Wednesday, April 5, 2017

World News Briefs -- April 5, 2017



Reuters: Russia denies Assad to blame for chemical attack, on course for collision with Trump

Russia denied on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said it would continue to back him, setting the Kremlin on course for its biggest diplomatic collision yet with Donald Trump's White House.

Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than four years, which choked scores of people to death in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area on Tuesday.

Washington said it believed the deaths were caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft. But Moscow offered an alternative explanation that would shield Assad: that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria chemical 'attack': Russia rebel weapons claim rejected. US, Russia trade claims about who used chem weapons in Syria.

Iraq urges residents in IS-held areas to shelter at home.

Dozens killed in Tikrit attacks bearing 'Islamic State' hallmarks. Dozens killed in wave of attacks in Iraq's Tikrit.

Iraq: Suicide bombings north Baghdad kill at least 22.

Turkey's Erdogan calls on Iraqi Kurds to lower Kurdish flag in Kirkuk.

Hamas offers clemency to Israeli 'collaborators' after killing.

Palestinian government slashes salaries for Gaza employees.

ASIA

U.N. secretary general warns North Korea after chemical attack.

North Korea fires missile into waters off east coast.

Trump to press China for tougher approach to North Korea.

N. Korea says new U.S. sanctions won't be new, effective.

Deadly bomb blast targets census team in Lahore.

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit.

India-China row deepens over Dalai Lama visit.

AFRICA

Southern Libya tribes sign peace deal after secret talks in Rome.

Car bomb kills at least 7 at restaurant in Somalia's capital.

Gambia parliament vote crucial to transition for new leader.

Benin's parliament rejects one-term limit on presidency.

Congo's leader promises election but doesn't say when. DR Congo's Kabila to name new PM this week.

South Africa's biggest union calls on Jacob Zuma to quit over controversial cabinet reshuffle. South Africa President Jacob Zuma gets backing from ANC.

Egypt just found another ancient pyramid.

EUROPE

US Secretary of State Tillerson to visit Moscow on April 11-12. Russia hopes Tillerson's visit will help improve ties.

Investigators search suspected Russian suicide bomber's home.

EU migration crisis: border agency accused of stirring controversy.

Spanish navy patrol ship sails into Gibraltar's waters prompting interception.

MEPs agree Brexit negotiation plan.

European Parliament votes against parallel Brexit talks as Farage likens bloc to 'mafia'.

Spain seizes $740M in property from uncle of Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Chinese president promises pandas to Finland on state visit.

AMERICAS

Susan Rice may ‘be of interest to us,’ says Senate Intelligence chairman.

Intel Dem: Russia probe may put Trump aides in jail.

US-Mexico border crossings at 17-year low.

Argentina ex-President Cristina Kirchner charged with money laundering.

Venezuela police block opposition lawmakers in protest march to National Assembly.

Political turmoil threatens Paraguay's economy.

Satellite images of Peru floods show devastation.

28 tourists en route to Mexican Mayan ruins robbed at gunpoint.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

US military hits AQAP with more than 20 airstrikes.

Russia arrests six 'IS recruiters' in St Petersburg.

With ISIS in crosshairs, al Qaeda makes comeback.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

North Korea tied to hacking of banks in 18 countries.

Donald Trump tells banks he will give laws a 'haircut'.

US-China summit at Trump's resort polishes Mar-a-Lago brand.

2 comments:

You Vuo said...

Russia right now is the same level as NK, a fkin Paria.

What a disgrace, dont be surprised for no one caring when a bombs explodes in Russia

Anonymous said...

So we are to believe the same people that are launching waves of suicide attacks in Hama today?