(Washington, DC-AP) — Members of the U.S. military in Iraq are on high alert after a rocket attack. A single rocket landed outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad but no casualties have been reported.
The Trump administration recently ordered U.S. diplomatic personnel out of Iraq due to heightened tensions with Iran. On Twitter Sunday, Trump wrote that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”
He also warned Tehran not to threaten the U.S. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been on the rise in recent weeks. The U.S. has sent a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East over the frayed relationship.
The U.S. maintains a military force in Iraq to help Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS.
(Lansing, MI-AP) — There is a chance people who don’t often see the Northern Lights will be able to do so today or tomorrow.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says due to plasma eruptions on the sun, the aurora might be visible across parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Michigan, northern New York State and much of New England.
If they are visible, NOAA forecasters say it will happen in the early morning hours before daybreak.
(Basseterre, St. Kitts-AP) — A Greek billionaire is due in court today after police on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts sized more than a million dollars worth of marijuana from his private jet.
Alki David was arrested Friday after St. Kitts Anti-Narcotics agents searched his plane and found about five-thousand plants, seeds, and other cannabis products. Investigators believe he planned to take the weed to his Swiss medical marijuana company, which specializes in products containing CBD.
David’s family runs a commercial bottling company that’s the biggest in Europe since a merger with Coca-Cola.
(AP) – Iran says it will no longer fully comply with the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and five other nations. Today’s announcement comes one year after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a statement the Islamic Republic will no longer abide by limits on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves.
Iran says the other nations that signed the 2015 agreement – Britain, Germany, China, Russia, and France – now have 60 days to ease restrictions on its banking and oil industries. The Trump administration is currently working to block all of Iran’s oil exports.
A Kremlin spokesman told reporters today that Iran was provoked by the U.S., and said Washington’s decision to pull out of the deal last year was “unthought-out.” The spokesman said Russia wants to keep the nuclear deal alive and that its diplomats were doing all they could behind the scenes to try and save it.
(Colombo, Sri Lanka-AP) — Police in Sri Lanka say everyone involved in the deadly Easter bombings is either dead or in custody. The wave of suicide attacks targeted churches and hotels, leaving 257 people dead and hundreds wounded.
The island nation’s acting police chief said Monday that nine of the suspects were dead, seven in the initial attacks, another who blew up after his first attempt failed and a woman who killed herself to avoid capture. Dozens of people were arrested and ISIS claimed responsibility. Authorities said a stockpile of explosives planed for use in future attacks had been seized.
(UK) – After much anticipation, Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby boy. Markle hasn’t been seen since March and reportedly opted for a home birth to acquire some sort of privacy (which the media didn’t honor). Recent reports say she ended up at a local hospital though.
Husband Prince Harry confirmed the arrival outside of Windsor Palace. He said the experience “was amazing” and that both mom and baby are doing fine. The baby weighed seven-pounds, three- ounces.
The child will be seventh in line to the throne until Prince William and Duchess Kate’s children have children lol. The baby is Queen Elizabeth the Second’s eighth great-grandchild.
(Moscow-AP) – A fire on a Russian plane is leaving dozens dead. Russian investigators say at least 41 people died. The plane caught fire as it was traveling from Moscow to a city in the northern part of the country and had to turn around to make an emergency landing.
There were a total of 73 passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the incident. Images of the plane landing show huge flames and black smoke trailing it.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The U.S. is showing off its military might in a warning towards Iran. National Security Advisor John Bolton said in a statement that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East.
He says the presence of the U.S. military will send a message to the Iranian government that any attack on U.S. interests or allies “will be met with unrelenting force.” He said that while the U.S. doesn’t seek war with Iran, it’s fully prepared to respond to any attack by Iran or its proxies.
The move comes after a series of rocket strikes against Israel by forces in the Gaza Strip that are allied with Iran.
(Minneapolis, MN) – Minnesota is celebrating one of its own today after 21-year old Halima Aden, originally born in Kenyan, broke barriers by becoming the first woman to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
Known for it’s teeny weenie bikini wearing models, and on some occasions, naked models, Sports Illustrated sent a clear signal to the world with their latest edition.
Not sure if Aden is the first Muslim model to be featured in the Swimsuit edition but she is definitely the first to be featured wearing a burkini and a hijab.
This isn’t the first time Aden broke through a glass ceiling. In 2016 she became the first fully covered Muslim woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant.
She traveled back to Kenya for the shoot. She was born in a refugee camp there and it’s where she spent the first seven years of her life.
Aden will be featured in the May 8th issue.
(Washington, DC-AP) — National Security Adviser John Bolton calls the situation in Venezuela very serious and delicate. Speaking outside the White House today, Bolton said the South American country has been under an authoritarian military regime for too long.
He said any changes should be made by the people of Venezuela and not “external forces.” That was a veiled reference to Russia and Cuba, which continue to support embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
Gunshots are echoing across Caracas amid clashes between forces loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Groups of Guaido supporters can be seen near military checkpoints taking cover behind barricades and trees. Earlier, Venezuelan armored vehicles drove into crowds, running over some people. Guaido says Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate and called for the country’s military to rise up against their president.
The Trump administration backs Guaido. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the U.S. is monitoring the situation.
The U.S. strongly supports Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. Guaido has called on the Venezuelan people and the military to oust Maduro. Bolton said Maduro should step aside and allow for a peaceful transfer of power.