BEIRUT — A resident in the Syrian city of Palmyra says Islamic State militants have demolished the ancient temple of Baalshamin after laying explosives around it for over a month, confirming earlier reports.
The U.N. cultural watchdog UNESCO called the destruction of the temple a “war crime” and an “immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.”
The witness, who goes by the name Nasser al-Thaer, said Monday the bombing took place a day earlier. He said he feared for the other ancient sites in Palmyra but that no explosives have been placed around them.
An IS operative told The Associated Press over Skype that a statement would be issued soon. He spoke on condition of anonymity because members of the group are not allowed to speak to media.
#AceNewsReport – PUERTO RICA:Aug.23: Human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano asked Puerto Rican authorities on Saturday to investigate the murders of three openly gay young men over the past month on the Caribbean island, and not to dismiss the possible “hate angle” sparked by their sexual orientation.
An Ontario Superior Court judge ordered the Conservative government to give five days’ notice if it plans to impose a new sick leave deal on Canada’s public servants.
Justice Robert Beaudoin set Oct. 29 to hear a motion brought by federal unions for an injunction to stop the government from invoking new legislative powers that would allow it to force a deal.
The Conservatives’ legislation leaves the timing for a deal wide open but Treasury Board President Tony Clement has said he wants a deal before the Oct. 19 election.
In his order, Beaudoin said if the government intends to go ahead, it should provide five working days’ notice of its plans. The court will then decide whether the Oct. 29 hearing should be rescheduled.
Thirteen of the 17 federal unions recently filed a motion seeking an injunction to stop the government from invoking the new powers it gave itself…
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Mel Gibson is in HOT water. The actor has been accused of shoving and spitting in a female photographer’s face, but he’s vehemently denying her allegations. Read his statement here.
A photographer for the Daily Telegraph has made some shocking claims about her recent encounter with Mel Gibson. Kristi Miller alleges that the actor got physical with her when she was photographing him in Australia, and says that he was also verbally abusive. The 59-year-old is denying Kristi’s recount of the alleged altercation.
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