A picture taken on April 8, 2018, shows Syrian Army soldiers advancing in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma, as they continue their offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta.

A picture taken on April 8, 2018, shows Syrian Army soldiers advancing in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma, as they continue their offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta.

It’s been nearly a week since a suspected chemical attack in Syria claimed up to 70 lives. In the days since, there has been a lot of talk around the world about what to do in response — and who should do it. It’s an early test for John Bolton, the Trump administration’s newly inducted national security adviser, who’s hardly new to tough decisions on violent conflicts. President Trump has targeted most of his tough talk at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Twitter. And European nations weighed whether they should team up with the U.S. in addressing the use of chemical weapons on civilians.

In Russia, the daughter of a former Russian double agent was released from the hospital after battling for her life following an alleged nerve gas attack on her father. And invitations for the royal wedding were sent out, leaving many disappointed that they don’t have an excuse to shop for a new fascinator.

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  • David Rennie Washington bureau chief, The Economist; @DSORennie
  • Karoun Demirjian Reporter, The Washington Post; @karoun
  • Eli Lake Columnist, Bloomberg View; @EliLake

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