Syria Airstrikes Response, Nationwide Woolworths Outage, Deadly Prison Fights, and More

Syria Airstrikes Response, Nationwide Woolworths Outage, Deadly Prison Fights, and More
  • Syria and Western allies are putting out mixed messages following U.S. airstrikes in a Damascus suburb. The strikes—launched together with Britain and France—hit three chemical weapons facilities Friday night following an alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his own citizens. The response was celebrated by Western countries, with U.S. President Donald Trump declaring it "mission accomplished." However, al-Assad was reportedly in positive spirits following the strikes, which were interpreted in Syria as a paltry show of force that suggest Western powers do not intend to challenge al-Assad’s rule, the Washington Post reports. Al-Assad also told state media that Russian weapons were able to shoot down more than half of the U.S. missiles, although the Pentagon says that is not true. The three strikes did not target all of the facilities involved in producing chemical weapons, leaving the possibility of future chemical attacks open. 

  • Woolworths supermarkets had to turn customers away from hundreds of locations in Australia Monday due to a nationwide IT outage affecting the chain. Some locations operated as usual during the outage, ZDNet reports, but most stores’ registers were impacted by the glitch for about an hour. Shoppers took to social media to share stories and pictures of customers leaving stores empty-handed and abandoning carts full of products. Other customers complained that they experienced a second batch of payments withdrawn from their bank accounts. 

  • Multiple fights at a maximum security prison in South Carolina last night led to the deaths of seven inmates and left at least 17 more serious injured, ABC News reports  No officers were injured in the response to Lee Correctional Institute when they were called in due to​ multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units around 7 p.m. Sunday night. Order was restored to the facility around 3 a.m. This isn’t the first time a large fight has broken out at the 1,500-inmate prison. Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight, and one inmate killed another in February. 

  • In other news, protests are roiling at a Philadelphia Starbucks after a video went viral of two black men being arrested there last week when they allegedly refused to leave the shop. Planned live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait signal mounting tensions between China and Taiwan due to the island’s growing ties with the United States. An Air China flight was diverted yesterday after a passenger held a flight attendant hostage using a pen. A Russian investigative journalist died under mysterious circumstances, raising questions about retaliation against his reporting on Russian mercenaries. Two members of Pakistan’s minority Christian community were killed outside of a church by ISIS this weekend. More than 200 million eggs have been recalled in the U.S. due to salmonella concerns—the largest egg recall in the country since 2010—while the CDC is telling people to throw away pre-chopped romaine lettuce due to an untraceable e. coli contamination that has sickened people in 11 states. ​