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ICC says US can be investigated for war crimes; Putin and Erdoğan hold talks over Syria; Governments, businesses take measures to halt spread of COVID-19

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan, including alleged crimes by US forces. And, in Mexico, violence against women and girls has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest. And governments and businesses are taking increased measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. But the internet is providing some light-hearted reminders on how to keep germs at bay.

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How Syria's Assad regime clings to power

Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.

Conflict & Justice

Fleeing into the fields, a family runs from Idlib attacks

There are some of the 180,000 people who have escaped an upsurge in violence in the last major Syrian rebel stronghold in the last few weeks. It marks the most intense escalation between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel enemies since last summer, with dozens killed in the shelling of insurgent territory.

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Global Politics

The 'Arab spring' in Israel

The World's Matthew Bell reports that Israelis are anxiously watching events in the Middle East. What many in the west laud as an "Arab Spring" appears deeply disturbing to Israelis, who worry about what uncertainty lies ahead.

Conflict & Justice

Syrian troops attack protesters

The uprising against the 11-year rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted last month in Deraa. On Monday, hundreds of Syrian troops, backed by tanks, moved against protesters in the city in an effort to crush the opposition once and for all.