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Trump condemns Syria chemical attack; Brazil's ex-president surrenders Trump sends national guard to Mexico border; Eastern Ghouta evacuation stalls
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Top stories and more: Brazil's ex-president hands himself into police after ordered to serve prison time for corruption Top stories and more: Ten Palestinians reportedly killed by Israeli forces during fresh protests on Gaza's border with Israel
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<li><strong>Suspected chemical attack in Douma -</strong> Dozens of people are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43686157">reportedly dead after a suspected chemical attack</a> in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say. A joint statement by the medical relief organization Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the civil defense, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had died. There has been no independent verification of the reports. Syria's government has called the allegations of a chemical<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-attack/dozens-reported-killed-in-suspected-syria-gas-attack-damascus-denies-idUSKBN1HE0RR"> attack a "fabrication."</a> U.S. President <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-attack/trump-says-big-price-to-pay-for-syria-chemical-attack-idUSKBN1HE0RR?il=0">Donald Trump said there would</a> be a “big price to pay” for the attack while the United Nations Security Council <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-un/u-n-security-council-to-meet-twice-on-monday-after-syria-attack-idUSKBN1HF0TU?il=0">will meet twice</a> on Monday to discuss the attack.  
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<li>Earlier, activists and rescuers <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43674329">said at least 30 people had</a> been killed in heavy air strikes on the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region. State media said the strikes were retaliation for the shelling of nearby government-held areas by rebels from Jaysh al-Islam, which controls the region. They also said an evacuation agreement with the group had been put on hold.</li> <p class="story-body__introduction">The US state of Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Donald Trump. A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours. Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week. President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built.</p>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Texas deploys National Guard -</strong> Texas has begun <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43678961">sending National Guard members</a> to the Mexico border. The response from Texas officials, comes three days after President Donald Trump <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/us/politics/trump-border-immigration-caravan.html">called for militarizing the border</a> (<em>New York Times</em>). A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours. Brigadier General Tracy Norris, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/us/national-guard-border-texas.html">said the deployment would begin meeting</a> “the priorities of the governor and the president in securing our border.” (<em>New York Times</em>) Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week. President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built.</p> <p class="story-body__introduction">At least 30 people have been killed in heavy air strikes on the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, activists and rescuers say. Women and children were reportedly among those who died as almost two weeks of calm in Douma were shattered. State media said the strikes were retaliation for the shelling of nearby government-held areas by rebels from Jaysh al-Islam, which controls Douma. They also said an evacuation agreement with the group had been put on hold. The official Sana news agency cited a military source as accusing Jaysh al-Islam of "thwarting" the deal by refusing to allow "state institutions" back into Douma and release prisoners it was holding.</p>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Lula hands himself in -</strong> Brazil's ex-president Luis Inácio Lula da<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-politics-lula/lula-turns-himself-in-to-brazil-police-ending-standoff-idUSKCN1HD1JI?il=0"> Silva handed himself into police after</a> being <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43671869">ordered to start a 12-year prison term</a> for corruption. He insisted on his innocence and called his bribery conviction a political crime. The BBC reported that da Silva was holed up in a union building in his hometown, outside Sao Paulo.</p> <p class="story-body__introduction">Brazil's ex-President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva is holed up in a union building in his hometown, outside Sao Paulo, after missing a deadline to hand himself over to the authorities. The 72-year-old had been ordered to hand himself in to start a 12-year prison term for corruption. His lawyers are said to be negotiating his surrender with police.</p>
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  <p class="story-body__introduction">Ten Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during fresh protests on Gaza's border with Israel, Palestinian health ministry officials say. The Israeli military said troops had opened fire when people attempted to breach the fence on the frontier. The protesters are demanding that refugees be allowed to return to ancestral lands that are now in Israel. But Israel says the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, is staging the rallies in order to launch attacks. <a class="story-body__link-external" href="https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-04-05/secretary-general%E2%80%99s-statement-situation-gaza">UN Secretary General António Guterres called on all parties to "avoid confrontation and exercise maximum restraint"</a> after 16 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded during similar unrest a week ago.</p>
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