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Russia has figured out how to jam U.S. drones in Syria, officials say

Tussia can jam US dronesThe Russian military has been jamming some U.S. military drones operating in the skies over Syria, seriously affecting American military operations, according to four U.S. officials.

The Russians began jamming some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago, the officials said, after a series of suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. The Russian military was concerned the U.S. military would retaliate for the attacks and began jamming the GPS systems of drones operating in the area, the officials explained.


Six Virunga park rangers killed in DRC wildlife sanctuary

6 Virunga partk rangers killed

Five rangers and a driver were killed in an ambush in the Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday.  A sixth ranger was injured in the attack that took place in the central section of the vast reserve, known globally for its population of rare mountain gorillas.

The loss of life was the worst in the history of the national park, where more than 170 rangers have died protecting animals over the last 20 years.


Several dead after van crashes into pedestrians in German city of Muenster

Van crashes into pedestrians in Germany

Several people were killed Saturday when a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians in the German city of Muenster, local police said.

Muenster police said on Twitter that there are "deaths and injuries" and called on people to stay out of the area.

The German news agency dpa quoted police as saying the driver of the car killed himself.

The Rheinsche Post quoted police sources as saying as many as 3 people were killed.

The driver plowed into a crowd of people gathered around the Kiepenkerl statue in Muenster's historic old town, according to Der Spiegel, the German magazine.


Canada police say 14 dead after hockey bus crash

14 hockey team members and coach die in bus crashCanadian police said early Saturday 14 people were killed and 14 people were injured after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in Western Canada.

Police say there were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus of the Humboldt Broncos team when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan.

"We can now confirm fourteen people have died as a result of this collision," The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a release early Saturday.


London crime wave: Shock as six teenagers stabbed in 90 minutes

London stabbingsShocked residents of the British capital called for an end to a surge in violence that now includes six teenagers stabbed in the space of 90 minutes.

The incidents came days after London's murder rate surpassed New York City's for the first time. At least 55 people have been killed in London in 2018, over 30 of them in stabbings.

Police in the Tower Hamlets borough of east London said Thursday that two 15-year-old boys were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after they were stabbed at about 6 p.m. local time Thursday. A 16-year-old who was treated for minor knife injuries was arrested for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, and another male was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.



U.S. hits 38 Russian government officials, oligarchs with new sanctions

US hits Russian oligarchs with new sanctionsThe Trump administration on Friday launched more sanctions against Russia, targeting 38 oligarchs, government officials and businesses for brazen behavior and attacks on Western democracy.

In what the White House called a national security issue, the sanctions are a response to "the Kremlin's malign agenda," ranging from cyberattacks to aggression in Ukraine and Syria.


Hundreds of Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa compound

Jewish settlers storm Jerusalem mosque

Hundreds of Jewish settlers, flanked by heavily armed Israeli special forces, have stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that around 500 settlers entered Al-Aqsa Mosque in the early hours of Thursday before performing Jewish religious rituals near the Dome of the Rock Mosque.

Firas al-Dib, a spokesman for the Religious Endowments Authority, said at least 491 settlers and 13 special forces officers "broke into the compound", bringing the total number of Jewish settlers illegally entering the religious site since Sunday to 1,731.


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