RISE: Nations react to US strike on Syria
NATIONS REACT TO US STRIKE ON SYRIA
A senior Russian lawmaker says that U.S. strike on Syria likely has put an end to hopes for Russia-U.S. cooperation in Syria.
Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the Kremlin-controlled upper house of parliament said on his Facebook that the prospective U.S.-Russian anti-terror coalition has been "put to rest without even being born."
Kosachev added that "it's a pity," suggesting that Trump had been pressured to act by the Pentagon.
He added that while "Russian cruise missiles strike the terrorists, U.S. missiles strike Syrian government forces who are spearheading the fight against the terrorists."
Iran also condemned the strike, saying the "unilateral action is dangerous, destructive and violates the principles of international law."
Meanwhile Saudi Arabia called the strike a "courageous decision." Isreal supported the decision, calling it "significant message." And Australia said its government "strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States."
GORSUCH SHOULD BE CONFIRMED TODAY
A final confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is expected Friday, and he should be sworn in soon to hear the final cases of the term. He was nominated by President Donald Trump shortly after the January inauguration.
Gorsuch's confirmation will be historic after Republicans changed Senate rules to allow a simple-majority vote and circumvent a filibuster attempt by Democrats.
TRUMP, XI CONTINUE MEETING AT MAR-A-LAGO
U.S. President Donald Trump will continue his two-day, high-stakes summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping today at Mar-a-Lago.
The urgency about recent actions of North Korea is expected to be at the forefront of the leaders' discussions. A senior White House official said this week that the "clock has now run out" on Pyongyang, though officials have not detailed what steps Trump is willing to take to halt North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
HERNANDEZ TRIAL COMING TO END
The jury was expected to begin deliberations Friday in the double-murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez.
The former Patriots tight end is accused of gunning down two men in 2012 because he felt disrespected after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a nightclub.
Hernandez already is serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.
CAN HOFFMAN HANG ON?
Charley Hoffman opened with a magnificent round of 7-under 65 on Thursday during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National, but some big names will be hunting him today.
After shaky starts, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els were 3 over at the turn Thursday, but Westwood finished at 2-under 70 and the trio of McIlroy, Kuchar and Els made it back to even-par 72 to get back in the hunt.
Those big names don't include Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, who cruised to rounds of 1-under 71.