Let’s look at some of the stories making headlines today.
New push in UN to end Syria’s chemical weapons following strikes
UN diplomats shared with CNN a new resolution, led by France and backed by the United States and the United Kingdom, calling for an independent investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack inside Syria that precipitated the cruise missile strikes unleashed by the Western allies on Friday.
US officials confident chlorine, sarin used in Syria
Senior US officials expressed confidence Saturday that both chlorine and sarin gas were used in Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack on the Damascus enclave of Douma last week — a conclusion that went a step further than Vice President Mike Pence did in his remarks earlier Saturday.
ABC: Comey says belief Clinton would win ‘a factor’ in email probe
The former FBI director, who was abruptly fired by Trump last year, announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges in the investigation of Clinton’s email practices. But in a controversial move, Comey told Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in relation to the investigation.
Marathon runner misses out on gold after collapsing
The 25-year-old had a two minute lead when he started to weave on the road before falling over a curb. The Scotsman got back on his feet and continued racing before collapsing again, this time hitting his head on a roadside barrier.
Does the Commonwealth Games have a future?
Australia’s Gold Coast, a city of never-ending golden beaches and sunshine has welcomed visitors from all over the world. This was a multi-sport event in Queensland, a state whose mantra is: beautiful one day, perfect the next. These Games have not been perfect, of course, but no major international sporting event is.
Beyoncé makes history with Coachella performance
“Y’all ready Coachella?,” she asked the crowd as she opened her set, becoming the first woman of color to headline the music festival in Indio, California. Excited fans had a new nickname for this year’s festival: Beychella. Other headliners included the Weeknd and Eminem.
Terminix employee indicted in family’s pesticide poisoning
Jose Rivera was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The indictment says Rivera used fumigants containing methyl bromide in multiple locations in the Virgin Islands, including the St. John resort where the family that became ill was staying in March 2015.
Israel destroys ‘longest’ Gaza tunnel
The Israeli military has disabled a major tunnel dug by militants which reached into Israel from the Gaza Strip, officials say. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind Israel had discovered.
Drug dealer caught by WhatsApp photo
A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message “is the future” of how police approach evidence to catch criminals. An image of a man holding ecstasy tablets in his palm was found on the mobile of someone arrested in Bridgend.
‘I was a teacher for 17 years – but I couldn’t read’
John Corcoran grew up in New Mexico in the US during the 1940s and 50s. One of six siblings, he graduated from high school, went on to university, and became a teacher in the 1960s – a job he held for 17 years. But, as he explains here, he hid an extraordinary secret.
Destiny’s Child reunite at Coachella
Destiny’s Child have performed together at Coachella. Beyonce brought band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on stage during her headline set at the festival in California last night. The trio began their surprise performance with their 2004 hit Lose My Breath, followed by Say My Name and Soldier.
‘The most significant development since the safety belt’
Here is an extraordinary statistic: since the Volvo XC90 went on sale in the UK in 2002 it has sold over 50,000 vehicles, yet not a single person has been killed while driving it, or as a passenger. It is, according to the independent laboratory Thatcham Research, the safest car it has ever tested.
Trump Orders Strikes On Syria In Retaliation For Chemical Attack
“The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons. We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents,” said Trump, who had previously called the chemical attack “atrocious” and vowed Syria and its allies Russia and Iran would “pay a price.”
Trump Just Signed Legislation That Could Be Deadly For Sex Workers Like Me
I am a homeless sex trafficking survivor and a sex worker. I’m a throwaway. Many people wonder how I could be both a survivor of sex trafficking and also presently a sex worker, but it’s easy. I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor.
NASA Rockets Human Sperm Into Space
NASA has sent samples of human sperm to the International Space Station to study how fertilization could happen in space. The mission, called Micro-11, rocketed frozen human sperm – and bull sperm for a comparison – to the space station early this month. The aim?
Cops Arrest 2 Black Men Sitting In Starbucks For ‘Trespassing’: Video
A video showing Philadelphia police officers handcuffing and removing two black men from a Starbucks store has gone viral and incited allegations of racism, but the police commissioner insists his officers did “absolutely nothing wrong.” Author Melissa DePino tweeted a video on Thursday showing officers escorting two black men out of a Starbucks in Center City as bystanders questioned why the men were being arrested.
The Royal Baby Is Due Any Day Now – But When? We Investigate.
Forget about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – their wedding isn’t until May. That’s weeks away! Here at HuffPost, we like to focus on the here and now, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is about to give birth to royal baby No. 3 in 3 … 2 …
Ex-Ambassador To Vietnam Quit Because Trump Planned To Deport More Refugees
As deportations and detentions continue to rock the Vietnamese community in the U.S., the former ambassador to Vietnam has revealed that those “repatriations” were the reason for his October departure.
Google loses landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case
A businessman has won the first ‘right to be forgotten’ lawsuit against Google in the UK high court, according to the BBC. The right to be forgotten (RTBF) is an online privacy statute that the European Court of Justice passed in 2014.
Samsung’s latest smartphone can’t connect to the internet. Like, at all.
Well, here’s something you don’t see announced often (or ever, for that matter): A smartphone that can’t connect to the Internet. That’s right, Samsung’s new Galaxy J2 Pro (it ain’t a “pro” anything if it can’t go online) is intentionally designed to have no way to go online.
Medium pokes fun at Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony in the best way possible
It’s been a very long week for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Dude survived over 10 hours of Congress grilling him on the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked the world. But is his skin thick enough to brush off all the jokes derived from his canned statements? I guess we’ll find out.
How Elon Musk is fixing Tesla Model 3 production problems: More humans
After Tesla failed to hit its goal of producing 2,500 Model 3 electric cars a week, CEO Elon Musk says he’s figured out what went wrong: robots. Yes, robots, which are designed to help build lots and lots of Tesla’s electric vehicle at an insane speed, are to blame for why customers who pre-ordered the Model 3 still haven’t gotten them yet.
Another ‘Game of Thrones’ death: George R.R. Martin’s LiveJournal
George R. R. Martin already has a lot of blood on his hands, as the notoriously ruthless murderer of everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones characters. But on April 13, the fantasy writer added an unusual yet still tragic victim to his list by removing his blog from LiveJournal and consequently gutting the platform of its last vestiges of relevance.