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U.S. takes fight against ISIS very seriously: White House

There is still no clarity on whether civilians were killed. The massive bomb dropped by US forces on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. We have given (the military) total authorization. and frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the m... [Full Article...]

Boris Johnson 'dismayed' by Russia's UN Syria veto

President Vladimir Putin's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn't produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said Thursday. Beyond Syria, Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Mr. Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member. [Full Article...]

Pulitzer Prizes winners announced

The prize for International Reporting was awarded to staffers at The New York Times . From Japan, Kyodo News and The Asahi Shimbun took part in the ICIJ work from the beginning, while Japanese public broadcaster NHK joined it later. This year's feature photography victor was E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune , for his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot. [Full Article...]

USA military: Misdirected airstrike in Syria killed 18 allied fighters

Tuesday's strike was requested by coalition allies who were on the ground near Tabqah, the US Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East, said in a statement . That incident was reportedly the first friendly fire incident acknowledged by the Pentagon in Syria during its anti-IS operation. The actions of the coalition also repeatedly led to casualties among civilians. [Full Article...]

'Mother of all bombs' kills 36 Islamic State militants, Afghanistan officials say

Nine metres (30 feet) long, with a diameter of one metre, according to, it is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. "As a result of the bombing, key Daesh (IS) hideouts and a deep tunnel complex were destroyed and 36 IS fighters were killed", the defence ministry said in a statement. [Full Article...]

US drops 'mother of all bombs' on IS in Afghanistan

US drops 'mother of all bombs' on IS in Afghanistan It added that the bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons. "I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion". "We are escalating in an area I think we should be deescalating in", she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Afghan officials said no civilians were reported killed, but the revelation that late Thursday's strike targeted just 36 fighters is likely to raise further questions about the decisi... [Full Article...]

All set for April 16 Turkish Constitutional Referendum for replacing Parliamentary system

All set for April 16 Turkish Constitutional Referendum for replacing Parliamentary system Erdogan argues that the proposed strengthening of the presidency will avert instability associated with coalition governments, at a time when Turkey faces security threats from Islamist and Kurdish militants. Strolling down the quayside in Izmir, a liberal bastion on Turkey's Aegean Coast, Kubilay Mutlu and his Street Orchestra sing of "the naked emperor" and the collapse of sultanates in a bi... [Full Article...]

Gas attack a 'fabrication' - Syria's Assad

He added he would only allow an investigation into the attack 'when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won't use it for politicised purposes'. "The west, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists", he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse ( AFP ). He claimed details of the attack were made up in... [Full Article...]

Japan envoy recalled over statue flap to return to S. Korea

Japan envoy recalled over statue flap to return to S. Korea Nagamine was ordered home almost four months ago in protest over the new statue. But Seoul has not taken concrete measures toward removing a similar statue in the South Korean capital as Tokyo has requested. "We will need to meet him quickly and communicate with him". "This was the only opportunity left" for Nagamine to return before the election, said an official at Japan's foreign ministry. [Full Article...]

Korea Cautious of Possible US Action on N. Korea

The North convenes a Supreme People's Assembly session on Tuesday, one of its twice-yearly sessions in which major appointments are announced and national policy goals are formally approved. Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping , met in Florida last week and Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear programme. "We never beg for peace but we will take the toughest counte... [Full Article...]

North Korean Official Blames Rising Tensions on Donald Trump's 'Aggressive' Tweets

North Korean Official Blames Rising Tensions on Donald Trump's 'Aggressive' Tweets Since becoming President Donald Trump has taken a strong line on North Korea, the main thrust of which is that China has to do more as they have unrivalled influence over the dictatorial regime. "Military force can not resolve the issue", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing , adding is was necessary to stop the situation going down an "irreversible route.". [Full Article...]

United to waive voucher agreement's ban on lawsuits for flight's passengers

She said her husband shooed the scorpion off his tray and it landed in the aisle, catching the attention of a nearby passenger who cried, "Oh my god, that's a scorpion". Ginger Evans, Commissioner of the CDA, told the committee that she felt "extreme regret" for how officers handled the situation. He also offered full refunds, in the form of cash, miles or travel credits, to all the passengers who... [Full Article...]

Japan crown prince pays tribute to fallen heroes at Tugu Negara

Rahmat, in his briefing, said he hoped that the visit of Crown Prince Naruhito would open windows of opportunity for PERMATApintar to work with Japan. Abdul Razak came to Japan in 1944 as one of the students from Japanese-occupied Southeast Asian countries selected to study in Japan, according to Japan's Foreign Ministry. [Full Article...]

Misdirected Strike Results in Partnered Force Casualties

Misdirected Strike Results in Partnered Force Casualties In its own statement, the SDF described the incident as a "painful accident" resulting from a "mistake". US Central Command says air strike was supposed to hit an ISIL fighting position in Syria's northern Raqqa province . Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, however, said Thursday that the vetoed proposal was formulated "unilaterally" as it only asked the Syrian government to open access to... [Full Article...]

More arrests made in Russian Federation subway train attack

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Russian trains and planes have often been targeted by Islamist militants. Young people hold candles to remember the victims of the subway bombing in St Petersburg this week. Investigators believed the men were Dzalilov's accomplices, a source told the Interfax news agency. Serov said the people inside the apartment where the explosive de... [Full Article...]

Theresa May: No change in Gibraltar without people's consent

Former Conservative leader Lord Howard told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that Theresa May would show the same resolve to defend Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher did the Falklands. Tusk's guidelines call for "sufficient progress" on divorce terms before a new trade deal is struck, as well as protections of the rights of European Union citizens and the border in Northern Ireland. [Full Article...]

Senate confirms Trump nominee Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Senate confirms Trump nominee Gorsuch to Supreme Court Supreme Court in the nation's history. The vote - 54 to 45 - brings a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. After it became clear Gorsuch would not win enough Democratic votes to pass the traditional 60-vote threshold in the Senate, Republicans used the so-called "nuclear option" and gutted longstanding Senate rules for Supreme Court nominee... [Full Article...]

Shame: US 'mother of all bombs' kills only 36 in Afghanistan

A security official stands guard near the site where the USA dropped a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) on an Islamic State (IS) militant cave complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, April 14. Pakistani villagers living near the Afghan border said the explosion was so loud they thought a bomb had been dropped in their village by USA warplanes targeting terrorists in Pak... [Full Article...]

Japan says North Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles

Japan says North Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles An unusually blunt editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper earlier this week warned Pyongyang that a new test would be a "slap in the face of the U.S. -South Korean wargames and the deployment of the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, but also a tweet Trump posted Tuesday in which he said the North is "looking for trouble". [Full Article...]

Tillerson Says US and Russia Remain Divided on Syria

It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow . Russia's hopes for a thaw in Russia-U.S. "It is clear to us the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end", he told reporters in Italy. "We don't know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun", he said. [Full Article...]

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