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Headline: Abbas wants unity between PA and Hamas
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas met on Thursday with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal and Hamas deputy leader Ismail Haniyeh in Qatar, both of whom made the trip from Gaza. PLO general secretary Saeb Erekat also participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in conjunction with Qatar Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani and the group discussed different options for PA-Hamas peace agreements and a unity government, as well as PA and PLO elections. According to PA news sources, both sides agreed on the importance of unity and joint efforts in dealing with the Israeli government's plans to "destroy the two-state solution." The PA and Hamas leaders emphasized that, "There will not be a Palestinian state in Gaza, and there will not be a Palestinian state without Gaza." Hamas is interested in joining the PLO in order to take control of it and thereby gain international recognition.
Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: Netanyahu to visit 3 states never-before visited by sitting Israeli PM
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced at Sunday's cabinet meeting that within the next three months he will travel to four countries, including three where no sitting Israeli prime minister has ever visited: Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The fourth country is Azerbaijan, a strategic country on Iran's border. Like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan is a majority Muslim country. He visited there briefly in 1997 on the way back from a visit to the East, and met in the airport in Baku with late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev, the father of the current president.
**see also Egypt below
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Russian PM to discuss Israel-PA peace
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is scheduled to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) on November 9 with the aim of advancing the peace negotiations between the sides, i24news reported Sunday, citing a report on the PA’s official television station. Medvedev will reportedly meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Russia had reportedly announced that Medvedev would arrive in Israel for a two-day visit, slated for November 10-11, and said “a number of bilateral intergovernmental and interagency agreements and documents are due to be signed after the talks.” “During his visit to Israel on November 10 the Russian premier will hold talks with Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and meet with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin,” Russia’s official TASS news agency reported Friday, according to i24news. “During the visit [the sides] will discuss ways of strengthening existing forms of cooperation in various fields, with emphasis on the economic and humanitarian sphere, as well as promising new directions,” the Russian Embassy was quoted as having said. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently expressed his willingness to host Netanyahu and Abbas for a meeting to resume peace talks that have been stalled since 2014. Russia's Foreign Ministry later said that Netanyahu and Abbas had agreed in principle to such a meeting but stressed that no date had been set for one. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently stressed his country’s willingness to help mediate Israel-PA peace talks – if both sides are willing to compromise. Netanyahu has traveled to Moscow twice this year to meet with the Russian President, once in April and again in June.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: UNHRC official: ‘Israel’s status at UN depends on ending the occupation’
Israel’s status at the United Nations depends on it’s ending the "occupation" and on the ability of Palestine to act as a state, warned special investigator and Canadian legal expert Michael Lynk during an official briefing to that body. “I raise the question, does the occupying need to realize that it’s status in the international community and at the UN depends on allowing the Palestinians to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence and to bring the occupation to an end,” Lynk said. He spoke on Friday in New York before the General Assembly’s Third Committee, as the tail end of a question and answer session with regard to his first report as UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur on Israeli activity against Palestinians. Country delegates had asked him what could be done to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations against Palestinians. He suggested that one option could be moving one step beyond the 2004 advisory opinion issued by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, which stated that “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (including East Jerusalem) have been established in breach of international law.”
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Israel must annex West Bank settlements if UNSC adopts Palestinian resolution – education minister
Israel should declare sovereignty over the occupied territories in the West Bank, which is home to Israeli settlers, if the UN adopts any Security Council resolution further condemning illegal settlement activity, Israel’s education minister said. The Palestinians have initiated several unilateral resolutions at the UN Security Council over the years with an aim to condemn Israel over its illegal construction activities in Judea and Samaria. They hope that international pressure might help to facilitate peace settlement talks with the Jewish state. In September, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas assured the UN General Assembly that Palestine would renew its strive to pass a Security Council resolution declaring Jewish “settlements” illegal. As debates in the Security Council continue, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett urged the Israelis to be ready to annex the settlement areas if the UNSC votes on any resolutions on the matter. “There is a discussion that in the coming months the UN Security Council will force a resolution on Israel. If that happens, we need to have an appropriate Zionist response, immediate sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, including Maaleh Adumim, Gush Etzion, Ariel, Ofra and Beit El,” the minister said at a political meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday night. “The UNSC council [sic] resolution should be a trigger to put this plan into action,” said Bennet. “Gentlemen, it is time to extend our sovereignty in the land of Israel.”
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Shooting attack near Beit El wounds one seriously, two soldiers lightly-to-moderately
Headline: Palestinian gunman shoots three soldier near Bethel
One person was seriously wounded and two IDF soldiers were lightly-to-moderately hurt when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at the VIP checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah on Monday afternon. The terrorist, found to belong to Palestinian security forces, was shot dead. The seriously wounded person suffered gunshot wounds to his lower bodies, while the two lightly-to-moderately wounded soldiers suffered injuries to their limbs from fragments.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Political victory for Hezbollah expected in Lebanon election
Headline: Lebanon MPs elect Aoun president, ending 29-month void
Lebanon is poised to elect a strong Hezbollah ally as the country’s president Monday, in a boost for the pro-Iranian axis in the region. If there is no last-minute surprise, 81-year-old former general Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian, will easily be elected by parliament to the top office. The pro-Hezbollah Beirut daily As-Safir reported yesterday that he is on track to win in the first round and enjoys the backing of 94 of the 127 MPs. In 2006, Aoun signed a formal agreement of alliance between his Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah, and has consistently backed the Shi’ite group ever since. Aoun’s impending election is “a political victory for Hezbollah,” said Benedetta Berti, an analyst at the Institute for National Security Studies. “Hezbollah has been very squarely backing Aoun for president and this was always the deal between Aoun’s party and Hezbollah. Hezbollah has upheld its end of the deal. With this election, if it happens, you can see Hezbollah being consolidated in terms of its political allies as well as its position in Lebanon.” The expected election will fill a post that has been vacant since the previous president Michel Suleiman finished his term in 2014 without an agreement on who would succeed him. Under Lebanon’s constitution, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the speaker of parliament, a Shi’ite Muslim.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister on the eve of official visit to Egypt
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov is set to begin an official visit to Egypt on Tuesday, where he will meet with Egyptian officials to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues. Mammadyarov will be accompanied by an official delegation, including the Head of Azerbaijan's state oil company. On the eve of the visit Al-Ahram Agency interviewed Mr Mammadyarov to discuss the focus of his visit. Azerbaijan and Egypt established bilateral relations 25 years ago after the restoration of independence in Azerbaijan. Since then, we have enjoyed good relations as our countries share similar religious, cultural, traditional and social links. In 1993 the Embassy of Egypt opened in Baku, while Azerbaijan’s first ever Embassy in the African continent was established in Cairo in 1994. Currently, the cooperation between the two countries extends to almost every sphere, ranging from political relations to economics, tourism, energy, education, cultural and humanitarian issues. The two countries have great potential for cooperation in pharmaceuticals, tourism, textile-garment, ICT, agriculture and manufacturing. Direct air routes would also contribute to promoting trade, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.
**see also Israel above
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege
Headline: Putin to order full-scale Aleppo assault this week
Fighting raged Sunday on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with rebels trying to split a Russian-backed government force laying siege to the eastern half of the city by attacking it from the rear. Monitors say at least 41 civilians have been killed in the latest offensive, and Syria's state news agency SANA said 35 others were suffering from the effects of "toxic gases" in two government-controlled districts. The SANA report linked the gas attack to what it called "terrorist organizations" affiliated with Turkey and Saudi Arabia. For their part, rebels accused government forces of shelling a separate rebel-held district with chlorine shells. The head of Aleppo University Hospital, speaking on state television, identified the fumes as toxic chlorine gas. No deaths were linked to the gas, which monitors from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described as creating symptoms of suffocation. Rebels and monitors said much of Sunday's fighting centered on a battle for a huge apartment housing project in a western district, which, if captured, would bring rebels within several kilometers of the center of government-controlled western Aleppo. Meanwhile, According to unnamed British intelligence sources, Vladimir Putin plans to use the election turmoil in Washington as a distraction to this week launch a full-scale assault on the rebels holding eastern Aleppo and secure a victory by mid-January. The same sources point to the Russian aircraft carrier on its way to the Mediterranean and the sighting of three Russian submarines passing through the Irish Sea. This report is unconfirmed from any other source and is awarded low credibility by DEBKAfile’s military sources.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Last Stronghold of ISIS Caliphate Set to Topple in Battle for Mosul
Headline: Sulfuric acid rain expected in Turkey after ISIL torches sulfur plant near Mosul
Headline: Iraqi troops enter Karama, first district inside Mosul – report
US-backed Iraqi ground troops, following on the heels of the army’s counter-terrorism unit, launched what it expects to be the final assault on the city of Mosul, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq, on Monday. Iraqi forces, along with Kurdish Peshmerga allies, have been converging on the city, believed to hold between 4,000 and 5,000 ISIS fighters, with another 1,500-2,000 defending its outskirts, for two weeks. The opposition forces have managed to advance despite ISIS’ attempts to deter its enemies with artillery and a barrier of deadly car bombs. The radical Islamic group has also set oil fields ablaze to cover their movements and, as another defensive measure, seized thousands of civilians from villages surrounding Mosul to use as human shields, Reuters reported. While ISIS steadily gained ground in Iraq and Syria from 2013 through the beginning of 2015, its territory rapidly began to shrink after encountering resistance from Iraqi forces and a US-led military coalition. While it held 40 percent of Iraq at its peak, it now holds only 10 percent.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Turkey's Erdogan says Ankara aims to reinforce troops on Iraq border
Headline: Turkey wants Raqqa offensive to begin after Mosul campaign completed
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was aiming to reinforce its troops deployments in its Iraqi border town of Silopi and that it would have a "different response" for Shi'ite militia groups if they cause terror in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar. Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups have said they have started an offensive against Islamic State positions west of Mosul, which will target Tal Afar. Speaking to reporters at a reception marking Republic Day in Ankara, Erdogan said the information he received had not confirmed such movement. He gave no details on the numbers of reinforcements, or what the different response would be. Ankara has repeatedly warned that it would take measures if there is an attack on the city, which has a sizeable ethnic Turkmen population, as part of a wider U.S.-led offensive to retake Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State. Meanwhile, Turkey wants the operation on Raqqa, ISIS's main stronghold in Syria, to start after Mosul and Euphrates Shield operations have been completed, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Three Turkish soldiers, 13 PKK militants killed in clashes
Headline: Kurdish Peshmerga forces expel Islamic State from villages near Mosul
Three Turkish soldiers and 13 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed on Monday during clashes in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast, security sources said. Turkish soldiers were on an operation in the Daglica district of Hakkari province, which borders Iraq, when clashes broke out, leaving three of the soldiers and four militants dead, the sources said. One Turkish soldier was also wounded, they added. Nine more PKK militants were killed and four were severely wounded in an operation in the Hisar region of Hakkari, security sources said.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave
Headline: Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts media in latest crackdown
The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns. In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent. The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. The order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. The travel warning issued Saturday updates a warning last week of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U.S. citizens were advised to avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country. The State Department said international and indigenous terrorist organizations in Turkey have been targeting U.S. as well as other foreign tourists.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Iran’s Tel Afar op is in sync with Russia in Syria
The pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite drive to capture Tel Afar, 55 km from Mosul in western Iraq, was designed less to complete the encirclement of the Islamists in Mosul - in support of the US-led coalition - and more to forge a link in the land bridge Tehran aspires to build to give its Revolutionary Guards free passage to Hizballah and the Shiite groups fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. The Iraqi Shiite battle for Afar is led by Iran’s Al Qods chief, Gen. Qassem Soliemani from the front lines. US and Iraqi commanders of Operation Inherent for expelling ISIS from Mosul welcomed the Iran-led Iraqi Shiites’ initiative to take Tal Afar in order to sever ISIS’ supply lines from Syria to Mosul. But Iran’s overriding motive in initiating this operation was laid bare by Ahmad al-Asadi, spokesman of the pro-Iranian Iraqi Hashid Shaabi Shiite groups, when he spoke to reporters Saturday, Oct. 29 in Baghdad. After “clearing” these “terrorist gangs,” from 14,000 sq. km of Iraq including Tal Afar and the regions bordering on Syria, he said, “We are fully ready to cross the border into Syria and fight alongside President Bashar al-Assad. According to our sources, this plan was not coordinated directly with the US-Iraqi command of the Mosul operation, but with the Russian military command center in the Syrian province of Latakia. It is important enough for the Russian command to have just established a new center for military and intelligence interchanges. It is staffed by Russian, Turkish, Syrian, Iraqi Shiite and Iranian officers. This mechanism has been put in charge of coordinating Shiite military operations both in Syria and Iraq.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Iranian opposition: Khamenei ordered Makkah attack
President-elect of the Iranian Resistance “strongly” condemned on Sunday the targeting of Saudi’s holy city Makkah with rockets launched from inside Yemen on October 29. Maryam Rajavi said the strikes carried out were under the supervision of Quds Force, and ordered by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. She referred to the attack as a “declaration of war to all Muslims around the world”. She called for the expulsion of the “anti-human” and “anti-Islamic” regime from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and requested Islamic countries cut relations with the current Iranian regime. “Even earlier the mullahs' regime spared no effort to conduct crimes and desecration of Makkah and the sacred House of God. Among others were sending explosives to Saudi in 1986, and causing riot and chaos in Mecca in 1987 that took the lives of more than 400 pilgrims. This is the very same regime that did not even hesitate to explode the shrines of Shiite Imams in Mashhad and Samarra in a bid to maintain its infamous reign,” Rajavi said. Earlier, the Iranian Resistance revealed transferring arm shipments by the mullah’s regime to Yemen.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Afghan government loses 2 percent of territory in 3 months
The Afghan government lost control or influence between May and August over two percent of the territory it controlled, the US government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report on Sunday, a sign of the precarious security situation in the country and challenges posed by the Taliban and other militant groups. Fifteen years after the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Taliban rulers who had harbored al Qaeda militants who attacked the United States, the Taliban have made major gains and are estimated to control more territory than at any time since 2001. The report, published by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), said the area under Afghan government "control or influence" had decreased to 63.4 percent by the end of August from 65.6 percent near the end of May, based on data provided by US forces in Afghanistan.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Political activist killed in car explosion eastern Libya
A Libyan hospital and security officials say a car exploded in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing three people including a political activist close to a powerful general. The officials say that the explosion on Saturday rocked the downtown Benghazi district of al-Kesh which is lined with busy cafes, killing Mohammed Bougages and two others. At least 12 others were wounded, some of whom were in critical condition. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the press. Bougages is a political activist and a fiery TV host of a daily talk show called "Frankly," which is aired on state TV. He has been an outspoken supporter of General Khalifa Hifter, who has led a campaign against extremists in Benghazi since 2014.
Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: ISIS claims killing of Algerian police officer
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the killing of an Algerian police officer while he was reportedly dining in a restaurant. The group has been trying to expand in Algeria, where al-Qaida's North African branch and other Islamic extremist groups have been based and have long fought Algerian authorities. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said in a statement that ISIS fighters shot the officer and seized his weapon in the attack Friday in Constantine, 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of the capital Algiers. It later posted a picture of what it said was the officer's gun.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Protests Erupt in Morocco Over Fish Vendor’s Death in Garbage Compactor
Moroccans have taken to the streets to protest after a fishmonger was crushed by a garbage truck while attempting to retrieve fish confiscated by police. The death of Mouhcine Fikri on Friday sparked protests in many Moroccan cities including Rabat, al-Hoceima, Casablanca, and Marrakesh, where people have been calling for "liberty, dignity and social justice." In Fikri's hometown of al-Hoceima, Moroccans marched 22km to bury his body. King Mohammed VI of Morocco ordered the Interior Ministry to conduct “a careful and thorough investigation,” and to bring charges against anyone who had broken the law, the state-run Maghreb Arabe Presse news agency reported on Sunday. In a statement, the Moroccan interior minister, Mohamed Hassad, promised a thorough investigation that “will make sure people are held accountable.” On Sunday, thousands of men marched on a hill above the Mediterranean Sea behind Mr. Fikri’s coffin. “Don’t forget us. Don’t forget Al Hoceima,” one of the people taking part in the funeral march could be heard saying on a Facebook video of the event.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Twin suicide bombings kill at least nine in Nigeria
Twin suicide bombings by suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials and witnesses said. One of the attackers was reportedly a woman. "Two suicide bombers riding in motorised rickshaws this morning detonated their explosives 10 minutes apart," Mohammed Kanar, spokesman for Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Saturday. "Nine persons lost their lives with 24 persons injured and evacuated to various hospitals," NEMA said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: Central African Republic: Clashes leave 25 dead – UN
Headline: France pulling troops out of Central African Republic after 3 bloody years
Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic, the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said. Six police officers and four civilians died in an ambush on Friday. The Central African Republic has been wracked by conflict along religious and ethnic lines since 2013. In a statement on Saturday, the Minusca mission said "clashes between elements of the anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka caused 15 deaths and a number of wounded" in the town of Bambari, about 250km (150 miles) north-east of the capital Bangui. It added that "six gendarmes and four civilians lost their lives on Friday morning in an ambush on the Bambari-Grimari road". The UN mission urged all armed groups to end "the cycle of attack and reprisal". Seleka rebels briefly seized power in March 2013 and deposed the Christian President Francois Bozize.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Islamic State claims responsibility for attack outside U.S. embassy in Nairobi Kenya
A follower of Islamic State was responsible for an attack last week on a Kenyan police officer outside a U.S. embassy in Nairobi, the group's Amaq news agency said on Saturday. A knife-wielding man whom police described as a criminal was shot dead outside the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi last Thursday after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer. "The person who carried out the stabbing of a guard outside the American embassy in Nairobi last Thursday was a soldier of Islamic State responding to calls to target coalition countries," Amaq said.
Kenya's police spokesman said at the time the motive was unclear and an investigation was launched. The spokesman could not immediately be reached on Saturday.
Islamic State previously claimed an attack in Kenya in September by three women who were shot dead after they tricked their way into a police station in Mombasa and tried to torch the building, according to police. The police in Kenya have also previously said they had detained sympathisers with the group.
Oct. 29, 2016
Headline: Islamic State recognizes oath of allegiance from jihadists in Mali
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has officially recognized an oath of allegiance sworn on behalf of a group of jihadists operating in Mali and neighboring countries. Abu Walid al Sahrawi first swore bay’ah (an oath of allegiance) to the so-called caliphate more than seventeen months ago, but Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s enterprise did not advertise it until yesterday. Amaq released a short statement acknowledging Sahrawi’s oath, as well as a video of him reading his pledge. Sahrawi’s organization is commonly known as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). Sahrawi previously served as the spokesman for the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). In that role, Sahrawi was allied with Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was originally a commander in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Disagreements with AQIM’s leadership led Belmokhtar to establish his own force in 2012. MUJAO merged with Belmokhtar and his men in 2013 to form Al Murabitoon. But two years later, in May 2015, Sahrawi and a cadre of fighters broke away to establish a branch of the Islamic State in Mali. Amaq’s statement reads like Sahrawi’s pledge of fealty is recent, but it is actually old news. “Katibat Murabitoon, under the leadership of Abu Walid al Sahrawi in northern Mali, pledges allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and the Islamic State organization,” Amaq’s statement reads.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Russia fails to win re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council
The sub is believed to be one of three fearsomely armed subs heading for Mediterranean – easy striking distance of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. While the world condemns the flotilla of Russian surface battleships on its way to the east Mediterranean, it is the submarines that will unleash deadly metal rain on Syria’s last rebel stronghold, experts warn. The news comes as tensions between London and Moscow escalate following Britain’s decision to deploy tanks, fighter aircraft and up to 800 troops to Baltic war games. A Royal Navy nuclear submarine was last night tracking two of the boats in the Irish Sea. They are expected to join the task force, headed by Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, on Monday. It is not the first time Russia has used its silent weapons of destruction to attack Syrian soil. In December last year its Military Maritime Fleet successfully trialled the first firing of cruise missiles from a submarine, when the Kilo-class ‘Rostov-on-Don’ launched four Kalibr missiles, with a 4,000 km range, on ISIS targets. It is not ISIS, however, that is expected to be the target of this newest deployment, but rather Aleppo, where 270,000 civilians remain trapped with no hope of escape. Sources revealed that two Akula-class attack submarines, armed with the same Kalibr land attack cruise missile system, were “pinged” by a Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarine as they sailed through the Irish Sea.
Oct. 31, 2016
Headline: Yemen conflict: Dozens killed as air strikes hit prison in Hudaydah
Dozens of people have been killed at a Yemeni prison complex in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition, reports say. Strikes hit a building used as a prison in the al-Zaydiya security headquarters in the western port of Hudaydah, security and medical officials say. The city is under the control of Houthi rebels, who have been battling the government since 2014. Rebels and inmates were among the 60 dead, officials said. Dozens more are believed to have been wounded. The prison was holding 84 inmates when it was hit three times late on Saturday, reports said.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: Measles Complication That Can Kill Years Later More Common Than Thought
A measles complication that has been known to kill children, and even adults, years after they recover from the illness isn’t as rare as experts had once thought. Previously, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, or SSPE, was thought to have affected about one in 100,000 previous measles patients, making it a fairly rare disease in pre-vaccine times. But new research released on Friday at the IDWeek expo in New Orleans suggests that this measles complication is much more common than once believed. According to MedPage Today, SSPE might occur in about one in 600 patients, depending on how old the patient was when they suffered from measles. The findings were based on analysis of 17 earlier cases, primarily those who had contracted the illness via the California measles epidemic of 1988 through 1990. SSPE is a condition that could lay dormant for several years in a person’s system and might manifest a good four to eight years after a patient is infected by measles. The disease’s classical symptoms initially include behavioral changes, but they progress toward more intense seizures over time until patients become comatose. MedPage Today notes that patients might die about one to three years after the initial SSPE diagnosis. Study lead author Dr. James Cherry of UCLA acknowledged that this measles complication was once thought to be “quite rare,” even as a German study in 2013 had hinted that the disease occurs in about one in 1,700 measles cases among children five years old or younger. He also warned that the 1-in-600 rate might be a modest estimate, due to the “really striking” revelations in his team’s study.
Oct. 30, 2016
Headline: 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy
Headline: Italy trembles: Over 200 aftershocks follow devastating earthquake
Basilica of San Benedict - A strong earthquake in Italy's Umbria region destroyed a centuries-old basilica that was built at the birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica early Sunday. No deaths were reported from the quake, which followed a series of smaller temblors. Images from the scene show firefighters coming to the aid of nuns as they fled one of the buildings in Norcia, which is also commonly called Nursia. One reason for the lack of casualties: many buildings had been declared unsafe after a large quake in August. "The monks are all safe, but our hearts go immediately to those affected, and the priests of the monastery are searching for any who may need the Last Rites," reads an announcement from the Benedictine monks of Norcia, who had been working to raise money to repair their historic basilica. Today, the monks said, "The basilica is destroyed."
Oct. 30, 2016