Saudi Arabia Ask Syria to Stop Violence in East Ghouta

 The Saudi Arabian government asked the Syrian government to stop the violence in its attacks in the East Ghouta region.

"We emphasize the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, allow the entry of humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of political solutions to this crisis," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter accounts as reported by the AFP news agency The Saudi Ministry also asked Damascus to comply with UN Security Council resolution 2254, calling for a national ceasefire and political transition.

Jet- Syrian jet fighters have continued to bombard East Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of Damascus in recent days. The attacks of President Bashar al-Assad's regime have been reported to have killed more than 300 people and triggered international condemnation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the situation in East Ghosta this time "hell on earth. " The UN Security Council plans to vote on a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire to allow for medical aid and evacuation.

Occupied by rebels since 2012, East Ghouta is the last bag held by the opposition around Damascus. President Assad has mobilized additional troops in an effort to reclaim the territory.

So far more than 340 thousand lives have been floated during the 7-year-old war in Syria. Millions of citizens have left their homes and cities are falling apart.
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Parliamentary Panel to Investigate Trump Staff Against Domestic Violence Accusations

The House of Representatives Commission on Wednesday began investigating why President Donald Trump's staff, Rob Porter, could remain in the White House for months after the FBI submitted an official report stating that two Porter ex-wives accused Porter of committing Domestic violence (19659002) Porter resigned last week, but FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this week told members of the House that the investigation team had notified White House officials since March 2017 of allegations of domestic violence against Porter. Porter was in charge of overseeing the various documents and policies sent to Trump for examination.

In recognition of the White House's weakness, Vice President Mike Pence said, "I think the White House should be able to handle this better."

On On Wednesday, Trump finally condemned domestic violence.

In response to a reporter's question at the end of a meeting in the Oval Office, he said, "I am against domestic violence and everyone here knows that, I am totally against domestic violence in any form.All people know that and do not even need to say anymore.So now you hear it, you all know it. " [as/al]

Trump slams North Korea, but does not mention possible use of military violence

Calling North Korea a country with a cruel and immoral dictatorship, US President Donald Trump in his first state speech, again promised to use maximum pressure to prevent Pyongyang from developing nuclear missiles that could threaten mainland US.

Trump said the experience indicating being polite and willing to compromise only invites North Korean aggression and provocation. Therefore, Trump said, he will not repeat the mistakes of previous US governments that put the US in such a dangerous situation.

Nevertheless, Trump has shown more restraint than ever before. He no longer mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a small rocket man in his speech. Trump also did not mention the possible use of force in controlling North Korea, despite recent reports that the Trump Administration is considering launching a military offensive if re-emerged provocation.

Last year, tensions between North Korea and the United States increased following the effort Pyongyang to develop nuclear warhead missiles capable of reaching the United States. The Trump Administration not only leads international efforts to impose tough economic sanctions on North Korea, but also affirms that military power is still an option in addressing the growing threat to the mainland US.

South Korea supports increased communication with Korea North to ease tensions and has recently negotiated a temporary halt to Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests by persuading him to participate in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The United States also agreed to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea until the end of the Winter Olympics to accommodate the North's peaceful participation. [ab/uh]

Violence in Afghanistan, Evidence There is no point in Bargaining with the Taliban

President Donald Trump condemned a wave of deadly attacks on Afghanistan last week. He said Washington did not want to negotiate with the Taliban, which killed many innocent women and children. The remarks were made by Trump, while a new report indicates that an improved US military operation in the war-torn country has failed to improve the ability of the Afghan government to protect its own people.

Four deadly attacks in about a week, including a massive suicide attack with a car bomb in Kabul that killed 150 people, prompted the Afghan government to set a day of national mourning. The Taliban claimed to be behind two attacks in Kabul. Afghanistan is on the agenda of talks when President Donald Trump meets members of the UN Security Council on Monday (30/1).

"The innocent people were murdered here and there, bomb attacks in the middle of the children, in the middle families, bombings, murders across Afghanistan so we do not want to talk to the Taliban, "said Trump President.

In the past, the Americans did not rule out the inclusion of the Taliban in peace talks when asked why the Taliban are now claiming responsibility for the massacres , Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center study agency via Skype said, "The Taliban want to weaken the Afghan state in any way. And the Taliban want to do it now by proving that the Afghan state can not protect its people. The state can not protect security and this includes civilians. "

President Trump raises the American military presence in the country. There are currently 11,000 American troops stationed in Afghanistan, 16 years after the United States invaded the country following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Some experts say terrorist attacks against civilians are being planned on the border, in Pakistan. Kugelman said the Americans were most likely looking for ways to increase pressure on Pakistan to stop attacks, but the Americans themselves had to take caution.

Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center added, "I do not think America will set Pakistan as a country sponsors of terror.This will be a very dramatic pressure point, which is likely not only to be ineffective, but it could also mean that Pakistan will take retaliatory action by closing the logistical path in its territory that NATO forces use to access Afghanistan. "

With the high level of violence in Afghanistan, it seems that the longest conflict in American history will not end in the near future. [uh/ab]

Violence with Firearms in the US Reaches Highest Record of 2017

Violence with firearms in America reached a record high in 2017, where according to an NGO tracking firearms violence, there were over 60,000 incidents that killed more than 15,000 people. Mariama Diallo reviews several years with the worst level of firearms violence in America.

The Las Vegas Massacre of 1 October 2017 was one of the mass shootings by a single offender and claimed the most casualties in American history.

The gunner identified as Stephen Paddock attacked his hotel room against 22,000 concert visitors, killing nearly 60 people and injuring hundreds more. Law enforcement officials say Paddock has no connection with international terror groups and has no criminal record in the police.

"We have reviewed all federal, state and local archives; and this individual does not have any criminal records, "said Clark County Sheriff in Nevada, Joe Lombardo.

A month later, precisely on November 6, a gunman entered a church on the outskirts of Texas with assault rifles, killing 26 people and wounding 20 who was in Sunday Mass.

Law enforcement officials said the gunmen clearly intend to kill as many people as possible.

"I can tell you that the location of the incident was terrible, there are no words to describe it," the official said FBI Christopher Combs.

This is reinforced by the Public Security Department official at Texas Freeman Martin. "I think he came here with a single purpose and mission," he said.

Rosanne Solis who suffered a gunshot wound on his arm survived the incident and still remember very clearly when the shooter fired a seven-minute shooting shot. "I saw bodies and blood on everywhere, that's all I see because I do not want to get out of the place where I'm hiding, "he explained.

A 911 tape, reported the shooting at a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 1 that injured 28 people.

On June 14, Congressman Steve Scalise and three others were shot while doing a baseball practice on the outskirts of Washington DC. Members of the Republican faction of the state of Louisiana were shot in the hip and made him in critical condition. Last September he recovered and returned to Capitol Hill.

"God bless everybody and everybody. God bless America, "Scalise said.

The Archives of Arms Violence ( the Gun Violence Archive ) defines mass firing as a single incident in which four or more persons, other than the gunman, were shot or killed. Throughout 2017, things like this happen more than 340 times in America. [em/jm]