U.S. approves sale of $600 million attack planes to Nigeria

The United State government has approved the sale of 12 high-tech attack aircraft worth $600 million (N219 billion) to Nigeria’s Air Force for the fight against the violent extremist group, Boko Haram, White House officials briefed on the matter told the Associated Press.

President Donald Trump has pushed forward plan to sell the attack planes to Nigeria after it was suddenly suspended by the Barack Obama administration following the January bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Rann, Borno State Nigeria.

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NATO soldier, 3 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack

 

One NATO soldier and three civilians were killed and four injured in the suicide attack that targeted a NATO convoy in Afghanistan in different days, Basir Mujahid, police spokesman in Kabul province, said on Friday.

The NATO mission Resolute Support, RS, had already confirmed the death of a soldier in the Kabul attack late Thursday, without giving further information on the nationality of the victim.

It said that another five soldiers and an interpreter were injured; adding that they were in stable condition and being treated at nearby Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. base in the country.

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Putin condemns U.S. attack on Syria, says it damages Russia-U.S. relations

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The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, condemned U.S. cruise missile strikes on Syria on Friday, warning the move would further damage already battered U.S.-Russia relations which Moscow had hoped President Donald Trump would revive.

U.S. officials said they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes, intended to punish the Syrian government for what they say was a chemical weapons attack on Wednesday, and had avoided hitting Russian personnel.

Satellite imagery suggests the Shayrat air base that was struck in western Syria is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters, part of the Kremlin’s effort to help the Syrian government fight Islamic State and other militant groups.

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U.S. attack on Syria: UN urges restraint

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The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has urged restraint to avoid any escalation of the situation in Syria, after the U.S. responded militarily to an alleged chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

In the wake of the U.S. airstrikes, Mr. Guterres said: “I continue to follow the situation in Syria closely and with grave concern.

“Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people.

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Russia, Iran condemn U.S. missile strikes on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack

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Russian President Vladimir Putin believes U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airfield in retaliation to a chemical attack on civilians are an “act of aggression,” according to his spokesman, while Iran said the action is “dangerous, destructive and violates the principles of international law.”

President Trump said he ordered the strikes early Friday local time in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province that killed 86 people on Tuesday.

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Woman pulled alive from River Thames after London attack

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A woman was pulled from the River Thames alive after Wednesday’s attack on a bridge near Britain’s parliament in Westminster, the Port of London Authority (PLA) said.

It said that the woman was being treated for serious injuries.

“A female member of the public was pulled from the water near Westminster Bridge, alive, with serious injuries.

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5 journalists killed in Mogadishu hotel attack – UN

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No fewer than five journalists were killed in a coordinated suicide bombing attack at a hotel in Mogadishu on Tuesday, the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has said.

The attack also reportedly killed dozens of Somali civilians and soldiers, while wounding many more, according to Joseph Contreras, spokesperson for the mission.

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About 39 dead in Istanbul nightclub attack

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About 39 people have been killed and 40 injured in a New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in central Istanbul, Turkish officials have said

“This is a terrorist attack,” city governor Vasip Sahin said at the scene outside one of the city’s best known clubs, in Istanbul’s Ortakoy neighbourhood on the European bank of the Bosporus.

He said that at 1.15 a.m. on Sunday (2215 GMT Saturday) an attacker had forced his way into Club Reina, where between 700 and 800 people were reportedly celebrating, by shooting dead a police officer and a civilian at the entrance.

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Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan

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Anis Amri, the Tunisian suspect in the deadly Berlin Christmas market attack, was killed in a shootout with police in Milan, officials in Italy said Friday, ending a four-day Europe-wide manhunt.

Amri’s identity has been confirmed “without a shadow of a doubt,” Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said at a press conference.

The ANSA news agency, citing security sources, added that the man’s fingerprints matched Amri’s.

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Australian teenager gets 7 years jail for planning terror attack

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An Australian teenager on Wednesday was sentenced to seven years jail for planning a terrorist attack in Melbourne on Mother’s Day 2015, local media reported.

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