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Britain Blames Russia For Syria Deaths

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Russian Federation is the Syrian government's main ally, and helped facilitate a 2013 agreement to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal. He did not offer any proof for that assertion. Earlier on Saturday, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson pulled out of a planned visit to Moscow in the wake of the reported chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces, saying: "We deplore Russia's continued defence of the Assad regime". Read More »

No need for US President Donald Trump's approval to use massive bomb

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor in Nangarhar, told several media outlets the number of dead was up from the 36 deaths reported on Friday . The US military previously estimated ISIS had 600 to 800 fighters operating in the area. A MOAB is a 30-foot-long GPS-guided munition. The Pentagon on Friday released video footage of the moment that the GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb in the USA arsenal, destroyed a complex of caves and tunnels of the Islamic State ... Read More »

Afghan official says massive US bomb death toll rises to 94

Experts said that while the use of the bomb was likely a technical decision of matching the most effective ordnance to a specific target - tunnels and caves in an unpopulated area - its shock waves would have been sent not only to ISIS fighters, but also to North Korea, which conceals its nuclear weapons program deep underground, and Iran, which has a large uranium enrichment facility buried in a granite mountain. Read More »

Russia-US relations deteriorated under Trump: Putin

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Even more, 66% of respondents said they supported the Trump administration's strike last week specifically. Lavrov swiftly asserted that Russian Federation was not convinced and called for more investigation. Speaking of the missile strikes he authorized against the base the carried out the chemical attack, Trump later added: "I have absolutely no doubt we did the right thing". Read More »

Polling stations open in Turkey's crucial referendum on reforms

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If the referendum vote falls in Mr Erdogan's favour, it would give him vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament. Erdogan's supporters say the reforms will help kick start a lethargic economy and stabilize a nation dealing with the resurgence of a 30-year conflict with militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Read More »

Security Tight For Pope's Easter Sunday Address

Francis said Easter brings "a sign in the midst of so many calamities: a sense of looking beyond, of saying don't look to a wall, there's a horizon, there's life, there is joy". Francis will continue with the rites of Holy Week on Easter Sunday by presiding at the Mass of the Resurrection in St. Peter's, after which he will deliver his regular Easter message and give the traditional " Urbi et Orbi " blessing from the central balcony of the basilica. Read More »

19 killed in Sri Lanka as massive mound of garbage collapses

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At least 10 people were killed when a massive mound of rubbish collapsed during festivities to mark the local new year in Sri Lanka. Over 100 houses were completely destroyed and over 600 people fled in the aftermath of the fire and the collapse of the dump in Meetotamulla area in Kolonnawa, near here, police said. Read More »

Srinagar: Anantnag polls doubtful, RK Nagar cancelled

Reports said the voter turnout in Sunday's election was a mere 7% - the lowest in three decades. Security personnel checking a vehicle at Budshah bridge in Srinagar on Tuesday as security has been intensified in the Kashmir valley after Uri attack in which 18 soldiers were martyred on September 18. Read More »

Bill to hike Muslim quota introduced in Telangana assembly

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) had called a special assembly session on April 16 to discuss the issue. Five to six states are providing more than 50 per cent reservation. Meanwhile, rivals Telugu Desam Party had pushed for a larger quota ( 52 per cent) for the backward classes, up from the current 25 per cent. But KCR has asserted that "If the Centre doesn't allow us to offer quotas, we will knock the doors of the SC and there are precedents in the country where the total ... Read More »

Iran's FM in Moscow to discuss Syria crisis

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed that comment after meetings with Russian leaders in Moscow , saying that relations are at a low point with a low level of trust. "I think it's very bad for Russian Federation". Meanwhile, Mr Trump has also declared North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "no longer obsolete" - and has said he is committed to the military alliance. Read More »

Over 100 killed during Syria population transfer

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned Saturday's attack on a convoy of buses with evacuees in Syria, which left at least 70 people dead and about a hundred injured. "Our role was to secure civilians not kill them". Like those in the targeted convoy, those buses also sat for hours at a transfer point in a government-controlled area south of Aleppo . Read More »

Trump Just Opened The Door To Defund Planned Parenthood

Still, the apparent ambivalence toward - or even support of - Planned Parenthood among some in the Trump family did little to back it in practicality. Last week, Politico reported that the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump had requested a meeting with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. Read More »

North Korean missile explodes on test launch

Pacific Command is fully committed to working closely with our allies in the Republic of Korea and in Japan to maintain security", the military said in an earlier statement on Saturday. and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent, and there have been storm clouds gathering", according to state news agency Xinhua , translated by several media outlets. Read More »

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's Missile Launch Fails

It wasn't immediately clear what kind of missile was sacked from the city of Sinpo, but the failure will sting in Pyongyang because it comes a day after one of the biggest North Korean propaganda events of the year- celebrations of the 105th birthday of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the current leader's grandfather. Read More »

South Africans protest against Zuma, demand his resignation

About 10,000 gathered in a field outside the Union Buildings, the site of Zuma's offices in Pretoria, South Africa's capital. "ANC has not organized any march". MK veterans‚ wearing camouflage uniforms‚ were lined up outside Luthuli House to "protect" it from protesters calling on President Jacob Zuma to quit. Read More »

DPRK says it's "prepared to respond to all-out war, with all-out war"

On Saturday morning, North Korea warned America to end its " military hysteria " or face retaliation. North Korea has stated that it is prepared to respond in turn. Vice president Mike Pence will travel to South Korea tomorrow as part of a 10-day trip to Asia. South Korea has a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea , as information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm. Read More »

North Korea attempts to launch missile but fails

President Trump had warned the isolated regime to avoid nuclear or missile tests or face unspecified consequences. Fears that Pyongyang would carry out a sixth nuclear test rose before the celebrations for the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung, on Saturday. Read More »

Kim Jong-nam murder investigation under a cloud after body deal

The murder in Kuala Lumpur removed a potential claimant to the Kim throne - he was late leader Kim Jong-il's first-born - who was an embarrassment to Pyongyang . As a part of the deal, Malaysia allowed their departures. Those who left for Pyongyang are Hyon Kwang-song, the second secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia, and Kim Uk-il, an employee at Air Koryo, the country's flag carrier. Read More »

Syrian evacuation point blast kills over 100

At least 24 people have been killed in an explosion near a bus convoy waiting to enter the Syrian city of Aleppo killed or wounded several people on Saturday, pro-government media outlets, pro-opposition activists and a monitor reported. SDF fighters are within a few hundred metres (yards) of Tabqa and engaged in heavy fighting as IS counter-attacked, said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. Read More »

Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria chemical attack

But any such expectations have been dashed amid the war in Syria and ongoing U.S. investigations into Russia's alleged interference in America's United States presidential election. He said Assad's government was responsible. Lavrov also said Moscow was ready to revive an air safety agreement in Syria . When a reporter asked Tillerson whether war crime charges would be raised against Assad for using chemical weapons, Tillerson did not rule out the possibility. Read More »

Carter Page dodges Russian Federation questions and insists no jail

Multiple U.S. officials told The Washington Post that the U.S. Justice Department got a warrant to look at Page's communications from the 2016 presidential campaign. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a top Trump confidant who became his attorney general, attended one meeting of the group with Page in late summer, the campaign adviser said. Read More »

Paul Manafort is registering with the U.S. government as a foreign agent

Collateral for the Federal Savings Bank loan included a summer home in the Hamptons owned by Manafort and valued at more than $11 million. Investigators examining Manafort's compliance with the foreign agents registration law have focused on a think tank in Brussels, The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, which paid at least $2.2 million to two US lobbying firms to burnish the image of Yanukovych's government in Washington , the sources said . Read More »