Anti-Zuma protesters gather around South Africa Play

Anti-Zuma protesters gather around South Africa

There were protests across South Africa on the morning of 7 April against President Jacob Zuma. Zuma has been heavily criticized for a recent cabinet reshuffle, in the wake of which the country’s foreign currency rating was downgraded to junk status. The opposition Democratic Alliance called for its supporters to join a “March for Change” in Johannesburg. Apr 7, 2017
Syrian army official condemns US missile strikes Play

Syrian army official condemns US missile strikes

The Syrian army said a US missile attack on one of its air bases on Friday (7 April) killed six people and caused extensive damage, adding that it would respond by continuing its campaign to crush terrorism and restore peace and security to all of Syria. A statement from the army command described the attack as an act of blatant aggression, saying it had made the United States a partner of Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other terrorist organisations.U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for this weeks chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross around 0040 GMT on Friday, striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons. Apr 7, 2017
Tillerson: Russia should consider carefully its support to Assad regime Play

Tillerson: Russia should consider carefully its support to Assad regime

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday (6 April) that Russia had failed to deliver on a commitment to secure chemical weapons in Syria. He accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of perpetuating a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 civilians in Syria. He urged Russia to reconsider its support for the regime. In a strongly worded rebuke, Tillerson said the country had either been complicit or simply incompetent in its failure to keep to the 2013 commitment brokered under the Obama administration after a chemical attack. Apr 7, 2017
Trump says Bashar al-Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children in Syria Play

Trump says Bashar al-Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children in Syria

US President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against an Assad regime airbase in Homs in Syria on Thursday night (6 April) in response to the horrific chemical attack against civilians in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Speaking at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where the president is attending a two-day summit with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Trump said it was in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. Apr 7, 2017