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Volume 45, Number 2
  
25 October 2016
Greg Kandra




The video above shows — for the first time in two years — the ringing of church bells in the city of Bartella in Iraq. ISIS overtook the city in 2014 and forced all Christians to flee. Iraqi soldiers are now closing in on Mosul as part of an offensive attempting to retake the city from ISIS.
(video: Rome Reports)


ISIS resorts to guerilla tactics as troops approach Mosul (CBS News) The United States says progress will slow down as the American-backed Iraqi offensive to take back Mosul from ISIS draws closer to the city. U.S. officials say an area larger than New York City has already been retaken from ISIS. Kurdish forces are still clearing Bashiqa, eight miles northeast of Mosul, reports CBS News correspondent Holly Williams. They’re up against the usual guerrilla tactics that are being used by ISIS: homemade explosives, networks of tunnels and suicide bombers...

Humanitarian corridors in Aleppo still open (AP) Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Tuesday it was keeping humanitarian corridors out of Syria’s Aleppo open following accusations by the U.N. humanitarian chief that warring parties were obstructing medical evacuations from the eastern, rebel-held districts of the city...

Syrian refugee women forge new lives in Jordan (The Los Angeles Times) According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, women head 66,000 — or around percent — of the 188,000 Syrian refugee families registered with the agency in Jordan. Widowed, divorced or abandoned by their husbands, these women have become their families’ sole breadwinners, roles traditionally held in Syrian society by men...

Vatican sends message to Hindus for Diwali (Vatican Radio) The President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has sent a Message to Hindus for the Feast of Deepavali (Diwali), entitled Christians and Hindus: Promoting hope among families...

Welcome to Gaza’s first deer farm (Al Monitor) Palestinians have always raised animals such as goats and camels, but one man has now taken up a new activity that is the first of its kind in the Gaza Strip — deer farming...