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Former Assad aide: Syrian president plans secret flight to Russia

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Abdullah al-Omar, a former propaganda aide to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, said on an Al Jazeera English broadcast Sunday that Assad knows the end of his rule is drawing closer, and has already prepared plans to escape into Russia.

“I know the escorts of Bashar al-Assad, we used to sit and talk,” he said. “[They] told me that Russia is planning more than 300 apartments for the extended al-Assad family. I know that after 60 days, the families will start running away gradually. The last will be Bashar’s, after having international guarantees that he will not be prosecuted and will be safe in Russia.”

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Al-Omar added that during his time working for Assad, he and fellow regime propagandists “had to be careful” about showing their unease over the rampant and wanton violence carried out against the Syrian people. “He kills even people who are close to him,” al-Omar said.

His revelation that Assad has an escape plan could embolden international leaders who’ve been hesitant to intervene in Syria’s burgeoning civil war, which has in the last 10 days threatened to become a regional war with Turkey as well.

The neighboring nations have exchanged mortar fire for the last five days straight, stoking fears that Turkey’s forces along the border may take the initiative to capture or destroy Syrian artillery. Turkey’s parliament has approved a bill which would enable such operations.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in August that the American military would intervene in Syria if intelligence officials believe the Assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons against its people. “We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama said.

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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