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A Syrian man carries an injured child following air strikes on the besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region. Photo: Hamza Al-Ajweh / AFP / Getty Images

More than 130 Syrians have been killed by Assad regime airstrikes since Monday, the BBC reports, with strikes in Eastern Ghouta killing 80 people, including 21 children, on Tuesday alone.

The backdrop: U.N. senior advisor Jan Egelan has called Eastern Ghouta "the epicenter of suffering" in Syria. Al Jazeera notes that the area "is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds," making it a major target for Syrian and Russian forces.

  • The last time U.N. humanitarian aid was allowed into the region was November, per Al Jazeera, and at least 470,000 people have died as a result of the fighting.
  • Siraj Mahmoud, the head of the Civil Defence rescue service in Damascus, told Reuters: "Today there is no safe area at all. This is a key point people should know: there is no safe space."

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Facebook said late Thursday that a mix of "technical problems" and confusion among advertisers around its new political ad ban rules caused issues affecting ad campaigns of both parties.

Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.