1. US President Barack Obama is prepared to move forward with a military strike on Syria despite not having the support of the UK, according to US administration officials. While British PM David Cameron demonstrated support for the strike, the proposal did not pass through the British parliament.
This morning there are reports of the US trying to develop an alliance with France, in order to perform a limited military strike on Syria in the wake of chemical violence in the region, possibly by the tumultuous state’s government.
2. A 4.3 magnitude earthquake has hit the New Zealand’s South Island this morning. The epicentre of the quake hit 35km south of Oxford, near Christchurch. There have been no immediate reports of damage.