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Five dead in two attacks by Palestinian assailants in Tel Aviv, West Bank

JERUSALEM – Two separate attacks by Palestinians against Israelis on Thursday left five people dead, including one American and one Palestinian, and scores injured, Israeli authorities said.

The killings marked a surge in violence after several days of relative quiet following weeks of almost daily …

West Bank

Italian forces searching for five terror suspects after attack warning

Italian security forces are searching for five possible terror suspects following a warning by US authorities of a possible militant attack, according to foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Possible targets include St Peter’s Basilica in Rome – the world famous church at the heart of the Vatican – and …


Syrians Stopped at Texas Border Were Not Sneaking In: Feds

The sudden arrival of a family of eight Syrians at the border in Laredo, Texas just days after the Paris massacre sparked a brief but furious Internet storm Thursday after it was reported they were trying to sneak into the U.S. from Mexico.

"Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border …


Migrants’ Attempts to Enter U.S. via Mexico Stoke Fears About Jihadists

In quick succession this week, three small groups of people, from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, have reportedly tried to enter the United States through the border with Mexico, fanning fears that violent jihadists could make their way into the country.

Federal officials say there are no …


Islamic State presence in the U.S. is 'the new normal,' FBI director says

When a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to plotting to join Islamic State and to bomb Coney Island, it drew little attention outside of New York City despite the spectacular image his confession conjured of a fiery blast ripping through a seaside amusement park.

It was, after all, one of hundreds of such …


Putin Blasts Syria With New Stealth Missile—And Shows the World He Can Strike from 1,700 Miles Away

It wasn’t that long ago that the U.S. Air Force seemed to be the only one capable of attacking from half a continent away. Then came Russia’s ‘anti-ISIS’ strikes.

Russia apparently deployed for the first time a new, radar-evading cruise missile during its massive Nov. 17 heavy bomber raid on …


Portraits of black faculty members defaced at Harvard Law School

Black strips of tape placed diagonally over at least five photo portraits of black professors as racial tensions sweep US universities

Portraits of several black professors were found vandalised at Harvard Law School on Thursday, a day after a campus rally for black students.

Black strips of tape …


There Are Nearly 565,000 Homeless People in the U.S., a New Report Says

One-fourth of them are children

The U.S. had well over half a million homeless people this year, a quarter of which were children, a new report released on Thursday showed.

The study, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, recorded the total number of homeless at close to 565,000, …


Liberian official urges calm as three new Ebola cases confirmed

Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Liberia, the country’s health ministry and the World Health Organisation have said, two months after the country was declared free of the deadly virus.

An official in the west African state called for calm and insisted health workers had the means to …


China: 28 'terrorists' killed in Xinjiang operation

Beijing says the dead were behind an attack on a mine in September that killed 16 people.

Chinese security forces in the far western region of Xinjiang killed 28 "terrorists" from a group that carried out a deadly attack at a coal mine in September.

The news carried on Friday by the government-run …


Massive El Niño gains strength, likely to drench key California drought zone

One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California areas that provide water for the rest of the state, according to a new forecast.

There are better odds that the area around Lake Oroville, …

California Drought

Deadly Attack on Mali Hotel: Pictures

Special Forces

Half of Amazon tree species in danger: study

Miami (AFP) - About half of the 15,000 tree species in the Amazon -- the world's most diverse forest -- are threatened by deforestation, an international study said on Friday.

The report lays bare the destruction of a vibrant and sprawling ecosystem often referred to as the lungs of the earth …


Mafia arrests in Italy uncover threat to 'hit' senior politician

Italian police have arrested six members of Sicily’s Cosa Nostra mafia as part of an inquiry that uncovered a threat of violence against the interior minister, Angelino Alfano.

The arrests were made in a dawn raid in Corleone, one of the criminal group’s strongholds. Police said the investigation …


Paris Attacks: Widower's Message to Terrorists Who Killed His Wife Inspires

A message written to the terrorists who carried out attacks across Paris last week — from a man who lost his wife and the mother of his baby — has touched thousands of people, and in response those people are reaching out to the grieving widower.

"You will not have my hatred," declared Frenchman …


Teen charged in Downey officer's killing is innocent, his sister says

Late Wednesday night, Maricela Alvarado received a cryptic text message from her teenage brother.

“Mari I love all y'all,” the message read.

“My homie ... up n did something,” it continued, using a profanity.

The message came at 11:18 p.m., just minutes after Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez was …

Apartment Building

Mali Hostage Crisis Ends With 27 Dead, Including 5 Attackers

Soldiers in Mali’s capital shot their way into a Radisson Blu hotel and liberated dozens of captives after a 10-hour siege by Islamist gunmen that left 27 people dead, including five attackers, ending one of the biggest hostage standoffs in recent years.

Troops from France—the former colonial …


Deadly Mali hotel attack: 'They were shooting at anything that moved'

(CNN) — Heavily armed gunmen on Friday fired indiscriminately at guests at a hotel hosting diplomats and others in Mali's capital, the maître d' told CNN.

At least 21 people were killed in the attack in which an al Qaeda-affiliated group is taking partial responsibility.

"These people started …


Islamic State uses detailed security manual, revealing its cyber strategy

A security manual co-opted by the Islamic State has been found, containing instructions ranging from avoiding Instagram, to using tools like anonymous browser Tor to avoid detection

Researchers have discovered that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which claimed responsibility for the …

Heartbleed Bug

Utah School Under Fire for Asking Students to Write ISIS Propaganda Poster

A Utah school is apologizing after a ninth grade teacher assigned students to draw a propaganda poster for ISIS.

The teacher, who's been on the job …


FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon

Federal regulators approved the production and commercial sale of a strain of salmon whose DNA has been altered to make it grow faster, marking the first U.S. approval for a genetically modified animal raised for human consumption.

The go-ahead for the AquAdvantage salmon, announced by the U.S. Food …


World's Second-Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

LONDON—A nearly tennis-ball-size gem discovered in Botswana is the second-largest diamond ever unearthed, smaller only than a precious stone carved up to adorn the British crown jewels.

The 1,111-carat gem-quality diamond was found this week at the Karowe Mine in Botswana, said Lucara Diamond Corp., …

News (Hong Kong)

3 in Custody for California Cop Killing

Three men, including a teen, were in custody Thursday for allegedly killing a California cop as he sat in his personal car during a "botched robbery …


Mexican Immigration to U.S. Reverses

For the first time since the 1940s, more Mexicans have been leaving the U.S. to return home than arriving, a reversal that brings down the curtain on the largest immigration wave in modern American history, according to a new study.

Mexican migration has been falling for some time. But the Pew …


California officer shot dead in lot behind police station

(CNN) — Three people are in custody in connection with the shooting death of a Los Angeles-area police officer who was sitting in his personal car in a parking lot behind a station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters on Thursday.

Two men and a 16-year-old boy are in custody …


Jared Fogle sentenced to more than 15 years

New York (CNN) — Disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography and crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors.

The 15-year, 8-month sentence from Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt …

Jared Fogle

Prosecutor: Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud dead

Paris, France (CNN) — The ringleader in last week's bloody terrorist attacks in Paris died in a pre-dawn raid Wednesday on an apartment building north of the French capital, the Paris prosecutor's office announced Thursday.

Authorities zeroed in on a building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis after …


Inside Police Raid on French Terror Suspects

French police faced a host of obstacles in a predawn raid that they say thwarted another potential terror plot -- encountering a reinforced door and …


'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic: study

Paris (AFP) - Medicine's final line of defence against deadly disease has been breached, raising the spectre of a global epidemic, scientists say, after finding bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics.

The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages, with doctors unable to control …


How officials may have missed their chance to stop Paris terror suspects

BRUSSELS — Belgian authorities had close contact with some of the men believed to be behind the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris last week, a pattern that raises questions about how the suspects could slip through the fingers of law enforcement officials.

Over the past year, Belgian security forces …