Syria’s Assad ventures into eastern Ghouta, says area is on ‘right path’ after army offensive – World

President Bashar al-Assad flaunted government advances in Syria’s seven-year war by filming himself driving to meet frontline soldiers near Damascus, making a video of the journey from the city centre into areas recently recaptured. “The road is open … everything is running now in the city and in Syria,” he said in the video, describing a road that had previously ...

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Turkey says its forces now control Syrian town of Afrin – World

Turkey’s president said Sunday that allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old Turkish offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said fighting was still underway. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish flag and the flag of the Syrian opposition fighters have been raised in the town, previously ...

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Thousands rally in Rio de Janeiro after fatal shooting of city councillor Marielle Franco – World

Crying, chanting and screaming in anger, thousands gathered in front of the state legislature in Rio de Janeiro late Thursday night to say goodbye to a black city councillor shot in the head four times, a brazen murder that shocked Brazil and raised questions about the effectiveness of a military intervention in the country’s second biggest city. Marielle Franco, 38, was slain ...

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Brexit news: Dozens of UK border firms sign confidentiality contracts in ’paranoid’ move | UK | News

The Government has reportedly told logistics companies involved in the day-to-day running of Britain’s border crossings to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA), a move branded “paranoid” by one MP. Officials are currently consulting on how the UK border will operate to achieve the Government’s aims of frictionless trade post-Brexit, and the legally-binding NDAs prevent the companies from sharing its plans or concerns.  ...

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