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Headline:    Russian envoy, Foreign Ministry to discuss recognition of J’lem as capital

Russia’s Ambassador to Israel Alexander Shein is expected to meet in the coming days with senior Foreign Ministry officials to discuss the significance of its surprise announcement earlier this month to recognize west Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. Shein is expected to tell his interlocutors that Moscow now recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that it expects that east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state in any future agreement.  Though Russia is the first country in the world to recognize west Jerusalem as the capital, its decision does not mean that it will move its embassy from Tel Aviv. Moscow’s position is that even with this recognition, it remains committed to UN Security Council Resolution 478 from 1980 that slammed Israel for adopting the Jerusalem Law declaring united Jerusalem as its capital, and that called on all countries to move their embassies out of the city.
April 19, 2017

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Russian-envoy-Foreign-Ministry-to-discuss-recognition-of-Jlem-as-capital-488288

Headline: Abbas: Ready to Meet Netanyahu Under Trump’s Patronage in Washington

Headline: Report: Trump to demand PA stop paying terror family salaries

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is prepared to hold a trilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel any time in Washington under the patronage of President Trump,” the Palestinian leader told the Japanese Asahi Shimbun daily. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump will be meeting Abbas in Washington on May 3. At his daily briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that in his meeting with the Palestinian president, the two leaders would discuss ways to restart the peace process in an effort to reach an agreement that would end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. A senior Palestinian delegation that includes senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Majid Faraj, the head of the Palestinian general intelligence service, will leave for Washington on Sunday to prepare for the Trump-Abbas summit.
April 19, 2017

http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.784431

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228301

Headline:     Syrian Army fully controls Zabadani Mountains for first time since 2011

For the first time since the start of the Syrian Conflict, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is in full control of the Al-Zabadani Mountains (Western Mountains) in western Damascus. Nearly two years after the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah launched their offensive operations to retake Al-Zabadani, the jihadist rebels freely surrendered the town in exchange for transportation to the Jarabuus border-crossing in northern Aleppo. Prior to leaving Al-Zabadani today, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham set ablaze several neighborhoods inside this mountainous town; it is believed the militants were burning their ammunition warehouses so that the Syrian Arab Army would not confiscate their supply. With the Al-Zabadani Mountains fully under their control, the Syrian Arab Army has successfully secured another Lebanese border region, while only leaving one town (Beit Jinn) under jihadist possession near the Golan Heights.
April 19, 2017
***SEE SYRIA BELOW

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-army-fully-controls-zabadani-mountains-first-time-since-2011/

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Headline: One Injured in Ramming Attack in Gush Etzion

A Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a bus stop in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, injuring one civilian . IDF troops on the scene opened fire, killing the attacker. Paramedics reported that a 60-year-old man was taken to the hospital with head wounds. Gush Etzion Junction is a major shopping area where Arabs and Jews mingle. Approximately 70,000 Jews live in the area, which is a fifteen minute drive from Jerusalem. The junction has been the scene of many attacks since the current wave of violence began more than one and a half years ago.A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank since October 2015 has killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. Many news services are presenting headlines that highlight the death of the Palestinian assailant at the hands of IDF troops while omitting or downplaying that he was killed after ramming his car int0 civilians, or referring to it as an “alleged attack”.
April 19, 2017

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/86772/breaking-news-one-injured-ramming-attack-gush-etzion/

Headline: Palestinians threaten ‘new intifada’ if hunger strikers die

Palestinian leaders on Wednesday denounced Israel’s refusal to negotiate with Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, warning of a “new intifada” if any of them die. Some 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have joined the hunger strike that began Monday, according to Issa Qaraqe, head of detainees’ affairs for the Palestinian Authority. Israel’s prison service declined to comment on the number. The hunger strike has been led by Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his role in the murder of hundreds of Israelis during the second intifada. Barghouti headed the Tanzim, the military arm of the Fatah organization headed by Yassir Arafat and was an outspoken supporter of terror attacks and suicide attacks against Israelis. Qaraqe said the strike followed months of attempts at negotiations with Israeli authorities. “If their demands are not met, more prisoners will join the strike,” he threatened.”We have asked the international community and the UN to intervene immediately.” He added that if prisoners die, “that could lead to a new intifada.”
April 19, 2017

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228298

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Saudi Arabia

Headline: US, Saudi Arabia Affirm Cooperation in Countering ‘Iran’s Mischief’

The United States is pledging support for Saudi efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region. During talks Wednesday in Riyadh, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized to his Saudi counterpart, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the importance of cooperating and boosting Saudi security in order to “reinforce Saudi Arabia’s resistance to Iran’s mischief.” “We are not leaving this region, but at the same time it is in our interest to see a strong Saudi Arabia military, security services and secret services,” Mattis told reporters. “So what we can do here today could actually open the door possibly to bringing our president to Saudi Arabia.”On Wednesday, the Saudi defense minister told Mattis, “we greatly value the leadership of President Trump.” He also said the two countries will work to “curb and counter all the challenges in the region, either when it comes to the curbing of the fighting terrorist organizations or the malign activities of Iran that continues to unsettle the world.” In remarks to Pentagon reporters following Wednesday’s talks with Saudi officials, Mattis praised Saudi Arabia’s regional leadership role in restoring stability in the Middle East. While in Riyadh, Mattis also called for the crisis in Saudi Arabia’s neighbor, Yemen, to go before a United Nations-brokered negotiating team in order to “politically” resolve the country’s raging civil war.
April 19, 2017

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-saudi-arabia-affirm-cooperation-in-countering-iran-mischief/3816816.html

Headline: Pentagon chief warns of Yemen ‘Hezbollah’

Headline: U.S. May Bolster Saudis’ Fight Against Rebels in Yemen

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis warned Wednesday of Iranian efforts to create a Yemeni militia “in the image” of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, after talks with officials in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom leads an Arab coalition which for two years has been fighting in support of Yemen’s government against rebels backed by Iran. Saudi officials have accused Tehran and the Lebanese Shiite militant group, which Iran supports, of aiding the Huthi rebels. Mattis told reporters of the need to overcome Iran’s efforts “in destabilising yet another country and create another militia in the image” of Hezbollah.Pentagon officials believe members of the Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, are in Yemen to help the Huthis. Hezbollah, a powerful political movement in Lebanon, is fighting alongside government forces in Syria and has been declared a “terrorist organisation” by Riyadh. Washington provides intelligence as well as aerial refuelling to coalition warplanes conducting air strikes in Yemen with American-supplied weapons. But after talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mattis did not indicate if President Donald Trump’s administration was considering an increase in that support.
April 19, 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4426048/Pentagon-chief-warns-Yemen-Hezbollah.html

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-may-bolster-saudis-fight-against-rebels-in-yemen-1492636635

Egypt

Headline: ISIS claims attack on Egypt police checkpoint

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai late Tuesday which authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four. The militants opened fire from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote desert and mountainous area in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, according to a statement by the Interior Ministry. After an exchange of gunfire, the attackers fled the scene, the ministry said, adding that some of the gunmen were wounded in the shootout. No further details were immediately available.
April 19, 2017

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4950721,00.html

Headline:     UN seeks top role in Syria crisis, but its record is sketchy

The United Nations’ renewed efforts to play a lead role in settling the Syria crisis have only renewed questions about the world body’s shortcomings keeping a check on the Assad regime so far.  The U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – an independent organization that works with it – led the operation to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons in 2013 under an agreement between the Obama administration and Russia. Then-President Barack Obama chose the U.N.-led option after Bashar Assad used chemical weapons near Damascus in 2013. In his 2014 State of the Union address, Obama hailed the process as a diplomatic victory, proclaiming “Syria’s chemical weapons are being eliminated.” The declaration was premature. Following a chemical weapons attack in Idlib province earlier this month, which the U.S. believes was carried out by the Assad regime, the Trump administration responded by launching strikes on an Assad-controlled airfield. But despite the apparent failure to oversee a complete weapons purge, Russia once again wants the U.N.-OPCW to take the lead. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last week called on the groups to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Idlib and the site of the U.S. strikes.
April 19, 2017

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/19/un-seeks-top-role-in-syria-crisis-but-its-record-is-sketchy.html

Syria

Headline: Syria moves all its fighter jets to Russian base

Headline: Washington still working with Moscow to avoid military clash in Syria: Mattis

Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base. debkafile’s military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals. President Vladimir Putin’s response to the Trump administration’s call to distance Moscow from the Assad regime is therefore a flat rejection. He is instead fortifying Russian support for that regime. The upsurge of Russian-US military tension places at risk the operational coordination accords prevailing between the air forces of Russia, the US and Israel in Syrian skies. Syrian operational staff officers working in Hmeimim will now have access to the advanced Russian surveillance instruments tracking the movements of all foreign aircraft moving through Syrian air space. Syrian intelligence officers will also be close to Russian SIGINT facilities which the Russian spy agency GRU has installed there. In other words, by a single move, the Russians have substantially upgraded the Syrian air force’s operational and intelligence capabilities.
April 19, 2017

http://debka.com/article/26016/Syria-moves-all-its-fighter-jets-to-Russian-base

http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20390/Washington-still-working-with-Moscow-to-avoid-military-clash-in-Syria-Mattis

Headline: Syria war: Evacuations resume after deadly bombing

Evacuations from two government-held areas of Syria have resumed, monitors and reports say, days after an attack on a convoy carrying evacuees killed 126 people, many of them children. Some 3,000 people have left the north-western villages of Foah and Kefraya, which have been surrounded by rebels. Meanwhile, buses have moved dozens of others from Zabadani, near Damascus, under siege by pro-government forces. Security has been tight after Saturday’s attack near Aleppo.Last week’s attack was caused by a vehicle filled with explosives which targeted a convoy of buses at the checkpoint. Most of the killed were evacuees from government-held towns, including at least 68 children. No group has said it was behind the attack. Wednesday’s evacuations mark the end of the first stage of the deal, with a second phase due to begin in June, AFP reports.
April 19, 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39640055

Headline: VIDEO: Al-Qaeda tank shells Syrian Army hideout in rural Aleppo after drone spots troops

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is deploying drones to full effect across battlefields in Syria, closely monitoring the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) movements in many volatile governorates, most notably Daraa, Hama and Aleppo. On Tuesday, a HTS (Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) surveillance drone spotted a unit of oblivious SAA soldiers hiding inside an isolated building just west of Aleppo city. Subsequently, a HTS tank was called in and repeatedly shelled the position.
***SEE GLOBAL ISLAM BELOW
April 19, 2017

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/video-al-qaeda-tank-shells-syrian-army-hideout-rural-aleppo-drone-spots-troops/

Iraq

Headline: ISIS launches 2nd chemical attack in Mosul in 2 days, injures 6 Iraqi soldiers

Headline: US Trying to Determine What Chemical IS Used in Iraq Attack

The chemical attack on Sunday occurred in a recently-liberated area of Mosul, where the Federal Police and Rapid Response forces are advancing towards the old city which is still roaming with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists. The spokesman for the Joint Operation Command in Iraq, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told the Associated Press that six soldiers suffered “breathing problems” from the attack. The victims are now being treated at a field clinic, the spokesman added. An investigation has been launched to determine what type of gas was used. Meanwhile, security sources told the AhlulBayt News Agency that missiles were loaded with chlorine and were fired at the al-Abar neighborhood. This is the second time in as much days that IS terrorists have used chemical weapons in an effort to stop government troops’ advance on the old city. “The Daesh terrorist gangs tried to block the advance of our forces by using shells filled with toxic chemical material, but the effect was limited,” Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement, referring to Saturday’s incident on their Facebook page. The statement added that the attack on Saturday did not cause any deaths, only “limited injuries” to an unspecified number of troops who were immediately treated after being evacuated from the area. Officers in Iraq’s Federal Police told Reuters that the chemical weapons agents were fired from the Urouba and Bab Jadid districts on Saturday.While coalition forces have been reporting on their military advances, civilian casualties have been piling up – both at the hands of terrorists and sometimes as a result of indiscriminate shelling by the US-led coalition. International human rights groups, as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry have warned that the humanitarian plight in war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit.” Iraq’s president has described it as a “full-on catastrophe.”
April 19, 2017

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/isis-launches-2nd-chemical-attack-mosul-2-days-injures-6-iraqi-soldiers/

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/04/19/us/politics/ap-us-united-states-iraq.html?_r=0

Headline: US military moves HQ from central Iraq to Syrian border

The U.S. military has moved its headquarters from central Iraq to the Al-Anbar Governorate in the western part of the country, Iraqi activists reported on Wednesday. According to reports, the U.S. Special Forces has moved from the Balad Airbase in the Salaheddine Governorate to the Al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq. Iraqi analyst, Haider Sumeiri, believes this latest move by the United States shows a “strong indication” that the battle for western Al-Anbar is coming.
April 19, 2017

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-military-moves-hq-central-iraq-syrian-border/

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Turkey

Headline:   Erdogan to meet Trump in May, says Turkish minister

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Donald Trump in May, the Turkish foreign minister said Wednesday, after the US president congratulated the Turkish leader for winning a referendum on enhancing his powers. “We will determine a date for the two presidents to meet in May before the NATO summit as previously confirmed by the leaders,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. The NATO summit is scheduled to be held in late May in Brussels and Trump is due to attend. Cavusoglu did not specify if the meeting would take place on the sidelines of the summit or at another venue.After Erdogan’s narrow win in Sunday’s referendum on creating an executive presidency, Trump congratulated the Turkish leader in a phone call on Monday, in contrast to the muted reaction of European leaders to the result, which has been challenged by the opposition. Cavusoglu said that during their call the two leaders had expressed a common desire to meet in Washington “to improve bilateral relations.”
April 19, 2017

http://www.timesofisrael.com/erdogan-to-meet-trump-in-may-says-turkish-minister/

Iran

Headline:   Iran sends flotilla to Gulf of Aden

Headline: Trump administration will review Iran nuclear deal despite compliance

Iran dispatched a a flotilla of warships from the country’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas for the Gulf of Aden on Monday. Iranian authorities say Iran’s 46th naval fleet, comprised of Sabalan destroyer and Lavan logistic warship, embarked on the voyage in a bid to maintain the Islamic Republic’s power in the high seas. “The timing of this mission, and also increasing number of naval missions conducted by Iranian navy in that region is very uncommon and seems to be a muscle flexing toward Saudis,” Hooshang Aryanpour, a Virginia based retired Iranian Rear Admiral told VOA. “The fleet is tasked with maintaining security for Iranian ships and countering Iranophobic plots and campaigns launched by the enemies of the Islamic Republic,” the Iranian government said in a statement. According to Rear Admiral Sayyari, the Iranian naval forces are making efforts to improve security in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb, considering security of those regions as a top priority. Iranian authorities say that the naval forces have so far escorted 3,850 Iranian commercial and tanker ships as well as 25 foreign vessels in the Bab el-Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden regions where pirates are active. U.S. marine administrators in the region have repeatedly complained about Iran’s hostile nautical maneuvers in the region in the recent months and warned that some provocative naval actions increase the chances of miscalculation and unintended confrontation.
April 19, 2017

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-saudi-arabia-affirm-cooperation-in-countering-iran-mischief/3816816.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-administration-review-iran-nuclear-deal-compliance/story?id=46890406

Afghanistan

Headline: Taliban governor among 14 killed in Afghanistan clashes

At least 14 Taliban fighters, including the shadow governor of the northern Baghlan province, have been killed in heavy fighting with Afghan forces, officials said Wednesday. Amir Gul Hussainkhil, the deputy provincial police chief, said Afghan security forces launched a large-scale attack on the insurgents the night before in the western part of the province, setting off five hours of intense fighting and killing Taliban shadow governor Mawlavi Lal Mohammad. Hussainkhil said the dead also included a number of expert bomb makers. He says no government forces were killed. The Taliban confirmed that the shadow governor was killed and said four other fighters died in the clashes. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a roadside bomb killed a district police chief and his driver in the southern Zabul province late Tuesday, according to Gul Islam Sial, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said four police were wounded in the blast. In the northern Takhar province, Taliban fighters killed a senior border police officer and wounded four police in an ambush early Wednesday, police spokesman Khalil Aseer said.
April 19, 2017

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-official-taliban-governor-14-killed-clashes-46880822

Ethiopia

Headline:   Ethiopia rights body: ‘More than 600 protest deaths’

Headline: Ethiopia rejects UN, EU calls to investigate deadly protests

Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Human Rights Commission says 669 people died, including 63 policemen, in the wave of anti-government protests that began in November 2015. International rights groups have said hundreds of people lost their lives in clashes between police and protesters. The report praised security forces for showing restraint in some instances and blamed diaspora groups for the trouble. Last year, the government imposed a state of emergency in response. Activists from the Amhara and Oromia regions had been complaining about political and economic marginalization. The Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region also experienced some of the violent demonstrations. Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s prime minister is rejecting requests by the United Nations and the European Union to investigate months of anti-government protests that left hundreds dead. The prime minister said Wednesday that not allowing the outside investigations is an issue of sovereignty. The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate quoted him as saying there is nothing his government wants to hide.
April 19, 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39619979

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/19/ethiopia-rejects-un-eu-calls-to-investigate-deadly-protests.html

Libya

Headline:    Russia Ready to Cooperate With All Libyan Political Forces – Foreign Ministry

On Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met in Moscow with a delegation of officials from Libya’s city of Misrata. “The Russian side stressed the necessity to establish inclusive intra-Libyan dialogue with involvement of representatives of main political forces, tribal groups and the country’s regions in order to create nationwide power structures, including army and police that are ready to ensure security and order and to resist terrorist threats in an effective way. In this context, Moscow has reaffirmed its readiness to work closely with all the Libyan sides on behalf of the solutions [to the conflict] that would be mutually acceptable,” the statement said. The Russian Foreign Ministry added that the solutions should lay the groundwork for Libya’s unity and further sustainable development as a sovereign and independent state, friendly to Russia.
April 19, 2017

https://sputniknews.com/world/201704191052770016-russia-libya-cooperation/

Headline:    ISIS in talks with Al-Qaeda, Iraqi vice president warns

The leader of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is in talks with Al-Qaeda about a possible alliance, Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi said, citing information from Iraqi and other regional sources. “The discussion has started now… There are discussions and dialogue between messengers representing Baghdadi and representing Zawahiri,” Allawi told Reuters, adding that it is currently unclear how exactly the two groups may operate together.Abu Bakr Baghdadi is the current leader of IS, while Ayman Zawahiri is the head of Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda disaffiliated with the previous incarnation of IS, Islamic State of Iraq, in February 2014, saying the group was no longer responsible for its actions. The two rival terrorist organizations have since been vying for recruits, funding and the laurels of global jihad. Although IS has been pushed out of the part of Mosul that lies east of the Tigris River, it still controls the towns of Qaim, Hawija and Tal Afar in Iraq, as well as its de facto capital in Syria, Raqqa. Even if IS loses all territory in Iraq, it won’t automatically cease to exist, Allawi noted. “I can’t see ISIS disappearing into thin air,” Allawi said. “They will remain covertly in sleeping cells, spreading their venom all over the world.”
April 19, 2017

https://www.rt.com/news/385134-isis-alliance-alqaeda-iraqi/

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Headline:    Clashes erupt at ‘mother of all protests’ in Venezuela

Headline: Venezuela slams nations for ‘meddling’ over protest call

Clashes broke out Wednesday at massive protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as riot police fired tear gas to push back stone-throwing demonstrators and a young protester was shot and wounded. Violence erupted when thousands of opposition protesters tried to march on central Caracas, a pro-government bastion where red-clad Maduro supporters were massing for a counter-demonstration. The marchers were forced back by lines of soldiers and police deployed to contain what the opposition has vowed will be the “mother of all protests.”
On the capital’s northwest side, a 19-year-old man was shot in the head and badly wounded by motorcycle-riding gunmen who also threw tear gas canisters into a crowd of protesters, witnesses told AFP. The opposition has repeatedly accused the government of sending groups of armed thugs to attack protesters. The security forces do nothing to stop them and themselves repress peaceful protesters, opponents say. This is the largest day of demonstrations in more than two weeks of violent protests that have left five people dead and more than 200 arrested since moves by Maduro to tighten his grip on power escalated the country’s political and economic crisis.
April 19, 2017

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1087076/world

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39629041

Headline: French, Mali forces kill 12 extremists after attack on army

French and Malian armed forces killed at least a dozen Islamic extremists who attacked an army camp in northern Mali Tuesday, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another, according to a statement by the French Operation Barkhane. The attack on the army camp in Gourma-Rharous, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Timbuktu, also destroyed a half-dozen vehicles, army spokesman Lt. Col. Diarran Kone said. French air forces, alerted by Mali’s army, responded as the assailants fled in two pick-ups, according to the Operation Barkhane statement. The town has been targeted regularly by Islamic extremists. The recently formed extremist group Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen claimed responsibility for an attack on Malian forces in Tagharost, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Timbuktu, according to SITE Intelligence Group which monitors online extremist activities. The extremist group said it staged a similar attack there, storming elite force barracks and taking vehicles. Also Tuesday, a United Nations peacekeeping mission vehicle was escorting a logistics convoy when it hit a land mine about 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Tessalit in the Kidal region, the U.N. mission said. Two peacekeepers and one civilian were wounded, it said.
April 18, 2017

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/soldiers-killed-attack-northern-mali-army-camp-46859274

Headline: UN court rejects Ukraine request to block rebel funding

The International Court of Justice has rejected Ukraine’s request for measures aimed at blocking Russian support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, but imposed measures to rein in discrimination by Moscow against ethnic Tatars and other minorities in Crimea. The UN court also said Wednesday that it expects both Moscow and Kiev to work to implement the Minsk agreements that were designed to bring peace to conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine. At hearings last month, Ukraine accused Russia of sponsoring terrorism by providing funds and weapons to rebels in Ukraine and of discriminating against Tatars and others in Crimea. Lawyers for Russia rejected the allegations. Wednesday’s ruling was preliminary decision aimed at preserving Ukraine’s rights while the full case makes its way through the court, a process likely to take years.
April 19, 2017

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4950983,00.html

Headline: At least 13 simultaneous attacks in S. Thailand

Terrorists simultaneously attacked at least 13 government and military sites in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand on Wednesday night. The attackers used automatic weapons, hand grenades and explosive devices. The Bangkok Post said the exact number of casualties from the assault on targets in Pattani, Songkhla and Narathiwat provinces, located on the Malaysian border, had yet to be confirmed.
April 19, 2017

http://debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20397/At-least-13-simultaneous-attacks-in-S-Thailand

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Headline:     North Korea tension: China ‘seriously concerned’ about nuclear threats

Headline: North Korea Is Refusing Communications With China

Headline: Putin ‘moves military forces’ to North Korea border as world prepares for WAR

Headline: US: Naval Strike Force Now Headed to Korean Peninsula

China says it is seriously concerned about North Korean nuclear development, in the wake of a BBC interview with a top official from the North. North Korea’s vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the US was planning an attack. Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China opposed words or actions that could further raise tension. North Korea-US tension is growing. There has been heated rhetoric from both sides in recent days. US Vice-President Mike Pence, who has been visiting the region, warned the North not to test Washington and said the US “era of strategic patience” with Pyongyang was over. The BBC’s Stephen McDonell in Beijing says the Chinese government appears to be becoming increasingly frustrated with North Korea, its traditional ally. Meanwhile, The U.S. sought to assure allies Wednesday that the USS Carl Vinson naval strike group is indeed headed to the northern Pacific as a deterrent to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But this came after days of misleading statements that the aircraft carrier and other ships had already been headed there.
April 19, 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39644453

http://investmentwatchblog.com/north-korea-is-refusing-communications-with-china/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/792225/Russia-Putin-North-Korea-nuclear-Trump

http://www.voanews.com/a/us-naval-strike-force-now-headed-to-korean-peninsula/3817250.html

Headline: Russian bombers again fly near Alaska

Headline: Mattis concerned as Russia opens first of five Arctic military bases

For the second consecutive night, Russia flew two long-range bombers off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, this time coming within 36 miles of the mainland while flying north of the Aleutian Islands, two U.S. officials told Fox News. The two nuclear-capable Tu-95H bombers were spotted by U.S. military radar at 5 p.m. local time. Unlike a similar incident Monday night, this time the U.S. Air Force did not scramble any fighter jets. Instead, it launched a single E-3 Sentry early warning aircraft, known as AWACS, to make sure there were only the two Russian bombers flying near Alaska, and not other aircraft flying underneath the large bombers. U.S. territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore. Two Russian bombers flew within 100 miles of Alaska on Monday night. The Russian bombers took off from an airbase in Petropavlovsk, Russia and returned five hours later to an airbase in Anadyr. Both locations are in eastern Russia, some 1,000 miles away.
April 19, 2017

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/19/russian-bombers-again-fly-near-alaska.html

http://www.worldtribune.com/mattis-concerned-as-russia-opens-first-of-five-arctic-military-bases/

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April 5, 2017 –Thousands of dead fish wash up on beaches in Eden, NSW, Australia
http://www.edenmagnet.com.au/story/4578821/dead-fish-wash-up-on-edens-beaches/

April 6, 2017 – Thousands Of Dead Fish Found On Lakefront At Old U.S. Steel Site Chicago
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/04/06/dead-fish-lake-michigan-us-steel-south-works/

April 8, 2017 – Thousands of fish turned up dead at the holy Kali Bein India
http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/punjab/community/dead-fish-spotted-in-kali-bein-again/388706.html

April 9, 2017 –Hippos found dead in Zimbabwe
http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/at-least-11-hippos-found-dead-in-zimbabwe-report-20170409

April 9, 2017 –’Blue tide’ at the coast, as countless jellyfish-like creatures wash ashore Oregon
http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/04/its_blue_tide_on_the_oregon_co.html

April 10, 2017 –Masses of dead fish found washed up in Pingtung County, Taiwan
http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.ltn.com.tw%2Fnews%2Flife%2Fbreakingnews%2F2030652&edit-text=&act=url

April 11, 2017 – Thousands of dead fish found in Caribbean rivers Costa Rica
http://www.ticotimes.net/2017/04/11/dead-fish-costa-rica

April 12, 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish mysteriously washing up in Chesterfield canal Michigan
http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/248086219-story

April 13, 2017 –3,500 dolphins have died this year in the waters of the Atlantic
http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.estrelladigital.es%2Farticulo%2Fmundo%2Fdelfines-mueren-atlantico-no-tocar%2F20170411190953317815.html&edit-text=&act=url

April 13, 2017 –Thousands of bats still dying off in Missouri
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/local/fungus-takes-heavy-toll-on-northern-long-eared-bats-in/article_4594525e-fa97-11e6-95f3-bf5f3051f9e6.html

April 15, 2017 – Mysterious fish kill raises concerns in Tennessee
http://wbbjtv.com/2017/04/15/mysterious-fish-kill-raises-concerns-neighborhood-demands-answers/

April 16, 2017 – Hundreds of dead fish found in east Wichita creek Kansas
http://www.kake.com/story/35159857/hundreds-of-dead-fish-found-in-east-wichita-creek

April 17, 2017 –Hundreds of dead fish found floating on Lake Naivasha Kenya Africa
https://citizentv.co.ke/news/hundreds-of-dead-fish-found-floating-on-l-naivasha-163792/

April 18, 2017 –Thousands Of Dead Fish Washing Up On Shores Of McKinley Park Lagoon Chicago
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170418/mckinley-park/thousands-of-dead-fish-washing-up-on-shores-of-mckinley-park-lagoon

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Headline:   More Details Emerge on H7N9 Cases in Tibet, Beijing

Provincial and local officials recently shared more information about recent H7N9 avian flu cases in Tibet and Beijing, two locations far from the epicenter of recent cases. China is in the midst of by far its largest H7N9 wave, with cases last week passing the 600 mark. Illnesses showed an unusual spike in December and peaked during January and February. Though the number of new cases has declined over the past few weeks, the country continues to report a steady stream of weekly cases from a wide area. Though no major clinical changes in humans have been seen so far during the unprecedented surge, illnesses have been reported from a broader geographic range, including Tibet, also called Xizang autonomous region, and Beijing.Tibet had recently reported its first-ever H7N9 case, in a poultry seller from Sichuan province who had been working with live poultry in Tibet since February and became ill in early April. A few days ago, Tibet—located in western China—reported two more cases, followed by a statement from Tibet officials that two more poultry sellers from the same market in Lhasa, the province’s capital, became ill with flulike symptoms at about the same time as the first case-patient. After the patients initially tested negative when they were hospitalized, retesting a week later was positive for H7N9.
April 18, 2017

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/poultrynews/38470/more-details-emerge-on-h7n9-cases-in-tibet-beijing/

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Headline:   Three People Killed In Fresno Shooting Spree; Shooter Screamed “Allahu Akbar”, Hated “White People”

Three people were shot and killed after a man went on a shooting spree Tuesday in central Fresno, randomly shooting at four white men, killing three, before he was taken into custody, police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, is now in custody, Dyer said. Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar” as police tackled him to the ground after the shootings which were spread over four locations. The victims appeared to be random, Dyer said. Mohammad is also suspected in the fatal shooting of a security guard outside a Motel 6 in central Fresno Thursday. He is facing four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Dyer said. He said Muhammad had expressed dislike of whites; all of the victims were white. Dyer called it a “random act of violence.”According to the Fresno Bee, two of the people shot outside Catholic Charities may have been clients of the social service agency, not employees, Dyer said. The third victim was a passenger in a Pacific Gas & Electric truck. Another person was shot at but not injured. Officers responding to the initial shotspotter reports found Muhammad running south on Fulton. The gunman then “dove onto the ground” and taken into custody, the chief said. “As he was taken into custody, he yelled out ‘Allahu Akbar,’” Dyer said. Although police found rounds of .357 caliber bullets and speed loaders for a revolver when Muhammad was taken into custody, no weapon was found, Dyer said. Dyer said that it’s too soon to determine if the shootings involved terrorism. However, a review of Muhammad’s social media shows he quoted the phrase “Allahu Akbar” in a tweet.
April 18, 2017

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-18/three-people-killed-fresno-shooting-spree-shooter-screamed-allahu-akbar-hated-white-

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Headline:   Facebook Envisions Using Brain Waves to Type Words

Facebook Inc.’s research unit Building 8 is working to make it possible for people to type using signals from their brains, part of the lab’s broader effort to free people from their phones. Regina Dugan, hired from Alphabet Inc. last year to oversee the lab, said that within “a few years’ time” Facebook aims to develop a system that can type at 100 words per minute, just from monitoring the brain, without using any kind of implant. The company is working with outside academics on the issue. This would give “the ability to text a friend without taking out your phone or the ability to send a quick email without leaving the party,” Dugan said Wednesday at the social network operator’s F8 developer conference. The technology may not require thinking in actual letters, she said. The lab also is working on a way for people to hear through their skin. “One day, not so far away, it may be possible for me to think in Mandarin and for you to feel it instantly in Spanish,” Dugan said.Far-fetched as it may sound, Dugan said researchers have already found it possible to use brain waves for typing at eight words per minute. She said the power of the brain is much greater than what is translated through speech, comparing the brain’s ability versus speech to “four HD movies per second streaming over a 1980s dial-up modem.”
April 19, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-19/facebook-s-building-8-envisions-using-brain-waves-to-type-words

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