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Western powers strike Syria targets

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes against the Syrian regime today, in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks in Douma.
As Donald Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action, explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in the brutal seven-year Civil War. The Pentagon listed three targets that had been struck.
However, Syrian state television said, government forces had shot down more than a dozen missiles. The Syrian government's main ally, Russia, issued a statement through its US ambassador saying, "such actions will not be left without consequences".
The UN's Secretary General: Antonio Guterres warned about the dangers of an escalation over Syria saying, "the Cold War is back, with vengeance"

UN chief says Cold War is back

The UN's secretary general has said the Cold War is "back with a vengeance". Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria. The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia - whose forces are there supporting the government- has said would risk starting a war. Russia has accused the UK of faking an attack, an allegation Britain dismissed as a "grotesque, blatant lie".

Russia warns of war, over Syria strikes

Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, could spark a war between the two countries. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes, but Russia, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. Moscow's UN Ambassador: Vassily Nebenzia says, the immediate priority is to avert the danger of war. He accused Washington of putting international peace 'at risk', and said the situation was "very dangerous".

Syria rebels give up Ghouta, in major win for regime

Rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta surrendered their heavy weapons, while their leader left the enclave, signalling the end of one of the bloodiest battles of Syria's seven-year Civil War. The Syrian flag was raised above the central mosque in Douma, the site of an alleged chemical attack that sparked outrage and threats of Western military action.

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Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers

Officials say an Algerian military plane has crashed near the capital killing 257 people on board. The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers. An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash - Algeria's worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national mourning. Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, the defence ministry says. Ten crew members also died. Passengers from Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975, were among the fatalities.

20th anniversary for Ireland's 'Good Friday Agreement'

Former US President: Bill Clinton is in Northern Ireland to mark the 20th anniversary of the 'Good Friday Agreement'. 'The Belfast Agreement' which is also known as the 'Good Friday Agreement', because it was reached on the 10th of April 1998 which was Good Friday, was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland, on how Northern Ireland should be governed.

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Zimbabwe invites the West to monitor elections for the first time since 2002

Zimbabwe will invite Western powers to monitor its national elections for the first time in more than 15 years, ending a ban imposed by tyrant former leader: Robert Mugabe. The next election scheduled for July, is seen as a major test for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials, since he came to power in November, after a de-facto army coup ousted 94-year-old Mugabe. Zimbabwe will invite election monitors from 46 countries and 15 organizations. These countries and groups were all previously banned from monitoring elections in 2002, after Mugabe accused them of favouring his opponents.

Trump brands raid on lawyer Michael Cohen's office 'disgraceful'

US President Donald Trump says the FBI's raid on the offices of his personal lawyer was a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country".He told White House reporters that he has this witch hunt constantly going on. Officials in New York seized "privileged communications" between Michael Cohen and his clients, his lawyer said after the raid yesterday. Documents regarding a payment to a porn actress were also seized, US media say.

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Mumbai Airport’s main runway to remain shut for 6 hours, on 2 days

Flight operations at the Mumbai Airport are likely to be affected for two days, as the closure of the main runway for six hours in order to effect pre-monsoon maintenance work, was announced today. The Mumbai Airport is the primary base of Jet Airways and a bulk of its operations, both domestic and international, are carried out from here. The main runway will be non-operational on April 9th and 10th between 11:00am and 5.00pm.

Canada mourns the junior ice hockey players who died in a vehicle crash.

There has been an outpouring of grief across Canada after 15 people died in a collision involving a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team on Friday. At least nine players on the Humboldt Broncos team, aged between 16 and 21, died when their team bus collided with a semi-trailer in Saskatchewan.

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