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Chemical weapons inspectors in Douma, Syria, gather samples from site, OPCW says

Chemical weapons inspectors in Douma, Syria, gather samples from site, OPCW says

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Chemical weapons inspectors reportedly visited the Syrian city of Douma to gather samples on Saturday following a suspected chemical attack in the area earlier this month.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in a statement said their team went to one of the sites in the city to collect samples related to the alleged used of chemical weapons on April 7.The samples are to be sent to OPCW labs to be analyzed, the statement said, and the organization “will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma.”RUSSIA, SYRIA WORKED TO ‘SANITIZE,’ ‘REMOVE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE’ FROM CHEMICAL ATTACK SITE, US SAYSThe team will build a report based on the test results, in addition to “other...
Family accuses Israel's Mossad of killing Palestinian in Malaysia

Family accuses Israel's Mossad of killing Palestinian in Malaysia

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Malaysian forensic police cordon off the area where a Palestinian scientist and Hamas member, Fadi Mohammad al-Batsch, was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2018 (AFP Photo/-)The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of assassinating him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.Malaysian authorities said Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed by two suspects believed to have ties with a foreign intelligence agency in a drive-by shooting on his way to dawn Muslim prayers.Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, quoted by the state-run Bernama news agency, said Batsh was "an electrical engineer and an expert at making rockets".The Palestinian was "believed to have become a liability for a country hostile to Palestine", said Ahmad Zahid, w...
Saudi Arabia Says Toy Drone Shot Down in Capital Riyadh

Saudi Arabia Says Toy Drone Shot Down in Capital Riyadh

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Saudi security forces shot down a small recreational drone flying in an unauthorized space in the capital Riyadh on Saturday, according to the kingdom’s state news agency.The Saudis put out the statement from the Riyadh police after a flurry of unconfirmed rumors spread on social media of clashes and gunfire near the royal palace and a possible coup.The report said a remote-controlled toy aircraft was flown into a security cordon in the Khuzama neighborhood of the city around 7:50 p.m. The report gave no information about who had been controlling the drone and said police were investigating the incident.Houthi rebels in Yemen have used armed drones in attempts to target the Saudi capital before and have also fired ballistic missiles into the country. The Saudis are at the forefro...
Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples in Syria in Wake of Gas Attack

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples in Syria in Wake of Gas Attack

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(BEIRUT) — Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria’s Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government’s chemical facilities.The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals, if any, were used in the April 7 attack that medical workers said killed more than 40 people.Douma was the final target of the government’s sweeping campaign to seize back control of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus from rebels after seven years of revolt. Militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack.The U.S., France, and Britain blamed th...
8 things you probably never knew about Queen Elizabeth II

8 things you probably never knew about Queen Elizabeth II

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Her family nickname is "Lilibet."Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch in history.She's ruled over the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarch since her 1953 coronation.The queen and her family are frequently in the news — but there are some facts about Queen Elizabeth II that might fly under the radar.Queen Elizabeth II has had quite a career.Not only is she the longest-reigning British monarch in history — she's also the longest-reigning current monarch in the world, and the longest-serving current head of state. On Saturday, April 21, she turns 92 years old.She's the first UK monarch to ever celebrate a sapphire jubilee, which marked her 65-year reign in 2017. CNN reported that, should the queen still be ...
Inspectors Enter Syrian Town to Investigate Suspected Chemical Attack

Inspectors Enter Syrian Town to Investigate Suspected Chemical Attack

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A street in Douma shows the destruction wrought by the Syrian civil war. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images ByJulian E. Barnes in Brussels Julian E. BarnesThe Wall Street JournalBiography@julianbarnesjulian.e.barnesGoogle+Julian.Barnes@wsj.com April 21, 2018 2:31 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTSAn international team of inspectors on Saturday entered the Syrian town of Douma to investigate a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people two weeks ago and resulted in a retaliatory U.S.-led missile strike.The fact-finding mission for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has had trouble securing permission from the Syrian government and Russian military forces to enter the ar...

Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples From Syria Site

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples From Syria Site  U.S. News & World ReportWhat clues might chemical experts in Syria be looking for?  Yahoo NewsInternational inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack  Washington PostExecutive Council - OPCW  OPCWSyria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media  RapplerFull coverage Source link

Hamas Member Is Assassinated in Malaysia

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Fadi al-Batash is depicted in a poster on a home in the northern Gaza strip. Photo: mohammed salem/Reuters ByRory Jones in Tel Aviv and Rory JonesThe Wall Street JournalBiography@RoryWSJGoogle+Rory.Jones@wsj.comAbu Bakr Bashir in Gaza City Updated April 21, 2018 10:02 a.m. ET 11 COMMENTSMilitant and political group Hamas said Saturday that one of its members was assassinated in Malaysia on his way to a mosque for prayers.Hamas said 35-year-old Fadi al-Batash was killed at dawn in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Hamas officials didn’t disclose Mr. al-Batash’s role in the Islamist movement or how he was assassinated but said he was a researcher in “the field of energy.&rdquo...

At least 10 dead in Nicaragua protests

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Demonstrators in the capital of Managua threw rocks and set fires in unrest that started Wednesday, and police responded with tear gas.The social security changes would increase contributions into the social security system by workers and employers but reduce the amount retired workers will get as a pension.The government said Friday night it's opening talks with the protesters, according to El 19 Digital. President Daniel Ortega was scheduled to speak Saturday afternoon.The army was deployed late Friday to protect government buildings, El 19 Digital reported. The UN Human Rights Office condemned the violence against protesters, whom the vice president compared earlier to "vampires" who "feed off blood and they think that with this, they'll achieve advances in their political agenda." N...