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Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry Blames Palestinian President’s ‘Incitement’ for Terror Attacks

Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry Blames Palestinian President’s ‘Incitement’ for Terror Attacks

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- After three terrorist attacks in less than two weeks, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Thursday accusing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of instigating violence in the region.The statement points to a Wednesday attack in which one man was killed and 14 injured when a Palestinian drove his van into crowds of Israelis, before attacking passersby with a metal pole. That attack, the Israeli MFA said, was "nearly identical" to one that took place about two weeks earlier. The ministry also notes the shooting of American-born Israeli Yehuda Glick on Oct. 29 and ongoing rioting on the Temple Mount."Israel places the highest value on freedom of religion and worship," the statement reads. Despite Palestinian claims to the contrary, the Israeli MFA says it "has made no move to change the decades-old status-quo on the Temple Mount." "In contrast," the MFA statement reads, "Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his 'unity government' partner Hamas are operating to undermine the status quo-on the Temple Mount, inciting riots to enflame tensions."Calling the most recent terror incident "a direct result of the incitement by Abbas and his Hamas partners," the MFA called on the international community to "strongly condemn Abbas' incitement and call on the PA president to cease his encouragement of violence and terrorism."

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Poppies Surround Britain’s Tower of London in Memory of WWI

Poppies Surround Britain’s Tower of London in Memory of WWI

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- London’s latest tourist sensation is surprising -- and somber.It's a blood-red moat of almost 900,000 ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London. The flowers sweep around the ancient structure in memory of the Brits who died in World War I.Millions of people, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Princes William and Harry, and the Duchess of Cambridge, have visited the installation by artist Paul Cummins, who titled the project “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.”The poppies -- one for each of Britain’s fallen in The Great War, as they still call it there -- will be taken down on Nov. 12, the day after Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of fighting in 1918.

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So Who Actually Killed Osama Bin Laden?

So Who Actually Killed Osama Bin Laden?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three and a half years after American bullets felled Osama bin Laden, controversy has been reignited over who actually pulled the trigger that fateful night now that the Navy SEAL who claims to have personally killed the al Qaeda leader has been publicly identified.The special operations news website SOFREP.com reported Monday that Robert O’Neill is the name of the former SEAL Team Six member who was identified only as “the Shooter” in an Esquire magazine article last year titled “The Man Who Killed Osama Bin Laden…Is Screwed.”

On Wednesday, international publications reported the name as well, and on Thursday, The Washington Post published an interview with O’Neill in which he describes the terror leader’s purported final moments. Two special operations sources previously identified O’Neill as “the Shooter” to ABC News.Despite the definitiveness of the Esquire magazine article title, there are lingering questions over whether O’Neill was the man who actually killed bin Laden, as his account differs markedly from that of Mark Owen, the pseudonymous former SEAL Team Six member who wrote the book No Easy Day about the bin Laden raid in 2012.In the Esquire article, O’Neill claims he and another SEAL, the "point man," were alone on the stairs heading up to the third floor of bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Before they reached the third floor, the point man saw a man poke his head out of the bedroom doorway on the third floor so the point man unleashed a few shots in his direction. The shots missed, however, and when the pair reached the third floor, the point man peeled off to tackle two women who were in the hallway -- a move meant to protect his teammates from possible suicide bombs.

O’Neill, then, was the first to enter the bedroom where he came face-to-face with bin Laden, standing just inches away, and was the one who shot him three times in the head before he could get to a nearby AK-47.In Owen's account, Owen, the point man and a third SEAL -- since identified as Esquire's "the Shooter” and therefore O’Neill -- all went up to the third floor together after the point man's shots from the stairway. But when they entered bin Laden's room together, they found the al Qaeda leader already down and bleeding from the head. The point man's earlier shots had apparently connected.The two women were inside the bedroom when the point man, having deemed the downed bin Laden was not a threat, tackled them into the corner. Owen and O’Neill then fired a few more bullets into bin Laden's dying body. Only later did the SEALs realize who they had killed, Owen said.Clouding the events further is another account written by Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden called The Finish based on interviews with higher-level military officials up the chain of command all the way to President Obama. In that account, three SEALs ascended the steps together but bin Laden was alive and standing in the bedroom when the point man entered. The point man tackled the two women in the room and the second SEAL through the door, who Bowden did not identify, was the one that shot bin Laden first in the chest and then in the head.Bowden's book, which was still in press when No Easy Day hit bookshelves, later carried an insert deferring to Owen's version of events.A spokesperson for the U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees the Joint Special Operations Command that launched the raid, told ABC News after the Esquire article’s publication that the command wouldn't be the one to settle the controversy anytime soon. He declined to comment on operations and said the official version of events probably wouldn't be declassified for more than two decades.That leaves the point man, the only SEAL in the room when bin Laden took his last breath who hasn't spoken publicly, to throw his hat in the ring. And according to a former member of SEAL Team Six with whom ABC News spoke in 2013, he's not the type to trade the special warfare shadows for the media spotlight.“You’re never going to hear from him,” the ex-SEAL said then. “He’s just the type of guy that doesn’t care about it…[He] doesn’t think he did anything special. He simply pulled the trigger when he was supposed to. That’s why he’ll never go public.”O’Neill told the Post he decided to go public because he was convinced his identity was about to be leaked anyway. He is scheduled to appear on Fox News next week.Others in the special operations community have criticized O’Neill, and Owen before him, for apparently violating the special operations code of quiet professionalism.High-ranking members of Naval Special Warfare sent a stinging letter to SEAL team members this week, saying that a “critical tenant of our ethos is ‘I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.’”“Our ethos is a life-long commitment and obligation, both in and out of the service,” says the letter, a copy of which was posted on SOFREP.com. “Violators of our ethos are neither teammates in good standing, nor teammates who represent Naval Special Warfare.”

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Magazine’s Ice Cream Photos of Italian Politician Spark Online Backlash

Magazine’s Ice Cream Photos of Italian Politician Spark Online Backlash

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italians are speaking up for women after Chi magazine ran a series of seemingly innocent photos featuring cabinet minister Marianna Madia eating ice cream in the passenger seat of her car along with the text, “She really knows how to work an ice cream.”BBC News reports some Italians are taking the magazine to task for the suggestive combination of the photos and caption, posting pictures of themselves indulging in the sweet treat with the hashtag #cisofareanchio, or “I really know how to work it too.”Chi is owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was once in the spotlight for his own sexual indiscretions.Madia, Italy’s Minister of Public Administration and Simplification, has yet to address the photos directly, but told La Repubblica newspaper that she thanked “everyone for their support.”

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French Al Qaeda Operative Believed Killed in US Strikes in Syria

French Al Qaeda Operative Believed Killed in US Strikes in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A French member of an elite al Qaeda cell is believed to have been killed in a series of American strikes in northern Syria targeting al Qaeda operatives dubbed the Khorasan Group, two U.S. officials said Thursday.The Frenchman, David Drugeon, was purportedly struck as he traveled in a vehicle late Wednesday night, the officials said. He had been the main target of a handful of strikes in northwestern Syria.In addition to his role in the Khorasan Group’s plots to hit the West with clever new explosive devices, Drugeon was once reportedly involved in French intelligence.The Khorasan Group is a relatively small cell of al Qaeda veterans from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region who have infiltrated Syria to focus on external attacks against the West, according to U.S. officials.The U.S. military said airstrikes late Wednesday targeted five "Khorasan Group" targets "using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.""We are still assessing the outcome of the attack, but have initial indications that it resulted in the intended effects by striking terrorists and destroying or severely damaging several Khorasan Group vehicles and buildings assessed to be meeting and staging areas, IED-making facilities and training facilities," the military said in a statement. "These strikes were undertaken only by U.S. assets."

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Protecting World’s Last Mountain Gorillas Amid Violence in DR Congo

Protecting World’s Last Mountain Gorillas Amid Violence in DR CongoNetflix(WASHINGTON) -- At the heart of the deadly 20-year-long civil war that rages in the Democratic Republic of Congo sits the home of the world’s last 800 mountain gorillas in Africa’s oldest national park.Virunga National Park -- and th...

United States Launches New Airstrikes Against Khorasan Group

United States Launches New Airstrikes Against Khorasan Group

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States has launched new airstrikes against the Khorasan Group in northwestern Syria, the first operations against the terror group since the opening night of airstrikes in Syria on September 22. The new strikes indicate that the U.S. will continue to target the small terror group of al Qaeda veterans that U.S. officials said was in the final stages of executing a terror attack focusing on U.S. and western aviation.A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that airstrikes were launched Wednesday night at targets in northwestern Syria where the Khorasan Group has been operating. The group is made up of approximately 50 al Qaeda veterans who operated in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan who moved their operations to northwestern Syria, where that nation’s three-year civil war has afforded them the cover to plan terror operations on western targets.The official declined to identify what targets were struck and an assessment of Wednesday night’s strikes, citing operational concerns.The first indication of U.S. airstrikes Wednesday night emerged on social media, with reports that targets had been hit in Idlib Province north of Aleppo. Specifically, the reports said targets had been struck in the towns of Saramada and Kfar Deriyan.Those reports speculated that American warplanes had struck at targets belonging to the Islamic rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is affiliated with al Qaeda. Khorasan Group members work under al-Nusra’s protection, and U.S. officials have said in the past that the groups share resources and co-locate their operations.Most of the 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched on Sept. 22 were aimed at Khorasan Group targets while waves of aircraft struck ISIS targets in northern and eastern Syria. U.S. officials said the Khorasan Group had been struck because it was in the final stages of executing an attack on U.S. or western aircraft. Some officials said the attack on the Khorasan Group had been moved up out of concerns that senior leaders had been tipped off by American media reports the previous week that U.S intelligence had a good read on their operations.In early October, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that the airstrikes had succeeded in disrupting the group’s plots “but the unknown is for how long.”He added the group is still “capable of hitting the homeland because they have some skills, honed over the course of the last decade, and they are in collaboration with each other.”Dempsey said the U.S. was still trying to determine at the time if the Khorasan Group’s leader, Muhsin al-Fadhli, a 33-year-old Kuwaiti was killed in the strikes. However, Dempsey said it appeared that another unidentified senior leader may have been killed in the strikes.Earlier this week, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby could not provide reporters with an assessment of whether the group’s senior leaders had been killed in the strikes.“We know we hit the targets that we were aiming at and had good effect on them,” said Kirby. “It remains to be seen if there was a like effect on actual leaders."He said the group still remained a “dangerous entity” that continued to plan to strike at western targets, “and we take that threat very, very seriously. I think I wouldn't go beyond that.”

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Yazidis Visited US, Requested Additional Assistance in Iraq

Yazidis Visited US, Requested Additional Assistance in Iraq

Marcio Silva/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department confirmed on Wednesday that a delegation of Yazidi leaders from Iraq and Germany met with U.S. officials last week to request assistance relating to the humanitarian crisis on Mount Sinjar in Iraq and to the women and girls kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.According to a State Department readout, U.S. officials expressed concerns about those very subjects and discussed the potential provision of psychosocial aid to the women and girls who escaped ISIS. There was no mention of specific additional aid within the readout."With our international partners, and the United Nations, we continue to look for every opportunity to help those who are suffering under [ISIS]'s barbaric and inhumane captivity," the readout said. Noting American airstrikes, resupply missions and humanitarian aid, the State Department assured the Yazidi that the U.S. remains "committed to the protection of civilians from [ISIS]'s terror, and working with the international coalition to defeat [ISIS]."

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Putin Tops “Forbes” Most Powerful People List for Second Consecutive Year

Putin Tops “Forbes” Most Powerful People List for Second Consecutive Year

ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin topped Forbes' sixth annual list of the most powerful people in the world, released Wednesday. It's the second straight year Putin has topped the list.The Russian president finished ahead of powerful individuals including President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, after a year in which his country annexed the Crimean Peninsula, created tensions with neighboring Ukraine and negotiated a deal to build a gas pipeline with China. The top five on Forbes' list remained the same from last year -- Putin, followed by Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and Merkel. Twelve new additions to the list include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi, China's richest man Jack Ma, and the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Forbes explained its selection of Putin over Obama by calling the former "the omnipotent head of a feisty former superpower" and the latter "the handcuffed head of the most dominant country in the world."

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Guantanamo Bay Detainee Released, Transferred to Kuwait

Guantanamo Bay Detainee Released, Transferred to Kuwait

Benjamin Haas/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Guantanamo Bay detainee was released to his home country of Kuwait on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda was released from the detention facility on Wednesday after a Periodic Review Board determined in July that continued detention of the prisoner was unnecessary to "protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States." The Pentagon says that the government of Kuwait was willing "to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."The Department of Defense says 148 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.Al Awda had been detained since 2001, and he is just the second detainee to be released this year -- excluding the five Taliban detainees sent to Qatar as part of the deal to gain Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's freedom.

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Nearly 9,000 Afghan Security Personnel Killed Since 2013, US Commander Says Security Forces Are ‘Winning’

Nearly 9,000 Afghan Security Personnel Killed Since 2013, US Commander Says Security Forces Are ‘Winning’

MatthewBrosseau/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Nearly 9,000 Afghan security personnel have been killed in fighting with the Taliban in the last two years. Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the number-two U.S. commander in Afghanistan, announced the figures at a Wednesday statement on the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan. In his opening statement, Anderson said that 4,634 Afghan Army and Police have been killed in action in 2014, up from 4,350 in 2013. He did not, however, provide fatality numbers from earlier than 2013."We started off with 54,000 service members here, when I took over in January, from 48 nations," Anderson said, noting that that figure is down to 38,000 soldiers from 44 countries. While Anderson said the Taliban "amassed some forces in a few provinces," he made clear that those forces "were beaten back.""The Afghan National Security Forces are winning," he said Wednesday, "and this is a hugely capable fighting force who have been holding their ground against the enemy."

Officials have acknowledged that Afghan military fatalities have risen significantly as Afghan forces took the lead for security from U.S. and NATO troops, but never to this level of specificity. Anderson could not provide statistics prior to 2013 to show how much the fatality numbers have gone up.For comparison, 4,478 U.S. military service members died in the war in Iraq, and 2,210 Americans have died in Afghanistan since 2001.Afghan security officials are working to boost their recruiting to deal with the high casualty rates and attrition rates, Anderson said.The Afghan police is working to change tactics and procedures to better protect their forces in the field against roadside bombs. Afghan police forces are believed to make up the bulk of the casualties, as they are less well trained and equipped than Army units and are frequently the target of Taliban attacks.“They do need to decrease their casualty rate,” said Anderson, noting that improving their medical evacuation capabilities could help bring down the number of fatalities. Afghan forces are currently carrying out 88 percent of all medical and casualty evacuations in Afghanistan through a combination of air and ground transportation.“All those things have to continue to improve to reduce those numbers because those numbers are not sustainable in the long term,” Anderson said.The force of 20,000 American troops currently in Afghanistan is scheduled to be reduced to 9,800 by year’s end. The remaining U.S. forces will focus on advising and assisting the Afghan military, though about 1,000 of them will still conduct counter-terrorism missions, U.S. officials said.

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New 5-Star Singapore Hotel Is Fit for Humans, But Made for Pets

New 5-Star Singapore Hotel Is Fit for Humans, But Made for Pets

ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images(SINGAPORE) -- The newest hotel in Singapore is really quite high-end. There's leather chairs in the lobby and a crystal chandelier. There's limo service, a pool, a spa and a small fitness center complete with trainer.But The Wagington Hotel's not for you. They don't take people -- only pets.Opened Tuesday, the hotel offers the same services as many upscale human hotels, with prices to match. The Royal Suite -- Wagington's plushest accommodation -- costs $270 per night."The Wagington offers arrays of services for the county [sic] most discerning pets. From boarding, spa, daycare, leisure swim, training and retail shopping, the hotel is an icon brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century, where the glamour of owning an animal companion sparkles with new lustre [sic]," the hotel describes itself in a post on its Facebook page.A stay at the hotel is not all-inclusive. Each service -- from a dip in the bone-shaped pool to a limo ride to a trip to the spa -- costs extra. Generally speaking, larger dogs incur a higher charge for services.

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Pope Fires Church Official for Selling Marriage Annulments

Pope Fires Church Official for Selling Marriage Annulments

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Pope Francis has fired a corrupt church official who sold marriage annulments to divorced Catholic couples.The pope said he dismissed a marriage annulment tribunal official in Argentina after he learned he was offering to expedite annulments for $10,000.The issue of marriage annulment came up at the recent Vatican family on the synod. Because church doctrine dictates married and divorced Catholics cannot receive the sacraments, some reform-minded cardinals suggested it be made easier for Catholics to annul their marriage. That way, they could then take the sacraments.Francis says streamlining annulments, which can take years and cost thousands, is a matter of justice.

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Hamas Praises Jerusalem Terror Attack

Hamas Praises Jerusalem Terror Attack

Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images(BEIRUT) -- One Israeli police officer was killed and at least 13 others were wounded Wednesday morning when a Palestinian man plowed a white van into a crowd of pedestrians waiting for a light rail train in East Jerusalem, authorities said.The attacker was a member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which later praised the attack, calling it revenge for recent Israeli actions at the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque.In a two-stage assault, Ibrahim al-Akri, 38, drove a van first into a station in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, striking, among others, Jadan Assad, a 38-year-old Border Patrol captain, authorities said. Akri then drove farther down the street before getting out of the van with a bar, attacking surrounding cars. He was then shot and killed by police.Assad later died of his injuries, according to authorities, and at least three others are reportedly in critical condition.A Hamas statement issued Wednesday afternoon praised Akri, an East Jerusalem resident, as a “son of the movement.” The statement said the attack was a natural reaction to recent Israeli settler and security actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound -- known as the Temple Mount to Jews -- the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest in Judaism.Muslim worshipers in the compound on Wednesday clashed with Israeli police, accused by those praying there of storming the complex.The compound -- known as Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims -- has been at the center of recent growing tension in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Defense Forces said a second incident on Wednesday in the West Bank left three IDF soldiers injured. An IDF statement said that a Palestinian vehicle attempted to run the soldiers over."The IDF is conducting a wide spread search in the region to locate the vehicle and its driver," the statement read. No further details were released regarding a suspect or the vehicle involved.The soldiers were taken for medical treatment, though the IDF did not provide their medical status.Last week, American-born activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick was targeted in an assassination attempt. Glick is part of the right-wing movement to replace the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Third Temple. He also campaigned for the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, which is forbidden.

Glick was shot as he left an event called “Israel Returns to the Temple Mount.” Israeli police quickly shot and killed a Palestinian they suspected of being behind the shooting.Clashes and attacks have been growing for months, fueling fears of a third Palestinian "Intifada," or uprising.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting Wednesday morning’s attack."We are in the midst of a struggle for Jerusalem and I have no doubt that we will triumph," the prime minister said, according to the Haaretz newspaper. "We are deploying all the forces that we can. It could be a prolonged struggle and we need to unite the entire nation behind it."

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US Military Continues Attack on ISIS, Launches 14 More Airstrikes

US Military Continues Attack on ISIS, Launches 14 More Airstrikes

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military continued its attack against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, launching 14 more airstrikes between Monday and Wednesday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), three of the strikes were near Kobani in Syria. They hit a small unit, two fighting positions and a dump truck. Another strike in Syria destroyed a fighting position and hit a small unit near Sinjar.The remaining 10 airstrikes in Iraq destroyed two ISIS-occupied buildings near Mosul; destroyed a vehicle, bunker and anti-aircraft artillery piece, and hit two small units near Bayji; destroyed a vehicle and struck a small unit near Fallujah; destroyed a checkpoint and damaged a vehicle near Ramadi; and destroyed and armored vehicle and hit a small unit near Sinjar.CENTCOM said all the aircraft used in the attacks managed to exit the areas safely.

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Ukraine Deploying More Troops in the East as Tensions Rise

Ukraine Deploying More Troops in the East as Tensions Rise

Zoonar/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — As pro-Russian leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk were sworn in Tuesday following a disputed election, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered the deployment of more troops to the regions in the event rebels decide to undertake a major offensive with help from Moscow.Meanwhile, the mostly ineffective ceasefire in place since September appeared on the verge of total collapse with reports that Russia was sending more soldiers and military hardware to the border near Ukraine.Although Poroshenko claims he's still committed to the peace process, he also threatened to remove the special autonomous status of Donetsk and Luhansk, the hotbeds of the insurgents' rebellion.The reinforcements ordered by the president will be stationed in Mariupol, Berdyansk, Kharkiv and the north of Luhansk region in an effort to deter separatists from seeking more territory.Since the initial insurgent uprising last March, as many as 4,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine.

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Amnesty International Calls Israeli Attacks on Gaza Homes ‘Deeply Disturbing’

Amnesty International Calls Israeli Attacks on Gaza Homes ‘Deeply Disturbing’

Pawel Gaul/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- Amnesty International released a report on Tuesday regarding Israeli rockets launched at inhabited homes within Gaza over the summer.Amnesty called the bombardment "deeply disturbing" and, "incongruent with the binding rules governing the conduct of hostilities in international humanitarian law." The report further express doubt regarding, "whether a military objective was present" in a number of the attacks."In those cases where Amnesty International has been able to determine the possible intended target, it has found either that it was not in fact a military objective, that the devastating toll on civilians and civilian property was out of all proportion to any military advantage from the attack and/or that Israel failed to take necessary precautions to minimize harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects," the report read.Further, Amnesty's report says, "the onus [is] on the Israeli government to explain what the intended target was in each of these attacks."The report specifically details eight particular incidents in which family homes in Gaza were attacked without warning. Those attacks, part of Israel's Operation Protective Edge in July and August, led to the deaths of at least 104 civilians and 62 children, according to Amnesty International.

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US State Department’s OSAC Releases Report on Canadian Parliament Shooting

US State Department’s OSAC Releases Report on Canadian Parliament Shooting

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) released a report on Tuesday on the shooting outside the Canadian Parliament that took place last month.The report featured a detailed account of the shooting at the National War Memorial and inside the Centre Block, the main building of Canada's parliament. Earlier reports that shots had also been fired inside the nearby Rideau Centre shopping mall were, however, dispelled.The OSAC report indicates that the threat of terrorism in Canada, "is plausible given past terrorist actions and attempts, but there are no known terrorist threats against U.S. citizens or organizations in Canada."

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UK Man, 26, Arrested on Suspicion of Preparing Act of Terrorism

UK Man, 26, Arrested on Suspicion of Preparing Act of Terrorism

Sergiy Tryapitsyn/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A 26-year-old British man was arrested on Monday night in Cornwall on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism. The Devon Cornwall Police did not identify the man, but said he was arrested under Section 5 of the U.K.'s Terrorism Act. The suspect was questioned by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.Local Police Area Commander Jim Pearce said that the arrest was pre-planned and was not a response to an immediate threat to public safety.The Metropolitan Police Service has been seeking to identify individuals susceptible to radicalization and to remove extremist material from the Internet. In August, the MPS said that there had been five times as many terrorism-related arrests made in the U.K. in 2014 as at the same point last year.

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Russian Taliban Fighter Makes Court Appearance, First Detainee Brought from Afghanistan to US for Trial

Russian Taliban Fighter Makes Court Appearance, First Detainee Brought from Afghanistan to US for Trial

Vladek/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Russian Taliban commander detained on a battlefield in Afghanistan in 2009 was the first military detainee to be brought from Afghanistan to the U.S. for trial when he appeared in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday.Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin was indicted on terrorism charges, including conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists, conspiring and attempting to destroy an aircraft of the armed forces of the United States, and conspiring and attempting to murder a national of the United States in October. Hamidullin faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.The charging document was unsealed on Tuesday.The Department of Justice says that Hamidullin was taken into custody in November 2009. He was turned over to the FBI on Nov. 3 and brought to the U.S. to face charges.

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