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US missiles 'took out 20% of aircraft' in Syria war.

A US air strike in response to a suspected chemical attack damaged or destroyed 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft, the US has said. Defence Secretary James Mattis said Syria would be "ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons". Syria has denied a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun last week that left 89 people dead. G7 nations are meeting in Italy to discuss policy and how to persuade Russia to abandon its Syrian ally.

US warships deployed to Korean peninsula

The US military has ordered a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula, amid growing concerns about North Korea's missile programme. The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships. US Pacific Command described the deployment - now heading towards the western Pacific - as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region. President Trump has said the US is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.(BBC)

Venezuela opposition march over Henrique Capriles ban

Thousands of Venezuelans have marched in protest against the banning from politics of opposition leader Henrique Capriles for 15 years. In Caracas, police used tear gas to prevent demonstrators reaching the offices of the national ombudsman. Saturday's protest came after a week of anti-government demonstrations. They were initially sparked by a Supreme Court ruling to curb the powers of the national assembly, a move which was later overturned. (BBC)

Syria war: US warns of 'more' after missile strikes


The US envoy to the UN has warned America may take further action after bombarding a Syrian air base suspected of using chemical weapons. Nikki Haley said her country would not stand by when chemical weapons were used, as it was in its "vital interest" to stop their proliferation. Syrian ally Russia accused the US of encouraging "terrorists" with its unilateral actions. Moscow has promised to strengthen its ally Syria's anti-aircraft defences.(BBC)

US says no role for Assad following Syria gas 'attack.

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad should have no role in a future Syria, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says. Signalling a shift in US policy, he called for "a political process that would lead to Assad leaving". His remarks follow a suspected chemical attack in Syria, which US President Donald Trump called a "disgrace to humanity". The BBC's North America editor says Mr Trump is now mulling his options and military action could be imminent.

Premier Turnbull to discuss with Modi on collaboration between India and Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today said he will use his first trip to India to further strengthen the bilateral ties and discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "enormous opportunities" for collaboration in areas like trade and security. Turnbull will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday on a four-day visit to India.

He said he will discuss the enormous opportunities for collaboration between Australia and India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting would strengthen relationship even further for the benefit of both nations.

UN calls emergency talks after Syria 'gas attack.'

The UN Security Council is to hold emergency talks after an alleged chemical attack in Syria left dozens of civilians dead and wounded. The release of chemicals in a rebel-held town in Idlib province brought furious international reaction.

Officials in Damascus deny opposition and Western claims that they used chemical weapons. Russia's defence ministry said a Syrian air strike had hit a rebel ammunition store that included chemical weapons.

Sri Lanka condemns suicide attack on Russian train.


President Maithripala Sirisena condemned the attack at Saint Petersburg, Russia last evening that caused 11 deaths. In a message the President said Sri Lanka condemns the incident at Saint Petersburg which caused deaths and injuries to many in Russia. He also expressed his condolences to the affected families.

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'Chemical attack' in Idlib kills 58 in Syrian conflict.


At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in north-western Syria, a monitoring group says. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating some of the survivors, medics and opposition activists said. The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.

Trump backs Sisi as he seeks to 'reboot' US-Egypt ties.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is visiting the White House for the first time since he led the military's overthrow of his predecessor in 2013. US President Donald Trump said he was "very much behind" Mr Sisi, whose deadly crackdown on dissent was criticised by the Obama administration. Mr Sisi declared his deep appreciation for Mr Trump's "unique" personality. US officials have said Mr Trump is seeking to "reboot" the countries' bilateral relationship at the talks.

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