Syria's northern city of Aleppo was once a thriving commercial hub with a proud history dating back millennia. Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, much of the city has been devastated by intense shelling and airstrikes. As government forces work to wrest back control of Aleppo from an armed rebellion, which is battling against the Assad family's 40-year rule, aid groups are cautioning that civilians have fewer places to go while their city gets hammered. The U.N. human rights office said Tuesday that government forces had killed at least 82 civilians in the eastern neighborhoods, reported the AFP. "The worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century is unfolding before our eyes," said France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre, according to the Associated Press.
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Riot police fired tear gas into the demonstrations in Caracas. Venezuela's opposition rallied again this week against President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, accusing him of delaying elections to cling to power. A month of protests in the streets of the capital Caracas and elsewhere have led to the deaths of at least 37 people on both sides. Maduro's approval rating has sunk to around 20 percent after years of rising inflation and shortages in food and medicine. The International Monetary Fund predicts inflation in Venezuela will reach 1,600 percent this year.
Reuters, the world's largest multimedia news provider, announced today that it has joined the newly launched AWS Data Exchange to provide access to trusted news and data to Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers. Even more enterprises will now have quick access to Reuters trusted, independent and impartial news content and data, which are produced by 2,500 journalists in more than 200 locations globally, to power their artificial intelligence (AI) applications. "Reuters is constantly seeking new ways to broaden the reach of our independent, trusted and unbiased news content and data. We are excited to be among the first providers of such content in AWS Data Exchange, where our multi-language news data will be made available to a diverse range of AWS customers around the globe," said Alphonse Hardel, Global Head of Business Development and Strategy, Reuters at Thomson Reuters. "With the increasing demand across industries in using news content to train and power their mission critical AI and analytics applications on the cloud, the depth and accuracy of Reuters coverage means AWS customers are now able to seamlessly access the highest quality of data from AWS Data Exchange," added Hardel.
A Donald Trump for President campaign sticker is attached to a U.S. Customs sign hanging on the border fence between Mexico and the United States near Calexico, California. The border between the United States and Mexico has a series of fences and walls, sensors and surveillance cameras, meant to stymie illegal crossings. President Donald Trump has said he will strengthen that security. Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!