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News Briefs: Israelis says chemical weapons used in Syria

New Aldi grocery store to open in townNews briefs

 GALESBURG –A new Aldi grocery store will soon come to Galesburg after the city’s Zoning and Planning Commission approved the construction of a store on North Seminary Street, across from Buffalo Wild Wings. Aldi was granted waivers on several zoning requirements, including a reduction in the amount of required landscaping and on the location of parking. There is speculation that this means that the current location on Henderson and Main will be closed, although the company has not yet announced plans to do so. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

 AP Twitter hoax spooks Wall Street

NEW YORK — The Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked and used to send a false tweet reporting that President Obama had been injured in an attack on the White House. The tweet triggered panic on Wall Street, where almost $200 billion of market value was lost before the AP clarified that it had been hacked. The market later recovered. The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group with ties to the Assad regime, claimed responsibility. Previous targets of the group include CBS’s “60 Minutes” and the BBC’s weather service. (Source: The USA Today)

 Israelis say chemical weapons used in Syria

TEL AVIV –srael’s head of military intelligence announced that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against rebels according to intelligence sources. Brig. Gen. Itai Brun specifically cited a March 19 attack where victims showed symptoms that correlate with the use of sarin. American officials in the past have cited the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” that would prompt armed intervention into the country’s civil war. The Syrian government has never officially confirmed that it possesses such weapons. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

 French embassy bombed in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, LIBYA — A car bomb detonated outside the French Embassy in Libya injured two and presented a new setback for a government still trying to demonstrate it can maintain security in the country after the murder of the American ambassador last year. No one has claimed responsibility, although many suspect Islamist militants angered by French military aid to Mali in suppressing an Islamist insurgency. The country has also seen attacks on British and Italian diplomats in the past year, although this is the first attack on diplomatic personnel to occur in the country’s capital. (Source: The New York Times)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.




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