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Syrians flee government advances in eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people are fleeing advances by Syrian government forces in eastern Ghouta, a war monitor and a resident said on Sunday, as Damascus presses an offensive to crush the last major rebel stronghold near the capital. Government forces are thrusting into the besieged rebel enclave from its eastern edge in an apparent bid to split it in two - a pattern of attack used repeatedly by Damascus and its allies in the war entering its eighth year. Orient TV, which supports the opposition to President Bashar…

Rohingya Muslims flee as more than 2,600 houses burned in Myanmar’s Rakhine

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: More than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of Myanmar’s northwest in the last week, the government said on Saturday, in one of the deadliest violence against the Muslim minority in decades. About 58,600 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, as aid workers there struggle to cope. Myanmar officials blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the burning of the homes. The group claimed responsibility…

ISIS militants trying to flee Mosul disguised as women caught by Iraqi forces

MOSUL: An Iraqi Army has released pictures of Islamic State, also known as ISIS and Daesh, militants who attempted to flee Mosul disguised as women, but was caught after an embarrassing gaffe. The forces caught the militants when one of them forgot to shave off his beard and moustache. The ISIS fighter was trying to get away from the former militant stronghold as the city was recaptured, but didn't quite get his escape plan right. Dressed in women's clothes and with elaborate make-up, the bearded man forgot to…

100 customers flee Spanish restaurant without paying

MADRID: Spanish police were on Friday hunting more than a hundred restaurant customers who fled without paying the bill. The party enjoyed a 2,000-euro ($2,100) banquet on Monday at the Hotel Carmen restaurant in Bembibre, northern Spain, before promptly doing a runner. "They were dancing, then suddenly they had disappeared. In one minute, a hundred people had left," restaurant boss Antonio Rodriguez told Cadena Ser radio. "They didn't leave in little groups -- no, they went all at once." Restaurant staff were…

Millions flee as US braces for Hurricane Matthew

WASHINGTON: The fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade slammed into the Bahamas early on Thursday, intensifying as it barreled toward the southeast U.S. coast where millions of residents heeded warnings to flee inland. Roadways in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina were jammed and gas stations and food stores ran out of supplies as Hurricane Matthew approached, packing storm surges, heavy rain and sustained winds that accelerated overnight to around 125 miles (205 km) per hour. Matthew, which killed at…