Tuesday, April 4, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 4, 2017

Reuters: Scores reported killed in gas attack on Syrian rebel area

A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said.

The Syrian military denied responsibility and said it would never use chemical weapons.

The head of the health authority in rebel-held Idlib said more than 50 people had been killed and 300 wounded. The Union of Medical Care Organizations, a coalition of international aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria, said at least 100 people had died.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack killed at least 58 people and was believed to have been carried out by Syrian government jets. It caused many people to choke, and some to foam at the mouth.

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U.N. war crimes investigators say probing alleged Syria gas attack.

UN warns Syria refugee aid funds 'desperate'.

Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’.

U.N. expands civilian camps as air strikes resume on Mosul.

Yemen forces prepare to move on main port, agencies say civilians at risk.

Pentagon ramps up Yemen airstrikes.

Boeing wins $3 billion Iran sale in potential test for Trump.


House votes to move toward designating North Korea as state sponsor of terror.

Tillerson to chair North Korea Security Council meeting as US urges China to act.

North Korea draws concerns ahead of first Trump, Xi summit.

Senior Japanese and Chinese officials to meet to discuss Abe and Xi talks.

Afghanistan: Nine sacked over Kabul hospital attack. Afghanistan sacks top generals over brazen hospital attack.

Philippines' Duterte fires minister after 'corruption' row.

Dalai Lama meets Indian guard from 1959 flight from Tibet.


South Sudan sinks deeper into civil war and famine.

Somalia al-Shabab Islamist militants kidnap aid workers.

UN urges new efforts to defeat Boko Haram and tackle hunger.

UN finds 13 more mass graves in DR Congo's Kasai region.

Trump says US will forge a ‘great bond’ with Egypt.

Zuma calls for calm after sovereign debt downgrade.

Allies abandon South Africa President Jacob Zuma.


Kremlin dismisses rumors of Putin-Trump 'back channel line of communication'.

NATO chief urges European nations to boost defense spending.

Macron favorite, voter certainty rises in French election: Le Monde poll.

UN envoy: Stalled Cyprus peace talks to resume April 11.

EU-Turkey deal fails to stop refugee flow.

Lawmakers warn UK to assess impact of 'no deal' Brexit.

Gibraltar says Spanish patrol ship entered its waters.

Prosecutors seek to block release of Bosnian Serb Mladic for medical treatment.


Amid accusations, Senate heads for showdown on Gorsuch.

Trump aides, lawmakers hold talks to revive healthcare bill.

Ecuador's defeated candidate Lasso alleges vote fraud, rejects election result. Ecuador: Opposition candidate Lasso disputes election results.

Paraguay delays re-election vote amid fresh protests.

Venezuela security forces clash with anti-Maduro protesters.

Colombians look for landslide survivors, but hope fades.

US to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion: official.


US conducts around 20 more Yemen strikes targeting al-Qaeda.

Islamic State says U.S. 'being run by an idiot'.

Mali peace conference calls for talks with jihadists.


Tesla overtakes giant Ford in market value.

U.S. trade deficit falls as exports hit two-year high.

Pink Star diamond sets new world record in Hong Kong.

Mercedes, BMW, and Hyundai dump O'Reilly Factor amid lawsuits.

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