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Demonstrators protest US air strikes against Syria in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017. © AFP
Demonstrators protest US air strikes against Syria in Los Angeles on April 7, 2017. © AFP
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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

US abuse of power: killing civilians with no accountability

When the Cold War ended, the world changed from a bipolar world order to one of a hegemonic one. With this sudden power came a burst of responsibility that the US has enjoyed unchallenged for decades. However, things are changing, and the world is waking up to the brutal abuse of power as demonstrated by the United States of America. The war in Syria has seen the US abuse this power beyond reason in the unjustified and unreasonable use of force against a Syrian air base. This has been an emulation of severe abuse of power by the US in other regional states, such as Iraq, where over 200 were killed in US strikes against Mosul.
Where the US justifies such assaults on territories outside of their own as necessary actions to protect their own national security, the time has now come where other emerging powers, and the world in general, is waking up to their hideous acts of international crimes.

US Syria strikes: a distraction serving trump's troubles

Less than 3 months into Trump’s presidency, the republican billionaire who entered the White House with zero political experience, has lurched from crisis to crisis. In such a short period of time, Trump has suffered humiliating setbacks attempting to deliver on a number of his key presidential campaign promises. An opinion poll released Thursday showed the president’s approval rating hit a new low. While running for president, Trump, time and again, pledged to put America first and came down hard on the previous administrations’ policy of military intervention in other countries. Ironically, in early Friday he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian military airbase.

ETA ends armed struggle

Basque militant group ETA has effectively ended its decades-long armed  campaign to carve out an independent region between northern Spain and southwestern France. The group has handed over its arms and munitions to French authorities.

ETA, which stands accused of having killed more than 850 people in its attempt to create an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France, declared a ceasefire in 2011 but did not disarm. In Basque, ETA stands for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, which stands for Basque Country and Freedom.

The group was founded in 1959 out of anger among Basques at political and cultural repression under Spain's General Francisco Franco. Later, ETA gained notoriety as one of Europe's most intractable separatist groups.