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The US carries out a missile strike against Syria. Following a devastating suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel held town in Syria, the US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base. It is the first direct US military action against forces commanded by Syria’s president. The Russian Kremlin, which backs Bashar al-Assad, has condemned the strike. Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called it ‘an act of aggression against a sovereign nation’. Trump branded President Assad a ‘dictator who had launched a chemical attack on innocent civilians’.  Mr Trump has argued that he had acted in America’s ‘vital national security interest’ to prevent the use of chemical weapons and he called upon all civilised nations to join America to end the slaughter in Syria and to end terrorism’. The UK government called the US strike an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack. A statement from the Pentagon said missiles fired has targeted aircraft, aircraft shelters, storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers, sir defence systems and radars at Shayrat airfield in western Homs province they added that the air strike was intended to deter the regime from using chemical weapons again’. (Source – BBC)

Father loses battle in Supreme Court over term time holiday ban. The ban on parents taking their children out of school for family holidays during term time has been upheld. There was a unanimous decision in court earlier this week which upheld the fine on a father for taking his daughter to Disney Land for an unauthorised seven- day break in April 2015. Jon Platt and his local education authority, Isle of Wight council have been in a dispute about the council’s original £60 fine. The Judge stated that unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect not only on the pupils, but also the work of other pupils and the teachers. They argued that it is not fair on the parents that do keep to the rules.  Platt has refused to pay this fine and his lawyers argued that the daughter had a 92.3% attendance rate. The case against him now will be returned to magistrate’s court where his plea of having no case to answer will be rejected. Speaking outside the court Platt argued that he would fight against paying the penalty notice. Almost 20,000 people were prosecuted for pupil absences in 2015... (Source – The Guardian)

Parent’s call for a cap on the price of holidays outside of term time in a backlash against the ruling. Parents are outraged and have argued that travel companies should stop ripping off families following the landmark Supreme court ruling earlier this week. Summer getaways could rise by more than a £1,000 at the end of term; parents, heads and politicians called on minister’s to stop the substantial rise in costs. The ruling means that families have little choice in the matter but to book within school holidays. Travel firms need to stop exploiting hard working parents said Lib Dem education spokesman John Pugh and they should not be allowed to profiteer off of parents. Tory MP Steve Double said: I believe it should be up to parents to decide when to take their children on holiday in conjunction with the school, he argued that the policy is unfair to those who work in the tourist industry and therefore unable to take holiday during the peak season, as well as many hardworking families who are unable to afford the high costs during holidays. Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, added that if the cost increases were not so dramatic, parents would not feel the need to seek cheaper deals in term time. (Source – Daily Mail) 


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