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According to a Syrian state media report, a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport was caused by an Israeli missile strike.

The Sana news agency said, “a fuel tank and warehouses were damaged.”

Israel mentioned that the explosion was still an act of disagreement to the smuggling of weapons done by Iran to Hezbollah.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, reported that the powerful blast was heard across the capital at dawn on Thursday and that it was believed to have happened near the main road that leads to the airport.

Pro-government Al-Mayadeen TV cited sources as saying that missiles had been fired by Israeli jets flying inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

To confirm Israeli involvement in the explosion, the Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this.”

Also, the Prime Minister has said that they will act as soon as they receive an information about an intention of transferring advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports.

Syria and Russia have a lot more to talk about strengthening their air defense and what will its impact be to the Israel, this was during the wake of the US cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air base.

Would it stop the Israeli Air Force’s freedom of action in the skies over Syria, where it has been conducting a campaign to prevent sophisticated weapons transfers to the Lebanese Shia militia group Hezbollah? Well, the attack near Damascus on Thursday answered the question. Clearly, Israel intends to continue its campaign against Hezbollah weapons shipments and one must assume that it has a tacit understanding with Moscow.

Israel is thought to have bombed arms shipments intended for Hezbollah several times since the Syrian conflict began.

On Wednesday, a high-ranking Israeli military officer briefed reporters that approximately 100 missiles intended for Hezbollah had been destroyed in the raid.

Here are suspected acts of Israel against Syria:

23 April 2017: Alleged Israeli attack on a training camp used by militia in Syria’s Golan Heights region, kills three members of the Syrian pro-government National Defense Forces, according to the group.

17 March 2017: The Israeli military says its aircraft attacked several targets in Syria and shot down a Syrian missile.

22 February 2017: Israeli aircraft reportedly bomb several Syrian air bases near Damascus, including a Hezbollah convoy travelling with the Syrian army.

12 January 2017: The Syrian government accuses Israel of firing several rockets on the Mezzeh air base from the Sea of Galilee.

30 November 2016: Israeli aircraft fire missiles on the Syrian town of Saboura, west of Damascus, according to Syrian military sources.

18 January 2015: Six Hezbollah fighters and several Iranian soldiers, including a general, die in suspected Israeli air strikes in Syria’s Golan Heights region.

19 December 2015: Suspected Israeli missiles hit Jaramana district of Damascus, killing nine Hezbollah fighters, including leading figure Samir Qantar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because of the increasing tension between US and North Korean and the deployment of the anti-missile deployment of US in South Korea, North Korea had its largest artillery exercise ever. Thousands of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets involve in the said exercise. Under the supervision of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, the exercise involved use of live fire and coordination with a large number of forces.

 

A guided missile submarine- USS Michigan arrived at the port of Busan, South Korea on the same date that they celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Amy. Though the arrival of this missile is not expected, its message is very strong to the Pyongyang.

It was remembered that US president Trump mention in his interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo earlier this month that the US was sending an “armada” with submarines to the region. President Trump said, “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.”

The Michigan is one of the four US Navy subs that began to be a ballistic missile submarine, loaded with nuclear missiles as a part of US strategic nuclear deterrent. It is also armed with tactile missiles and equipped with excellent communications capabilities. It is a 560-foot-long, 18,000-ton Michigan that will join the USS Ohio, USS Florida and USS Georgia.

 

The Michigan’s visit to Busan comes after North Korea threatened to sink the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which is beginning joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean.

 

In North Korea’s state-run newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, they said that the country is ready to illustrate its military force by sinking a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike. They also claimed that they have the capability and the weaponry that could reach continental US and Asia Pacific Region and they have the absolute weapon-nuclear hydrogen bomb.

In our world nowadays, something that is not so common and ordinary draws the attention of the crowd and makes them patronize it. In the café world, Starbucks have made its name popular that people would really spend for their products. To stay in the limelight, Starbucks continue to make unique products that would hook the people. The new Unicorn Frappuccino of Starbucks that truly got the attention of people because of its controversial name and enchanting pink-and-blue look. This new Frappuccino did not draw the attention of frappe lovers but also by the Health Department because of its too much sweetness. On Friday, it was the Stratford Health Department who announced about the new frappe’s high sugar content. They posted on their Facebook page that, “While the Unicorn Frappuccino may be pretty to look at, it’s loaded with 59 grams of sugar! That is over two times the amount of sugar recommended by the American Heart Association!” The American Heart Association recommends 25 grams of sugar daily for women and 36 grams of sugar daily is recommended for men- this is too less compared to the amount of sugar in every drink of Unicorn Frappuccino. This news shocked some fans of the Unicorn Frappuccino. In its ingredients label, it contains Frappuccino Syrup (water, sugar, salt, natural and artificial flavor, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate, citric acid); Mango Syrup (Sugar, water, mango juice concentrate, natural flavor, passion fruit juice, citric acid, potassium sorbate, turmeric, gum Arabic); Vanilla Syrup (sugar, water, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, citric acid) and Classic Syrup (sugar, water, potassium sorbate, citric acid). The calorie count is also high that for every 16 fluid-ounce, 410 calories.

 

Weeping Angel”- a 31-page user guide for CIA device code released by WikiLeaks. It is very efficient that it can turn Samsung TVs into surveillance tool with a built-in microphone that can record audios.

This said release was one of the classified documents stolen from the U.S. government agencies. Thousands of documents were taken by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who was currently living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, dared the U.S officials to come after Him. The Obama Justice Department did not give in to the dare but it is the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions who has reopened the case. He said that, “We’ve seen too many breaches and hopefully we’ll be able to strike back against those who violate our systems.”

After several investigations, the CBS News learned that FBI and the CIA believe that the crime was an inside job. The stolen materials are placed in a highly secured section of the intelligence agency and it takes two persons to access the information. Unfortunately, the security measures were not enough to stop the leaks.

With that, Michael Morrell, a former acting director of the CIA said that, “We can’t keep all the information in one place. We need to spread it out. We have to have better rules about need-to-know, and if you don’t have a need to know, you don’t get access to the information.”

Also, the CBS News Assange could be prosecuted under a number of statutes according to the former top Justice Department official. But the WikiLeaks argues with it that CBS News is like a media organization and its activities are protected by the First Amendment.

Gold bars inside the tank’s tank.

Iraqi tank sold to Nick Mead for $37k while he restoring it found gold bars.Mead owns 150 vintage military vehicles that rent out from them for film and “promotional publicity stunts, from garden parties demonstrations, of shows and practical jokes.” According to the report, he swapped an old British army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun worth £30,000 with an individual who was selling the Iraqi tank on eBay. Then, while stripping it down stumbled across five bars of bullion (and not the type you make soup with) inside the vehicle’s fuel tank. Mead thinks the gold could have been looted by Saddam’s troops from Kuwait in 1990, a Chinese-made Type 69 (itself based on the Soviet T-54), was later captured by British forces and shipped back to the UK before it could be offloaded by the Iraqi version of Sgt. Oddball.“They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars,” said Mead, who turned the bars over to police. “Even if I don’t get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank.”In 1991, Iraq returned 3,216 gold bars stolen by Saddam’s troops during the seven-month occupation of Kuwait. The emirate is still trying to locate more than 400 artifacts, many priceless, stolen from the Kuwait National Museum.

U.S allies and china are working to response of North Korea’s fail missile test; President Trump collaborate with national security on an international consensus to act.H.R McMaster was said that the U.S President was not considering a military action for the for now. It’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully,” he said on ABC’s “This Week” programme. “We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options. “He also added “There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue.” Trump now more concerned about the North Korea economic sanction to make it tough, international travel ban , prohibit oil, punish Chinese banks who continues to make business with the North Korea.Most of President Trump’s options fall into four categories: economic sanctions, covert action, diplomatic negotiations and military force.On Sunday the Korean missile have launched but immediately blew up. The US Pacific Command said.U.S Vice President Pence went to South Korea to talk about North Korea becoming more unruly for its nuclear programme.  Tensions have risen as Trump takes a hard-rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rejected advices from China and proceeded with a threatening nuclear and missile programs. Trump acknowledged on Sunday that the softer line he had taken on China’s management of its currency was linked to China’s help on the North Korea issue.”Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!” Trump said on Twitter. Trump has backed away from a campaign promise to label China in that way.But a U.S. foreign policy adviser travelling with Pence on Air Force Two sought to defuse some of the tension, saying the test of what was believed to be a medium-range missile had come as no surprise.”We had good intelligence before the launch and good intelligence after the launch,” the adviser told reporters on condition of anonymity.”It’s a failed test. It follows another failed test. So really no need to reinforce their failure. We don’t need to expend any resources against that. “The adviser said the missile’s flight lasted four or five seconds.Pence said to the American troops in South Korea “Let me assure you under President Trump’s leadership, our resolve has never been stronger. Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.”

Vegetables from Cameron highlands several types of pesticides banned from both internationally and locally. Team experts have found in the water and river system. Chemicals such DDE, edosufan and aldrina ( derivative of the dangerous DDT) found in six sampling sites initiated by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malasia. The study have started  between August and December last year they found out that the pesticides are  persistent organic pollutants, which are regulated globally by the Stockholm Convention and to which Malaysia is a signatory. More shocking was the discovery of traces of endosulfan beta — a dangerous endocrine disruptor chemical — in one of the samples taken from tap water by the UKM team, led by Prof Dr Md Pauzi Abdullah from the School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology. 36 samples were taken from six sampling sites along the Bertam and Telom rivers.

“The samples were analysed and we found some of these traces show the pesticides were used a long time ago while some point to them having been used in recent years. It is clear there is widespread presence of dangerous chemical pollutants in the water catchment area, rivers and even tap water,” he said. Md Pauzi worried the findings of the water catchment area at kuala Terla, because from there, the potable water that is for highdald was contaminated. He added “it was unbelievable that the authorities failed to protect the water catchment area by allowing proliferation of illegal farms around the catchment area.“This is very unnerving. We found contamination right at the source. I cannot understand how this was allowed to go on.“And, not to forget my team found traces of banned pesticides in the tap water. We took the sample in Berinchang.“Although the trace was miniscule and within the permitted level, I am concerned about the accumulated effect or aggregation of years of consumption on the internal body system.“The effect could take place a couple of generations later causing birth defects and infertility.”They conducted Seminar on Raising Awareness on the Impact of Pesticides on Human Health and the Environment in Cameron Highlands, a full-day event, was organised by Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH) and Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific.

A big step toward improving the country’s animal protection laws, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved an amendment to their Animal Protection Act which now bans the selling, purchasing, consumption and/or possession of dog or cat meat.

This marks the first law of its kind across all of Asia.

Taiwan once the one country’s in Asia who eats dog and cat’s meat. However, these animals are now more and more considered members of the family and not meals.

In addition to banning to consume any of these animals, the amended Animal Protection Act makes it illegal for persons in a motorized vehicle or bike to pull their pets alongside them as they travel.

Offenders face very large fines ($1600 to $8100 US) and up to two years in prison – and public humiliation – for their crimes. Their photos and names will be made public if they break the law.

Although animal welfare and advocacy is growing across Asia, Taiwan is the only country thus far to enact a ban against the slaughter of these animals for human consumption.

Dog and cat meat is not legally prohibited in mainland China, where the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is set to take place in June.

While Taiwan’s legislators have approved the ban, the amendments still need to be signed into law by the Cabinet and Presidential office.

But, because Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, is a dog lover herself, the country’s first female leader adopted three retired guide dogs to live alongside her two cats, Cookie and A-Tsai last year, approval of the law is expected as early as the end of the month.

Self-charging robots sorting system helps Chinese delivery firm finish at least 200k packages a day in the warehouse. The video, filmed at STO Express in Linyi, Shandong Province on March 5, shows the little robots sorting a large number of packages a day and are self-charging, meaning they are operational 24/7. The army of robots can sort the destination through a code-scan virtually eliminating sorting mistakes.