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“Let the Headlines Speak”
by From the Internet   
April 17th, 2016

Syria's Aleppo hit by government air strikes and rebel rockets
Government air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as rockets fired by insurgents pounded neighborhoods under state control, part of escalating violence in northern Syria that has undermined a truce agreement.  

Merkel Criticized, Lauded For Allowing Comic's Prosecution
Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow the possible prosecution of a TV comic for writing an intentionally offensive poem about Turkey's president prompted mixed reactions in Germany on Saturday.  

Five dead, five in hospital after Argentine electronic music festival
Five people died and another five were hospitalized in critical condition on Saturday in Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires after attending an electronic music festival where authorities suspect they consumed illegal drugs. Initial toxicological results showed the victims had consumed the psychoactive drug commonly known as ecstasy, hospital sources told local daily Clarin.  

Thousands of troops on Paris streets but are they France's new Maginot line?
On the cobbled alleyways of Montmartre, as a busker warbled La Vie en Rose and street artists painted watercolours of the view over Paris, Master Corporal Jean-Claude had been up since dawn leading a platoon of soldiers on patrol in full camouflage and flak jackets with fingers resting lightly near the triggers of their assault rifles.  

What Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott? A-List Stars Set for Weekend Fundraiser at Venue
The boycott of one of the industry's most favored locations — the famed Beverly Hills Hotel aka the Pink Palace — lost steam months ago, but one piece of the hotel's profitable pie has been slow to return. That is the entertainment industry events business. No major Hollywood red carpet event has unspooled inside the Beverly Hills Hotel since 2014 when the owner, the Sultan of Brunei, passed Sharia law in his country, calling for the stoning of gays and adulterers. But that will change this weekend when social services agency Aviva Family and Children's Services hosts its AGala on Saturday night honoring Avi Lerner, a veteran financier and film producer who serves as the chairman of Millennium Films.  

Hundreds of flights canceled in Denver as blizzard hits Colorado
A powerful blizzard swept through Colorado on Saturday, dumping at least 2 feet (61 cm) of snow in some parts of the state and forcing the cancellation of most of the scheduled flights at the Denver airport, officials said. United Airlines [UALCO.UL] canceled all of its flights to and from Denver International Airport, the airport said in a statement.  

Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft
A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday.  

Strong quake hits off coast of Ecuador, tsunami waves possible - Pacific warning center
April 17 - A strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador late on Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, creating the possibility of dangerous waves along the coasts of Ecuador and Colombia.  

Saudi Arabia Threatens To Liquidate Its Treasury Holdings If Congress Probes Its Role In Sept 11 Attacks
Back in January, when the market was watching in shocked silence as oil prices were crashing to decade lows and as concerns emerged that Saudi Arabia may need to commence selling its vast, if unquantified, USD reserves, we wrote a post titled "Attention Finally Turns To Saudi Arabia's "Secret" US Treasury Holdings" where we noted something very surprising: whereas we do know that Saudi Arabia is the owner of the world's third largest USD reserves...  

Hollande: International summit best way to tackle Israeli-Palestinian conflict
French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that an international conference to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the best way to bring peace, following a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The proposed conference is a French initiative and Hollande said he hoped it would bring together countries with an interest in the conflict, within a specified time frame.  

Bernie Sanders says he met with Pope Francis.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press that he met with Pope Francis, describing the meeting as a “real honor.”  

Japan earthquake: Rescue under way after powerful tremor
Rescue efforts are under way in south-western Japan to help victims of a powerful earthquake that hit the region a day after an earlier deadly tremor. Some 20,000 troops are being deployed in the operation in Kyushu region after the magnitude-7.3 quake in the early hours of Saturday. At least 28 people have been killed and hundreds injured, media reports say.  

'Outrageous' that US college debaters were asked to defend Palestinian stabbing attacks, says ADL
The Anti-Defamation League said it was “outrageous” that a debate topic at an inter- university debating competition ...required participants to justify Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. At the US Universities Debating Championship at Morehouse College...the topics was “This House Believes that Palestinian Violence Against Israeli Civilians Is Justified.”...half of all participants to argue that perspective.  

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