A group of Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier is heading towards China's southern island province of Hainan through the South China Sea, Taiwan's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, in what Beijing describes as a routine drill.
Human rights observers and the media have recorded many examples of massacres and organized torture carried out by the government, opposition, and the extremist Islamic State group in Syria. Sources close to the Syrian government say the rebel shelling aims to prevent the government savoring its victory in Aleppo, adding that Damascus will do whatever it takes to solidify its position in the city that was Syria's largest prior to the beginning of the conflict.
Perhaps not coincidentally, it comes on the same day Russian warplanes reportedly provided direct support for Turkish-supported forces in Syria for the first time, and Russia denounced new us rules for supporting Syrian rebel forces as a " hostile " act that could jeopardize the lives of Russian pilots.
The statement, issued on Tuesday, said: "Richard's much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10pm on Christmas Eve". It was first adapted for screen in 1978. Adams would go on to write many other books, including the animal-themed Shardik , about a man's pursuit of a bear-god, and The Plague Dogs , about abused canines that escape from a government research center, though none would ever have the same impact ...
It said the participants agreed to continue their efforts towards further facilitating the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan according to the known principles of reintegration of the armed opposition into peaceful life.
Wild Oats XI, the supermaxi that has dominated the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the last 11 years, is out of this year's race after succumbing to the record pace she was setting at the head of the fleet. Commodore John Markos from race organiser the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia was confident the wind would support Perpetual's record bid. Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards made the call to retire from the race on Tuesday, citing the safety of his crew.