Russia says Syrian ceasefire monitoring centre hit in shelling: TASS

A picture taken on February 20, 2018 shows a Russian-made Syrian army attack helicopter dropping a payload over the rebel-held town of Arbin, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. (Amer Al-Mohibany/AFP)
Updated 21 February 2018
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Russia says Syrian ceasefire monitoring centre hit in shelling: TASS

MOSCOW: Russia's ceasefire monitoring centre has been damaged by shelling from the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the TASS news agency cited Russia's Ministry of Defence as saying late on Tuesday.
"Residential areas, Damascus hotels, as well as Russia's Centre for Syrian Reconciliation, were hit in a massive bombardment by illegal armed groups from Eastern Ghouta," TASS cited the ministry as saying.
"There was severe damage and victims among civilians. There were no victims among the Russian armed forces," TASS said, quoting the ministry.
A wave of air strikes, rocket fire and shelling has hit Eastern Ghouta, killing at least 250 people since Sunday night.


Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

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Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA: US President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
“In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing (Fethullah) Gulen and other people,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said, referring to the G20 summit where the leaders met two weeks ago.
Turkey has long sought the extradition of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed US exile for nearly two decades. A former ally of Erdogan, he is blamed by Turkish authorities for the failed coup when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and helicopters, attacked parliament and shot unarmed civilians.
Gulen denies any involvement in the failed putsch.
Erdogan said last week Turkey would start new initiatives abroad to target the financing of Gulen supporters.
“I have recently seen a credible probe by the FBI on how the Gulen organization avoids taxes,” Cavusoglu told a conference in Doha.