DAMASCUS -- As many as 3,500 families have so far fled their homes in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah amid the U.S. airstrikes and clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State (IS) militants, the state news agency SANA reported on Monday.
The U.S. airstrikes and the clashes between the SDF and IS have been escalating following the jailbreak of IS inmates from a Kurdish-controlled prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah on Thursday evening. (Syria-U.S.-Airstrikes)
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ROME -- The first ballot to elect Italy's next president ended with inconclusive results on Monday, after a procedure that lasted over five hours.
Casting their votes were some 1,008 "grand electors," namely all the members of the parliament plus 58 representatives chosen by regional councils. (Italy-President-Election)
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YAOUNDE -- At least six people died following a stampede at a stadium hosting ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon on Monday night, said Naseri Paul Bea, governor of the Centre Region.
The tragedy occurred as football fans tried to make their way into the stadium where a crucial knockout game between Cameroon and Comoros was being played. (Cameroon-Stampede)
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BRASILIA -- Brazilian financial analysts raised their 2022 inflation forecast from 5.09 percent to 5.15 percent, but kept it steady at 3.40 percent for 2023, the Central Bank of Brazil said Monday.
According to the bank's survey of the country's main financial institutions, analysts maintained their economic growth forecast for 2022 at 0.29 percent but downgraded it from 1.75 percent to 1.69 percent for 2023. (Brazil-Economy)