U.S.-led airstrikes kill seven children in Syria’s Raqqa

At least seven children were killed by fresh U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria’s northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (IS), state news agency SANA reported on Friday.

“The airstrikes targeted several residential areas in Raqqa overnight, leaving many people wounded and destroying their houses,’’ SANA said.

The U.S.-led coalition has carried out 44 air raids over the past 48 hours, targeting residential areas.

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Turkish strikes kill 12 civilians in northern Syria

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Turkish artillery shelling and airstrikes killed 12 civilians, including children, and injured 10 more amid stepped up operations to oust Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, a monitoring group reported on Friday.

It confirmed that there were airstrikes in the area, which is east of Aleppo city.

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South African park kills 350 hippos, buffalos amid drought

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JOHANNESBURG – Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are killing about 350 hippos and buffalos in an attempt to relieve the impact of a severe drought.

The national parks service says the numbers of hippos and buffalos in Kruger National Park, about 7,500 and 47,000 respectively, are at their highest level ever.

Meat from the killed animals is being supplied to poor communities on the park’s perimeter.

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Boko Haram strikes again, kills 11 and abducts women near Chibok

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A Boko Haram attack on Kuburvwa village of Borno State has left at least 11 people dead.
Residents of the agrarian community said they buried 11 corpses on Monday after the Sunday evening attack. Several women and girls living in the community, close to Chibok were over 200 girls were kidnapped in 2014, are also yet to be accounted for.
A local security operative, who craved anonymity for safety reasons, told PREMIUM TIMES that “many women, mostly married, were raped while others were taken away by the gunmen”.
The spokesperson of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, confirmed the attack to journalists in Maiduguri.
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