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German magazine says one of its top journalists fabricated stories, and Latin America is turning unsafe, dangerous for women.

US will extract 2,000 troops over the next few weeks from Syria

President Donald Trump Wednesday ordered a rapid withdrawal of all US military forces from Syria, The Wall Street Journal reports.

An official told WSJ that the US has started moving a handful of personnel from Syria and will quickly extract 2,000 forces over the next few weeks, ending the four-year military campaign against Islamic State.

The move is a clear departure from US’ earlier policy that it would station its troops in Syria until the terror outfit Islamic State is completely defeated and local forces could prevent a new rise of extremist forces, and to press Iran to withdraw its forces from the country.

However, none of these objectives have been met, yet Trump abruptly made the troop withdrawal announcement.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” the US President tweeted.

However, a senior official said, “We will continue to use tools of national power, including economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure, as leverage to press for the withdrawal of Iranian-backed forces.”

“Iran knows the US stands ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests,” he added.

Despite China’s war on Christmas, kids write thousands of letters to Santa

Every year during Christmas, Santa Claus Village main post office in Arctic circle gets more than 50,000 letters from across the world. The majority of the letters are from children belonging to Greater China that includes Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

A Quartz report says that last Christmas the village received a record of 16,500 letters from mainland China. Greater China surpassed the UK, Italy, and Poland in writing letters in 2014.

However, as the report pointed out so many letters written to Santa from China is a complete contrast to that of Communist Party’s war against Christians in China. There is no official holiday for Christmas in mainland China except Hong Kong.

On 15 December, security officials in Langfang city issued a notice prohibiting the display of any Christmas materials outside schools and plazas. The notice further warned people against selling Christmas products.

In the past weeks, the Communist party is also clamping down on churches, detaining church members.

German magazine reporter faked stories

German weekly magazine Der Spiegel has found out that one of its top reporters has falsified news over several years, CNN reports.

Claas Relotius, who has worked for the magazine for seven years, admitted that he has been fabricating stories.

The magazine said that out of 60 stories in print and online, at least 14 articles are made up stories with invented protagonists.

Relotius, 33, had won numerous awards for his stories, including CNN journalist of the year in 2014.

He recently also won Germany’s ‘Reporterpreis’ (Reporter of the Year) award for his story about a young Syrian boy.

It is this story that made one of his colleagues, Juan Moreno, to dig up and find out what we wrote was made up.

Qatar unveils design of 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium

Qatar has unveiled the first appearance of its main stadium that is going to host the opening and final games of the 2022 World Cup.

According to Global Times, Lusail Stadium is covered with gold, it has 80,000 seats and a refrigeration system that will keep the temperature at 26 degrees Celsius.

The building was unveiled by the 2022 Supreme Committee for the Delivery & Legacy for the FIFA World Cup Event on 15 December 2018.

Latin America is a dangerous place for women

The highest rate of homicide in the world is found in Latin America, but now the Northern Triangle, which includes El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala is becoming deadly for women as well.

Wall Street Journal report said that in El Salvador alone women homicides have doubled from 2013 to 469 last year.

The death rate per 100,000 women, at 13.5, is six times more than that of the US. Other two regions, Honduras and Guatemala, closely follow this trend.

Women are dying not only because of gang violence but also due to domestic violence. There are several videos indicating how women are tortured by men.

Researches and interviews with dozens of women have revealed that the challenge is enormous for an overtaxed and a poorly funded judicial system that can solve only a few homicides. As a result, families choose to leave these places and flee to the US in search of a peaceful life.

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