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US launches missile strike on Syrian airbase in response to 'barbaric' chemical attack
U.S. forces fired a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase Friday in response to what President Donald Trump called a "barbaric" chemical attack he blamed on the Damascus regime.
 
Syria decries 'aggression' as US launches cruise missiles
Syria decried a U.S. missile attack early Friday morning on a government-controlled air base where U.S. officials say the Syrian military launched a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, calling it an "aggression" that led to "losses." Rebels welcomed the U.S. attack
 
US missiles blast Syria; Trump demands 'end the slaughter'
The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking "to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria."
 
'Gas attack' kills 58 in rebel-held Syria town
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 58 civilians including several children in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, a monitor said, with the opposition accusing the government and demanding a U.N. investigation.
 
Trump blames Assad and Obama for chemical attack in Syria
Confronted by one of his first foreign crises, President Donald Trump on Tuesday split the blame for Syria's worst chemical weapons attack in years between its Russian-backed leader and former President Barack Obama, as the new American administration struggled to explain what it might do in response.
 
Iran releases US citizen accused of 'collaboration with hostile government'
An Iranian-American serving an 18-year prison sentence in Iran for "collaboration with a hostile government" has been released on bail after staging a weeks-long hunger strike protesting his imprisonment alongside other dual nationals targeted by hard-liners, activists said Monday.
 
Smoke rises as latest blaze strikes Dubai
Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall.
 
Alarm after Israel backs building new settlement
The Palestinians and the United Nations on Friday condemned the Israeli cabinet's approval of the first officially sanctioned new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years.
 
Women swimmers defy threats to chase dream
There are just 30 pools in Afghanistan, only one which welcomes girls -- and it is facing militant threats for doing so. Nevertheless, a handful are diving in, pioneers racing to achieve Olympic glory in Tokyo.
 
Palestinian pints hit Israeli pub
Just when it seemed there was nothing else left to divide Israelis and Palestinians, some Jewish hard-liners have found a new one: beer.
 
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