Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria on Saturday, 15 April. The death toll from the bomb blast on the crowded Syrian bus convoy outside Aleppo has risen to nearly 130, says a monitoring group. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo.

The dead were among thousands of civilians who boarded buses promising an evacuation from Fuah and Kfarya, pro-government bastions in Syria‚Äôs Idlib province that had been under steady attack by rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Continue reading “Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria”


Does Trump want to be world’s policeman after all?

President Donald Trump’s launch of two major military strikes in the last two weeks raises a question about his 2016 declaration that the US can no longer be the world’s policeman: Has Trump changed his mind?

Eighty-six days into the new administration, the President seems to pivoting away from the “America First” doctrine that drove his campaign and foreshadowed a withdrawal from the world stage. Some of Trump’s foreign policy decisions still seem to reflect that protectionist view — in particular his decision to slash the budget for US diplomacy.

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