In what appears to be a surprise move, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has filed to run in the country's presidential election. Mr Ahmadinejad described comments by the supreme leader suggesting he not run as "just advice" shortly after submitting his registration.
Britain, France and the United States put forward a slightly revised version of a draft resolution submitted last week in response to the suspected chemical weapon attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun. Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has announced that last week's strike destroyed one-fifth of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's operational air force.
Excluding China , states around the world executed 1,032 people in 2016, according to Amnesty's records. Of those, 87% took place in just four countries - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. For the eight death row inmates who for years had been facing death penalty enforcement, it was an expiration date for their own lives. In sub-Saharan Africa fewer executions were recorded but the number of death sentences more than doubled, largely due to a steep rise in Nigeria.
The European Union on Thursday expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles. The new Trump administration hasn't backed down on the Thaad deployment. But, as in the past, such moves require help from Beijing. South Korean officials have expressed that this latest test was deliberately timed to Xi and Trump's upcoming meeting.
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter said the suspect sought asylum in Sweden several years ago but did not have a criminal record. Police had been looking for him since Sweden's Migration Agency in December gave him four weeks to leave, but security services had not viewed him as a militant threat.
According to the latest Mainstreet/Postmedia poll, which surveyed respondents April 1-3, 26 percent of voters would back the Liberals , 29 percent the NDP, the official opposition, 13 percent the Green Party and 9 percent the Conservative Party.