes in bid to curb crime spree

Updated 19 June 2019
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Ethiopia’s capital to ban motorbikes in bid to curb crime spree

  • Addis Ababa Mayor Takele Uma said motorbikes had been used in recent crimes and the city would prohibit them from July 7
  • Takele Uma said the Addis Ababa municipal administration will also impose a ban on trips by most freight vehicles in the city during daytime

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa plans to ban motorcycles in the city from July in a bid to curb a spree of muggings and robberies, local authorities said on Wednesday.
Addis Ababa Mayor Takele Uma said motorbikes had been used in recent crimes and the city would prohibit them from July 7 though people using bikes for business may be exempt.
“Exceptions will be made to those conducting licensed businesses with motorcycles as well as those who use motorcycles as postal carriers and motorcycles affiliated to embassies,” the mayor told journalists.
Addis Ababa, a city of an estimated five million, is generally considered safe for residents and foreigners. But a growing number of violent crimes involving suspects on motorbikes or in cars has caused alarm.
The mayor said the proposed ban came after a study of criminal activities in the city found a significant number were carried out using motorcycles.
Takele said the Addis Ababa municipal administration will also impose a ban on trips by most freight vehicles in the city during daytime to alleviate traffic congestion in the capital.