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While you were sleeping: 11 April 2017

By John Stupart 11 April 2017

Syrian aircraft decimated in strikes, school shooter toll includes child, and last two animals out of Mosul zoo.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

“And them that take the sword shall perish by the sword.”
The Bible, Matthew

 
 

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Strikes destroyed 20% of Syrian air force — Mattis

Pentagon chief James Mattis has said that the multiple cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase have destroyed 20% of the regime’s remaining aircraft. Talking to media on Monday, Mattis cautioned Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad that he would be  “ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons”.

 

School shooter kills two, commits suicide

Cedric Anderson, a 53-year-old ex-husband of Karen Elaine Smith, entered North Park Elementary school and shot his spouse, injuring one of her students and killing another in the crossfire. Anderson then committed suicide. The killings have sent shockwaves through San Bernardino, US.

 

United Airlines PR woes continue

United Airlines, now famous for forcing a doctor and his wife from a flight despite his need to be working in a hospital the next day, are plunging ever deeper down the poor PR whirlpool. On Sunday an unidentified man refused to leave an overbooked flight after no volunteers could be found and his name was “randomly” selected. Apparently picking the passengers who arrived last was not an option.

 

Mosul Zoo’s last residents flown to Jordan

Simba the lion and Lula the bear, the last two animals at Mosul zoo, were flown out of Iraq and placed into better care in Jordan. Both animals were discovered in February covered in filth. The rest of the private zoo’s creatures had already perished after weeks of neglect. Happily the duo will now no longer be a part of Iraq’s ongoing war.

 
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IN NUMBERS

30

The number of billions of dollars estimated by the United Nations to solve world hunger.

 

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Today in 1979 Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is overthrown.

The average American woman today weighs as much as the average American man did in the 1960s.

 

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