Syrian President Assad visits army positions in Eastern Ghouta — state media

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. (Photo: Courtesy of Syrian Presidency Telegram account)
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. (Photo: Courtesy of Syrian Presidency Telegram account)
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. (Photo: Courtesy of Syrian Presidency Telegram account)
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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta. (Photo: Courtesy of Syrian Presidency Telegram account)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Syrian President Assad visits army positions in Eastern Ghouta — state media

BEIRUT: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Sunday visited army positions in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, the president’s Telegram account said.
“In the line of fire in Eastern Ghouta ... President Assad with heroes of the Syrian Arab army,” a caption said.
It is the Syrian leader's first trip to the former rebel enclave outside Damascus in years.
Syria state television broadcast photos of the president dressed in a shirt and jacket surrounded by soldiers, some perched on a tank behind him, in an unspecified part of Eastern Ghouta.
The photographs were taken in a street lined with damaged building fronts with a couple of parked tanks.
Rebels have held out in Eastern Ghouta since 2012, but a regime assault in the last month has retaken more than 80 percent of the former opposition bastion, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor says.


Iranian media: 79 injured in earthquake in southern Iran

Updated 23 July 2018
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Iranian media: 79 injured in earthquake in southern Iran

TEHRAN: Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.8 earthquake has injured at least 79 people in the country's south. The United States Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.9.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities. The earthquake struck in the early morning on Monday near the village of Sirch in the province of Kerman. That's about 1,100 kilometers or 683 miles south of the capital, Tehran.
The USGS says the quake was followed by several smaller aftershocks and also a 4.8 magnitude temblor to the northeast, and came after a series of quakes the day before that injured nearly 300 people.
Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to regular earthquakes. A magnitude 7.2 quake hit western Iran in November, killing more than 600.