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Russia denies tampering with site of alleged Syria chemical attack: BBC

Russia denies tampering with site of alleged Syria chemical attack: BBC

MOSCOW (REUTERS) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday (April 16) denied allegations made by the US envoy to the global chemical weapons watchdog that Russia may have tampered with the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma.  The Kremlin also said on Monday that British […]

Facebook takes out ads to tout new EU data protection law

Facebook takes out ads to tout new EU data protection law

BERLIN (AFP) – Facebook took out full-page ads in European newspapers on Monday (April 16) to trumpet tough that promises “more data protection for you”, as the company seeks to win back trust following a damaging privacy scandal. The new law, set to come into effect on May 25, aims […]

Brazil top court ruling could free ex-President Lula, derail graft fight

Brazil top court ruling could free ex-President Lula, derail graft fight

SAO PAULO (REUTERS) – A decision looming before Brazil‘s Supreme Court could free imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva within days and deal the harshest blow yet to the South American country‘s battle against corruption, prosecutors and judges say. Several justices on Brazil‘s top court have already made […]

French President Macron clarifies Syria comments, says US and France united

French President Macron clarifies Syria comments, says US and France united

PARIS, France (AFP) – President Emmanuel Macron sought to clarify his comments on French and US miliary operations in Syria on Monday (April 16), saying both countries were committed to finishing the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group and helping the peace process there. […]

Trump says Russia, China playing ‘currency devaluation game‘

Trump says Russia, China playing ‘currency devaluation game‘

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump on Monday (April 16) accused Russia and China of devaluing their currencies while the United States raises interest rates. “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the US keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!” Trump said in a Twitter post. […]

EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

LUXEMBOURG (REUTERS) – European Union foreign ministers on Monday (April 16) threatened new sanctions against Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, but held off from joining expected new punitive US measures against Russia. After Britain and France joined the United States in missile salvoes meant to knock out Syrian chemical […]

‘You might suffocate but you will be safe from the bombing‘: 7-year-old Syrian girl tells her doll

‘You might suffocate but you will be safe from the bombing‘: 7-year-old Syrian girl tells her doll

DAMASCUS – Dozens of Syrians choked to death after a last week struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus. A bomb containing toxic gas was allegedly dropped at dusk on April 7. Photos and videos later shared on social media, including by activists and rescuers, showed piles of bodies […]

Key quotes from ex-FBI director James Comey‘s interview with ABC

Key quotes from ex-FBI director James Comey‘s interview with ABC

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former FBI director James Comey gave that was broadcast on Sunday (April 15) night. Here are some key quotes from his conversation with anchor George Stephanopoulos, a full transcript of which was published by the network. Truth and values “Truth matters, integrity matters.” “Values matter. This president […]

Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria, policy different from Iran, Russia, US

Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria, policy different from Iran, Russia, US

ANKARA (REUTERS) – Turkey does not stand with or against any country on Syria and its policy in the region is different from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday (April 15). The comments by Bozdag, the government spokesman, were in […]

Trump ‘morally unfit‘ to be US president, fired FBI chief James Comey says in interview

Trump ‘morally unfit‘ to be US president, fired FBI chief James Comey says in interview

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) – If there was any chance that President Donald Trump and former FBI director James Comey could have avoided all-out war, it ended on Sunday night (April 15). That was when ABC News aired an interview with Mr Comey, who the President fired, as he uses a publicity […]