1. Syria: Dozens of Civilians Dead After Chemical Attack
On Tuesday, Syria was hit with one of the worst chemical attacks in years. World leaders weighed in on the devastating attack, with U.S. and U.K. officials suggesting the carnage constitutes a war crime.
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” U.S. President Donald Trump said in a statement Tuesday, criticizing the Obama administration’s dealings with Syrian leadership. “President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”
JUST IN: Pres. Trump calls Syrian chemical attack "a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution" in statement. pic.twitter.com/57ORsMMA7k
— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2017
Sean Spicer said that the chemical attacks in Syria were "a consequence of the last administration’s weakness” https://t.co/Cp6OQMIDl5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 5, 2017
Canada strongly condemns the use of chemical weapons. The perpetrators of the horrific attack in Syria must be held accountable.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 5, 2017
— Israel Foreign Min. (@IsraelMFA) April 4, 2017
#BREAKING Britain, France, US present UN draft resolution condemning Syria chemical attack
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 5, 2017
UPDATE: U.S. believes sarin was used in Syria chemical attack; was 'almost certainly' carried out by Assad forces – government source
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 4, 2017
The devastating attack comes years after President Balshar al-Assad vowed to destroy all of the country’s chemical weapons following a similar incident that killed 1,400.
2. Name to Know: Susan Rice
That’s former President Obama’s national security adviser, who has recently come under scrutiny in connection with alleged spying on the Trump administration. During her time in office, Rice requested to “unmask” intelligence reports that included members of Trump’s cabinet. On Tuesday, Rice called the spying allegations “absolutely false.” What is clear, however, is this investigation won’t be going away anytime soon.
3. New Details on St. Petersburg Subway Bomber Released
On Monday, a man whom Russian investigators later identified as 22-year-old Akbardzhon Dzhalilov detonated a suicide bomb on a crowded St. Petersburg metro train. Dzhalilov died in the attack, along with 13 individuals. Russian intelligence officials have linked Dzhalilov to Islamic terror groups.
According to Fox News, Dzhalilov lived with his Uzbek family in southern Kyrgyzstan before traveling to St. Petersburg and obtaining Russian citizenship. A former colleague at the sushi chain where Dzhalilov worked described the young man as “a non-conflict person.” Neighbors described him as a “nice and friendly man.”
4. The Next Usain Bolt?
You remember Usain Bolt — the amazingly fast, amazingly smiley Jamaican sprinter with a rather apt last name. But there may be a new star in town: 12-year-old Jamaican runner Brianna Lyston. Lyston was compared to the nine-time Olympic gold medalist after footage of her 200-meter sprint in the final of the Boys and Girls Championship in Kingston, Jamaica, went viral over the weekend. The preteen clocked in at 23.72, shattering the record for the under-13 age group.
5. Goodbye to BOGO: Payless Files for Bankruptcy
On Tuesday the discount footwear chain Payless announced plans to close 400 of its flagship stores. The decision comes after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Get your cheap kicks while you still can…
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