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Archive for March 10, 2017

Newsline: Syrian Militants Shell Damascus District Hosting Russian Embassy

Armed groups shelled on Friday the district of al-Mazraa in Damascus, where the Russian embassy is located. One rocket landed in the district, exploding some 160 yards away from the embassy. The civil war in Syria has been lasting for around six years with government troops fighting against numerous opposition factions and terror organizations such as al-Nusra Front and Daesh. The nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime was introduced on December 30, 2016. Terrorist organizations are not part of the ceasefire. Moscow has been conducting a campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad’s request.



Newsline: Chinese Embassy demands apology from German T-shirt retailer

The Chinese Embassy in Berlin demanded today that a German online retailer stop selling a line of T-shirts with slogans it says are insulting to China. The offerings from retailer Spreadshirt.de include T-shirts with slogans like “Save a dog, Eat a Chinese,” ”Save a shark, Eat a Chinese,” and an image of two faux Chinese alphabet characters having sex, with the caption “Now I understand Chinese.” The embassy said in a statement that it has complained to the German government and is seeking an apology, an explanation and for the offending shirts to be pulled. However, the head of the Leipzig-based company, Philip Rooke, said he planned to keep the disputed designs available for purchase. “We do not judge or censor designs based on their phrasing, social or political leanings,” he said in a written statement.