World Today: 2015-04-27 Monday

Nepal:  Earthquake toll over 3,000. Reuters:  ‘Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water.

Israel:  IAF eliminates four terrorists on Golan border.  Debka:  ‘An air strike hit the four terrorists after they planted the bomb on the Israeli side and crossed back into Syria.’

USA:  Baltimore mayor says outside provocateurs started violence.  Reuters:  ‘A day after thousands of demonstrators marched through the city demanding justice in the investigation into the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the lawlessness that erupted on Saturday.’  “Last night we saw a small group of agitators turning what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration into violent disruptions,” the mayor told a news conference.

Israeli Strike Aimed to Stop Attack on Golan Targets


An attack allegedly carried out by Israeli fighter jets against targets in Syria over the weekend was aimed at thwarting plans to attack strategic Israeli targets in the Golan Heights, Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida reported on Sunday, citing a Western diplomatic source.

The attack took place overnight Friday, targeting Syrian military bases housing long-range missiles, according to a previous report by Al-Jazeera. …

World Today: 2015-04-26 Sunday

Nepal:  Earthquake kills more than 1800. Nepal ramped up efforts on Sunday to rescue people trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,832, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.’

Iraq / Jordan:  Daesh car bombs hit border post, kill four.  ‘Three suicide car bombs exploded at a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan on Saturday, killing four soldiers, a witness and an Iraqi border police source said, in an attack claimed shortly afterwards by Islamic State. …’

Iraq:  Daesh captures base, dam in Thar Thar.  ‘The Islamic State seized control of a dam and overran a military barracks in the Thar Thar area in western Iraq over the past several days. Over 120 Iraqi soldiers and a senior general were killed during the Islamic State offensive.’

Israel:  Vehicular attack in eastern Jerusalem injures three.  According to police, “A Skoda car drove from the direction of the Mount of Olives cemetery to the Mukased Hospital. At the Salman al-Farsi junction it drove onto the pavement and hit three policemen. Shots were fired at the car, that kept on driving down Salman al-Farsi. The area was combed and the car that struck the policemen was located. The search continues for the terrorist.”  This follows Saturday’s stabbing attack in Hevron.

Russia / USA:  Hackers viewed Obama’s unclassified emails – NYT.  ‘Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama’s unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials.’  The article added that the President’s email account itself was not breached, and that the compromised messages may have included ‘email exchanges with diplomats, exchanges about personnel moves and legislation, presidential schedules and discussion about policy.