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Rebels and families begin evacuating cradle of Syria uprising after surrender deal

Rebels and families begin evacuating cradle of Syria uprising after surrender dealHundreds of Syrian rebels and their relatives began evacuating the southern city of Daraa on Sunday under a deal to bring the "cradle" of the country's uprising back under government control. The highly symbolic transfers came as Russian-backed government forces advanced in the neighbouring province of Quneitra, with air strikes pounding rebel positions perilously close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. After securing Damascus in May, President Bashar al-Assad turned his attention to rebels in the strategically vital south, where protests against his rule first erupted seven years ago. Nearly three weeks of bombardment saw beleaguered rebels agree with Russia earlier this month to hand over Daraa province, before reaching a similar deal for its capital this week. The regime fully regaining its rule over Daraa city will be a hugely symbolic blow to the opposition. People in their vehicles who fled from Daraa in late June gathering near the Syria-Jordan border Credit: Nabaa Media In 2011, teenagers were arrested for scrawling anti-Assad slogans on the walls of a school in the city, sparking mass protests against the government. A brutal crackdown saw the movement develop into a full-fledged conflict that has since killed more than 350,000 people and displaced half the country's pre-war population. Assad has regained much of the territory he initially lost to opposition groups, now comfortably holding more than 60 percent of Syria. In the south, he holds 80 of Daraa province but parts of its western countryside and most of the adjacent province of Quneitra still escape his control. On Sunday, regime forces battered Quneitra province with hundreds of missiles and seized the town of Masshara, according to the Observatory. The clashes had left 18 regime forces and 13 rebels and allied jihadists dead, the monitor said. Four air strikes also hit an opposition position in Quneitra that lies within four kilometres (less than three miles) from the sensitive buffer zone with the Israeli-annexed Golan H

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National Ice Cream Day PSA: Beware the ice cream machine on 'Chopped'

National Ice Cream Day PSA: Beware the ice cream machine on 'Chopped'As we hunt for free ice cream on this glorious holiday, National Ice Cream Day, let us not forget that not all ice cream stories end well. Especially when Chopped's involved. The long-running Food Network show pits four contestants against each other as they compete for a cash prize. They go through three cooking speed rounds, whipping up an appetizer, entree, and dessert using random ingredients provided in a basket — you can get everything from sardines paired with watermelon to mud pie and potato chips.  SEE ALSO: The absolute best and worst ice cream truck treats The dessert round decides the game, and even though there have been more than three dozen seasons of this reality show, contestants still make the mistake of using the ice cream machine. Stay away from the ice cream machine! The ice cream machine will only bring you sorrow.  One of the following is bound to happen: You go for the ice cream machine only to be foiled by another contestant who got to it first, and there's only 10 minutes left before you have to present the dessert and ahhhh why did you want to make ice cream out of fruit cake anyways? You get to the ice cream machine before your competitor, and breathe a sigh of relief as you begin pouring a hot mixture into the machine. Wait! The ice cream base can't be hot. It'll ruin the ice cream. There goes $10,000.  Everything seems to be going well, you've managed your time, and you've got the ice cream machine all to yourself. You put the ingredients in and move on to doing other stuff, like making a nice boozey sauce to impress the judges. You come back to check on your ice cream, and it's just soup. It didn't work. What happened? Noooooo! This time, ice cream's looking good. It's spinning in the machine and has the right consistency. You use a spoon to scoop the ice cream out and oh no, what happened to the spoon? The ice cream machine ate it!  That spoon scenario really happened and is even featured in the show's "Most Serious Mishaps" video on Facebook.  There are memes dedicated to the ice cream machine and it

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