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Egypt Temporarily Opens Border Crossing into Gaza

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing into Gaza on Wednesday for the first time in over a month.

More than 3,500 Gazans stranded on the Egyptian side are expected to come home on Wednesday and Thursday.

Egypt closed the border after suspicions that Hamas helped terrorists in Sinai carry out a deadly attack last month that left more than 30 Egyptian security officers dead.  

Palestinian leaders are calling on Egypt to extend the border opening beyond just two days, saying Gazans not only need to come home, they need to go into Egypt for medical and professional reasons.


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Queen Elizabeth Offers Warm Welcome to Guests with Help from Heater

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — She may possess a vast fortune and masterpieces on her wall, but that doesn’t mean she’s not frugal when it comes to heating costs.

Queen Elizabeth was presented Wednesday with a lifetime achievement award for her devotion to equestrian sport by Princess Haya of Jordan at Buckingham Palace — but it was her electric heater insider her ornate fireplace that got some attention.

The small heater has garnered notice in the past.

Last year, The Express newspaper reported on the heater, saying, “It is just the heater you might find in any student bedsitter. But despite her…personal fortune, the 86-year-old monarch is as cost-conscious as any other pensioner.”

No word on whether Princess Haya noticed the small heater.


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Canada Joins Twitter

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Canada joined Twitter Wednesday in the most polite way — quietly and with little fanfare.

Our neighbors to the north, who claimed the @Canada Twitter handle, have amassed a steady following since their launch Wednesday morning, gaining more than 20,000 followers in their first few hours.

 

 

Known for Tim Horton’s, Rob Ford and hockey, @Canada tweeted the account will be used to show off “everything that makes Canada the best country in the world.”


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US Military Launches 17 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — The U.S. military continued its attack against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria this week, conducting 17 more airstrikes on Nov. 24-26.

According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), 10 of the strikes were in Syria, near Kobani. They destroyed four staging areas and six fighting positions, and hit a fighting position, a large unit and two tactical units.

In Iraq, the remaining seven airstrikes destroyed a bulldozer, two vehicles, three buildings and a fighting position, and struck a large unit near Mosul; destroyed a tank, a HMMWV and a vehicle, and hit two units near Kirkuk; destroyed a HMMWV and a vehicle near Sinjar; damaged a checkpoint near Ramadi; destroyed a vehicle and damaged another near Bayji.

CENTCOM said all the aircraft used in the attacks managed to exit the areas safely.


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Will Pope Francis Get Involved with Talks with ISIS?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(STRASBOURG, France) — Pope Francis on Tuesday said he wouldn’t say no to the possibility of talks with the militant Islamist group ISIS.

The pope made the comment after a speech to European leaders in Strasbourg, France on how to fight religious fundamentalism.

Francis called persecution against religious minorities around the world deplorable. But he said the only way to counteract the rise of fundamentalism in Europe is to encourage openness and inclusivity.

The pope added that Europe’s roots in different faiths are an antidote to extremism and that the thousands of migrants arriving in Europe each month must receive better treatment.


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UK Couple Arrested on Suspicion of Terror Offenses

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Police arrested a couple from Walsall, U.K. on Tuesday night on terror charges.

According to the West Midlands Police, the pair was detained as they disembarked a flight from Istanbul at Heathrow International Airport. The couple was identified only as a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman.

Police say the flight was never at risk, and that the arrest was planned ahead of time. Detectives are also searching a pair of addresses in Walsall.


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WATCH: Water Buffalo Attacks Biker, Pedestrians and Cars in China

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A water buffalo tore through a small southwestern Chinese town in a mad rampage Sunday, chasing down pedestrians and injuring at least 14 bystanders.

In surveillance video footage released by state media, the water buffalo is seen wandering in the center of town in Jingyan County located in China’s Sichuan province.

In one shot, the buffalo is shown setting its sights on resident Liang Cuirong who was riding past on her bicycle. The animal chased Liang, knocked her off the bike and trampled her repeatedly.

The buffalo also reportedly chased another resident before damaging cars and chasing down more passersby.

It took four police officers and 10 rounds to take down the buffalo and end the 40-minute-long bovine panic.

“We took aim at its head,” Huang Tao, one of the police officers who brought down the buffalo, told state media. “Shot it until it fell down.”

Water buffalos are used in the region to till soil. It remains unknown how this particular animal ended up in the middle of Jingyan but authorities are investigating.


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Special Ops Team Frees Al Qaeda Hostages from Yemeni Cave in Raid

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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PeterHermesFurian/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A team of U.S. special operations forces conducted a joint raid in a remote region of Yemen Tuesday to rescue eight hostages being held in a cave by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Elements of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six participated in the daring pre-dawn raid in a remote region near the border with Saudi Arabia.

A U.S. official confirmed that about two dozen U.S. special operations forces and a team of Yemeni counterterrorism troops conducted a raid early Tuesday morning near the border with Saudi Arabia that rescued six Yemenis, a Saudi and an Ethiopian. It was unclear how long the hostages had been held by the al Qaeda affiliate.

Another U.S. official told ABC News that elements of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six participated in the raid. SEAL Team Six is the elite special operations unit involved in high-risk missions including the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. official said the special operations team was inserted into the remote border region by helicopter then made its way to a cave where the hostages were rescued after a firefight that killed seven al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters. The teams then evacuated the area by helicopter.

On Tuesday, the Yemeni government confirmed the raid in Hadhramaut Province but said only Yemeni counterterrorism forces had participated. The U.S. participation in the rescue was first reported by The New York Times.

Pentagon officials referred questions about the raid to Yemeni authorities on Tuesday.

“I would just tell you we continue to support Yemeni counterterrorism efforts and would refer you to them to talk to any operations,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at a Pentagon briefing.

For several years, the U.S. military’s elite Joint Special Operations Command has conducted drone strikes against AQAP targets inside Yemen.

This raid could be the first known instance where American forces have conducted a ground raid inside Yemen.

The Yemeni government has authorized the American military drone strikes, though it has painted them as airstrikes conducted by Yemen’s air force.

Yemen has been beset in recent months by sectarian battles, as a Shiite rebel group from northern Yemen known as the Houthi has battled the Yemeni government for more autonomy. The group has taken over parts of the capital of Sanaa and attempted to recapture territory in the southern part of the country controlled by AQAP.

The violence in the capital has led to the occasional downsizing of U.S. embassy personnel in Sanaa.


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Dozens of Protesters Arrested at Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by

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Photo by Lucas Schifres/Getty Images(MONG KOK, Hong Kong) — Dozens of people were arrested on Tuesday in Hong Kong after police cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

According to a press release from the Hong Kong government, police assisted bailiffs in executing an injunction order after protesters had confronted officers and tried to obstruct roads. The government says that 86 people were arrested for crimes including unlawful assembly, assaulting police, possession of an offensive weapon and obstructing police.

Among the weapons found at the protests include an axe, an iron hammer and a crowbar. Nine police officers were injured in the operation.

The government is urging people not to assemble unlawfully, block roads or charge at police. Additionally, non-protesters should avoid the areas where protests have occurred to “avoid unnecessary injuries.”


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State Department Says US Has 2 ‘Narrow Missions’ in Afghanistan Next Year

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — State Department Press Office Director Jeff Rathke says that after 2014, the United States will work on two “narrow missions” in Afghanistan.

Rathke said, “The United States and NATO will transition to a non-combat mission of training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces — that’s the first. And second, the United States will continue to maintain a counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan.”

Most Western combat troops are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.


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