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Palestinian Militants Fire Two Rockets at Tel Aviv

Two rockets were fired toward Tel Aviv from Gaza on Thursday, the Israeli army says, setting off air raid sirens across much of central Israel. The army said Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the rockets while the other one likely fell on open ground. No damage or injuries are reported, and it is unclear which Palestinian militant group is responsible. Tension between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza have increased in recent weeks. A Palestinian rocket was… Read Full Article

Astronauts who survived Soyuz breakdown blast off to ISS

It is Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin's first flight since their rocket malfunctioned last year.

French Carrier Strike Group joins Operation Inherent Resolve

On 13th March 2019, the French Carrier Strike Group, CTF473 arrived off-shore Syria to support Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

Another Mass Surrender of IS Fighters as US-Backed Forces Advance 

U.S.-backed forces battling the last remnant of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate penetrated deeper into the terror group's enclave Thursday, resulting in the second mass surrender in almost as many days. Fighting on the outskirts of the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz has been intense, with coalition airstrikes and artillery rounds lighting up the night sky while IS fighters launched several waves of suicide bombers at the advancing Syrian Democratic Forces. But as the sun… Read Full Article

US Military Attacks al-Shabab for Third Time This Week

The U.S. military has carried out three airstrikes against al-Shabab militants in Somalia in less than a week, continuing a rapid pace that could triple last year's record-setting strike numbers.    According to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the latest strike killed three militants near Malayle in the Lower Juba region on Wednesday.    The "collective self-defense airstrike" targeted militants who were shooting at Somali National Security Forces on patrol, AFRICOM said. U.S. service… Read Full Article

Court Hearing for Saudi Women Activists Draws International Criticism

A court hearing Wednesday in Saudi Arabia for women activists is drawing some international criticism for perceived flaws in the kingdom's human rights record. The Saudi court hearing coincided with a U.S. State Department human rights report, which criticized Riyadh and many other countries. The Saudi news channel al-Ikhbariya reported that the women activists, most of whom were arrested last year, had "violated acceptable religious and civic norms, in addition to dealing with shadowy… Read Full Article

Angolans' Views Mixed on Efforts to Recover Suspect Funds

Lusia Bento Xicuba is one of thousands of street vendors in Praça da Madeira, an unlicensed market about a half-hour's drive from downtown Luanda.    Xicuba's construction materials business has been struggling since the price of oil, Angola's biggest export, dropped four years ago.    Angola has since faced a shortage of foreign currency, which has discouraged banks from lending to businesses like Xicuba's. The government of President Joao Lourenco has been seeking to inject money into… Read Full Article

Donors Pledge $7B in Aid for Syria, Refugees

International donors have pledged around $7 billion in aid for Syria and refugees who fled the conflict-ravaged country, the European Union announced Thursday, as the civil war enters its ninth year. But it was unclear how and when the money would be made available to those in need. EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said the donors made a “collective pledge of almost $7 billion” for 2019, short of the $8 billion that the United Nations had hoped to raise for humanitarian… Read Full Article

US General: Google's Work in China Benefiting China's Military

The United States' top general said on Thursday that the Chinese military was benefiting from the work Alphabet Inc's Google was doing in China, where the technology giant has long sought to have a bigger presence. "The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military," Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "We watch with great concern when industry partners work in China… Read Full Article

US Senate Rejects Trump's National Emergency Declaration

The U.S. Congress on Thursday formally rejected President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to fund border wall construction, as the Senate voted 59 to 41 to disapprove the executive action, weeks after the House of Representatives did the same. Twelve Senate Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus to pass the disapproval measure in the Republican-led chamber, defying the White House and ignoring a presidential veto threat. "This is not a normal vote — this is not a… Read Full Article