Baghdad: Explosions in a mosque kill 16, injure 35

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security officials say the toll from explosions that tore through a mosque in Baghdad has climbed to 16 dead and 35 wounded. The officials provided the updated toll Thursday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters. A government statement said Wednesday’s explosions occurred at

Putin congratulates Assad on recapturing Damascus

Alexander Lavrentiev relayed Putin’s congratulations to Assad on the capital’s recapture. Russia has backed Syria’s government for several decades but intervened militarily in its war in 2015. (Reuters) DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar Assad hailed Russia’s hand in his recent victories during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with the Kremlin’s