Here is a round-up of global news developments:
- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has voiced deep concern over the possible production of chemical weapons by Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria. OPCW Chief Ahmet Uzumcu urged the neighbors of the two countries to boost their cooperation against the Takfiris.
- The US Secretary of State has warned the Syrian government of quote-repercussions unless Damascus accepts a political transition in a few months. John Kerry also stressed that as long as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, the opposition groups will continue fighting.
- A Syrian official says Saudi Arabia and Turkey are responsible for this week’s heavy terrorist offensives and bloodshed in Aleppo. Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi has said Riyadh and Ankara gave orders to terrorist groups to intensify their attacks against Syrian civilians and the army.
- Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man over a car ramming attack in the occupied West Bank. Three Israelis were also wounded in the attack near Ramallah. Israelis have killed at least 212 people in a wave of violence against Palestinians since last October.
- Egypt’s prominent Journalists’ Union has accused President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government of waging a war on those working in the media sector. The Union also denounced what it called a decline in freedom of the press and suppression of the anti-Sisi journalists.
- In France, police have clashed with protesters marching in the city of Naant against the government’s reform bill. Riot police used tear gas to disperse demonstraters. An officer was reportedly injured and several protesters arrested during the violence.
- Polls have closed in the US primary elections in the Midwestern state of Indiana. US media projections show that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has won the primary vote in the state. Results also indicate that Bernie Sanders is in the lead in the Democratic camp.
- Thousands of Japanese people have staged nationwide rallies against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a new law which allows the country to engage in wars. The protesters believe that the law violates the constitution. Under the law, Japan can hit other countries even if it’s not under attack.