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At Least 22 Killed in

Terror Attack Outside Ariana Grande Concert

May 23, 2017

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack outside the Manchester Arena, according to monitoring group SITE.

Anguished parents spent hours overnight frantically searching for children missing after a suicide bomber targeted an Ariana Grande concert in the English city of Manchester. Prime Minister Theresa May also condemned the bomber for targeting "the youngest in our society."

 

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the terror attack in south Manchester. British Prime Minister Theresa May said police have the identity of the other assailant, who died when he detonated the device, but have not yet made that information public.

 

On Monday night, May 22, Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena ended in a massacre after a lone attacker detonated a suicide bomb strategically near one of the exits as people were leaving.

Waves of photos and videos pervaded social media immediately after the explosion was heard. The crowd was predominantly young kids, teenagers and their parents. Prime Minister May confirmed Tuesday morning that children are among those killed.

 

The culprit behind the bombing was killed in the attack after detonating the improvised explosive device, authorities said. He has not been identified. The suspect set off the bomb near one of the venue's exits as the predominantly younger crowd let out of the arena around 10:30 p.m. local time.

 

Manchester Arena — one of the largest indoor venues in Europe with 21,000 seats — is set to host another concert on Thursday. It was not clear if the performance would take place.

 

Other artists in the pop world shared their sympathies with the victims, and Miley Cyrus said on Instagram that she was "wishing I could give my friend @ArianaGrande a great big hug right now."

 © Joel Goodman/LNP

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Emmanuel Macron Names

Édouard Philippe as Prime Minister of France

May 15, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron of France named Édouard Philippe, a moderate center-right lawmaker, as prime minister on Monday, a crucial and high-profile decision as he tries to balance his promise to bring change with the demands of running the country.

 

Mr. Philippe, who is also the mayor of the northern port city of Le Havre, is a close political ally of Alain Juppé, a former prime minister who ran, unsuccessfully, in the center-right presidential primary last year, and who is also a central figure of the Republicans’ centrist wing.

 

Mr. Philippe was not a nationally known figure in France until last week, when the news media started reporting that he was one of the main candidates being considered for prime minister. Before his nomination on Monday, May 15, French television channels frantically covered his movements live, with cameramen on motorbikes following his taxi through Paris.

What You Need To

Know About North Korea's Missile Test

May 15, 2017

North Korea's missile test on Sunday, May 14, was the country's most successful yet, according to analysts, who say Pyongyang may now have a weapon capable of hitting a key US military base in the Pacific.

 

Pyongyang made the extraordinary claim that its latest test proved the country had a rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead and that the US mainland and its military base on the Pacific island of Guam were now within its "sighting range for strike."

 

The U.S. has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, and as recently as last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. would negotiate with Kim’s regime only if it made credible steps toward giving up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Asked later about Trump’s comments, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that “clearly conditions are not there right now” for a meeting. He said “we’ve got to see their provocative behavior ratcheted down.”

 

North Korea has become the most urgent national security threat and foreign policy issue facing Trump as his first 100 days in office passed. Kim’s regime has continued developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of international condemnation and sanctions. Military analysts have said North Korea is on course to develop a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. mainland as soon as 2020, during Trump’s term in office.

Colombia Law Gives

Former FARC Rebels Role In Politics

May 11, 2017

The senate voted 52-2 on Wednesday, May 10, in favor of the law that provides for the "political reintegration" of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The new law guarantees the former guerrillas a minimum of five seats in the senate, and five in the lower house of congress, although the group must run in legislative elections next year to claim them.

 

The FARC will formally become a political party at a convention of former guerrillas that is scheduled for August. Disarming the rebels was supposed to be completed by the end of the month, but the process has been delayed by logistical and legal issues, according to the United Nations, which is overseeing the task. Santos said on Monday, May 8, that he expects the FARC's nearly 7,000 fighters to hand over their weapons by the end of May, but he acknowledged that there are another 900 caches with explosives, munitions and spare parts that must still be dealt with.

 

The FARC's disarmament will leave rival movement, the National Liberation Army (ELN), as the only rebel group still waging a multi-sided war that has killed 260,000 people. Negotiations are set to resume this month. Analysts warn that reaching an accord with the ELN may be more complicated than the FARC deal, which was the fruit of four years of negotiations in Cuba.

 

Colombia, South America's third largest economy, has been torn since the 1960s by fighting that has drawn in multiple leftist rebel groups, right-wing paramilitary units, drug cartels and the army.

What Is Frexit And Why Is It Super Important?

 

April 2017

Short for "French exit" – is a French spinoff of the term Brexit, which emerged when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in June of 2016.

 

If you thought Brexit had a complicated plotline, you should see the screenplay for

Frexit. Two leading candidates in the French presidential election, have talked of leaving

the European Union.

 

 

Marine Le Pen, the right-wing National Front candidate, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon from the left have both proposed returning responsibilities to Paris from the EU power centers of Brussels and Frankfurt. Their proposals could, via different routes, take France out of the euro and, like Britain, out of the EU.

 

 

 

 

The big difference is the euro. For any eurozone country, leaving the euro is "very complicated, challenging and disruptive," said Nicolas Véron, a senior fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels think tank. "Compared to Brexit, it's in an entrely different league."

 

 

 

 

On the centre right, François Fillon is a liberal conservative. Fillon is the most experienced candidate and was tipped to win,

but has been plagued by scandal. He scores third in polls behind Le Pen and Macron with 19% of vote intention in the first round.

 

In the centre, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron is running as a liberal independent candidate. A former Socialist Party member, he is gathering a lot of momentum and the latest polls show he is the frontrunner along with Le Pen on 23.5pc each. On the centre left , socialist Benoît Hamon is struggling to keep up with the other four main contenders.

 

Ninety-one percent of Le Pen’s supporters are in favor of holding a referendum on French membership in the EU. Only 59% of Mélenchon’s supporters feel the same way about this issue. The second-most googled question after Brexit was: “What is the EU?” A lack of education and information arguably contributed to the UK popular vote to leave the EU. Economically, it would be more challengingfor France than for the U.K. A higher proportion of French exports go to the rest of the bloc than do Britain's and a reemergence of customs barriers would likely require re-establishing hundreds of border posts, gumming up trade and industrial supply lines. According to Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency, France is the fourth biggest net debtor in the EU,after Spain, Ireland and Italy, with financial liabilities abroad exceeding financial assets abroad by EUR358.1 billion ($383.9 billion).  

A Timeline Of Terror Attacks In France

 

A known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others on Thursday (April 20) on Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), days before a presidential election. The latest attack comes after a string of atrocities in France since 2012 and the violence is likely to thrust security to the front of voters' minds.

 

2012

11-22 March, Toulouse and Montauban: Gunman Mohammed Merah, 23, a French citizen of Algerian extraction, killed three soldiers on 11 and 15 March, before shooting three children and a teacher at a Jewish

school on 19 March. He was eventually killed on 22 March during a lengthy police siege at his fl at in Toulouse.

 

2014

20 December, Joue-les-Tours: A Burundi-born French national attacked three police officers with a knife, shouting "God is

great!" in Arabic. He was shot dead by police.

 

21 December, Dijon: A driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic ran down pedestrians in Dijon, eastern France, injuring 11

people.

 

22 December, Nantes: At a Christmas market in western France, 10 people were injured when a van drove into pedestrians, before the driver attempted suicide.

 

2015

7-9 January, Charlie Hebdo offices and Hypercacher supermarket, Paris: Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi attacked

the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people including the editor and celebrated cartoonists.

The following day a policewoman was murdered by Amedy Coulibaly, who then held up a Jewish supermarket, killing four people.

 

3 February, Nice: A man wielding a knife attacked and wounded three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice.

 

13-14 November, Paris: Gunmen and suicide bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously - and left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded.

 

2016

1 January, Valence: A man was shot in southeastern France after he reportedly drove a car at four soldiers who were guarding a mosque.

 

14 July, Nice: At least 84 people were killed, including children, after a lorry slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

 

2017

April 21: A known terror suspect shoots dead a French policeman and wounds two others on the Champs Elysees, before being killed in return fire, in an assault claimed by the ISIS.

 

German Crowd Boos Ivanka Trump

April 26, 2017

A German crowd booed Ivanka Trump on Tuesday, April 25, after she called her father a “tremendous champion of supporting families.”

 

Trump was taking her first crack at diplomacy abroad in her new role as assistant to the president, vowing at an economic conference in Berlin to create “positive change” for women in the United States.

 

“He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” she said on a panel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”

 

Ivanka Trump, who moved into her own West Wing office last month, advocated for gender equality during the campaign and is now working to overhaul the nation’s child-care system. Her Germany appearance comes a week before the release of her advice book, “Women Who Work.”

 

Ivanka Trump had hoped to use her appearance in Berlin to talk about boosting women entrepreneurs. But some female entrepreneurs in the United States, however, say the White House is making their jobs even harder.

Former Czech Republic International Found Dead

April 24, 2017

Frantisek Rajtoral, 31, was found by Turkish police hanged at his home in an apparent suicide after his club, Gaziantepspor, reported him missing on Sunday April 23.

 

Rajtoral represented the Czech Republic 14 times and was part of the Euro 2012 squad that reached the quarter-finals of the tournament five years ago.

 

"Unfortunately I can confirm that the news of suicide is true," club’s president, Ibrahim Kizil told Turkish media outlet Sporx.

"He had good spirits, he didn't seem to have any problem. I really don't know why he did such a thing."

Understanding The Syrian Conflict

 

April 2017

After four-plus years of fighting, Syria's war has killed at least hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions. And, though it started as a civil war, it's become much more than that. It's a proxy war that has divided much of the Middle East, and has drawn in both Russia and the United States. To understand how Syria got to this place, it helps to start at the beginning.

 

After six years, the Syrian conflict is divided between multiple sides. Most of which are foreign backers who don't agree on who they are fighting for and against.  Let go back to the beginning.

 

 

People begin to march and protest peacefully against the Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad. On March 2011, the first shots were fired. The protests grew and by July the protesters starting shooting back with some Syrian troops going them. The uprising becomes a civil war. These people are called the Rebels. Extremist nearby decide to join the Rebels by 2012 and al-Qaeda forms a new branch in Syria called Jabhat al-Nusra. By mid 2012, the civil war becomes a proxy war.

 

Assad's most important ally, Iran, intervenes on his behalf by funding cargo flights and hundreds of officers on the ground. Around the same time, the Arab states one the Persian Gulf, who are rich in oil, begin sending money and weapons to the Rebels. This is mainly to counteract Iran's influence.

 

Iran steps up when a Lebanese militia back by Iran invades to fight alongside Assad. By 2013, the Gulf states send more money and weapons to the rebels but now through Jourdan who also opposes Assad.

 

In August of 2013, the Assad regime uses chemical weapons. September 2013, Obama responds by saying that, "It is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike."

 

By now, the war is generally divided between support for the rebels and support for Assad. The April of 2013, the Obama administration, horrified by the violence and deaths by Assad, sign a secret order authorizing the CIA to train and equip Syrian rebels. But the program stalls.

 

Understanding The Syria Conflict Pt.2

 

Just a few weeks later, of Obama declarations, US training and arms reach Syrian rebels. The US is now apart of a this war. Then in February 2014 an al-Qaeda affiliate, based mostly in Iraq, breaks away from the group over internal disagreements. The group calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This becomes al-Qaeda's enemy.

 

ISIS fight mostly the rebels and the Kurds. That summer, they march across Iraq seizing territory. In September 2014, the US begins to bomb ISIS and the July before of 2014, the Pentagon launches its own program to train Syrian rebels that will fight ISIS, not Assad. The program does not work well.

 

In August of 2015, Turkey bombs Kurdish groups in Iraq and in Turkey. However they don't bomb ISIS. Now here's our first problem. The US sees ISIS as the main enemy, but US's allies like Turkey and other MidEast states have other priorities. The next month Russia send a few dozen military aircraft on behalf of Assad. Russia said it's to bomb ISIS but it was actually for anti-Assad rebels including some backed by the US.

 

 

 

 

The next year Trump vows to stay out of Syria and by the end of 2016, Assad, helped by Russian airpower and sponsored militias, retakes the Syrian city of Aleppo. The in Spring of 2017, Assad once again uses chemical weapons against his people. Back in the US, President Trump says his attitude toward Syria and Assad has "changed very much"  due to the attacks and vows to respond. Within days the White House launches dozens of tomahawk missiles on an airbase in Syria, attacking the Assad Regime for the first time.

 

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