Syria’s ally Russia tries to shift blame for devastating chemical attack

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Syria’s ally Russia tries to shift blame for devastating chemical attack

Washington Post
BEIRUT – Russian officials blamed Syrian rebels on Wednesday for a chemical attack which killed scores of people, many of them women and children, and has been widely attributed to the Syrian government.

North Korea fires ballistic missile as Trump, Xi prepare to meet

(CNN) Ahead of the first meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korea fired a ballistic missile off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, US and South Korean officials said.

MEPs agree Brexit negotiation plan

BBC News
The European Parliament has backed a motion setting out its position for the Brexit negotiations by 516 to 133. Although MEPs will not participate directly in the exit talks they will have to vote in favour of the final deal for it to go ahead.

Islamic State used Mosul museum as tax department

View of an empty room at a destroyed museum in Mosul, Iraq, April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares. 1/5. left. right. View of an empty room at a destroyed museum in Mosul, Iraq, April 2, 2017.

China blasts India over Dalai Lama visit to disputed area

Washington Post
BEIJING – China is criticizing India for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit a disputed border region, saying it did not consider the incident a purely internal Indian affair.

Labour’s deputy leader ‘ashamed’ Livingstone still in party

BBC News
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson says he finds it “incomprehensible” that Ken Livingstone was not expelled from the party over comments about Hitler.

France’s Presidential Hopefuls Slug It Out on a Crowded Stage

New York Times
The centrist Emmanuel Macron after the French presidential debate on Tuesday. He is currently expected to be one of the top two vote-getters in the election’s first round, set for April 23.

You won’t believe what this diamond sold for

New York Post
The “Pink Star” diamond is the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction. AP. More On: diamonds · This is what a $50 million necklace looks like · Pastor finds 706-carat diamond · ‘King of Diamonds’ wins $209M after years of feuding with

Where Trump’s approval rating stands after Obamacare defeat
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s approval ratings continued to drop in a poll taken after the health care plan he supported failed to pass the Republican-controlled House.

Taliban attack kills 6 in Pakistan, including census workers

Washington Post
LAHORE, Pakistan – A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a vehicle carrying census workers in eastern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six people – two data collectors and four soldiers who were escorting them, a government …

Victoria Federal Police makes biggest-ever ice bust

Daily Mail
‘Ice is a scourge. It destroys lives. It destroys families and communities,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters in Tasmania. The ice was seized in a joint Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police operation.

Why Yogi Adityanath Is in No Hurry to Axe Akhilesh’s 1090 Helpline

Yahoo News
While the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh is reviewing schemes launched by former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav – with some slated to be closed down – there is one that is likely to escape Yogi Adityanath’s axe – the 1090: …

Citing Abortions In China, Trump Cuts Funds For UN Family Planning Agency

The Trump administration will withhold $32.5 million in funding that had been earmarked this current fiscal year for the United Nations’ lead agency on family planning and maternal health, known as the United Nations Population Fund or UNFPA.

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

Washington Post
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and …

Indian police: Mob kills Muslim man who was transporting cow

NEW DELHI – A Muslim man beaten by a mob who accused him of transporting cows for slaughter has died in western India, police said Wednesday, in the latest incidence of violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over the treatment of the animal they …

Jared Kushner went to Iraq, and there are photos to prove it

(CNN) In politics, if you’re lacking in foreign policy experience, one quick fix is to hop on a plane headed overseas for a photo op and crash course in diplomacy and international relations.

Syria, Hungary, Marine Le Pen: Your Wednesday Briefing

New York Times
Dozens of people were killed, including women and children. Witnesses described traumatic scenes. Graphic photographs and videos posted online showed people struggling to breathe.

First on CNN: Electronics ban leads to further screening

(CNN) The Department of Homeland Security is targeting and isolating certain aircraft for additional screening upon landing in the United States as part of the larger electronics ban the agency announced late last month.

Trump’s surprisingly functional Israel policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mantra, throughout his career, has been never to give an inch without getting an inch in return.

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

Washington Post
PALM BEACH, Fla. – No doubt Florida’s oceanfront Mar-a-Lago resort is an impressive site for a summit between the presidents of the U.S.

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