03 Apr 16
Egyptian officials ask Hamas about missing Israelis
Senior Egyptian intelligence officials have reportedly made inquiries about the IDF soldiers who were killed during Operation Protective Edge and then snatched by Hamas, London-based al Araby al Jadeed reported on Sunday. The Egyptian officials said that they discussed the fate of the “missing Israeli soldiers” with Hamas…  
Obama: Iran not following ‘spirit’ of deal
President Obama on Friday criticized Iranian leaders for undermining the “spirit” of last year’s historic nuclear agreement, even as they stick to the “letter” of the pact. In comments following the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Obama denied speculation that the United States would ease rules preventing dollars from being used in financial transactions with Iran…  
Syrian Alawites distance themselves from Assad
In a deeply unusual move, leaders of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect in Syria have released a document, obtained by the BBC, that distances themselves from his regime and outlines what kind of future they wish for the country after five years of civil war. The community and religious leaders say they hope to “shine a light” on the Alawites after a long period of secrecy, at what they call “an important moment” in their history.  
Greece challenges IMF over ‘debt transcript leak’
Greece has demanded an explanation from the IMF over a leaked conversation in which top officials allegedly discuss the Greek bailout. A transcript, published by Wikileaks, shows the officials discussing ways of putting pressure on Greece, Germany and the EU to get them to wrap up talks. One of those quoted suggests a crisis “event” may be needed to force a conclusion.  
IAF ‘very disturbed by significant rise in ballistic threat’
The Israel Air Force is “highly disturbed” by the drastic rise in the threat of ballistic missiles to Israel, and the ongoing Middle Eastern arms race, a senior air force official said on Sunday. Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv… Brig.-Gen. Tal Kelman, Chief of Staff in the Israel Air Force (IAF), provided a glimpse into the central challenges engaging air force command.  
Pot activists smoke outside the White House
Activists smoked marijuana outside the White House to send their message that the drug shouldn’t be considered dangerous. Protesters planned to display a 51-foot-long inflatable “joint” at Saturday’s demonstration. However, protest organizer Adam Eidinger said the Secret Service wouldn’t allow it, citing security concerns.  
Christians Are Still Persecuted Around the World. Here’s Where.
Last Sunday’s Easter bombing in Pakistan targeting Christians should come as no surprise—Christians are persecuted around the globe.  
What If Israel Didn’t Have Nuclear Weapons?
Since the early 1970s, Israel has informally maintained a nuclear deterrent. In order to prevent the activation of a variety of legal instruments that would disrupt Israeli relations with the United States and Europe, Israel has not acknowledged the program. It remains, however, the worst-kept secret in international politics.  
At least 31 reported killed in fighting between Armenian, Azerbaijani forces
At least 30 soldiers and a boy were reported killed as heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  
About 40 bodies reportedly found in mass grave in Palmyra
Syrian engineering teams and popular defense groups uncovered a mass grave in a neighborhood in the newly recaptured ancient city of Palmyra, Syria’s state-news agency reported Friday.  
Nusra Front, Syrian rebels attack government forces near Aleppo, gain ground
Syrian rebels and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front have mounted an offensive against Syrian government forces and on Saturday took a strategic hill south of Aleppo from government control, a monitoring group said.  
02 Apr 16
What Clinton Calls Smears Are Really Factual Criticisms
This Greenpeace activist from last night told her the truth … about she’s taken money from oil, gas, and energy companies,” Scarborough said. “That’s not a smear. That’s a question based on things that have happened on her record. Certainly it’s not Bernie Sanders and it‘s not the Greenpeace activists either.”  
Hundreds of migrants chanting ‘freedom’ RAMPAGE through streets after breaking out of camp
A looming Turkey-EU deal which would see them either deported back to Turkey or held at detention centres sparked the mass exodus from the camp. In protest around 300 people – including women and children – broke down a razor wire fence keeping them caged in. As the rebellion broke out in the camp, clutching their belongings the migrants headed for the island’s port in a bid to board ferries to the Greek mainland.  
US to Iran: ‘You Can Have Your Missiles and Buy Them With US Dollars’
The Obama administration, ever eager to hand out more benefits to the enemies of Israel, the United States, and the rest of Western Civilization, is now planning to help Iran obtain access to U.S. dollars — which will help Iran buy more on the international markets, the Wall Street Journal reports today.  
Mississippi lawmakers approve religion bill amid gay-rights protests
“It’s time that we stand up and do the work of the people and protect the freedoms that they enjoy,” he said.  
State Department halts review of Clinton emails at FBI request
“The internal review is on hold, pending completion of the FBI’s work,” she added.” We’ll reassess next steps after the FBI’s work is complete.”  
Palmyra booby-trap: ISIS had 3,000 bombs rigged, ready to level entire city with one click
The Syrian army continues to stumble on mine-laden buildings as most of the neighborhoods in the city were booby-trapped with explosives. Besides infesting approaches to the city with mines, residential quarters were also trapped with explosives, which turned the whole town into a huge “delayed action mine.”  
Syrian refugees face mass expulsion
Amnesty International accused Turkey on Friday of illegally forcing groups of Syrians to return to their conflict-torn country, saying the alleged expulsions showed the “fatal flaws” in a migrant deal agreed with the EU.  
Report: Mass grave found in Syria’s Palmyra after city recaptured from Islamic State
Syrian troops found a mass grave containing around 40 bodies in Palmyra city, captured from Islamic State last Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Friday. SANA said the grave, which contained many women and children, was in the north-eastern edge of Palmyra. Some of the bodies had been beheaded.  
Austria wants to deploy soldiers on Italy border, defense minister says
Austria plans to deploy soldiers at the Brenner border with Italy to stem an expected increase in migrants trying to get to northern Europe, Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil told a German newspaper on Saturday.  
Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits northeast of Chignik Lake, Alaska
Washington: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit 100 km northeast of Chignik Lake, Alaska around 8.50 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.  
Holes in the Sun Are Threatening to Throw Birds, GPS Off Course
Birds flying north for the spring and humans relying on global positioning satellites to navigate could get a little lost this weekend. Three coronal holes spread across the sun are pointing at the Earth. As a result, a minor geomagnetic storm alert has been issued for Saturday by the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, and the Space Weather Operations Centre of the U.K. Met Office in Exeter.  
Nuclear terrorist attack would ‘change our world’, says Obama
The threat from terrorists trying to launch a nuclear attack that would “change our world” is real, President Barack Obama has said. The world has taken “concrete” steps to prevent nuclear terrorism, he told the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. But the so-called Islamic State (IS) obtaining a nuclear weapon is “one of the greatest threats to global security,” he added.  
Putin calls for end to Nagorno-Karabakh clashes
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for an end to fighting after clashes broke out in the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh. TV pictures showed a burned out vehicle and craters after a night of gunfire and heavy shelling. Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other of starting the fighting, with both sides reporting casualties.  
Migrant crisis: Concern rises as EU-Turkey deal looms
There is growing concern over a lack of preparation for the plan to send migrants back from Greece to Turkey, two days before it goes into effect. A BBC correspondent who has been to one of the registration sites in Turkey says there are few signs it is ready. The UN and rights groups have expressed fears about migrant welfare and whether some may be forced back into Syria.  
Pakistan honour killings on the rise, report reveals
Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year by relatives who believed they had dishonoured their families, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says. In its annual report the commission said 900 more women suffered sexual violence and nearly 800 took, or tried to take, their own lives. In 2014 about 1,000 women died in honour-related attacks and 869 in 2013.  
Somalia al-Shabab: US drone strike targets militant chief
The US military says it has targeted a vehicle carrying three al-Shabab militants in a drone strike in Somalia. A Pentagon spokesman named the main target as Hassan Ali Dhoore, accused of organising recent bomb attacks in which US personnel were killed. US officials say they are still assessing the results of the strike near Jilib, which is close to the border with Kenya.  
‘We have four Israeli prisoners of war in our custody,’ Hamas says
The Islamist group Hamas publicly acknowledged on Friday that it is holding the remains of two Israeli soldiers and also has in its custody two Israeli nationals who went missing in the Gaza Strip. The group’s military wing, Izzadin Kassam Brigades, released a televised statement…saying Israel will have to make concessions if it wants… information about the conditions of the “four prisoners of war.”  
US: We are ‘concerned’ about Israel destroying Palestinian homes in east J’lem, West Bank
The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution …So far this year, Israeli forces have destroyed or dismantled around 400 homes and other structures across the West Bank, more than in the whole of 2015.  
Mass grave found in Syria’s Palmyra after city recaptured from Islamic State
Syrian troops found a mass grave containing around 40 bodies in Palmyra city, captured from Islamic State last Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said on Friday. SANA said the grave, which contained many women and children, was in the north-eastern edge of Palmyra. Some of the bodies had been beheaded.  

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