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Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven
Source: Reuters

Britain may join U.S. strikes against Syria if chemical weapon use proven

Britain would consider joining U.S. military strikes against the Syrian government if there is evidence chemical weapons are being used against civilians, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the UK could be useful then I think we should seriously consider it, Johnson told the BBC...


U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemens Houthi group. If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If were not going to get action on ...


Syrian government warplanes kill 21, injure 125 in Eastern Ghouta: monitor

Syrian government warplanes conducted air strikes against rebel-held eastern Ghouta on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring 125 more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, reported. It said the warplanes pounded various parts of eastern Ghouta, a besieged pocket of satellite towns and farms located near the Syrian capital Damascus. There was no im...


Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assads government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a...


Australia to spend $3.1 billion to increase stake in global arms exports

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday Australian military equipment manufacturers will be offered government-backed loans as part of a A$3.8 billion ($3.1 billion) package to become one of the worlds top 10 defense exporters. Australia said in 2016 it would boost defense spending by A$30 billion by 2021, purchasing frigates, armored personnel carriers, strike fighter jets, drones and a...


A statue of Captain James Cook has been vandalised in Melbourne

The statue was found covered in paint on Thursday. Graffiti depicted an Aboriginal flag and the words: We remember genocide. Australia Day, the anniversary of British settlement, causes annual debate over indigenous sensitivities. The Australian government said the vandalism was disgraceful. These vandals are trashing our national heritage and should be prosecuted, tweeted Minister for Ci...


Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankaras offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fo...


'Three Billboards' biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor. Frances McDormand won best...


British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn
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British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran said on Saturday he is engaged to long-time friend Cherry Seaborn, whom he first met at school at the age of 11. Got myself a fianc just before new year, he wrote on an Instagram photo of him and Seaborn. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx. Sheeran, 26, and accountant Seaborn, 25, were pupils at the same school in Suffolk, ...


Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators, while 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent. The violent demonstration underscores the challenges facing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where dozens of ethnic groups have been clamoring for autonomy since independence from Britain in 1947. Som...


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