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Eric Black Jr. bonds out after being charged with capital murder in shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

Eric Black Jr. bonds out after being charged with capital murder in shooting of 7-year-old Jazmine BarnesEric Black Jr. is back on the street after posting bond on a capital murder charge in the shooting of the 7-year-old Houston girl.



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Fear and frustration in Iran's capital after aborted US attack

Fear and frustration in Iran's capital after aborted US attackFear of a potential war and frustration over biting sanctions are high in Iran’s capital, after a last-minute decision by the US to pull back from attacking the Islamic Republic. On the surface, it was business as usual on Saturday in Tehran’s bustling Karim Khan street, a hub for printing parts and materials. “We still don’t know what’s going to happen,” said print shop manager Mehrad Farzanegan, less than 48 hours after Washington aborted a military operation against three Iranian targets in response to the Islamic Republic shooting down an unmanned US drone.



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Blast in town east of Sri Lankan capital, no casualties

Blast in town east of Sri Lankan capital, no casualtiesAn explosion occurred in a town east of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Thursday but there were no casualties, a police spokesman said. Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said police were investigating the blast on empty land behind the magistrate’s court in Pugoda, 40 km (25 miles). “There was an explosion behind the court, we are investigating,” he said, adding it was not a controlled explosion like other blasts in recent days.



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Haftar forces press offensive on Libyan capital

Haftar forces press offensive on Libyan capitalForces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, galvanised by victories in its eastern stronghold and in the country’s desert south, announced an offensive early this month to seize the capital from the UN-recognised administration of Fayez al-Sarraj. The bloodshed has derailed efforts to bring peace to a country where jihadists and people smugglers have exploited the chaos unleashed by the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.



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US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capitalBENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli and clashed with rival militias.



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Pro-Haftar forces pushed back near Libya capital: security source

Pro-Haftar forces pushed back near Libya capital: security sourceForces loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar were pushed back Friday from a key checkpoint less than 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Tripoli, checking their lightning advance on the capital, a security source said. Militiamen from the coastal town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, retook the base after a “short exchange of fire”, the source said on condition of anonymity. The advance by Haftar’s forces on Thursday, which came as the United Nations prepares to convene a conference later this month on holding delayed elections, prompted visiting UN chief Antonio Guterres to voice his “deep concern”.



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A New Strongman Marches on the Libyan Capital

A New Strongman Marches on the Libyan CapitalAbdullah Doma/GettyROME–The orders in Libya are clear: “Don’t shoot civilians if they are waving a white flag.” But what’s not clear is whether Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar’s rogue Libyan National Army will listen as it advances toward Tripoli, guns blazing. The militia army, which is known to have some ISIS fighters in its ranks, has taken the town of Gharyan, about 50 miles from Tripoli, and is moving west toward the Libyan capital.“We hear your call, Tripoli,” Haftar told his militiamen, according to propaganda tapes of a speech released on social media and reported by the Libya Observer. “It is now the time for the great victory. March forward.”In a long video meant to rally the troops, Haftar is heard saying, “Today, you heroes, enter Tripoli conquerors with peace, using peace with those who raise no arms against you, and using war against those who do.” The escalation comes after weeks of military buildup by Haftar, who controls much of eastern Libya from his base in Benghazi with the support of Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. (In the recent past, France has supported him; in the distant past, he allegedly had ties to the CIA while living in Virginia).Haftar’s rule in parts of Libya is in direct defiance of a U.N.-backed government led by the country’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, which is supported by the United States, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar. The country has been in a civil war since the NATO-led defeat of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and has become a hotbed for people-smuggling of migrants into Europe by various militia groups. There are known ISIS strongholds in the area, although many were rooted out in 2018. As The Daily Beast reported, several pockets remain and continue to fight for control of the country’s considerable oil assets.Italy has considerable infrastructure investments in Libya thanks to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was Gaddafi’s best friend in Europe. Italy is an official supporter of the U.N.-backed al-Sarraj, but the current leadership in Rome has tried to forge a truce between Haftar and the Tripoli government. Italy held a Libyan peace summit last November in Palermo that Haftar pulled out of at the last minute and Italy’s leaders have made deals on migration with Haftar’s militias who control the smuggling rings. Leaders from 20 countries participated, but no solution was agreed on. Haftar’s Libyan National Army posted on Facebook that attempts at diplomacy are over. Their intent is to move “to the western region to cleanse it of the remaining terrorist groups.” Al-Sarraj has responded with his own show of force, readying his own military to prepare airstrikes should Haftar’s troops get too close. He put his own troops in his stronghold of Misrata on alert, making sure they are ready to fight Haftar’s army and “stop the cursed advance,” according to a statement on Libyan news sources. “We have issued instructions and declared a general alert to all military and security forces from military and army belonging to us to be prepared,” al-Sarraj said, according to local news reports.The latest saber-rattling comes as U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres is in Tripoli to set the groundwork for what was supposed to be a peacebuilding conference on April 14, meant to pave the way for new elections in the troubled nation. Guterres tweeted, “I am deeply concerned by the military movement taking place in Libya and the risk of confrontation. There is no military solution. Only intra-Libyan dialogue can solve Libyan problems. I call for calm and restraint as I prepare to meet the Libyan leaders in the country.”The European Union, which has poured money into the U.N.-backed government to bolster the coast guard and pay off the smugglers to stem the flow of migrants to southern Europe, has done little to ensure democracy in the troubled nation. No one has wanted to get directly involved. On Thursday the EU called for calm as tensions brewed, clearly concerned that whatever happens next is as much its fault as its problem. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Turkish president suffers series of setbacks as his party loses grip of capital

Turkish president suffers series of setbacks as his party loses grip of capitalRecep Tayyip Erdogan said his ruling party would make up for its "shortcomings” after Turkish voters handed it a series of stinging local election defeats amid widespread frustration over the economy. The Turkish president’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost control of the mayorship of Ankara for the first time in 25 years and preliminary figures appeared to show they had also lost the mayor’s race in Istanbul. The results are arguably the worst showing for the AKP since it first came to power in 2003 and prompted victory celebrations among the Turkish opposition.  Mr Erdogan, who has held power for 15 years and presided over a crackdown on the free media and political opponents, campaigned relentlessly and described the local elections as “a matter of survival” for the country.  However, it was not enough to overcome public anger over the economy, which is currently in recession and has been dogged by a weakened currency that has damaged businesses and hurt families’ finances.    Mr Erdogan appeared to cede the Istanbul vote Credit: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Speaking in Ankara, Mr Erdogan appeared somewhat chastened by the voters’ rebuke of his party. "If there are any shortcomings, it is our duty to correct them,” he said. “Starting tomorrow morning, we will begin our work to identify our shortcomings and make up for them." Turkish officials said the president may reshuffle his cabinet ministers as a way of signalling to both voters and the markets that he understood their frustration.   Mr Erdogan nonetheless claimed victory on the grounds that the AKP and its nationalist allies had still won more than 50 per cent of the vote nationwide.  AKP officials also said they planned to dispute the results in both Ankara and Istanbul, where their secular rivals, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), had claimed victory.  The AKP candidate in Istanbul, Binali Yildrim, was trailing by 25,000 votes out of around 10 million total votes cast and refused to conceded.  Mr Erdogan was elected mayor of Istanbul in 1994 and his allies have held the post ever since, meaning defeat there would be a blow to the president’s personal legacy.  The gap was larger in Ankara, where the AKP candidate appeared to have lost 51 per cent to 47 per cent to a CHP challenger. The AKP said it planned to challenge the results there also. "The people have voted in favour of democracy, they have chosen democracy," said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the CHP.  Rusen Cakir, a prominent Turkish commentator, said the results were as important as those in 1994, when Mr Erdogan first became mayor of Istanbul. “It is is a declaration that a page that was opened 25 years ago is being turned,” he said.  The results do not affect Mr Erdogan’s grip on the presidency nor his control of parliament, where the AKP retains control through an agreement with a smaller nationalist party.   However, mayors have significant powers in Turkey and the CHP victories are likely to mean significant changes in how the country’s largest cities are run.    Turkey has no scheduled elections for the next four years so it may be difficult for the opposition to turn its local election victories into broader political momentum.  A team of election observers from the Council of Europe said it was “not fully convinced that Turkey currently has the free and fair electoral environment which is necessary for genuinely democratic elections”.  Turkey’s media is overwhelmingly loyal to Mr Erdogan and his political opponents have faced arrest and harassment by state authorities as they tried to challenge the AKP. While Mr Erdogan took deliberately pragmatic positions during his first years in office, he has become more hardline over time, developing a political brand based on a combination of Islamism, authoritarian nationalism, and economic populism.  He has moved aggressively to stamp out dissent in the three years since a failed coup against him in 2016. However, the CHP and other opposition parties retain large memberships and the infrastructure to fight elections.



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Romania, Honduras recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Romania, Honduras recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitalJERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of Romania and Honduras on Sunday announced that they will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, following the lead of President Donald Trump.



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Jet slides off taxiway near Cincinnati, nation's capital under siege as winter storm roars east

Jet slides off taxiway near Cincinnati, nation's capital under siege as winter storm roars eastA jet slid off a taxiway in Cincinnati and power outages climbed in North Carolina as a deadly winter storm roared east.



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