News Headlines - 20 April 2015

Haji Bakr: Former Saddam Hussein spy is mastermind behind Isis takeover of northern Syria and push into Iraq, report claims - The Independent

Isis’s takeover of northern Syria and its intentions to overrun Iraq were masterminded by a man named Haji Bakr, a former intelligence officer for Saddam Hussein, it has been claimed.

US, Philippines Start Combat Drills Amid China Reclamations - ABC News

More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat readiness exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamations by China in disputed South China Sea territories.

Japan, U.S. report progress on trade talks, though Tokyo stands tough on rice | Reuters

Japan and the United States reported progress in top-level trade talks on Sunday that could pave the way for a broader trans-Pacific trade deal, although Tokyo cautioned that a bilateral accord was unlikely in time for a summit next week.

Members of Neo-Fascist Golden Dawn Party in Greece Appear Briefly in Court - NYTimes.com

In Greece’s most high-profile political trial in decades, members of the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn appeared in a Greek court for a brief hearing as their trial opened Monday on charges including membership in a criminal organization and murder.

Pupil With 'Crossbow' Kills Teacher In Spain

A pupil reportedly armed with a crossbow he fashioned out of ballpoint pens has allegedly killed a teacher and injured at least three others at a high school in Barcelona.








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