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Chemical watchdog confirms nerve agent; UK cyber-attacked Islamic State Assad behind chemical attack, says Macron; Chemical watchdog confirms nerve agent
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<li><b>Macron says he has proof Assad used chemical weapons </b>– French President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that Bashar al-Assad's government used chemical weapons in last weekend's attack on the Syrian town of Douma. The attack killed at least 34 people, <a href="https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/">according to investigative platform Bellingcat</a>. Macron said he would decide "in due course" whether to retaliate against Syria. Western nations are <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43740626">reportedly preparing</a> to strike Syria over last weekend's alleged chemical strike, with the U.S. and France taking the lead.  <li><b>Macron says he has proof Assad used chemical weapons </b>– French President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that Bashar al-Assad's government used chemical weapons in last weekend's attack on the Syrian town of Douma. The attack killed at least 34 people, <a href="https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/">according to investigative platform Bellingcat</a>. Macron said he would decide "in due course" whether to retaliate against Syria. Western nations are <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43740626">reportedly preparing</a> to strike Syria over last weekend's alleged chemical strike, with the U.S. and France taking the lead.
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<li>Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet to consider military action in response to alleged chemical weapon attacks in Syria. A source <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43733861">told the BBC</a> that May is willing to act against the Assad regime without seeking parliamentary consent. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad denies any responsibility, though May has said that "all the indications" suggested his forces were involved. U.S. President Donald J. Trump warned yesterday <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984022625440747520">in a tweet</a> that actions against Syria "will be coming." Later today, he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984374422587965440">said</a> an attack will be "very soon or not so soon at all!"</li>  <li>Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May summoned her Cabinet to consider military action in response to alleged chemical weapon attacks in Syria. A source <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43733861">told the BBC</a> that May is willing to act against the Assad regime without seeking parliamentary consent. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad denies any responsibility, though May has said that "all the indications" suggested his forces were involved. U.S. President Donald J. Trump warned yesterday <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984022625440747520">in a tweet</a> that actions against Syria "will be coming." Later today, he <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/984374422587965440">said</a> an attack will be "very soon or not so soon at all!"</li>
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<li><strong>Chemical weapons watchdog confirms nerve agent</strong> – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43741140">has confirmed the UK's findings</a> of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain, and dozens of its allies, have blamed the attack on Moscow. The Kremlin has denied involvement leading to an ongoing diplomatic crisis. The OPCW investigation was carried out at the request of the UK government. (Read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/10/diplomacy/us-expels-60-russian-diplomats-over-attack-on-former-spy-in-uk/57990/">our report</a> on the attack on the Skripals.)</li>  <li><strong>Chemical weapons watchdog confirms nerve agent</strong> – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43741140">has confirmed the UK's findings</a> of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury attack on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain, and dozens of its allies, have blamed the attack on Moscow. The Kremlin has denied involvement leading to an ongoing diplomatic crisis. The OPCW investigation was carried out at the request of the UK government. (Read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/10/diplomacy/us-expels-60-russian-diplomats-over-attack-on-former-spy-in-uk/57990/">our report</a> on the attack on the Skripals.)</li>
<li><strong>UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State</strong> – The director of the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43738953">said</a> that Britain conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State (IS) group. The campaign's goal was to suppress the group’s propaganda and hinder its ability to co-ordinate attacks. “This is the first time the UK has systematically and persistently degraded an adversary’s online efforts as part of a wider military campaign,” <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-12/u-k-reveals-its-first-major-cyber-attack-was-against-is?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=bd&amp;cmpId=google">said director Jeremy Fleming</a> (<em>Bloomberg</em>).</li>  <li><strong>UK launched cyber-attack on Islamic State</strong> – The director of the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43738953">said</a> that Britain conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State (IS) group. The campaign's goal was to suppress the group’s propaganda and hinder its ability to co-ordinate attacks. “This is the first time the UK has systematically and persistently degraded an adversary’s online efforts as part of a wider military campaign,” <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-12/u-k-reveals-its-first-major-cyber-attack-was-against-is?utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=bd&amp;cmpId=google">said director Jeremy Fleming</a> (<em>Bloomberg</em>).</li>
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<h2>Earlier</h2> <h2>Earlier</h2>
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<li><strong>Facebook hearing shows senators' lack of tech knowledge </strong> – After two days of interrogation by Congress over Facebook's data misuse, analysts are united in the view that Mark Zuckerberg got off lightly. General consensus was that Congress <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/11/17226742/congress-senate-house-facebook-ceo-zuckerberg-testimony-hearing">should've asked harder questions</a> (<em>Recode</em>) instead of basic inquiries over Facebook's working. That lack of understanding, as <em>Vox</em> explained, will make regulating the tech giant much harder for Congress. (Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/06/internet/facebook-and-the-privacy-dilemma/58573/">analysis</a> of Facebook's business model.)</li>  <li><strong>Facebook hearing shows senators' lack of tech knowledge </strong> – After two days of interrogation by Congress over Facebook's data misuse, analysts are united in the view that Mark Zuckerberg got off lightly. General consensus was that Congress <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/11/17226742/congress-senate-house-facebook-ceo-zuckerberg-testimony-hearing">should've asked harder questions</a> (<em>Recode</em>) instead of basic inquiries over Facebook's working. That lack of understanding, as <em>Vox</em> explained, will make regulating the tech giant much harder for Congress. (Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/06/internet/facebook-and-the-privacy-dilemma/58573/">analysis</a> of Facebook's business model.)</li>
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<li>The close relationship between President Donald J. Trump and supermarket tabloid <em>The National Inquirer</em> is <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/us/politics/trump-national-enquirer-american-media.html?emc=edit_mbe_20180412&amp;amp;nl=morning-briefing-europe&amp;amp;nlid=8301755420180412&amp;amp;te=1">examined in this piece</a> from <em>The New York Times</em>. David J. Pecker, chief executive of AMI, the company behind the <em>Inquirer</em>, is a close friend of Trump, and the publication has taken a more political turn during this presidency. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sold a story about her alleged affair with Trump to AMI, but the publisher shelved it. Last year Pecker told a magazine that an attack on Trump was an attack on AMI. – <em>Angela Long</em></li>  <li>The close relationship between President Donald J. Trump and supermarket tabloid <em>The National Inquirer</em> is <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/us/politics/trump-national-enquirer-american-media.html?emc=edit_mbe_20180412&amp;amp;nl=morning-briefing-europe&amp;amp;nlid=8301755420180412&amp;amp;te=1">examined in this piece</a> from <em>The New York Times</em>. David J. Pecker, chief executive of AMI, the company behind the <em>Inquirer</em>, is a close friend of Trump, and the publication has taken a more political turn during this presidency. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sold a story about her alleged affair with Trump to AMI, but the publisher shelved it. Last year Pecker told a magazine that an attack on Trump was an attack on AMI. – <em>Angela Long</em></li>
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