Report: U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Killed 700 Civilians in Raqqa, Syria | Democracy Now!: In Syria, U.S.-backed troops captured a district of western Raqqa from ISIS over the weekend. The local journalistic group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently reports U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed at least five civilians on Saturday in Raqqa: a man named Khalil Al Sharabi, along with his wife, as well as another man named Khalil al-Bari, his wife and one of their sons. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed nearly 700 civilians in and around Raqqa since the campaign to take control of the city began in March.
Meanwhile, critics are warning that the United States is quietly expanding its military role in Syria, with an increasing number of strikes against the Syrian government. The U.S. has shot down at least one Syrian government plane and two Iranian-made drones this month. The dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Vali Nasr, warns, "We are sleepwalking into a much broader military mandate, without saying what we plan to do afterward."
Colombia FARC rebels complete disarmament: UN | Colombia News | Al Jazeera: UN monitors "today have the entirety of the FARC's registered individual arms stored away," except for some that were exempted for transitional security at demobilisation camps, the UN said in a statement.
The disarmament by the roughly 7,000 members of Colombia's biggest rebel group under a 2016 peace accord brings Latin America's oldest civil conflict close to a complete end.
FARC leader Rodrigo Londono is scheduled to formally conclude the disarmament process at a ceremony with President Juan Manuel Santos in the central town of Mesetas at 1500 GMT on Tuesday.
Trump Can't Stop Racist Slur Aimed at Elizabeth Warren | Alternet: During an interview with Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth that aired on Sunday, Trump accused Democrats of “obstruction” of his health care reform effort.
“How do you overcome come that when Sen. Elizabeth Warren says people are literally going to die because of GOP’s health care bill?” Hegseth wondered.
“I think she’s a hopeless case,” Trump replied. “I call her Pocahontas. And that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she’s somebody that’s got a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”
“I watched her campaigning for Hillary and she was so angry,” he added.
US Human Rights Record, Not Cuba's, Should Be Condemned | Opinion | teleSUR English: These are people who have no concept of what human rights and freedom for a people mean. And this doesn’t just mean Donald Trump. This applies also to all U.S. political officials who uphold the capitalist, imperialist system. Trump himself is a capitalist who leeches off of the super-exploitation of people and the environment.
We are talking about leaders of a country that has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world and the free labor of those incarcerated is exploited to produce all manner of goods and services for the private profit of the rich. Statistics show that U.S. police kill at least three people each day who are disproportionately people of African descent and Indigenous North Americans.
Venezuela’s Maduro Denounces ‘Imperialist Coup’ Plot | News | teleSUR English: The plan, according to Maduro, involved increased acts of violence to provoke deaths, commotion in the east of the capital and the betrayal of a group of soldiers who called for a coup to justify a process of intervention were part of that agenda. He stressed that the plan was neutralized by the country's executive branch.
"From the high military political command we've been in session and permanent activity to cut the chain of coup events,” Maduro said.
“Today, 196 years after Carabobo, we've contained, we've unveiled and we're defeating the imperialist coup and our country is at peace," he emphasized.
The head of state also highlighted Venezuela's victory of peace and truth before the interventionist actions promoted by the Organization of American States.