Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48:
A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than 50 people were injured.
14 militants killed as coalition jets pound IED factory in western Mosul:
The militants were killed in an airstrike by aircraft from the U.S-led military coalition that targeted a textile factory in al-Somoud district, which was used by the extremist group as a workshop for manufacturing explosives
24 civilians killed in bombing on Syria town:
Turkish bombardment of an Islamic State group-held town in Syria has killed 24 civilians, a monitor said on Thursday, but Turkey’s army said only « terrorists » died in the operation.
Fighting intensifies in Syria’s Deraa:
Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.
The Pentagon is reportedly considering recommending ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS:
There are currently hundreds of US troops in Syria offering training and assistance to US-backed local forces there.
Syria’s Assad lashes out at France’s Hollande :
Accusing Francois Hollande of sponsoring terror in Syria and encouraging Western nations to reset their relations with his pariah government, after six years of civil war.
Nine women and a child reported killed in Yemen:
The strike on the house near Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, was carried out by military aircraft deployed by a Saudi-led coalition.
Survivors in Yemen describe horror of U.S. attack which killed at least 26
: Human toll included 10 children, 9 women and U.S. Navy Seal;
Palestinians tell Trump they are still committed to two-state solution;
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday demanded a halt to Israeli settlement expansion in occupied territory and said he was committed to a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel
Netanyahu asks Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over occupied Golan Heights:
Most of the world considers the Golan, a high plateau between northeastern Israel and southwestern Syria, to be occupied by Israel, which annexed the territory in 1981
Palestine: Hamas elects new leader in uncertain time;
Hamas members in the Gaza Strip have elected Yahya Sinwar to head its Gaza political bureau to succeed outgoing leader Ismail Haniya.
Trump shouts down ultra-Orthodox reporter who asks about anti-Semitism:
Queried about bomb threats against Jewish centers, president says he hates the question and it’s insulting, and that the journalist is dishonest
Paperwork prevents fathers, babies returning to Israel from Mexico:
Three single men who had babies in Mexico through surrogate mothers were unable to return to Israel because the Mexican Interior Ministry refused to issue birth certificates, Channel 2 reported Thursday.
Chart: Survey results of Canadian Attitudes on Israel/Palestine:
When asked whether they believe Canada’s government was biased towards Israel or Palestinians, 61% of respondents said pro-Israel and 16% said pro-Palestinian.
Central African Republic: Rebel group ‘killed 32 civilians’:
The Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) is said to have rounded victims up and executed them.
Suicide bomber kills at least 72 people at Pakistan shrine :
Islamic State, the militant group which has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack on the burial site of a Sufi saint
Roadside bomb kills 12 in Afghanistan’s Paktika province:
An Afghan official says at least 12 civilians were killed and three others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the eastern Paktika province.
Donald Trump accuses Russia of taking Crimea by force:
Trump has accused Russia of taking Crimea by force in a series of tweets seeking to distance himself from allegations his team has links with Russia.
Russia’s Lavrov says ‘pragmatic’ talks with U.S.’s Tillerson did not touch on sanctions;
« The meeting was pragmatic, business-like, » Lavrov said. « We noted the existence of common interests, primarily in terms of the fight against terrorism. »
Defense Secretary Mattis Tells NATO Allies to Spend More, or Else:
NATO countries have committed to spending 2 percent of their G.D.P. on the military, but the only other countries that meet that criteria are Britain, Poland, Estonia and Greece.
War is a racket;
U.S.-based companies continue to dominate the defense market:
U.S.- and Western Europe-based companies account for 82.4% of arms sales by the 100 largest military procurement companies.
France Warns Russia Over ‘Interference’ In Presidential Election :
« We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, no more from Russia, by the way, than from any other state, » Ayrault told parliament.
Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election:
Named as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande
Anti-police riots spill over from Paris suburbs into city centre:
The riots rocking the suburbs of Paris since early February spilled over onto the streets of the French capital on Wednesday evening.
Trump, Like Obama and Bush, Pursues ‘Regime Change’ in Venezuela:
The U.S. government’s targeting of Venezuela’s vice president is just the latest episode in ongoing attempts to subvert Venezuelan democracy.
A Mexican populist rises to face Trump’s America:
López Obrador, 63, can bring thousands into the streets on command. His critics worry that his penchant for stubborn resistance could provoke confrontation with the United States, while his fans see him as a defender of the common man.
Mexico’s ‘invisible wall’, a migrant double standard:
There’s always been double talk – it seems that the Central American migrants don’t matter, nothing is done to prevent the same human rights violations that Mexican migrants suffer in the US.
Mother Of 4 Defies Deportation Order, Takes Sanctuary In Church:
Jeanette Vizguerra came to the United States illegally 14 years ago. She declined to meet with immigration officials in Centennial on Wednesday because of fears that she would be deported.
‘Day Without Immigrants’: Protest closes restaurants in US:
Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation’s capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down.
Trump Withdraws Appeal Of Travel Ban Suspension:
« We are issuing a new executive action next week that will comprehensively protect our country, » Trump said.
Former CIA official says having Trump in the White House is the gravest threat since Civil War:
« We’re dealing with a man in Trump who doesn’t accept a fact-based reality
President Donald Trump Holds a Press Conference ;
An exasperated President Donald Trump on Thursday gathered the media in the White House’s East Room for a dressing down in which he claimed that he « inherited a mess » and that the « dishonest media » is not giving his presidency the credit it deserves.
Trump goes on marathon rant against the media:
Mick Mulvaney confirmed by Senate as Trump’s budget chief;
Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. John McCain, who’s emerging as perhaps the most vocal Republican critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for backing cuts to Pentagon spending.
US Congress Moves to Strip Gun Ban for Mentally Disabled:
The United States Congress voted on Wednesday to block a gun regulation that would prevent thousands of people with mental disabilities from purchasing weapons.