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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 10, 2019, 09.01 AM (IST)

US-backed Syrian forces launch 'final battle' against Islamic State enclave

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.


Paris: Protester loses hand at 'yellow vest' march

A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand during clashes with police outside the main parliament building in Paris on Saturday, witnesses said during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.


CISF cop on security duty at Teesta Setalvad's home shoots himself

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable posted as a security guard at civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad's home in suburban Santacruz in Mumbai allegedly committed suicide on Saturday morning, news agency ANI reported citing police sources. 

ANI said 42-year-old Bhawar Lal Naik reportedly shot himself with his service rifle while on duty at Setalvad's bungalow.


Southampton vows to ban fans who mocked Emiliano Sala's death

Southampton have promised to ban supporters involved in mocking the death of Emiliano Sala by making aeroplane gestures during their match at home to Cardiff City on Saturday. 


China's treatment of Uighurs a 'great embarrassment for humanity': Turkey

Turkey on Saturday condemned China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as "a great embarrassment for humanity," adding to rights groups' recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority.

"The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.