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On Friday, Russian broadcaster VGTRK released a video of an alleged chemical laboratory in Douma, suspected of belonging to militant group Jaish al-Islam, an Al Qaeda affiliate.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received a donation of R858 million from the United Kingdom, while the country is increasingly struggling to attract foreign investment in a climate of investment insecurity and faltering economic growth after the ANC leader promised white land grabs.
NaplesA nuclear submarine that took part in a series of missile strikes conducted by US, French and UK warships and warplanes against Syria in contravention of the UN Charter, is not welcome near the waters of one of Italy's largest seaports, according to the popular mayor of Naples.
WashingtonThe neocons in both the Republican and Democratic parties, disappointed by the limited nature of President Trump’s recent airstrikes on three Syrian "chemical facilities", are calling for a permanent occupation under the friendly-sounding phrase “comprehensive strategy”.
DamascusMany anti-war activists, even those who are against bombing Syria, have described President Assad's rule as a "dictatorship" and his government as a "regime".
WashingtonIsraeli media reported that John Bolton spoke with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabbat, to coordinate the US-led attack on Syria early on Saturday morning.
According to the Swiss Institute for the Protection of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons, the poison collected in Salisbury by OPCW investigators in the Skripal case is "BZ".
DamascusThe UK’s Defense Ministry confirmed that four tornado warplanes using Storm Shadow missiles targeted military bases located west of Homs, in contravention of the UN Charter.
MoscowRussian Foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, told his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok, that Russia has obtained firm evidence that the incident in Douma, Syria on April 7 was staged by the intelligence services of a foreign state in order to launch a "Russophobic campaign".
In a tweet today, United States President Donald Trump said that Russia vows to shoot down missiles targeting Syria and comments: “Get ready Russia, because they will be coming”. Military experts now talk about a situation more explosive than the Cuban Crisis of 1962. The geopolitical analyst Manuel Ochsenreiter tells FWM that the harsh rhetoric in any case has destroyed the diplomatic mechanisms that helped prevent escalation during the Cold War.