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By Hasmik Mkrtchyan and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - The Armenian opposition leader who helped force the country's prime minister to resign called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after planned talks with the ruling Republican Party were canceled. Serzh Sarksyan, who previously served as Armenia's president for a decade, resigned as prime minister on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power. "The Republican Party is thinking about taking advantage of Serzh Sarksyan's resignation and wants to keep power," opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan said in a video appeal posted on his Facebook page after he led thousands of people on a march on Tuesday.
By Anna Mehler Paperny and Nichola Saminather TORONTO (Reuters) - The man accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people in Canada's deadliest mass killing in decades, left a "cryptic message" on social media before his attack, police said on Tuesday. Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident. One possible clue to his motive emerged on Tuesday as Facebook confirmed Minassian wrote a post before the incident that referenced an "incel rebellion." The term is shorthand used in some online message boards for "involuntary celibacy", a loose social media movement of men who blame women for their celibacy.
National Rifle Association (NRA) members have been posting videos of destroying products made by Yeti after the company cut ties with the group in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. Yeti primarily makes high-end outdoors products, including iceboxes costing between $250 to $1,300 according to the Washington Post. The company had been offering NRA members a discount on its products often used for outdoor events.
Canadian police sought a motive Tuesday for a van attack on a bustling downtown Toronto street that left at least 10 pedestrians dead. It took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event. "The actions definitely looked deliberate," Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.
The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on media reports that Russia planned to soon supply Syria with S-300 missile systems, but said a Western missile strike on Syria had soured the atmosphere in the region. Russia's daily Kommersant newspaper, citing unnamed military sources, reported earlier on Monday that Russia might start supplying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Syria in the near future.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visited China's embassy in Pyongyang to express his "bitter sorrow" after a bus crash killed dozens of Chinese tourists, state media reported early Tuesday. Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed when a bus plunged from a bridge in North Korea late Sunday, according to Chinese officials. In a rare admission of negative news from North Korea's tightly controlled propaganda network, the state-run KCNA news agency ran a report saying Kim met the Chinese ambassador early Monday and later visited crash survivors in hospital.
Donald Trump reportedly sent a jokey, handwritten note to French leader Emmanuel Macron, which read: “Yes, Emmanuel, it’s true. As the French leader arrived in Washington, the first foreign leader to be honoured by a state visit since Mr Trump became president, attention has focussed on the warm relationship between the men, apparently initially started when the two engaged in long handshake during a summit in Europe last year. After Mr Trump returned to Washington, he apparently followed up by sending the French leader press clippings about their budding relationship, sometimes annotated by Mr Trump’s handwritten messages.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen that killed dozens of people, including children, and called for an investigation. Yemen's Huthi rebels have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the attack on the wedding in northern Hajjah province late Sunday. Guterres "strongly condemns the airstrikes on a wedding party in Hajjah and on civilian vehicles in Taez, where at least 50 civilians, including children, were reportedly killed and scores of others injured," said a UN statement.
Police in Peru were last night preparing a series of arrests over the lynching of a Canadian man accused by villagers of murdering an 81-year-old medicine woman. Sebastian Woodruffe’s body was found in a shallow grave on Saturday in a remote village in the Amazonian region of Ucayali. The 41-year-old had been accused by locals of the murder of Olivia Arevalo, a traditional healer of the Shipibo-Conibo tribe. She was shot twice and died on Thursday near her home, said Ricardo Palma Jimenez, the head of a group of prosecutors in Ucayali. Arevalo had been working with traditional plant medicine since the age of 15, and came from a long line of healers, according to the Temple of the Way of Light centre, where she worked. The centre published a YouTube video that shows her singing one of her curing songs. Ricardo Franco, Arevalo’s nephew, described her to a Peruvian TV station as “the mother that protects the Earth in the jungle”. He said she was “the most beloved woman” in the tribe. Woodruffe was believed to have been one of her clients, and some reports on social media suggested that she was killed for refusing to perform an ayahuasca ceremony – a hallucinogenic spiritual ritual increasingly popular with Westerners. Other reports indicated a row over debts. Arevalo’s sons disputed both versions, however, saying that she had stopped performing ayahuasca ceremonies due to her health. Sebastian Woodroffe was found buried. Villagers in remote parts of Peru often punish suspects according to local customs and without the involvement of authorities Locals told an indigenous news outlet that witnesses saw Woodroffe shoot Arevalo multiple times after she sang an ikaro, or curing song. He then fled, local residents alleged, prompting Arevalo’s family members to post a “wanted” bulletin online and on Facebook, showing Woodroffe’s photo, identifying him by name and nationality, and offering a reward. Distressing mobile phone footage, shared on social media, showed the attack on Woodruffe. He is seen in the film groaning in a puddle near a thatched-roof structure, as another man puts a rope around his neck and drags him, with others looking on. Mr Jimenez said the footage was being studied, and Peru’s ministry of the interior said in a statement issued on Monday that they were close to making arrests in the case. “The prosecutor is concluding his file soliciting the preliminary arrest of the person seen in the video,” a ministry source told Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. Canada's foreign ministry said they were investigating. "Canada extends its deepest condolences following the reported assassination of Olivia Arévalo Lomas, an Indigenous elder and human rights defender," said Global Affairs Canada, which manages Canadian foreign relations, in a statement. "We are also aware that a Canadian was killed in a related incident. Consular services are being provided to the family of the Canadian." Woodruffe, who is the father of a nine-year-old boy, grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. His friend Yarrow Willard told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Woodroffe worked odd jobs in recent years and did some professional diving. Woodroffe said in a YouTube video in 2013 that he decided to leave his job and leave his home in Canada to study plant medicine in Peru. A relative’s battle with alcoholism had inspired him to “fix the family’s spirit” and pursue a career as an addictions counsellor, he said. Woodroffe began raising money for an apprenticeship with traditional healers in the Amazon, writing on his fundraising page that he felt a responsibility to “support this culture and retain some of their treasure in me and my family, and share it with those that wish to learn.” But Mr Willard said Woodroffe had become more distant after trying ayahuasca in Peru in 2016, and came back “troubled” from his retreats there. He described Woodroffe as a person “who likes to poke, and likes to test the boundaries of people’s beliefs, but is very much a gentle person underneath all that.” He found it hard to believe that his friend would ever be involved in a violent crime. “He had a beautiful spark to him that people respected and loved.” He added: “This man has never had a gun or talked about anything along that line,” suggesting that Woodroffe may have become a scapegoat for Arevalo’s murder. Arevalo's murder prompted outrage in Peru following other unsolved murders of indigenous activists who had repeatedly faced death threats related to efforts to keep illegal loggers and oil palm growers off native lands. Policing is scant over much of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon and villagers in far-flung provinces often punish suspected criminals according to local customs and without the involvement of state police and prosecutors. “We’ve just been in shock,” said Mr Willard. “It just felt like a scam because there is no way this person is capable of that.” Woodroffe becomes the second Westerner to die at a Peruvian retreat. In December 2015 Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens, 29, killed 25-year-old Briton Unais Gomes after Gomes tried to stab him at a ceremony involving the hallucinogens. Mr Freeman Stevens' actions were ruled self defence and he returned home to Canada. Mr Jimenez said that an autopsy showed Woodroffe died of strangulation, after receiving several blows to his body. "We will not rest until both murders, of the indigenous woman as well as the Canadian man, are solved," he said. “We want the people of the Amazon to know that there is justice, but not justice by their own hands.” A Peruvian vice minister visited the community at the weekend to reassure locals that they would find the truth behind both murders. But the villagers were sceptical. “There is justice for those with money,” one local resident, Alder Rengifo Torres, told TV Peru. Another local woman was captured on Peruvian television telling the minister: “A foreigner can come and kill us, day after day, like dogs or cats, and nothing happens. The state does nothing.” A Peruvian ombudsman wrote tweets condemning the killing of Arevalo, “a promoter of the cultural rights of the Shipibo-Conibo indigenous people.” He urged the government to protect indigenous people “in the face of an increase in illicit activities that put their lives at risk.” But the ombudsman’s office also expressed its “resounding rejection of the lynching and murder of the alleged perpetrator” of Arevalo’s killing, adding: “We ask the authorities for an in-depth investigation."
Esther Roberts stands in her friend’s field in Somers, Wis., which sits directly across the road from the massive Foxconn development site in Pleasant Prarie, WIs. At the moment when Esther Roberts decided to run for elected office, she was standing far from her home in Somers, Wisc., amid a sea of pink hats at the March for Women in Washington, D.C., in January 2017. Roberts is typical of the thousands of women who have entered the political arena in the past 18 months in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
The Pentagon is casting doubt on the effectiveness of Russian-made air defense systems. The Pentagon’s move appears to be aimed at deterring Turkey from purchasing the Russian-made S-400. Until the Pentagon’s April 19 press briefing, the Defense Department would routinely scaremonger how the S-400 would effectively turn an area into an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) bubble.
Seoul police on Monday launched a probe into whether the wife of Korean Air's chairman illegally abused employees -- the latest accusation against a powerful, wealthy family with members known for their tantrums. The hot-tempered clan landed in hot water earlier this month after chairman Cho Yang-ho's second daughter was accused of throwing water into an advertising agency manager's face in a fit of rage during a business meeting. The incident was dubbed "nut rage", prompting the sister's case to be described as "water rage".
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported. "We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counter productive to try to reduce to zero years of international work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran," TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China's top diplomat, in Beijing. ...