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Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist
News ImageBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, a holy site at the heart of the latest violence, was shut down for almost an entire day to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years. Late on Thursday Israeli police reopened the complex. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:47:49 -0400
Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State
News ImageBy Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:16:52 -0400
Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament
News ImageBy Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso's veteran President Blaise Compaore faced off with security forces outside the presidential palace after burning parliament and ransacking state television on Thursday. At least three protesters were shot dead and scores were wounded by security forces, emergency services said, as the vast crowd tried to storm the home of the president's brother and overran other state buildings. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:33:58 -0400
Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging'
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in JerusalemWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an unnamed official in The Atlantic, which added to tensions between his government and the Obama administration, particularly over settlement building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:16 -0400
Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces
NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least nine members of Niger's security forces were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabry region near the border with Mali, the government said. "Terrorist elements carried out simultaneous attacks in Tillabry. Five policemen, two gendarmes and two national guards were killed," it said in the statement signed by the West African state's defense and interior ministers. The statement gave no further details. ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:28:15 -0400
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