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Day: April 13, 2018

Yulia Skripal abducted by Britain, says Russia
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Yulia Skripal abducted by Britain, says Russia

    Russia believes Yulia Skripal has been abducted by Britain and that the UK is faking sources in order to blame the Kremlin for her poisoning. The Russian foreign ministry's spokeswoman told Sky News they are also suspicious of statements from the 33-year-old released through Scotland Yard. Ms Skripal was discharged from hospital on Monday having spent five weeks being treated after she was poisoned in Salisbury alongside her ex-Russian spy father Sergei Skripal. Maria Zakharova told Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan, in Moscow: We just want to be sure that Yulia Skripal is actually better, that this is for real. We have zero information from officials in London about what is going on with her. We have suspicions that she's been abducted, held against her will. ...
Government is waiting on instruction from Trump
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Government is waiting on instruction from Trump

    Jeremy Corbyn has accused the Government of waiting for instructions from Donald Trump on what to do over Syria. The Labour leader said the US president was giving contradictory signals and called for a UN-led investigation into the suspected chemical attack in Douma, outside the capital of Damascus, which killed scores of people. On Thursday, Theresa May won the backing of senior ministers on her ‘War Cabinet’ for action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she and Trump agreed that the use of chemical weapons must not go unchallenged. Ministers had agreed it was “highly likely” Assad was responsible for the attack on Saturday on the rebel-held town of Douma - which reportedly left dozens dead, including children. Assad, as well as his allies in Iran and Ru...
Primary schools shut in Yorkshire after bomb threat
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Primary schools shut in Yorkshire after bomb threat

    The schools across East Yorkshire reported receiving threatening emails about a bomb on Friday morning. According to the Hull Daily Mail, the threats have been made nationwide but this has not been confirmed by other police forces. One school Aldbrough Primary said it believes the email is a hoax but has contacted the police. You may have heard in the press about hoax emails being sent into Schools with a bomb threat. We wanted to alert you to the fact that Driffield School has received a threat this morning. We have been visited by the police who are treating this as a hoax. Posting on Facebook, the school said: "Dear Parent/carers, last term a number of schools received hoax bomb threats. We have received a bomb threat email this morning. We have informed the p...
Russian Trolls Denied Syrian Gas Attack Before It Occurred
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Russian Trolls Denied Syrian Gas Attack Before It Occurred

    Weeks before the world saw the bodies of men, women, and children dead from an apparent Syrian military chemical attack in Douma, Syria, the Russian military was already spreading bizarre conspiracy theories about an impending “false flag” chemical attack carried out by rebels. Russian conspiracy propaganda and truther chum have been a staple of official discourse whenever Moscow wants to cover up bad behavior by its allies in Damascus. When the Assad regime used sarin nerve agents on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, Russian officials accused Syrian first responders a group known as the White Helmets—of fabricating the attacks—saying it was impossible to explain otherwise how the group “managed to work for such a long period of time and remain alive without gas ma...
Meghan travels to US before Royal Wedding
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Meghan travels to US before Royal Wedding

    In a photo obtained by The Chicago Tribune, a woman that appears to be Meghan is photographed from the back at O'Hare International Airport, going incognito in an all-black outfit and wearing a Red Sox cap. TMZ reports that Meghan later entered the VFS Global U.K. Visa Application Centre in Chicago with four bodyguards in order to finalize her application for a U.K. visa, adding that she most likely submitted for a family visa, and applied as a partner or spouse. TMZ also reports that the entire office was cleared for her, and the process took about 10 minutes. Meghan was reportedly friendly with the staff. A source tells The Chicago Tribune that Meghan will be leaving town early Sunday evening. ...