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Day: April 7, 2017

Is North Korea next after US Syria strikes
Asia, ENGLISH

Is North Korea next after US Syria strikes

    The US strike in Syria could have repercussions far beyond the Middle East. By authorising military action, Donald Trump is differentiating himself from his predecessor - showing that he is prepared to act, that crossing a red line will have consequences - and that is a message designed to be heard by the leaders of China and North Korea as well. The timing could not underline the President's point more powerfully - hosting Xi Jinping for dinner at the time as he was, ahead of their first serious meeting on Friday, at which Kim Jong-Un's nuclear programme is expected to top the agenda. Now Mr Trump doesn't need to just tell the Chinese president he is serious - he can point to the satellite imagery. But Syria is not North Korea. Ordering what looks like a limited strike on...
Russia condemns US strike on Syrian air base as act of aggression
ENGLISH, Europe

Russia condemns US strike on Syrian air base as act of aggression

    The Kremlin has condemned US Tomahawk strikes on a Syrian air base as an act of aggression and a violation of international law. Russian state news agencies on Friday said President Vladimir Putin regarded the military action against the base the US believes launched a deadly gas attack as an aggression against a sovereign state . . . under a far-fetched pretext. Earlier this week, Russia hit out at Washington after it accused Bashar al-Assad’s regime of perpetrating Tuesday’s chemical attack on civilians. Moscow insists the Syrian air force had hit a depot of chemical weapons produced by rebels fighting against government forces a claim rejected by the US. Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s press secretary, said the Russian president viewed Washington’s action as an attempt to div...
Unmasked: the woman who kept sex slave in home with husband
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Unmasked: the woman who kept sex slave in home with husband

    This is the face of the woman behind one of Northern Ireland's most shocking sex abuse cases. Caroline Baker was unmasked yesterday after a legal challenge by media organisations in Ireland and the UK. Earlier this week the 54-year-old was handed a three-year sentence for her part in subjecting a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults. Baker and her husband Keith abused their victim, who had severe learning difficulties, keeping her prisoner in a filthy room for years. Until yesterday a court order banned the media from publishing Caroline Baker's face. But reporting restrictions were lifted after a joint challenge by the Belfast Telegraph, the BBC, UTV and the Sunday World. Olivia O'Kane from Carson McDowell solicitors, who led the challenge, welcomed the ruling. The ...
Modi breaks protocol to receive Sheikh Hasina
Asia, ENGLISH

Modi breaks protocol to receive Sheikh Hasina

    Breaking the protocol, Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Friday noon received his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina when she arrived here on a four-day official visit that will see her signing a host of bilateral deals between Bangladesh and India. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, arrived at Air Force Station, Palam, New Delhi at 12:05 pm (local time). On her arrival, the Indian Prime Minister along with Indian State Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Moazzem Ali welcomed the Prime Minister there. Modi welcomed Hasina with a bouquet. Earlier, Modi made the personal gesture beyond protocol for a few world leaders, including then ...
People injured after van drives into crowd in Swedish capital
ENGLISH, Europe

People injured after van drives into crowd in Swedish capital

    A van drove into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm on Friday, causing injuries, police said. Police received a call from SOS Alarm that a person in a vehicle has injured other people on Drottninggatan, police wrote on Twitter. The incident occurred just before 1300 GMT at the corner of the Ahlens department store and Drottninggatan, the city’s biggest pedestrian street, above-ground from Stockholm’s central subway station. Thick smoke was rising from the scene, while video images showed an area blocked off by police and crowds gathering around the police cordon. Helicopters could be heard hovering in the sky over central Stockholm, and a large number of police cars and ambulances were dispatched to the scene, witnesses said. While it wa...