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In brief: Syrian activists say government killed 6

AMMAN, Jordan – Government attacks on central and northern cities in Syria killed six people Sunday, activists said, as the government announced that two years of conflict has cost the public sector $15 billion.

President Bashar Assad’s forces have been on the offensive in the central city of Homs, reclaiming some of the territory they lost to the rebels since the uprising began.

Hackers break into president’s website

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said personal information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyberattack last week that coincided with a shutdown of North Korean websites around the anniversary of the Korean War’s start.

Yonhap news agency reported today that about 100,000 subscribers’ accounts were hacked on the presidential website. It cited an unidentified presidential official. The president’s office acknowledged the loss of data but couldn’t confirm the details.

The Blue House has apologized on its website for allowing names, birthdates and IDs to be stolen. Passwords were not compromised.

Anti-homosexuality bill signed into law

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a measure that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality.

The lower house of Russia’s parliament unanimously passed the Kremlin-backed bill on June 11 and the upper house approved it last week.

The ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values over Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church see as corrupting Russian youth and contributing to the protests against Putin’s rule.


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In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation

UPDATED: 7:36 p.m.

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.