Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:5AM
The file photo of a missile
The file photo of a missile

These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

What if it was loaded with a nuclear bomb?

In June 2016, the US state of Florida averted what could potentially become a disaster in the US history by the skin of its teeth. Reports say a British Trident missile fired from during the testing of a submarine near the coast of Florida deviated from its intended trajectory and veered towards the US. The embarrassing error has gotten the British government and defense officials into trouble. And they have been accused of trying to keep UK lawmakers in the dark about the military failure. British Defense Minister Michael Fallon fueled anger in London as he refused to confirm reports about the malfunctioning missile.

Syria talks breakthrough

A breakthrough in the Syrian peace talks which wrapped up in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana on Tuesday. After two days of intense negotiations, the sponsors of the talks, Iran, Russia and Turkey  agreed on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in the war-torn country. This round of talks was the first meeting between representatives from militant groups and the Syrian government in nearly 6 months. This was part of Syria peace talks held in the Kazakh capital of Astana. The negotiations brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey were aimed at consolidating a shaky ceasefire that has lulled years of devastating war in Syria. Neither the ceasefire nor the peace talks included terrorist groups including Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliated al Nusra Front. The negotiations were also aimed at securing a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Imminent execution 

Bahrain is once again back on the headlines, and for the wrong reasons. Human Rights Watch says two Bahrainis face imminent execution. The two activists have been accused of taking part in a bomb in 2014 that resulted in the death of several officers. The rights body has expressed concern that Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa were forced to give confess under torture. Put otherwise, the Al Khalifah regime violated the international due process standards.