Iran Downs Three Drones Amid Speculation Israeli Missile Attack

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:58am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Iran's air defenses intercepted three small drones over Isfahan, as reports surfaced of a possible Israeli missile strike, though Israel has not officially commented. Flights were suspended briefly, but airspace reopened without casualties. Iranian media downplayed the incident, emphasizing the military base targeted belonged to the army, not the Revolutionary Guards. Analysts speculate the drones were launched domestically. The incident underscores tensions between Iran and Israel, with the potential for escalation amidst ongoing geopolitical maneuvers.

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Iran Shoots Down Several Drones, US Officials Suspect Israel

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:20am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Iran activated its air defense system amidst reports of Israeli missile and drone strikes, escalating tensions. An explosion near Isfahan raised alarms, home to Iranian nuclear facilities. While Iran confirmed drone interceptions, no missile attacks were reported. Israel's military remained silent. Tehran's airport closed, flights diverted, as fears of wider conflict loom. This follows Iran's weekend missile barrage on Israel and an attack on its consulate in Damascus, attributed to Israel. The situation underscores the volatile Iran-Israel relationship, sparking concerns of further escalation in the region.

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Israeli Missile Strikes Iran, Heightening Middle East Tensions: Reports

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 03:13am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday International

Amid escalating tensions, an Israeli missile reportedly struck Iran, according to US officials. Explosions were heard near Isfahan airport, with unconfirmed strikes in Iraq and Syria. Iran activated air defense systems nationwide, while flights were suspended over major cities. The attack follows Iran's recent assault on Israel with over 300 missiles and drones. Iran's Foreign Minister warned of an immediate response to Israeli retaliation. The conflict stems from an April 1 Israeli strike on an Iranian embassy in Syria. As tensions mount, the region braces for potential escalation.           

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US, UK Hit Iran's Military Drone Program with Massive Sanctions

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:08pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

In response to Iran's direct attack on Israel, the US and UK imposed heavy sanctions on Iran's military drone program. Washington targets individuals and entities aiding Iran's UAV production, while London aims at several Iranian military bodies involved in UAV and ballistic missile industries. The attack, launched late Saturday, saw over 300 drones and missiles, mostly intercepted by Israel and allies. Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu asserts the right to self-defense. US Treasury Secretary Yellen vows further actions against Iran's malign activities. Additionally, the US sanctions five companies supporting Iran's steel industry, aiming to disrupt significant revenue sources.

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Kenya Military Chief Dies in Helicopter Crash

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:52pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

Kenya's military chief, Gen Francis Omondi Ogolla, dies in a helicopter crash in the west of the country. President Ruto declares three days of mourning. Nine senior military officers also killed, two survivors critical. The Kenya Air Force initiates an investigation into the accident. Gen Ogolla, appointed last year, praised as a dedicated officer. The tragic incident happened during a mission to reopen schools in the North Rift region plagued by banditry. Flags to fly at half-mast in honor of the fallen.

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Dubai Airport Reopens After Heavy Rain Havoc

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 02:45pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

Following severe rainstorms in the UAE, Dubai International Airport has partially resumed operations after heavy flooding. Despite efforts to accommodate inbound flights, outbound departures remain delayed. Twenty deaths have been reported in Oman and one in the UAE due to flash floods. Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, praised the nation's resilience amidst the crisis. Infrastructure assessments are underway, with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordering support for affected families. Despite ongoing challenges, authorities warn of further thunderstorms and advise caution. Efforts continue to clear flooded roads and support stranded passengers.

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Germany Arrests Two for Alleged Plot to Attack Military Bases on Behalf of Russia

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:46am on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

German prosecutors detain two German-Russian nationals for plotting sabotage attacks, targeting US military facilities to weaken support for Ukraine. One suspect, Dieter S, allegedly collaborated with Russian secret service since October 2023, planning bomb and arson attacks, including on Grafenwöhr army base. The actions aimed to undermine German military assistance to Ukraine against Russian aggression. Authorities conducted searches at suspects' residences and workplaces. The Russian embassy in Berlin has yet to comment on the matter. The arrests highlight concerns over foreign interference and underscore Germany's commitment to countering threats to international security.

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Biden Claims His Uncle Eaten by Cannibals in WWII

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:57am on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

President Joe Biden recounted his uncle's fate, alleging his plane was shot down over New Guinea amidst cannibals during World War II. Ambrose Finnegan's body was never recovered, per the Pentagon. Biden, visiting a war memorial in Scranton, Pennsylvania, honored Finnegan. The plane, ditched in the ocean, resulted in three fatalities, with one survivor rescued. Biden criticized former President Trump's alleged remarks on fallen troops. Trump refuted claims of calling them "suckers" and "losers." Biden emotionally referenced his son Beau, a deceased Army veteran. Trump denied making the cited comments, attributed to The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.            

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Google Fires 28 Workers Protesting Israeli Contract, Issues Warning

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:49am on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

Google terminated 28 employees for participating in sit-in protests against the company's cloud project with the Israeli government. The protests, involving nine arrests, occurred in New York and California. Chris Rackow, Google's head of security, condemned the behavior as disruptive and threatening, emphasizing a zero-tolerance policy. The terminated employees had their access to systems revoked. The protests targeted Google's $1.2 billion contract, demanding withdrawal. Rackow issued a stern warning to all employees, reaffirming adherence to company policies. The contract, known as Nimbus, was signed in 2021.

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Ukraine Prime Minister Warns of Third World War Ahead of US Congress Aid Vote

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:56am on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday International

Ukraine's Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal, warns of a potential Third World War if Ukraine loses its conflict with Russia, urging swift passage of a long-stalled $61bn foreign aid bill by the US Congress. The aid includes crucial support for Kyiv amidst escalating tensions. Congressional impasse has hindered Ukraine's ability to combat Russian forces, leading to battlefield retreats and mounting casualties. President Biden pledges immediate enactment of the aid package to reinforce US support. Ukraine's dependency on Western assistance highlights the urgent need for international solidarity in the face of geopolitical turmoil.

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