The US military conducted additional strikes in Yemen targeting members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terror group, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a briefing on Monday. Last week, US Air Force's strikes killed six al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen. "We conducted a strike on April 18... that was against three AQAP terrorists, and an additional strike yesterday, April 23... that strike was against eight AQAP terrorists," Davis told reporters. "Since February 28, we conducted more than 80 precision strikes against AQAP militants, infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment in Yemen."
US President Donald Trump commemorated the anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide in a statement released by the White House on Monday. Between 1915-1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire and then Turkey were killed, pressed into labor or deported on death marches. "Today, we remember and honor the memory of those who suffered during the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century," Trump stated. Trump used the term "Mads Yegern" to describe the event, an Armenian phrase also used by former President Barack Obama that translates to "great calamity."
Work is underway across the Salisbury Plain Training Area to prepare for the Service personnel returning from Germany in 2019 under the Army Basing Programme (ABP).This work has uncovered a unique network of First World War tunnels on MOD land in Larkhill, which is earmarked for over 400 new Army family homes. The development is part of wider plans to accommodate 4,000 additional Service personnel and their families who will be based on and around the Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) by 2019 under the ABP. In addition, the MOD is investing over £1.1bn in the area boosting the local economy and providing around 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers, just over 1,300 new homes for Service families and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of nearly 250 other buildings. The tunnels are part of a First World War battlefield used to train men to fight in and under the trenches of France and Belgium. The soldiers have left the mine galleries deep in the chalk but they have also left over a hundred inscriptions written by soldiers training here between 1915 and 1918. Archaeologists have been working alongside specialist engineers to investigate the underground battlefield.
Driverless cars are about to get a huge financial boost in the UK, as a group of technology companies, researchers and authorities such as Transport for London (TFL) have landed millions in funding from the government to get self-driving vehicles on Britain's roads. Oxbotica, a UK tech company which spun off the Oxford Robotics Institute, will lead an ambitious 30-month program to get fully autonomous vehicles traveling between London and Oxford. The UK public got their first extended trial of the driverless shuttlebus in March. As part of "Project Gateway", around 100 people traveled in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London.
UKIP announced plans for a policy of mandatory annual medical checks for schoolgirls in "at-risk minority" groups for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and prosecutions for parents of anyone who has undergone the procedure. As part of its "integration agenda," UKIP announced mandatory annual FGM checks for girls in schools. It wants to "implement school-based medical checks on girls at high risk of suffering FGM. These should take place annually and whenever they return from trips overseas." The party is also calling for parents of girls who are subjected to FGM, which is illegal in Britain, to face prosecution. It pledges to "make failure to report instances of FGM by someone who has knowledge that it has taken place a criminal offence itself" and for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to "operate under a presumption of prosecution any parents whose daughter has undergone FGM."