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Aid in Syria postponed after suspected chemical attack; White House softens tariff plans  Syria aid convoy postponed after attack; White House softens tariff plans
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Top stories and more: The UK police officer harmed by a nerve agent used in spy attack is now recovering, says interior minister Top stories and more: The UK police officer harmed by a nerve agent used in spy attack is now recovering, says interior minister
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<li><strong>Aid convoy in Ghouta, Syria postponed after suspected chemical attack -</strong> A convoy expected to bring aid to civilians in eastern Ghouta was postponed amid fears of a chemical attack, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/ghouta-syria-aid-convoy-postponed-chemical-attack"><em>The Guardian</em></a>. It is the second time this week aid has been delayed because of military action. Dozens of people were treated for breathing difficulties after Syrian government airstrikes hit rebel enclaves in eastern Ghouta yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. UN investigators said the Syrian government used chlorine as a weapon at least three times between 2014 and 2015 and sarin gas in 2016, as reported by <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/ghouta-syria-aid-convoy-postponed-chemical-attack"><em>The Guardian.</em></a></li>  <li><strong>Aid convoy in Ghouta, Syria postponed after suspected chemical attack -</strong> A convoy expected to bring aid to civilians in eastern Ghouta was postponed amid fears of a chemical attack, according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/ghouta-syria-aid-convoy-postponed-chemical-attack"><em>The Guardian</em></a>. It is the second time this week aid has been delayed because of military action. Dozens of people were treated for breathing difficulties after Syrian government airstrikes hit rebel enclaves in eastern Ghouta yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. UN investigators said the Syrian government used chlorine as a weapon at least three times between 2014 and 2015 and sarin gas in 2016, as reported by <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/ghouta-syria-aid-convoy-postponed-chemical-attack"><em>The Guardian.</em></a></li>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>White House softens tariff plans -</strong> Some countries like Canada and Mexico<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43325060"> could be exempt from the White House's plans to implement tariffs</a> on steel and aluminum. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "carve outs" would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis and on national security grounds. The Associated Press says this is a <a href="https://www.apnews.com/16376596d71d4ae18ed40447ce8278e9/Lawmakers,-business-brace-for-rollout-of-Trump's-tariff-plan">reversal from the policy proposed by the White House </a>just days ago that there would be no exemptions. President Donald J. Trump has said imported steel products will face a 25 percent tariff, with 10 percent on aluminium goods.</p> <p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>White House softens tariff plans -</strong> Some countries like Canada and Mexico<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43325060"> could be exempt from the White House's plans to implement tariffs</a> on steel and aluminum. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the "carve outs" would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis and on national security grounds. The Associated Press says this is a <a href="https://www.apnews.com/16376596d71d4ae18ed40447ce8278e9/Lawmakers,-business-brace-for-rollout-of-Trump's-tariff-plan">reversal from the policy proposed by the White House </a>just days ago that there would be no exemptions. President Donald J. Trump has said imported steel products will face a 25 percent tariff, with 10 percent on aluminium goods.</p>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Florida moves on gun control measures -</strong> Florida's state House of Representatives has <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43325913">pushed new gun control measures</a> through another legal hurdle. The house passed a bill raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 and imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun sales. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/4dd59e9648f24dcb9fe719eab8f00b88/Florida's-school-safety-bill-now-in-hands-of-Gov.-Rick-Scott">It also includes a program to arm some teachers</a>. The bill comes weeks after one of the worst school shootings in U.S history where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The bill now goes to the state governor Rick Scott, who will sign it into law.</p> <p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Florida moves on gun control measures -</strong> Florida's state House of Representatives has <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43325913">pushed new gun control measures</a> through another legal hurdle. The house passed a bill raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 and imposing a three-day waiting period on all gun sales. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/4dd59e9648f24dcb9fe719eab8f00b88/Florida's-school-safety-bill-now-in-hands-of-Gov.-Rick-Scott">It also includes a program to arm some teachers</a>. The bill comes weeks after one of the worst school shootings in U.S history where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The bill now goes to the state governor Rick Scott, who will sign it into law.</p>
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<li><strong>Spy attack police officer recovering </strong>– The police officer who came into contact with a nerve agent used in an attack on a former British spy is now <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-russia-rudd/uk-police-officer-harmed-by-nerve-agent-now-talking-minister-idUKKCN1GK0YT">talking and engaging</a> with people, home secretary Amber Rudd said. An unspecified nerve agent was used to try to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were both found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4 and remain in critical condition. The unnamed police officer, who was the first to respond to the scene, was also hospitalized and his condition remains serious, the home secretary said. She added during the BBC radio interview that the British government would respond but keep a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/mar/08/brexit-rudd-says-uk-keeping-cool-head-as-it-plans-response-to-nerve-agent-attack-on-russian-spy-politics-live">"cool head"</a> if Russia was deemed responsible for the attack. Comparisons have been drawn (<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/world/europe/russia-spy-nerve-agent.html">NYT, </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/07/russian-spy-police-appeal-for-witnesses-as-cobra-meeting-takes-place">The Guardian</a>) between the attack and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_of_Alexander_Litvinenko">poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko</a> in 2006, which British authorities concluded was ordered by the Kremlin. (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/united_kingdom/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/">Read more</a> <em>WikiTribune</em> coverage on this story.)</li>  <li><strong>Spy attack police officer recovering </strong>– The police officer who came into contact with a nerve agent used in an attack on a former British spy is now <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-russia-rudd/uk-police-officer-harmed-by-nerve-agent-now-talking-minister-idUKKCN1GK0YT">talking and engaging</a> with people, home secretary Amber Rudd said. An unspecified nerve agent was used to try to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who were both found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4 and remain in critical condition. The unnamed police officer, who was the first to respond to the scene, was also hospitalized and his condition remains serious, the home secretary said. She added during the BBC radio interview that the British government would respond but keep a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/mar/08/brexit-rudd-says-uk-keeping-cool-head-as-it-plans-response-to-nerve-agent-attack-on-russian-spy-politics-live">"cool head"</a> if Russia was deemed responsible for the attack. Comparisons have been drawn (<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/world/europe/russia-spy-nerve-agent.html">NYT, </a><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/07/russian-spy-police-appeal-for-witnesses-as-cobra-meeting-takes-place">The Guardian</a>) between the attack and the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisoning_of_Alexander_Litvinenko">poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko</a> in 2006, which British authorities concluded was ordered by the Kremlin. (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/06/united_kingdom/former-russian-double-agent-critically-ill-after-contact-with-unknown-substance/53558/">Read more</a> <em>WikiTribune</em> coverage on this story.)</li>
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<li>Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday at the home of the Prime Minister, as part of a three-day visit focused on improving trade and defense relations. The <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-saudi/may-defends-saudi-ties-as-crown-prince-gets-royal-welcome-in-london-idUKKCN1GI2ZM" rel="external">summit faced criticism </a>from those who disapprove of Saudi Arabia’s undemocratic government, and the country’s war in neighboring Yemen, which has claimed roughly<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29319423" rel="external"> 9,000 lives – the majority civilians.</a> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/08/united_kingdom/protestors-against-uk-support-for-prince-mohammad-bin-salman/53935/">Here, <em>WikiTribune</em> speaks with those demonstrators</a> on Downing Street who oppose UK support for Saudi Arabia, and the war in Yemen</li>  <li>Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday at the home of the Prime Minister, as part of a three-day visit focused on improving trade and defense relations. The <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-saudi/may-defends-saudi-ties-as-crown-prince-gets-royal-welcome-in-london-idUKKCN1GI2ZM" rel="external">summit faced criticism </a>from those who disapprove of Saudi Arabia’s undemocratic government, and the country’s war in neighboring Yemen, which has claimed roughly<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29319423" rel="external"> 9,000 lives – the majority civilians.</a> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/08/united_kingdom/protestors-against-uk-support-for-prince-mohammad-bin-salman/53935/">Here, <em>WikiTribune</em> speaks with those demonstrators</a> on Downing Street who oppose UK support for Saudi Arabia, and the war in Yemen</li>
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<li>The Trump administration has appointed hundreds of staffers to powerful positions across the federal government. Some are old policy hands from conservative D.C. think tanks. Others have little-to-no government experience and come straight from the industries they are now tasked to regulate and oversee. ProPublica has collected personnel records for thousands of these appointees. <a href="https://projects.propublica.org/trump-town/">Use this database to search for them by name, former employer and agency</a>. <em>– Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li>The Trump administration has appointed hundreds of staffers to powerful positions across the federal government. Some are old policy hands from conservative D.C. think tanks. Others have little-to-no government experience and come straight from the industries they are now tasked to regulate and oversee. ProPublica has collected personnel records for thousands of these appointees. <a href="https://projects.propublica.org/trump-town/">Use this database to search for them by name, former employer and agency</a>. <em>– Charles Anderson</em></li>
<li>Fascinating piece from <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/technology/two-months-news-newspapers.html?emc=edit_mbe_20180308&amp;nl=morning-briefing-europe&amp;nlid=83017554&amp;te=1"><em>The New York Times</em></a> on 'life without devices'. Farhad Manjoo spent two whole months – think about it! – reliving 20th-century life, getting his news only from print newspapers. He felt lonely at times, and wondered what the online hordes were saying. But there were upsides. With reference to the Parkland school shooting, a major story that happened towards the end of his abstinence, he writes of print-only information: "Not only had I spent less time with the story than if I had followed along as it unfolded online, I was better informed, too." –<em> Angela Long</em></li>  <li>Fascinating piece from <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/07/technology/two-months-news-newspapers.html?emc=edit_mbe_20180308&amp;nl=morning-briefing-europe&amp;nlid=83017554&amp;te=1"><em>The New York Times</em></a> on 'life without devices'. Farhad Manjoo spent two whole months – think about it! – reliving 20th-century life, getting his news only from print newspapers. He felt lonely at times, and wondered what the online hordes were saying. But there were upsides. With reference to the Parkland school shooting, a major story that happened towards the end of his abstinence, he writes of print-only information: "Not only had I spent less time with the story than if I had followed along as it unfolded online, I was better informed, too." –<em> Angela Long</em></li>
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