16 killed as Syria presses attack on Damascus outskirts;
Syrian government forces have fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus’s outskirts, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people, a medical worker and war monitors say.
Four Russian servicemen killed in car blast in Syria;
The vehicle was blown up as a vehicular column of the Syrian troops was moving from the Tiyas military airbase towards Homs, the ministry said.
Trump says he will create ‘safe zones’ in Syria and get Gulf states to pay for them;
President Trump, said he wants to establish « safe zones » in Syria and other places instead of taking people into the U.S., and that the Gulf states would pay for those safe zones, saying that « they have nothing but money. »
Le Pen says Assad only choice in the face of Islamic State’s threat;
« Since we can’t let the IS to take power, there is no alternative to Assad, » she stressed. According to Le Pen, « Assad seems credible and he is the preferable choice for France. »
Amnesty International’s Kangaroo Report on Syria ;
Without providing evidence, Amnesty International accuses the highest Sunni religious leader in Syria, Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, of authorizing the execution of « ordinary civilians ».
Turkish army says killed 34 Kurdish militants in air strikes in northern Iraq:
Turkish warplanes launched air strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq on Monday, killing 34 militants in two separate bombardments, the military said.
PMUs kill 23 militants in western Mosul, police advance toward strategic targets:
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said Monday they killed at least 23 Islamic State militants in western Mosul, while police forces proceed towards strategic targets in the region.
Army says foiled IS attack in western Anbar, killed 7 militants:
Iraqi army forces held off an attack by Islamic State militants on Monday at western Anbar, an army commander said in statements.
Iraqi forces push into ISIL-held southern Mosul:
Troops backed by jets battle their way to Mosul airport, as US defence chief arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit.
Several Saudi Servicemen, Mercenaries Killed in Yemeni Army’s Attacks:
Yemen’s army, in retaliatory attacks against the Saudi-led coalition forces, killed three Saudi servicemen and a number of mercenaries of the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh,
US Hiring Mercenaries with $1,500 Daily Wages for War in Southern Yemen: Reports:
Intelligence sources in Sana’a disclosed that the US has sent a large number of mercenaries it has hired on high wages to the Southern parts of Yemen to help the Saudi troops against the Yemeni forces there.
Senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile development:
« I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they’ve done outside the nuclear program, » Senator Lindsey Graham
That shitty little country:
Israel settlements road to cut through East Jerusalem:
Hundreds of Palestinians will be made homeless to build a road that will only serve Israeli settlements.
Netanyahu: Israel at odds with Trump;
Netanyahu told the cabinet that Israel and the Trump administration are at odds over settlement construction, and that a joint team led by Israel’s ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer and Trump’s adviser Jason Greenblatt will seek to reach understandings on the subject
Guinea: 5 killed amid student protests over teacher strikes:
At least five people were killed Monday when police in Guinea clamped down on hundreds of students who demonstrated with stones and sticks amid teacher strikes that have kept them out of class for weeks.
Two killed in clashes between armed forces in Zliten, northwestern Libya;
Two people were killed and over three others were injured in clashes that broke out in Zliten city on Monday afternoon between the Joint Security Room in Zliten and another force
South Sudan suffering ‘man-made’ famine;
Aid agencies said 100,000 people were affected by the famine, which threaten to affect a further one million people in the coming months.
Pakistan warplanes pound targets near Afghan border, kill ‘dozens’ of militants:
The warplanes targeted militant hideouts in the Wucha Bibi area of North Waziristan, the Pakistani army said in a statement. The information could not be independently confirmed, as media access to the region is heavily restricted.
Afghanistan: 10 civilians killed in grenade attack:
« Unknown men hurled two hand-grenades into a house in Badpakh district on Sunday evening, » the official said, according to Xinhua news agency.
YouTube video captures assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half brother:
Closed-circuit security shows the killing of Kim Jong Nam last week.
Global arms trade reaches highest point since cold war era:
Middle East almost doubles weapons imports, as US and Europe remain the main suppliers and China joins top-tier exporters
Poll Suggests Four NATO States Want Russia to Protect Them From Security Threats:
Residents of four NATO member states would prefer a military alliance with Russia, if their countries were attacked. This is evidenced by results of a global survey conducted among residents of 66 countries
Kremlin rejects claims Russia had role in Montenegro coup plot:
Russia has hit out at allegations that it was involved in an attempted coup during Montenegro’s election last year, ridiculing them as « absurd » and unsubstantiated.
Germany to tap asylum-seekers’ phones for ID checks;
According to a draft of the bill obtained by Reuters, officials at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) will receive legal clearance to scan the cellphones, tablets and laptops of applicants for asylum.
France’s Le Pen narrows gap in presidential race: poll;
The Opinionway poll of voting intentions had Le Pen easily beating her four main rivals and winning the April 23 first round with a score of 27 percent to move through to the two-way runoff against either Macron or Fillon.
DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help Undocumented Children Enter U.S.:
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has drafted and signed sweeping new guidelines to speed up the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
Louis Farrakhan Blasts Trump, Democrats: Farrakhan warned:
« The forces that killed (President John) Kennedy, the same forces that killed (President Abraham) Lincoln, the people who really run the country, are evaluating Donald Trump right now to see if he can be controlled
Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security advisor;
Speaking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump called McMaster, an expert on counterinsurgency warfare, a « man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. »
Shocking rain damage is wakeup call to fix ailing roads, infrastructure, experts say;
« It’s symbolic that we’re not paying attention to infrastructure, » Stone said. « It’s a symptom of a greater problem. It all comes down to neglect. »