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Trump Wins Nevada, Nepal Plane Crash, Mars Barred

Trump Wins Nevada, Nepal Plane Crash, Mars Barred


Donald Trump has won the Nevada caucus with a comfortable margin (45.9% of the votes) over his nearest Republican rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, according to results reported this morning by The Washington Post. This third consecutive win by the American billionaire, after victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina, cements his lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Marco Rubio finished second with 23.8% of votes, followed by Ted Cruz with 21.5% of votes. "We're winning, winning, winning the country, and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning," Trump said in his victory speech, in which he also expressed his love for the "poorly educated," as CNN reports.


President Barack Obama revealed a blueprint yesterday to close the controversial Guantanamo prison in Cuba and urged lawmakers to support it, The Washington Post reports. "This is about closing a chapter in our history," he said from the White House. The plan will move as many as 60 prisoners to prisons on U.S. soil. This was immediately condemned by lawmakers. Arizona Senator John McCain described the plan as "a vague menu of options, not a credible plan for closing Guantanamo, let alone a coherent policy to deal with future terrorist detainees."


A plane crash in western Nepal early this morning has killed all 23 people on board, The Himalayan Times reports. The twin-engined plane, operated by Tara Air, was travelling from the town of Pokhara to Jomsom. The control tower lost contact with the aircraft shortly after taking off. Most of the victims were Nepali, but a Chinese woman and a Kuwaiti man were also among the 20 passengers on the flight along with the three crew members.


U.S. health authorities announced yesterday they were investigating 14 new cases of the Zika virus that were possibly sexually transmitted, The New York Times reports. The reports concern women, some pregnant, who have not travelled to Latin America, where the virus has largely spreaded, but whose male partners have. Scientists say sexual transmission of the Zika virus is extremely rare, but if these cases are confirmed, this mass outbreak could be even more serious than previously thought.


"That day, I thought: "Even the Good Lord has abandoned me"," the soon-to-be former president of FIFA Sepp Blatter told the French sports daily Sepp-blatter-ce-jour-la-je-me-suis-dit-meme-le-bon-dieu-m-a-abandonne">L'Equipe in an interview published today, referring to May 27, 2015. That day, Swiss police, cooperating with the FBI, raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested seven top FIFA executives, eventually leading to Blatter's suspension. In the interview, which was published ahead of Friday's election of the new president of FIFA, Blatter also tackles the former head of UEFA and would-be successor Michel Platini, who, along with the 79-year-old Swiss, was banned from any FIFA activity for eight years. "He's always been a spoiled child," Blatter said. "People have carried him, he's never had to fight."


With 51% voting against a referendum to change the constitution, Bolivian President Evo Morales has been blocked from seeking a fourth term in office in 2019. Read more in our Extra! feature.


From Iran to Cuba, time for today's 57-second shot of history.


  • The Italian navy said it rescued at least 731 migrants on six boats and found four bodies yesterday off the Libyan coast, the daily La Repubblica reports. More than 6,700 people have arrived in Italy via Libya since the beginning of the year.
  • Meanwhile, a senior French official has confirmed to Le Monde that France is running covert operations on Libyan soil. Read more about it here, Exclusive: France's Clandestine "Precursor" Operations In Libya.


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Millions of people around the world will have to do without "fun-size" Mars bars, Snickers, Milky Ways and Celebrations for a short while, after a German consumer found a small piece of red plastic in one of the products. In a statement , the company said it was recalling such products in 55 countries. The measure luckily doesn't concern regular-sized chocolate bars.


The consequences can be catastrophic when cyber criminals blackmail hospitals. Experts are warning hospitals that they're not doing enough to protect their patients' data, Die Welt reports: "These incidents give rise to fear of a particular kind, cyber threats worthy of a science fiction drama: the evil pharmaceutical company that steals patients' data for their own benefit; the faceless criminals that steal data of famous patients to blackmail them for millions; the hackers able to turn respiratory or anaesthetic machines off via remotely controlled programs. ‘Data protection is not present in many of our hospitals,' says Karl Lauterbach, spokesperson for health policies of Germany's Social Democratic party. ‘It is actually surprising that nothing major has happened yet.'"

Read the full article, Cyber Attacks On Hospitals, A New Kind Of Deadly Virus.



A London rail line is set to be renamed the "Elizabeth Line." For Elizabeth Line, who works for a publisher in New York, it was a nice surprise to see herself trending on Twitter. Perhaps the Queen should to turn to Snapchat.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Settlers, Prisoners, Resistance: How Israeli Occupation Ties Gaza To The West Bank

The fate of the West Bank is inevitably linked to the conflict in Gaza; and indeed Israeli crackdowns and settler expansion and violence in the West Bank is a sign of an explicit strategy.

Settlers, Prisoners, Resistance: How Israeli Occupation Ties Gaza To The West Bank

Israeli soldiers take their positions during a military operation in the Balata refugee camp, West Bank.

Riham Al Maqdama


CAIRO — Since “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” began on October 7, the question has been asked: What will happen in the West Bank?

A review of Israel’s positions and rhetoric since 1967 has always referred to the Gaza Strip as a “problem,” while the West Bank was the “opportunity,” so that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision to withdraw Israeli settlements from Gaza in 2005 was even referred to as an attempt to invest state resources in Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank.

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This separation between Gaza and the West Bank in the military and political doctrine of the occupation creates major challenges, repercussions of which have intensified over the last three years.

Settlement expansion in the West Bank and the continued restrictions of the occupation there constitute the “land” and Gaza is the “siege” of the challenge Palestinians face. The opposition to the West Bank expansion is inseparable from the resistance in Gaza, including those who are in Israeli prisons, and some who have turned to take up arms through new resistance groups.

“What happened in Gaza is never separated from the West Bank, but is related to it in cause and effect,” said Ahmed Azem, professor of international relations at Qatar University. “The name of the October 7 operation is the Al-Aqsa Flood, referring to what is happening in Jerusalem, which is part of the West Bank.”

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