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A technical glitch led to Israeli spacecraft crash, company says

(CNN)Beresheet, an unmanned Israeli spacecraft, crashed during an attempt to land on the moon due to a technical glitch, said SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit that launched it, citing preliminary data. Engineers were able to restart communications with the spacecraft but officials said it was too late — it was already moving too fast to land properly. The Beresheet was the first privately funded moon mission. Its name was a reference to the first words of the Bible in Hebrew, which translates to “In the beginning.” The spacecraft was launched into…

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Visegrad summit canceled over Israel-Poland Holocaust spat

(CNN)A summit of central European leaders in Israel has been canceled after Israeli officials sparked outrage by accusing Poland of complicity during the Holocaust. The cancellation of the summit was a setback for Netanyahu, who was due to host the first meeting of the Visegrad nations — Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — outside Europe. The Visegrad group was formed in the 1990s to bolster military, economic and cultural ties between the four countries as they emerged from decades as satellite states of the Soviet Union. The summit…

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How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

(CNN)Jamal Khashoggi probably thought the messages he was sending to fellow Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz were hidden, cloaked in WhatsApp security. In reality they were compromised — along with the rest of Abdulaziz’s phone, which had allegedly been infected by Pegasus, a powerful piece of malware designed to spy on its users. “The NSO Group in today’s world, based on the evidence we have, they are the worst of the worst in selling these burglary tools that are being actively currently used to violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition…

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ISIS missile injures UK special forces in Syria, reports say

(CNN)Two members of the British special forces have been wounded in an attack by ISIS fighters in Syria, according to the Kurdish news agency Rudaw. Allies fear US pullout in Syria emboldens ISIS The two British soldiers are in a stable condition, the official added. The attack comes just three weeks after US President Donald Trump declared the terror group defeated and that he planned to withdraw 2,000 US troops from the war torn country. “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump…

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Turkey gives recordings on Khashoggi’s death to Saudis, US, Britain – Erdogan

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Recordings related to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death have been passed on to Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday. Erdogan said the killer, or killers, would be known to the 18 suspects identified by Turkish authorities — including 15 men who arrived from Saudi Arabia shortly before Khashoggi’s death. He again called on Saudi Arabia to provide answers as to what happened to Khashoggi and his body. Saudi Arabia has presented an evolving narrative about what…

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36 killed in explosion near Syrian-Turkish border

(CNN)An explosion killed 36 people Sunday in the Syrian town of Sarmada, near the Turkish border, according to the White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer force. The White Helmets said that their volunteers rescued 10 people from the rubble of the explosion and they “are working tirelessly, searching and rescuing, in unbelievable areas of destruction and death.” The White Helmets were founded in late 2012 and early 2013, growing from a few dozen to several thousand members. The group responds to aid and rescue other civilians when an explosion, fire or…

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What we know about the Syria strikes

(CNN)The US, UK and France coordinated to launch strikes against targets within Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Shortly after Trump’s statement, UK Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement saying she had “authorized British armed forces to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use.” A statement released Friday by French President Emmanuel Macron said a “red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed. So, I ordered…

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This one photo tells you all you need to know about Syria

(CNN)Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one of Putin’s many luxury watches peeking out from under his shirt, this one perhaps a Blancpain $10,000 piece, one that is often spotted on his wrist, according to activists. Still, the dynamics of the hug are clear. Putin looks like 17 years in power have taken their toll, but he is grinning, and not “mired in the quagmire of…

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Calls for UN meeting as clashes continue in Jerusalem and West Bank

Jerusalem (CNN)Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces broke out again across Jerusalem and the West Bank on Saturday, with the mood tremendously intense around Jerusalem’s Old City. The man was involved in a clash in the town of el-Eizariyah near Jerusalem, the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported.

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As Iraqi troops near, ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul

Mosul, Iraq (CNN)What stands out most when you enter the Old City of Mosul is the smell. “Look, there.” A guide from Iraq’s Counter Terror Force points to the body of an ISIS militant that lies where it fell. The jihadi is blackened and bloated from days in the scorching sun. There are several more rotting corpses scattered in the rubble. This is what is left of ISIS’s prize city in Iraq — festering dead, a few hundred yards of territory, and about 200 diehard militants awaiting a final standoff.…

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Jordanian soldier charged with killing 3 US soldiers

(CNN)The government of Jordan has formally charged one of its soldiers with murder over his alleged involvement in an attack last year on a military convoy that killed three US service members, a Jordanian government official told CNN. Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/04/middleeast/jordanian-soldier-charged/index.html

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Latest al Qaeda propaganda highlights bin Laden’s son

(CNN) A new propaganda message featuring the son of Osama bin Laden could be evidence that the militant group is trying to rejuvenate its global appeal by using a new generation of the bin Laden family. In a 10-minute audio message illustrated with videos of past terrorist attacks, Hamza bin Laden is heard calling on followers to attack Jews, Americans, Westerners and even Russians, in lone-wolf-style attacks, using whatever means are easily available. “If you are able to pick up a firearm, well and good; if not, the options are…

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Egyptians respond to ISIS church bombings: ‘Your terrorism brings us together’

(CNN)Egyptians of different faiths rallied together on Sunday in defiance of ISIS, after the group claimed responsibility for two Coptic Christian church bombings hundreds of miles apart. The attacks left at least 43 dead and dozens more injured, amid grim scenes of hollowed-out churches, with body parts and blood scattered among the debris. Outraged Egyptians posted messages of solidarity with members of the embattled religious minority on social media, using a hashtag saying “your terrorism brings us together.” On Sunday night, protesters gathered outside Alexandria’s St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral…

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Young Syrian girl tweets support for strikes on base

(CNN)President Donald Trump has one very vocal supporter of his decision to launch military strikes on Syria — a 7-year-old girl. Bana Alabed, a young Syrian refugee who now lives in Turkey, tweeted out her feelings a few hours after the missile attack began. “I am a Syrian child who suffered under Bashar al Asad & Putin,” she wrote. “I welcome Donald Trump action against the killers of my people.”

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