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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows a charred Syrian army bus, that was targeted with explosive devices in the Syrian capital Damascus on October 20, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Damascus terror attack 

Twin bomb explosion targeted a military bus in Damascus, the capital of Syria. 14 soldiers are dead, and several others injured. Syrian television says two bombs went off, as the bus was crossing underneath a bridge. A third one has been defused. There’s been no immediate claim of responsibility. Damascus witnesses acts of violence as such from time to time, especially since 2018 when the army retook the last significant rebel bastion near the capital.

Controversial Israel bill

A Palestinian, who’s been on hunger strike for three months, is now in intensive care. Miqdad al-Qawasmeh is at the Israeli Kapalan medical center. He’s suffering from a weakened nervous system. Two other prisoners, who started their hunger strike more than two months ago, are also in hospital. The three inmates have been refusing to eat in protest at administrative detentions. The system allows the holding of Palestinian prisoners, without charge or trial, indefinitely. Hundreds of Palestinians, locked up in Israeli jails, have staged a hunger strike in recent weeks. The collective action is in response to harsh jail measures. The restrictions came after Six Palestinians escaped Israel’s Gilboa prison in September. They were recaptured later, but the prison break shattered Israel’s security image.

Brazil COVID response row 

A congressional panel in Brazil is working to introduce mass homicide charges against the country’s top official. President Jair Bolsonaro is facing heavy criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. A senate probe says Bolsonaro’s neglect and opposition to science have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. It also accuses the Brazilian President of delaying the inoculation campaign in hopes of achieving herd immunity. The panel is also calling for charges against Bolsonaro’s sons for spreading misinformation. The president says the probe is simply a joke. More than 600-thousand Brazilians have lost their lives, making the Latin American country Number-two in terms of Covid fatalities, just after the United States.

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