Saturday 14th April 2018

WORLD NEWS

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Syria Airstrikes - US & Allies Attack Chemical Weapons Sites

"The US, UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.

The strikes were in response to a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Explosions hit the capital, Damascus, as well as two locations near the city of Homs, the Pentagon said.

Russia's ambassador to the US responded by saying the attack on its ally "will not be left without consequences".

"The nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality," US President Donald Trump said in an address from the White House at about 21:00 local time (02:00 BST).

"The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons," he said.

The wave of strikes is the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad's government by Western powers in seven years of Syria's civil war."

Read in full - BBC NEWS

Clashes continue at Gaza-Israel border fence

"Fierce clashes have erupted again on the Gaza-Israel border, with Palestinian officials reporting hundreds of people injured.

More than 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire since the start of "Flag Friday" demonstrations two weeks ago.

Another man died this Friday, the Palestinian health ministry says.

Protesters want refugees to be allowed to return to ancestral land now in Israel.

But Israel says the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, is orchestrating the demonstrations in order to launch attacks."

Read in full - BBC NEWS

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding sacked by Ulster Rugby after rape acquittal

"Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been sacked by the Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby following a review of the recent Belfast rape trial.

The Ulster Rugby players were cleared of rape charges last month after they were accused of raping the same woman at a house party at Jackson's home.

A jury of eight men and three women found Jackson, 26, and Olding, 25, unanimously not guilty of rape after deliberating for three hours and 45 minutes after a nine-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.

All jurors also acquitted Jackson of sexual assault.

Two other men, Blane McIlroy, 26, and Rory Harrison, 25, were also unanimously acquitted of lesser charges connected to the case.

Ireland and Ulster player Craig Gilroy has also been sanctioned by the IRFU and Ulster Rugby following the review of a text message he sent to teammate Stuart Olding, which was used as evidence during the trial.

He will be unavailable for team selection until 26 April."

Read in full - The Independent

Wales News

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    Wales set new overseas medal record

    "A silver for rhythmic gymnast Laura Halford in the hoop gave Wales a 26th medal on the Gold Coast to beat their previous Commonwealth Games overseas record set in Auckland in 1990.

    Wrestler Kane Charig added another silver in the men's freestyle 65kg, while Mickey McDonagh claimed a boxing bronze.

    Sarah Wixey added another bronze in the women's trap shooting.

    Wales finished day nine on 29 medals with three more guaranteed in boxing.

    Lauren Price and Sammy Lee both won their respective boxing semi-finals to join Rosie Eccles in Saturday's finals.

    The current 2018 total of seven golds, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes surpasses the 25-medal haul in New Zealand in 1990."

    Read in full - BBC NEWS

     

    Aberystwyth student street attack: Two more men charged

    Two more men have been charged in connection with a street attack which left a student in a coma.

    Ifan Owens, 19, from Cardiff, was found unconscious in Aberystwyth's High Street in Ceredigion on 14 January. He woke from a coma on 11 February.

    Two men, aged 26 and 19, have already appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates charged with assault.

    Two further men, aged 23 and 20, have now been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

    Both have been remanded in Dyfed-Powys police custody and will appear before Swansea magistrates on Saturday.

    The 23-year-old has also been charged with possession of cannabis.

    Read in full - BBC Wales News

     

    Boost for Wales Poorest Nursery & reception pupils promised

    "A grant which aims to helps Wales' poorest pupils help achieve their potential is set to increase, the education secretary is due to promise.

    The Early Years Pupil Development Grant will increase from £600 to £700 per eligible pupil.

    Kirsty Williams will say the extra cash will benefit 15,000 pupils who are in the foundation phase.

    It comes as the Welsh Liberal Democrats hold its 2018 Spring party conference in Cardiff."

    Read in Full - BBC NEWS

     

    Wales' Woman bishop - Some won't take communion from me

    Wales' first woman bishop has spoken of her continuing battle against views that she is "different" from some within the church.

    The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids, said some men would not take communion from her.

    She told BBC Wales' The Hour programme while those who had thought a woman could not be a bishop had treated her with respect, she still faced difficulties in the role.

    The diocese has been asked to comment.

    "All those men in our diocese who don't think that women could be bishops have treated me with respect and so they accept my authority," she said.

    "But they don't accept that I am able to celebrate the sacrament so they couldn't receive communion from me or be ordained by me."

    She added: "It's hard to have a group of people in the diocese who see women as that different."

    Bishop Penberthy became the 129th Bishop of St Davids in Pembrokeshire after being consecrated at a ceremony in Cardiff in January 2017.

    She has previously spoken out about the discrimination she faced but said she could accept not everybody would be happy with her appointment.

    The decision to allow women bishops was made following a vote in 2013.

    • Bishop Penberthy will be appearing on The Hour debate on Monday 16 April at 10:40 BST on BBC1 Wales

    Read in Full - BBC Wales News

     

    Welsh Liberal Democrats vow to tackle loneliness

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds has vowed to tackle an "epidemic" of loneliness.

    Ms Dodds will lead her first spring conference on Saturday since taking the helm of the party.

    She estimated that half a million people in Wales say they are lonely, and said no-one should be forced to feel isolated.

    The Lib Dems wanted to hear ideas on how to tackle the problem, she told BBC Wales.

    Ms Dodds took over as the party's Welsh leader in 2017, after Mark Williams - the previous leader and the party's only MP in Wales - lost his seat at the 2017 general election.

    Read in Full - BBC WALES NEWS

    Female Focus

    womens news

    The Mothers who regret having children

    Most parents will acknowledge that children are hard work, but are likely to say the rewards outweigh the challenges. To feel differently is almost unspeakable, but there are women who regret having children. Three women tell the Victoria Derbyshire programme what it is like to secretly wish they had not become mothers.

    Read in full - BBC NEWS

    Ealing council’s abortion clinic “buffer zone” is a symbolic moment for women’s rights

    "Finally, recognition that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies without fear of intimidation or harassment"

    Read in full - The Pool

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