Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brother of Boy in Viral Photo Dies

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brother of Boy in Viral Photo Dies

Article excerpt

The rescue of 5-year old Omran Daqneesh, pulled from the rubble of his bombed-out Aleppo, Syria, home Wednesday, was broadcast around the world, dominating front pages and drawing tears from television anchors.

For many, his image became a symbol, the human cost of Syria's devastating war illustrated by a bloodied face and mop of hair, smothered in the dust of what once stood as his bedroom.

Less widely shared was the story's devastating postscript. On Saturday, activists said, Omran's 10-year-old brother, Ali, died from wounds sustained in the same airstrike, launched by forces allied to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The muted response underscored the ephemeral nature of a story that goes "viral" and frustrated Syrian doctors and activists who had hoped the flood of media attention might translate into concrete action aimed at bringing their war to an end.

President lashes out

DAVAO, Philippines - The Philippines' brash-talking president threatened Sunday to withdraw his country from the United Nations and lashed out at U.S. police killings of black men in his latest outburst against critics of his anti-drug campaign, which has left hundreds of suspects dead.

President Rodrigo Duterte pointed to the haunting image of a bloodied child being pulled from the rubble of a missile-struck building in the Syrian city of Aleppo to note the inability of the U.S. and the U.N. to stop such deadly conflicts, complaining that he comes under fire for the killings of criminals.

The U.S. State Department and two U.N. human rights experts have urged Duterte and Filipino authorities to stop extrajudicial killings in the fight against illegal drugs and ensure law enforcement compliance with international human rights obligations. …

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