Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:18AM
US House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on March 27, 2017. © AFP
US House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on March 27, 2017. © AFP

 

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

AIPAC conference
AIPAC is seen by many as the symbol of America’s full support for a regime which is undeniably a pariah for all nations in the Middle East and many others beyond. AIPAC has played an instrumental role in influencing US politics in favor of the Israeli regime as it commits crimes against Palestinians and violates their rights on a daily basis. The US has vetoed numerous anti-Israeli resolutions at the UN Security Council, thwarting all efforts to take meaningful action to bring Israel into line with international law. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcomed joining the annual convention of pro-Israel lobby group of the United States AIPAC via a video conference. In his address to participants to the pro-zionist lobby, Netanyahu hailed bonds between Israel and the US while trying to tie western backed militancy in the middle east to Islam.


London terror attack
It was a bloody day in London. 4 people were killed and 50 others were injured in one of UK's most horrifying terrorist incidents in recent memory. According to official accounts, the attacker, who has been identified as Khalid Masood, rammed his car into a crowd in front of the Parliament building and killed 2 people there. One old man was later killed due to injuries he sustained in the attack. Khalid then jumped out of the car and stabbed a policeman to death. He was then shot dead by security guards. But who was this terrorist and what do we know about him?


Yemen marks 2nd anniversary of invasion
No signs of buckling under the heavy pressure of war. Yemenis take to the streets in their hundreds of thousands to mark the second anniversary of the Saudi-led invasion of their country. Saudi Arabia unleashed war on Yemen on March 26, 2015 with the aim of containing Ansarullah movement and reinstating former president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to power. Goals which have been elusive to date. The Saudi war has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths among Yemenis and it has drained the Saudi coffers. Another result of the war has been the proliferation of al-Qaeda offshoots and also those of Daesh Takfiris in Yemen. Meanwhile, the war has caused a humanitarian crisis which has drawn alarm from international bodies.