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Aleppo blast: Syrian evacuation convoy targeted

Aleppo blastA large blast has killed dozens of people in an attack near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns.

The blast on Saturday in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted residents who were evacuated from the rebel-besieged towns of Fouaa and Kefraya in Idlib province under a deal reached between the Syrian government and rebels.


British woman stabbed to death by Palestinian man while visiting Jerusalem

Palestinian stabs British woman to death in JerusalemA Palestinian man fatally stabbed a young British woman visiting Jerusalem, police said, as the city was packed with tourists, many of whom were celebrating Passover and Good Friday.

The 25-year-old was attacked while riding on a light-rail train as it approached the Old City section of Jerusalem, authorities said.

Police said the man, 57, pulled a knife out of his bag and drove it into the woman’s torso multiple times.


Evacuations begin in four besieged Syrian towns

Evacuations begin in Syrian townsThe Syrian regime and rebel groups have begun busing thousands of people out of four besieged towns as part of an evacuation agreement between warring sides.

More than 30,000 people are expected to be moved in the efforts that began Thursday. In the first phase of the deal, about 8,000 people under siege in the government-held northwestern towns of Foah and Kefraya will be bused out, while about 3,400 people living in two rebel-held towns near Damascus, Madaya and Zabadani, will also be given safe passage.


Bashar Assad: Chemical attack on Syrian town a 'fabrication'

Assad calls chemical attack a fabricationSyrian President Bashar Assad said an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 86 people last week was a "fabrication" to justify a U.S. military strike.

Assad said his army “gave up” all chemical weapons and that the attack was “100% fabrication” in an interview Wednesday with Agence France-Presse. However, the U.S. military said it intercepted communications between Syrian military officers and chemical experts discussing preparations for the attack, CNN reported Thursday.


Malala Yousafzai made an honorary Canadian citizen

Malala made honorary Canadian citizenPakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has become only the sixth person, and the youngest, to receive honorary Canadian citizenship.

Canada bestowed the title on Yousafzai, 19, during a ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday.

"I'm humbled to accept honorary citizenship of your country," she said in the House of Commons, where she received several standing ovations from parliamentarians and members of the public that packed the gallery.


Germany arrests 1, eyes Islamic extremist motive in Dortmund

Dortmund blastOne suspect has been detained as a note left at the scene suggests a possible Islamic extremist motive for the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, German prosecutors said Wednesday.

Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Germany, said investigators were focusing on two suspected Islamic extremists and have searched their homes — but authorities said a range of other motives are still possible for the three explosives that hit the bus Tuesday evening before a Champions League match. One of the suspects, a man, was arrested.


Putin slams Trump ties as top diplomats spar on Syria

PutinThe trust between Washington and Moscow has "deteriorated" since Donald Trump was elected US president, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, as the Kremlin dismissed US calls to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as "short-sighted" and "absurd".

The comments came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the Trump administration to clarify its policies as he opened a fraught meeting with his American counterpart, Rex Tillerson.

"One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated," Putin said in an interview broadcast on Russian television.


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