BREAKING: A civilian Antonov-26 with up to 39 passengers has disappeared from radar over #Cuba. Local media suggests the plane crashed and there were no survivors, but it has not been confirmed yet. #AtlasNewsUpdateCuba
#Turkey has blocked #Wikipedia for not removing content on the website that suggested the country had ties to terror groups. Turkish ministry officials said the online encyclopedia "has started acting as part of the circles who carry out a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena, rather than being cooperative in fight against terror." Under Turkish law, the government can ban online access to websites they deem threatening to national security. Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales said "Access to information is a fundamental human right." He added "Turkish people I will always stand with you to fight for this right." #AtlasNewsUpdateTurkey
The #Pentagon has identified the two #UnitedStates Army Rangers who were killed during a raid in #Afghanistan as Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23. The Pentagon is investigating whether friendly fire caused their deaths. The raid targeted Abdul Hasid, the emir of #ISIS in the country. The Pentagon said the operation killed 35 IS fighters and several leaders. 50 US #Rangers, 40 Afghan commandos, AC-130s, Apache attack helicopters, and F-16 fighter jets took part in the operation. It is unclear whether Hasid was killed or captured during the raid. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
According to BBC news, a woman has been shot and four people have been detained following anti-terrorism operations in #London and #Kent. The operations are unrelated to the earlier incident involving a suspect carrying knives near the #Parliament building. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedKingdom
One Canadian soldier is dead and three others were left injured following an accident involving an LAV at CFB Wainwright in #Alberta. The military reported that Sgt. Robert J. Dynerowicz from the Royal Canadian Dragoons was killed during a crash while training. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. #AtlasNewsUpdateCanada
#China unveiled it's first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday. Covered in flags and ceremonial banners, the ship's launch was kicked off with the smashing of a champagne bottle on its bow. The People's Liberation Party said the ship's launch marked “a major stage of progress of our country’s indigenous design and construction of aircraft carriers." Although the ships launch comes at a time of high tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would maintain a "defensive" military strategy with "no intention to engage in any kind of expansion." #AtlasNewsUpdateChina
British counter-terrorism arrested a suspect carrying knives outside of the Parliament building in #London earlier today. A European security official said the man was known to British intelligence and was possibly inspired by the #IslamicState to carry out an attack on the area. The suspect, who's name has not been released, was held on "suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism." No one was injured during the incident and authorities say there is no threat to the public. ( Niklas Halle'n) #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedKingdom
The #Trump administration has unveiled a new sweeping tax reform plan that calls for "massive" tax cuts. The plan would cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 15 percent. The income tax system will also be cut down from seven to three brackets: 10 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent. Deductions would also rise from $6,300 to $12,600 for individuals and $12,600 to $24,000 for married couples. Estate taxes and border adjustment taxes will also be slashed. #AtlasNewsUpdateUnitedStates
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned that #Canada will play "hard ball" in response to the #UnitedStates imposing a 20 percent tariff on Canadian lumber. Freelance told CNN that "When it comes to defending Canada's economic interests, we're going to play hard." The tariffs were in response to failed talks to cut Canadian tariffs on US dairy products, which are at 270 percent. As of now, White House officials are weighing in the possibility of pulling out of #NAFTA within the next few days. #AtlasNewsUpdateCanada
More than two dozen Popular Protection Units (YPG) were killed as well as #Syrian military forces by #Turkish aircraft on Monday. All of which are #US-backed #Syrian and #Kurdish soldiers. Dozens more soldiers were injured in these attacks as the #Turkish command ignored #US demands to leave the area.
• #Turkey's command later states more than 70 "terrorists were neutralized" from the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK)
• #Russian officials also voiced their distress and outrage over #Turkish aircraft in the area, as #Russian troops are stationed the same territory in northern Iraq and Syria.
• #UnitedStates officials have listed #Turkey as a country of high concern, they continue to criticize this attack.
• #Turkey's president and government receiving highly scrutiny from many countries for the highly controversial emergency powers granted to them. Many stating that this is the beginning of a dictatorship in the country. #AtlasNewsUpdateSyria
Thank you guys all for your support and patience over the past two weeks. Our admins both had trips on back to back weeks, and unfortunately I am ill, and the other admin is not back from Austria just yet. Posts will be coming out at a normal pace soon. Thanks for understanding. - T #AtlasNews
Hey guys so I'm heading back to the states tomorrow after a week of traveling in #Germany, #Austria, and #Switzerland. I have to say that #Innsbruck, Austria, was my favorite city during the trip. The food, mountain view, and culture was great. Sorry for the lack of posts because most of the locations I was at didn't have wifi and the other admin could only post when he could. Other than that I had some good conversations with locals and police officers about local issues, elections, and terrorism. I'm happy to be heading home and giving you guys news again. #AtlasNews
BREAKING: One child dead and 11 injured in classroom blast in #Dagestan#Russia. The blast was caused by a hand grenade brought in by a student. The authorities are looking into the motive of the attack, but it is suspected to be "careless handling of a lethal weapon". #AtlasNewsUpdateRussia
Centrist Emmanuel Macron leads in #FrenchElection over far right candidate Le Pen. In presidential run-off as large party candidates concede defeat.
Defeated conservative Fillon calls on supporters to vote for Macron to win against Le Pen.
Protestors rally in #Paris angered over the vote, and demanding a re-evaluation and/or turn over of the results.
More to come on the election in #France as the days progress. (Image AFP) #AtlasNewsUpdateFrance
After the successful liberation of the #Iraq city of #Mosul by a combination of allied security and military forces against the so-called Islamic State, citizens who decided to stay rather than migrate out of the besieged city which was a battleground for many months have final gotten a degree of normality.
Although utilities to the area are still hard to distribute and damaged, water, food, shelter. One thing that has returned to the families in #Mosul is schooling, after some children have been out of schools for three years. Many parents choosing no education for their children as opposed to the extremist ideology the so-called Islamic State has enforced into the curriculum. Classes on Jihad, true Islam, and Sharia Law were all taught by soldiers rather than teachers, and the few teachers who remained able to teach had to be evaluated by the militants.
Now that the city has been returned to Iraqi control, children remain excited to learn once again after years of educational neglect. Funding by the #UnitedNations and other non-governing bodies has been able to reach #Mosul.
This moment in the war is seen by many as a sign of hope, and humanity being returned to a very war torn and scared region. #AtlasNewsUpdateIraq