Armenian Genocide Recognition
US President Joe Biden is expected to formally recognize the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War One as an act of genocide. Biden is likely going to use the word “genocide” as part of a statement on April 24 when annual commemorations for the victims are held around the world.
Syria, Israel Attacks
A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday, triggering warning sirens near the Dimona nuclear reactor and an Israeli strike in Syria. An Israeli military spokesman said the missile did not hit the reactor.
New COVID-19 Variant
Researchers at Texas A&M University in College Station have identified a new variant of the coronavirus. The variant was discovered in a student who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 5 and experienced mild respiratory symptoms.
Iran Nuclear Deal Talks
As the Iran Nuclear Deal talks advance in Vienna, senior diplomats warned that weeks of difficult negotiations lie ahead and progress remains fragile. Sources said the Biden administration has signaled it is open to easing sanctions against critical elements of Iran’s economy.
Pakistan Hotel Explosion
At least four people have been killed and 12 injured in a powerful explosion in the parking lot of a hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. The Interior Minister said a car full of bombs exploded in the hotel.