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Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

World
President Donald Trump ordered a strike on Syria Friday in response to last weekend's chemical weapons attack. Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the strike was a joint operation with France and the United Kingdom. "A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said. Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria "was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime." "The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man," Trump said, referring to Assad. "They are crimes of a mons...
Western leaders mull joint response to suspected Syrian chemical attack

Western leaders mull joint response to suspected Syrian chemical attack

World
Western leaders are weighing up a coordinated military response against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held neighborhood near Damascus on Saturday. President Donald Trump, France's President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May held phone conversations Tuesday discussing how the West should act in order to reinforce an international prohibition against chemical warfare. Macron on Tuesday evening said he wants "a strong and joint response" to the attack, saying that France would decide in the coming days alongside the U.S. and Britain. Meanwhile, leading officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have requested access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that took place on a Syrian rebel-he...
PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

Technology
The Prime Minister is to launch a "fake news" rapid response unit to monitor social media and challenge false stories.The team will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the PR wing of the civil service.In an interview with PR Week, Mr Aiken said the civil service needed to "build a rapid response social media capability to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate".Theresa May will authorise the creation of the unit according to The Times, which reported that insiders doubted whether Whitehall could operate quickly enough to disrupt social media rumours.Social media users have expressed concern that the "fake news" unit would be used to comment on matters of legitimate po...
Finance Ministry said to form panel to frame response to the bitcoin issue

Finance Ministry said to form panel to frame response to the bitcoin issue

Finance
NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has formed a new panel to frame response on the bitcoin issue, media reports said on Friday. This came after the breakneck rise in the price of the cryptocurrency this year and the Income Tax Department surveying operations at the major e-currency exchanges across the country. The media report further stated that RBI Deputy Governor B P Kanungo and Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi were on the panel. I-T secretary was also made part of the committee among other members. The previous panel had suggested shutting down of those exchanges dealing in cryptocurrencies in the country. On a year-to-date basis, the digital currency has advanced over 1,600 per cent to $ 17,040 on December 15 against $ 1,000 in January this year. The Income Tax Department earlier this wee...
Selena Gomez breaks silence on Justin Bieber romance with bizarre response

Selena Gomez breaks silence on Justin Bieber romance with bizarre response

Entertainment
The Wolves singer split with her boyfriend of less than a year, The Weeknd, back in October.Just weeks later it emerged that Selena had rekindled her romance with on/off childhood sweetheart Justin Bieber.Now, the former Disney actress has given her side of the story in a new interview with Billboard magazine, and claimed her split with The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – was completely amicable.When asked about how their split went down, the 25-year-old replied: "Something that I'm really proud of is that there's such a true friendship."Selena, went on to say their romance ended with the pair becoming best friends, saying it was "remarkable."INSTARBACK ON: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are very much back onSexy Selena Gomez Popstar Selena Gomez's hottest pictures.Getty Images