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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (left) visits with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 17 during their meeting in Sochi. Assad fired back after President Donald Trump called him an "animal" for using chemical weapons against his own people. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian president who murdered his own civilians slams Trump for calling him an "animal" (Newsweek)

After Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad poisoned his own civilians with chemical weapons in order to gain ground in his country's brutal civil war, President Donald Trump called Assad an "animal." Now Assad is responding with the equivalent of "I know you are, but what am I?"  "I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are. So, he wanted to represent what he is, and that’s normal," Assad told Russian media outlet RT. Russia has been one of the few allies of the Assad regime. Out of around 511,000 people who have been killed in the war, 85 percent have been civilians who died at the hands of the Syrian regime.

Baby born alive at Mississippi's only abortion clinic (USA Today)

Not many lives begin inside an abortion clinic, but this one did. A baby was born alive at the Jackson Women's Health Organization, after its mother went into labor during a consultation visit. Both mother and baby are reported to be healthy. In Mississippi, it is illegal to get an abortion after 16 weeks.

Cyber experts warn people to take the FBI's request that everyone reset their routers seriously (WBRC-TV)

On Tuesday, the FBI warned people to reboot their routers to combat a widespread cyberattack that has reportedly affected hundreds of thousands of devices. Now cyber security experts are reiterating that this is in fact a very serious situation.

New Zealand plans to kill 150,000 cows to stop the spread of a deadly strain of bacteria (Quartz)

A deadly strain of bacteria is sweeping through New Zealand, and officials have determined that the only way to contain it is to kill off 150,000 infected cows. The plan is estimated to cost the country $813 million, but if it succeeds, New Zealand will be the first nation to eradicate the strain after an outbreak. The disease does not contaminate milk or meat eaten by humans, but it does hurt production.

Body of missing National Guardsman found in Maryland (NPR)

The body of a Maryland Army National Guardsman was found on Tuesday. Sgt. Eddison Hermond had been swept away by floodwaters while trying to rescue a woman during the severe flash flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday.

A cop was called to a fast-food restaurant to remove a homeless man. He bought the man lunch instead (The New York Post)

When a customer called police to remove a homeless man from a Hardee's on Saturday, South Carolina's Horry County Police Officer CJ Mullinax decided to buy the man lunch instead. Now his act of kindness has gone viral. A local resident identified the homeless man as an Army veteran.

A dog returns to its family, after months of wandering in the wilderness (KSTU-TV)

Two dogs got spooked and ran away during a family camping trip Easter weekend at the Little Sahara sand dunes in Utah. One of the dogs was found a few weeks later, but 5-year-old Cooter had been missing for months. After hearing reports of a sighting of a dog that fit his description, a woman set out to find Cooter and managed to trap him. Now both dogs are happily back home with their family, recovering from the ordeal.

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