Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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BEIRUT -- Government airstrikes on rebel areas in northern Syria killed at least 43 people and leveled buildings, forcing residents to search mounds of rubble for bodies trapped underneath, anti- regime activists said today.

The strikes late Wednesday and early today hit at least five towns in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

One video purportedly filmed after an airstrike today on the Idlib city of Maarent al-Numan shows a man holding up two child- sized legs not connected to a body. Another man walks by carrying an arm.

Other videos from the city of Aleppo show the aftermath of an airstrike on a mosque late Wednesday. While some men carry away bodies, others work to dig out a survivor whose legs are buried in debris.

Activist claims and videos cannot be independently verified due to restrictions on reporting in Syria. But all videos corresponded to activist reports and appeared to have been filmed where they said they were.


BERLIN -- Twitter has for the first time blocked an account using a new tool that allows it to bar content in individual countries, shutting out a banned German neo-Nazi group at the behest of local authorities.

Twitter spokesman Dirk Hensen told The Associated Press in an email today that the account @hannoverticker has been blocked only in Germany, where its content is considered illegal.

"At the beginning of the year Twitter announced the so-called 'country withheld content' function, which enables us to remove illegal content in a particular country while leaving it available for the rest of the world," he said.

"In doing this we place great value on transparency; in the case of the account @hannoverticker we used this function for the first time."

The @hannoverticker account is used by a fringe far-right group, Besseres Hannover -- Better Hannover, which Lower Saxony's state government banned last month on the ground that it was promoting Nazi ideals in an attempt to undermine German's democracy.

Because of its Nazi past, Germany has strict laws prohibiting the use of related symbols and slogans -- like the display of the swastika, or saying "heil Hitler. …

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