Russian MOD confirms agreement on E. Ghouta safe zone signed, borders established
The agreements on functioning of Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone in Syria have been signed, the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.
The agreements, which were signed in Cairo, Egypt, define borders of the de-escalation zone and locations of control powers, according to the statement.
"These documents define the borders of the de-escalation zone, the deployment sites and powers of the de-escalation control forces, as well as the routes for delivering humanitarian aid and clear passage to the population," the ministry said.
The ministry noted that the first humanitarian convoy to the Eastern Ghouta de-escalation zone is expected in nearest time. It will be followed by the evacuation of wounded civilians for East Ghouta.
The documents have been signed in the development of the Astana agreements with the mediation of the Egyptian side, it added.
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Milo Yiannopoulos’s book isn’t selling quite as well as he’s claimed:
Rightwing controversialist Milo Yiannopoulos has branded reported low sales of his new book “fake news” after official figures revealed the writer has failed to rock the book charts on either side of the Atlantic, despite his claims to the contrary.
According to Nielsen Bookscan, which monitors book sales through almost all outlets, including Amazon, the former Breitbart technology editor has sold only 18,268 copies of his book in the US and 152 in the UK since its launch on 4 July.
The figure is far below the 100,000 copies, including pre-orders, that his PR team claimed had sold through Amazon alone on the day of the book’s launch. Though ebook sales are excluded from the charts, Andre Breedt, managing director of Nielsen Book Research, said: “As our sales include Amazon sales it is unlikely to be higher.”
BookScan is the industry’s gold standard for measuring sales. I believe BookScan’s numbers, even though Yiannopoulos disputes them:
“It’s true that the major booksellers only managed to ship out 18,000 copies to retail customers by the list cutoff. But that’s because they didn’t order enough ahead of time, and have been scrambling to play catchup ever since.read more
Michigan Man Tries to Take Out Bees with Fireworks, Burns Down His Garage
by Katherine Rodriguez4 Jul 20170 4 Jul, 2017
4 Jul, 2017
A Michigan man’s plan to get the bees out of his garage blew up in smoke — literally.
The man tried to use fireworks to take out a bees’ nest from his garage but wound up burning down his garage instead, fire officials say.
M Live reports that fireworks rocketed to the sky as the garage burst into flames Monday while firefighters from Grand Blanc, Burton, and Mundy Township rushed to put out the blaze at the house in Grand Blanc Township.
“The homeowner was doing something with a smoke bomb trying to get a bees nest out of the garage,” said Grand Blanc Fire Chief, Bob Burdette.
Officials say nobody was hurt and the fire only caused damage to the garage as well as a fence beside it.
Mike Tingley, the homeowner, said he is not happy with the damage to his garage but is happy his family is safe, and the rest of his house was not destroyed.
“We really weren’t going to celebrate the Fourth of July so much as we just have fun in our backyard, we like to have barbecues, we had a patio back there,” Tingley said.
“It is depressing losing a place where we had a lot of fun, but everyone is safe, and that’s the main thing,” he added.
Tingley’s situation could have been a lot worse. Several people suffered serious injuries, and one man died Monday trying to use fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations over the weekend.
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