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Syria, Russia and Iran condemn tripartite attack on Damascus

Moscow and Tehran have warned that there would be consequences for the US-led attacks on Syria.<p>Damascus' allies have condemned US President Donald Trump for ordering air attacks in Syria "on targets associated with chemical weapons capabilities" in collaboration with the UK and France.<p>Russia's …

Middle East

First images of Syria after strikes emerge

A Syrian government supporter holds up a Syrian national flag following U.S., British and French military strikes. Hassan Ammar, AP<p>Syrians wave a national flag during a gathering to show support for the Syrian government in Umayyad square in Damascus, Syria, Youssef Badawi, EPA-EFE<p>Syrian soldiers …

Middle East

Pro-Assad Syrians demonstrate in Damascus after US-led airstrikes

Pro-government supporters flooded the streets of Syria’s capital at daybreak Saturday in a show of nationalistic pride after airstrikes by the U.S., Britain and France against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.<p>Convoys of honking cars accompanied Syrian flags and victory signs in Damascus’ Omayyad …

Middle East

Russia claims its ally Syria shot down 71 of the 103 missiles launched by the US, Britain and France

Russia has claimed its Syria's Cold War era air defence system shot down 71 of the 103 missiles launched by the US, Britain and France to target three chemical weapons sites.<p>In retaliation for Bashar Assad's attack on civilians in Douma last Saturday, air strikes targeted a scientific facility near …

Military

Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use …

Middle East

Allies dispute Russian and Syrian claims of shot-down missiles

Syria and Russia say significant number of missiles destroyed and damage minimal • Syrian military strikes: latest news and reaction<p>The US, UK and France have disputed claims made by Syria and Russia that a significant number of incoming missiles were intercepted and shot down and that the damage …

Middle East

Prime Minister Theresa May 'confident' of Syrian strike success

Prime Minister Theresa May outlines the British participation in the joint strikes on Syria and Syrian use of chemical weapons.

Participation

World reacts to overnight strikes on Syria by US, UK and French forces

Iran and Russia condemn attack but support comes from allies including Canada and Israel<p>The decision by the US president, Donald Trump, to launch air strikes on Syria with backing from the UK and France has proved globally divisive, with some countries praising the military action while others …

Middle East

First look at burning remains of Syrian chemical lab after airstrikes

<b>Dramatic footage has emerged showing the ruins of a chemical weapons research centre near Damascus following a night of Western airstrikes in Syria.</b><p>A …

Middle East

With Eye on Issues at Home, May and Macron Back Trump on Syria Strikes

PARIS — For President Emmanuel Macron of France, it was a chance to make good on an explicit promise to punish Syria for its suspected use of chemical weapons. For Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, it was a rare and welcome opportunity to support the United States on an issue that President …

Middle East

Angela Merkel: Syria strikes were 'necessary and appropriate'

Germany's Angela Merkel has expressed support for the US-led strikes on Syria.<p>“We support the fact that our American, British and French allies have …

UN Security Council

Democrats blast Trump for not seeking congressional approval for Syria strikes

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats blasted President Donald Trump on Friday night for circumventing Congress in authorizing U.S. strikes against Syria, calling it "unconstitutional" and questioning the strategy.<p>Many Republicans, on the other hand, applauded the president's move.<p>Sen. Tim Kaine, …

Middle East

Iran's supreme leader says Western attack on Syria a crime

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said coordinated air strikes on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday were a crime that would bring no benefit.<p>"Today's dawn attack on Syria is a crime. I clearly declare that the president of the United States, …

Middle East

U.S. and allies warn Syria of more missile strikes if chemical attacks used again

Western allies warned Syria on Saturday that they could launch further attacks if chemical weapons are used again, even as Syria’s powerful backer Russia denounced the missile strikes but gave no signs of possible retaliation.<p>The flurry of statements after Friday’s coordinated strike of U.S. cruise …

Middle East

Germany says will push for new international effort to end war in Syria | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will join France to push for a new international effort to achieve a lasting ceasefire in Syria, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday, criticizing Russia for repeatedly blocking U.N. Security Council action on the war.<p>Officials from Germany, France, Britain …

North Africa

French report lays out the evidence: Assad forces conducted chemical attack on civilians

WASHINGTON — A report by France concludes the Assad regime was clearly behind the April 7 chemical attack on civilians in the Douma suburb of Damascus, the first detailed governmental assessment laying out the justification for the U.S.-led allied strikes on Syria.<p>"Beyond possible doubt, a chemical …

Middle East

Theresa May suggests UK considering military response against 'brutal' Syrian regime

Theresa May has suggested the Government is considering joining potential military action against the Assad regime after a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people.<p>The Prime Minister described the attack as “barbaric” and that Britain “utterly condemns the use of chemical …

Middle East

Irish EU commissioner pours scorn on Theresa May's Brexit vision of Global Britain

Ireland’s European Union Commissioner has attacked Theresa May’s vision of Global Britain and warned that the UK faces “a difficult world” after Brexit.<p>Phil Hogan, speaking in Brussels on Monday, said Britain would be able to strike its own trade deals but would struggle to secure good agreements …

United Kingdom

Amber Rudd commits a serious crime – of gross incompetence

The home secretary’s launch of her violent crime strategy was devoid of feeling and substance<p>Amber Rudd could clearly picture the briefing document that had been left on her desk in February. Perhaps she ought to have taken a quick peek at it after all. But back then the home secretary hadn’t been …

Amber Rudd

May's post-Brexit trade plan with EU dealt blow by key ally

More bureaucracy will be part of price tag for UK leaving single market, says Danish PM<p>Theresa May’s plans for a Brexit deal that delivers frictionless trade with the EU have been dealt a blow by a key European ally who has said there will be more bureaucracy after leaving the bloc.<p>The Danish prime …

United Kingdom

House prices up 20% over last 25 years because of immigration, claims senior minister

Immigration has driven up house prices by 20 per cent over the last quarter of a century, a senior minister has claimed.<p>Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister, said official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed immigration had caused a significant increase in the cost of housing …

Housing

Sadiq Khan calls summit on violent crime in London as 300 extra police officers hit the streets

The mayor of London has called a meeting with the home secretary Amber Rudd as well as London MPs, council leaders and assembly members over violent …

Extremism

.@sajidjavid sets out the offensive weapons bill with cross party support it would become law quickly. It will make it illegal: ✖️to possess acid in a public place ✖️for under-18s to buy acid ✖️for anyone to order a knife online ✖️possession of certain weapons in private https://t.co/7DOMw7dJRP

UK government aims to streamline house sales with new measures

Professional qualifications for estate agents and protection from gazumping among plans<p>Estate agents will be required to obtain a professional qualification and disclose payments for referring customers to solicitors, surveyors or mortgage brokers under government plans aimed at streamline property …

Real Estate

"Silly and selfish": Readers react to couple given 'ASBO' for putting plants outside their flat

ECHO readers reacted angrily to two pensioners who were slapped with an ‘ASBO’ for putting plants and a welcome mat outside their home of 35 …

Grenfell Tower

A party that’s in the centre is a party that stands for nothing

Not this again. How many new parties have been proposed now? Andrew Rawnsley says 34 have registered with the Electoral Commission since January. A political party is for life, not just for a twitterstorm. Still, the Tories’ annexation by Ukip and Labour’s transformation into some hideous fusion of …

Turn-On

'Youthful Exuberance': Tories Defend MP Kemi Badenoch For 'Hacking' Harriet Harman’s Website Aged 28

Labour MPs mock defence of 'foolish prank'.<p>UK Parliament<p>Kemi Badenoch.<p>The Conservative Party has defended one of its MPs for “hacking” Labour MP …

United Kingdom

Russians taunt Boris Johnson with photograph of England football team doing Nazi salute

Russia has taunted Boris Johnson over the poisoned spy row by sending him an infamous photo of England’s 1938 football team doing Nazi …

Russia

What is a Marxist?

<b>If you’ve ever wondered what living in a Capitalist society has ever done for you, then Marxism might be the way to go.</b><p>To be a Marxist, you should …

Karl Marx

Chlorinated chicken may be the least of our worries when it comes to signing a trade deal with Trump

Have you ever been to America? Had a chicken salad? Hot dog? Burger? Banana split? The lot? Lived to tell the tale?<p>Sure you did. Like millions of …

Organisms