Colleagues: US Doctor With Ebola Was Very Careful

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Colleagues of American doctor with Ebola say he was always careful while treating patients

Egypt Leader: Foreign Hands Behind Sinai Attack

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Egypt’s president: Foreign hands behind attack that killed 30 troops in Sinai

Botswana Ruling Party Shows Early Lead in Election

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Botswana’s ruling party has early lead in election according to preliminary results

Iran Hangs Woman for Killing Alleged Rapist

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Iran hangs woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her

Number of Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Tops 100,000

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Number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar since violence broke out in 2012 tops 100,000

Louisiana Teen Shot Dead in West Bank Clash With Israelis

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

(JERUSALEM) — An American teen from New Orleans was shot and killed during clashes in the West Bank village of Silwad near Ramallah Friday.

Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad, 15, was born in Ramallah and moved with his family to New Orleans, according to his brother Mohammad. His mother and brothers had traveled with him to the West Bank and his father will arrive from the United States on Sunday for the funeral.

The State Department confirms Orwa was a U.S. citizen, and says officials from the Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with family and providing all consular assistance.

Orwa is the second American child to die in the region this week. On Wednesday, 3-month old Chaya Zissel Braun was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians at a transit stop. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the incident as a “terrorist attack.” Her parents had traveled to Israel from Rockland County, New York, so her father could study in a yeshiva.

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4 Consulates Get Suspicious Packages in Turkey

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4 consulates in Istanbul receive suspicious packages, including the US one

Brazil’s Rousseff Slams Magazine’s Allegations

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Brazil’s Rousseff slams magazine allegations as ‘electoral terrorism’ days before vote

Canada???s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Canadian intelligence and law enforcement officers are ???reevaluating??? some 90 people they suspect are linked to terrorist groups in the wake of the deadly shooting near Canada???s Parliament, but the nation???s top cop said that unfortunately for him, no arrests are on the immediate horizon.

Venezuelans Brace for Slump in Oil Prices

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Grocery lines grow longer as Venezuelans brace for hardship stemming from oil slump

Canada to Give Slain Soldier Hero’s Send-Off

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Canada to honor soldiers slain in terrorist attack with a hero’s send-off

Palestinian Killed in Clash With Israeli Military

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Palestinian teen killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank

Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — Canadian intelligence and law enforcement officers are “reevaluating” some 90 people they suspect are linked to terrorist groups in the wake of the deadly shooting near Canada’s Parliament, but the nation’s top cop said that unfortunately for him, no arrests are on the immediate horizon.

“We’re reevaluating all of our individuals to make sure that those that present the greatest sort of risk are assessed and [officers] have resources attributed to them either to do surveillance, focus on the investigation, to get evidence, to make arrests,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson told reporters Thursday. “We have not made arrests today. We do not have any intention of making imminent arrests. Generally, I would like to say that I have intentions of making lots of arrests, but in terms of the evidence and as the evidence is collected and the cases are built, we will be making arrests.”

Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot and killed by security forces Wednesday after he opened fire with a small caliber rifle in Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa. Minutes earlier, police say Zehaf-Bibeau had gunned down a uniformed soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, at a nearby national war monument.

Though Zehaf-Bibeau, was not one of the nearly 100 suspects that the northern nation had been watching — and police say the only known link between him and other jihadis is an email found on another accused terrorist’s hard drive — the case prompted Paulson and other top Canadian officials to question the nation’s current domestic anti-terrorism posture.

“…[W]e live in a dangerous world. Terrorism has been here with us for a while, and dangerously close on a number of occasions…We will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent, but we will not panic,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament Thursday, a day after he and other lawmakers had been within feet of the rifle-wielding gunman. “As members know, in recent weeks I have been saying that our laws and police powers need to be strengthened in the area of surveillance, detention, and arrest. They need to be much strengthened.”

Paulson wondered aloud about legally lowering the bar for taking law enforcement action against suspects.

“I understand that sort of we need to look at all options in terms of trying to deal with this sort of difficult and hard to understand threat and balance that against what we’ve seen in previous engagements with this threat, that we are able to act, you know, decisively, quickly, preventatively, and perhaps on a threshold that is somewhat lower,” he said during his press conference. “You know, without throwing somebody in jail forever, but being able to act decisively at a point where the suspicion is realized.”

Speaking next to Paulson, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said he has seen a “gap evolve over law enforcement’s ability to maintain control over these individuals that are being radicalized.”

Canada is hardly the only Western nation struggling with what to do about a number of citizens in country linked to terror groups abroad — including a growing number of Westerners who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join in the fight for or against the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ABC News reported back in January that the FBI was already watching dozens of people who had fought in Syria and returned to the U.S.

British intelligence suspects that hundreds of its citizens have traveled to Syria to fight and last week law enforcement there announced terrorism charges against four men that had been arrested in London in the two weeks previous. The men, police alleged, had conducted “hostile reconnaissance” on an English police station and military base, had purchased a firearm and silencer and had reams of “jihadi material” on their computers.

The same day as that announcement, Metropolitan Police’s National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley wrote separately on the MET website that the MET has made over 200 arrests this year alone and is running “exceptionally high numbers of counter-terrorism investigations, the likes of which we have not seen for several years.”

Rowley too spoke about the delicate balance between disrupting potentially deadly plots and gathering enough evidence against the suspects.

“Public safety is our number one priority and we will always focus our disruption activity against those posing the greatest and most imminent threat. Sometimes this means intervening very early — essential to prevent attacks, but presenting enormous challenges in securing sufficient evidence to charge,” he wrote.

In the U.S., reports of the rise in domestic terrorism investigations came on the heels of startling revelations about the National Security Agency’s pervasive foreign and domestic surveillance programs, adding fuel to an already raging debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security — a debate not restricted by America’s northern border, as Canada was already considering conservative legislation to strengthen its security forces.

Thomas Mulcair, leader of Canada’s opposition New Democratic party, spoke immediately after the Prime Minister Thursday.

“[The attack] has only strengthened our commitment to each other and to a peaceful world. Let us not become more suspicious of our neighbors. Let us not be driven by fear because in Canada, love always triumphs over hate,” he said.

Then Justin Trudeau, head of the Liberty Party, added, “We are a proud democracy, a welcoming and peaceful nation. We are a country of open arms, open minds, and open hearts. We are a nation of fairness, justice and the rule of law.”

“We will not be intimidated into changing that, by anybody. These are instead the very values and ideals upon which we must rely in the days ahead…[Those who perpetrate attacks] are criminals, and criminals will not dictate how we act as a nation, how we govern ourselves, or how we treat each other. They will not dictate our values,” he said.

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US Military Launches 18 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

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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 Syria and Iraq, launching 18 airstrikes on Thursday and Friday.

According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), six of the strikes were in Syria, near Kobani. They hit three ISIS units and destroyed a vehicle.

The remaining 12 airstrikes in Iraq destroyed two vehicles and a mortar position near Mosul Dam; hit two small units and destroyed a vehicle south of the Bayji Oil Refinery; struck a training camp near Bayji; hit two small units and destroyed three vehicles near Fallujah; and destroyed five ISIS buildings near Zumar.

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

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3 Istanbul Consulates Evacuated

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3 Istanbul consulates evacuated because of suspicious packages

Ebola Outbreak Taking Its Toll on Doctors Without Borders

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

P.K. Lee/MSF(GENEVA) — Doctors Without Borders is paying a heavy price in treating Ebola.

The Geneva-based group tells ABC News that since the outbreak began in March, it has sent over 700 staff to the affected countries, working alongside roughly 3,000 nationals. Of all of those, two dozen have been infected and 13 have died.

In every staff infection case, Doctors Without Borders conducts a thorough investigation. It has found that most of those who contracted Ebola did so while away from work.

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Kerry: Relationship Between US, North Korea Unchanged

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) — In case you were wondering, Secretary of State John Kerry isn’t planning on traveling to North Korea anytime soon.

Responding to a reporter Thursday who asked whether he would pay North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a visit, Kerry joked, “Do you know something about an invitation I don’t?”

North Korea has reportedly closed its borders to foreign travelers due to Ebola concerns. Kerry didn’t seem to know whether that was true or not when asked whether that news could affect the two Americans still trapped in North Korea.

“I can’t tell you how their decision will or won’t affect anything with respect to the other Americans who are being held,” he said during an availability with the South Korean foreign minister.

On American Jeffrey Fowle, Kerry said the U.S. is “delighted” that North Korea released him but stressed that the U.S. is still “deeply concerned” about the other two.

Kerry also mentioned the agreement between the U.S. and South Korea — reached Thursday — that would delay the transfer of wartime control of the Korean military back to Seoul until the South is better equipped to handle threats from the North.

Currently, if South Korea became involved in a war, the United States would have to command combined U.S.-Korean forces. That’s an arrangement that goes back to the Korean War.

The transfer of “operational control” was supposed to happen first in 2012, then in 2015. Now, there’s no set date — just whenever South Korea achieves “critical defensive capabilities against an intensifying North Korean threat,” per statements from the U.S. and South Korea.

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Ukraine’s Key Election Fails to Spark Enthusiasm

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Ukraine parliament elections fail to inspire enthusiasm as war, troubled economy dampen mood

Miss Uganda Contestants Compete in Farming

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Among pigs and cows, Miss Uganda contestants get lessons in farming

Putin Accuses US of Undermining Global Stability

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Putin accuses US of trying to dictate its will, calls for a balance of interests

What We Know About the 43 Missing Mexican Students

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

A Mexican mayor and his wife have been implicated in the controversy surrounding the disappearance of 43 students last month as authorities have revealed more details about the mystery.

Spain Challenges Canary Island Poll on Oil Plans

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Spain to challenge to Canary Island plan to hold referendum on oil exploration plans

Gestapo Impostor Tricked Nazi Sympathizers in WWII

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Finding traitors: British man impersonated Gestapo agent during WWII, foiled Nazi sympathizers

Rwandan Government Angry at BBC Over Documentary

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Rwanda government is angry at BBC over genocide documentary, calls to ban news organization

180 Questioned About Election Fraud in Romania

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180 questioned about election fraud ahead of Romania elections, PM says probe won’t hurt him

Queen Elizabeth II Sends Her First Tweet

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — She’s a woman of the times!

Queen Elizabeth II took to Twitter for the first time ever Friday morning, sending the message before an audience of 600 guests from the science and technology fields at the opening of a new exhibit at London’s Science Museum.

“It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum, and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R,” she wrote.

 

It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

 

 

The last tweet was sent personally by The Queen from her official Twitter account @BritishMonarchy #TheQueenTweets

— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) October 24, 2014

 

The Queen, 88, is the latest in her family to tweet from the @BritishMonarchy account. Earlier this year, Prince Harry sent his first tweet to promote the @InvictusGames, after which he posted his first selfie. (He even got his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, in on that one!)

However, that wasn’t Prince William’s first brush with social media. He and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, used his family’s @clarencehouse account to announce the birth of Prince George in 2013 and last month, when they announced that they’re expecting again.

 

Something one doesn’t see everyday… The Queen sends her first tweet to open #smInfoAge #TheQueenTweets pic.twitter.com/yOeK6Jlnxx

— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) October 24, 2014

 

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ISIS Hit Hard, but Iraq Offensive Could Be Year Away

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

U.S. military officials believe the combination of American airstrikes and Iraqi and Kurdish military operations are beginning to undermine ISIS???s confidence on the battlefield. But it could be as long as a year before Iraq???s military is capable of launching a major offensive operation to retake Mosul and maybe just as long before a force of U.S. trained Syrian rebels can begin their own offensive operations against ISIS.

Germany to Provide Arms, Possibly Training to Kurds Fighting ISIS

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Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Add Germany to the list of those countries taking a bolder stand against the Islamic State.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced Thursday that his government would begin providing weapons to Kurdish groups in northern Iraq that are battling ISIS fighters.

In addition, Steinmeier suggested that Germany might also avail military advisers to assist in training armed Kurds.

“We have an exploratory mission which is examining what and whether something could work” in the northern city of Ebril, he said.

This assistance is an expansion of humanitarian aid that Germany is also providing to those in the region at war with ISIS.

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Canadian Muslim Groups Condemn Deadly Attacks

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iStock/Thinkstock(OTTAWA, Ontario) — This week’s deadly attacks in Canada were condemned Thursday by Muslim groups who claimed that “violent extremist ideologies…have nothing to do with Islam.”

Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, added that an attack on one Canadian is an attack on all those who denounce terrorism.

Muslims in the country are hoping there is no backlash against them following Wednesday’s shooting death of a guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam.  Zehaf-Bibeau was gunned down after trying to shoot up Parliament.

Earlier this week, Martin Couture-Rouleau, who also converted to Islam, killed a Canadian Forces member with a vehicle in a small Quebec town.  He was chased down by local police and then shot dead.

Despite the conversion of these individuals, mainstream Muslims contend the killers’ acts have no basis in their religion.

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Canada Gunman Wanted a Passport to Go to Mideast

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Acquaintances say Canada gunman griped he couldn’t get a passport to go to the Mideast