US warns of imminent airstrikes on Syria, UK holds Syria regime responsible for chemical attacks

US President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria in response to confirmed chemical weapons usage in Douma. The US president, on social media, said that missiles “will be coming” whilst criticising Russia’s support to the Assad regime. “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” the US President wrote on Twitter. France is likely to join any military action against Syria, whilst the UK is under pressure to support US efforts reports the times.co.uk. Commenting...

Myanmar sentences 7 soldiers for Rohingya killings in internationally scrutinised case

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to prison for their role in the killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men, reports the BBC. The soldiers will serve 10 years, with hard labour for “contributing and participating in murder,” said the military press statement. Four officers and three non-officers were found guilty for their part in the killings in the village of Inn DIN. The killings received intense scrutiny from the international community after two Reuters journalists who were investigating the killings were arrested in Myanmar. The Reuters journalists are still currently held in prison...

US, UK and France agree on strong response to Syria chemical weapons attack

British Prime Minister Theresa May joined calls from US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron for a strong response to reports of a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Speaking after telephone calls with both leaders, Ms May said the chemical weapons attacks in Syria where “utterly reprehensible.” The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said, “They agreed that the international community needed to respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.” US President Donald Trump, on Monday, said the US response would be quick and forceful once responsibility...

Dozens dead in suspected chemical attack in Syria

Dozens of people have been killed after a suspected chemical attack on the rebel held enclave of Douma on Sunday, an assault that is being blamed on the Syrian government. The attack on Saturday evening is expected to be a topic of discussion for the UN Security Council on Monday. Though the number of deaths has not yet been confirmed, the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, told BBC News that 70 people had been killed. The attack has drawn condemnation from the European Union, who has called for an "immediate response by the international community" and the British Foreign Office...

Myanmar will come before international court - UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said that the acts of violence committed against the Rohingya people will one day be brought before an international court, in an interview to mark the 24th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. “I have no doubt that they will be determined as crimes against humanity, as ethnic cleansing” and possibly as genocide, said Mr Dieng. More than one million ethnic Rohignya Muslims have fled Myanmar as the military launched a massive offensive in the Rakhine state. Mr Dieng also expressed frustration at the UN Security...

At least 10 shot dead in Gaza as protests continue

The Israeli military has reportedly shot dead at least 10 Palestinians on Friday, as protests continued for a second week in the Gaza strip. A video journalist is amongst those killed, with at least 200 people thought to have been injured. The protests, part of a daily rally that has been taking place since March 30, has seen thousands of people in attendance. At least 21 were killed last week, when Israeli troops fired at the demonstrators. A senior Hamas leader said that Friday’s protest would see Palestinians “sending a message that our struggle is without arms and guns, and we will wait...

US ‘very concerned’ as India looks to purchase Russian missile system

The United States said it was “very concerned” over Indian plans to purchase a Russiann missile defence system as India’s defence minister visited Moscow this week. The purchase of five S-400 Triumf systems, costing an estimated $6 billion, would violate American sanctions against Russia. "We understand India's concern about this and we are very concerned as well. These sanctions are intended to target Russia - not India," said Joe Felter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia. "We totally appreciate Indians concerns. It was raised in discussions during senior...

China to impose additional tariff on $50 bn worth of US goods

China will impose a 25% additional tariff on $50 billion worth of US goods in response to a US tariff hike on Chinese goods, said China’s finance ministry on Wednesday. The date of implementation will depend on when the US tariff changes take place. China’s list of goods to tariff included several of the US key exports, including types of tobacco, alcohol, automobiles, chemicals and aircrafts. See more here.

Israel's defence minister rejects UN calls for inquiry in to Palestinian protest deaths

Israel’s defence minister rejected calls for an inquiry into the killing of 15 Palestinians by Israeli security forces shooting at a Palestinian protest at the Gaza Israel border on Friday. The violence was met by calls from the UN Secretary General for an immediate independent and transparent investigation into the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberment, rejected condemnation of Israel’s actions, claiming that soldiers along the Gaza border did what was necessary to protect the border. “As for the commission of inquiry there won’t be one,” he added in an...

ICC takes Malian war crimes suspect into custody

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken into custody a suspect implicated with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali. Al Hasan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed, was indicted for crimes committed as de-facto chief of Islamic police in Timbuktu in 2012 and 2013. Crimes which included destroying cultural monuments and enforcing policies that led to the sexual enslavement of women and girls, reports Reuters. Judges at the Hague said prosecutors had presented enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity including “torture, rape and sexual slavery; persecution...

Pages