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Syrian President offers amnesty to army deserters

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SHAFAQNA - The Syrian government has declared an amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service, giving them several months to take advantage of the amnesty without facing punishment. The fear of conscription, and…

After Saudi Slaughter of Yemeni Childrens, Madrid Cancels Arms Sale Deal with Riyadh

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SHAFAQNA-  The Spanish defense ministry canceled a €9.2-million deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs because 0f the Saudi-led coalition’s recent massacre of Yemeni kids. The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it…

Amnesty: UN 'caved in to pressure' in report on Saudi coalition child deaths

SHAFAQNA- The international community has caved in to political pressure by watering down criticism of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s grave violations of international law in the UN Secretary-General’s annual Children and Armed Conflict…

Amnesty criticizes US “knee-jerk reaction" towards Syria airbase

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SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International has mildly criticized a recent US strike on a Syrian airbase, noting that a "knee-jerk reaction" is no substitute for a proper investigation into chemical attacks. "It's one thing to have some air strikes…