Trump tells Russia to 'get ready' for Syria missiles; Algeria plane crash 'kills 257'

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  • UK ready to attack Syria – Prime Minister Theresa May will strike the Syrian government, alongside U.S. forces, and without the approval of Parliament, reports the BBC. The BBC report cites unnamed sources that are well-placed. May has described the use of chemical weapons as abhorrent.
  • Air traffic control warns of Syrian air strikes – Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol, via its website, warned airlines about flying over the eastern Mediterranean Sea due to possible air strikes. Eurocontrol said that air-to-ground and cruise missiles might be used as soon as April 13. Radio navigation equipment could be disrupted when flying near Syria. Most carriers are avoiding the region altogether, Reuters reports.
  • Zuckerberg is a victim of data collecting too – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told members of the U.S. Senate that his own personal data was scrapped by the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. Either he or a friend had interacted with the app sometime before the 2016 election. Zuckerberg has defended Facebook as allowing users to control their data, and strengthening privacy policies when the need arose.
  • Algerian military plane crashes – Algerian state TV reported that 257 people died in a military plane crash in Algeria. An Ilyushin Il-76 plane carrying troops crashed shortly after taking off from the Boufarik airbase 18 miles from the capital, Algiers. Images posted by local news outlet Algerie24 show plumes of smoke rising into the sky.

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🔴#DIRECT 🔴 #Algérie L’avion militaire était à destination de Béchar et s’est écrasé quelques minutes après son décollage

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