Syria retakes strategic highway from ISIL

Syrian regime soldiers drive in a pick-up truck on the eastern outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 21, 2015. AFP
  1. The Syrian army retakes more areas from ISIL terrorists. A village near a strategic highway linking the cities of Damascus and Homs has been recaptured by government forces.
  2. The French police stage nearly 130 raids in several cities and mobilize thousands of security personnel as part of an ongoing state of emergency following the recent terror attacks in Paris.
  3. And a train derails near the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, leaving over a dozen people dead and 100 others injured.
  4. Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to find and punish those behind last month's plane crash which killed over two-hundred people in Egypt. Moscow has confirmed that the incident was caused by a terrorist attack.
  5. European Union member states voice their full support for France after Paris formally requested aid and assistance from the bloc in the wake of the attacks in Paris.
  6. The Leader of the UK’s opposition Labour party says the government must take measures to ensure that weapons given to some repressive regimes don’t end up in the hands of terrorist groups.
  7. At least 13 people have been killed in a train accident in southwestern Pakistan.
  8. Israel is set to embark on yet another construction project on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank despite international uproar against its expansionist policies.
  9. Greece and the troika of international lenders have reached an agreement to unlock 12 billion euros in bailout loans for the cash-starved country.
  10. Iran is set to host a gathering of the world’s leading gas producers.

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