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March 01, 2017

Compassion Int’l Announces Closure of India Operations

After nearly 50 years in the country, Compassion International will close its India operations March 15. The move was triggered my government moves in February 2016 which prevented the organization from getting funds into India. [MORE]

January 30, 2017

Quebec Mosque Shooter Charged with Murdering Six

Quebec City—After six people were killed Sunday in shootings in a Quebec City mosque, Alexandre Bissonette, 27, has been charged with their murder, as well as attempted murder of five others who were injured.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Canadian parliament, “Make no mistake, this was a terrorist attack.”

January 18, 2017

Gambia Parliament Gives Jammeh 3 Additional Months

Gambia—The Gambian National Assembly has voted to extend president Jammeh’s stay in power for an extra 3 months. He lost a presidential election late last year, but after an initial concession he subsequently refused to leave office, claiming irregularities in the election.

January 17, 2017

Mistaken Airstrike Kills 52 at Nigeria Refugee Camp

Nigeria—A Nigerian airstrike has hit a refugee camp, killing 52, including numerous Doctors Without Borders personnel. The devastation was apparently due to faulty information wrongly suggesting Boko Haram militants were present, according to a commander of army operations.

January 16, 2017

Turkish Airline Crash in Kyrgyzstan Kills 30

Dacha-Suu Kyrgyzstan—A Turkish cargo plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan Monday, killing at least 30. Official believe heavy fog and poor visibility were factors.

January 14, 2017

ISIS Used Mosul University for Killing Floor, Bombs

Mosul, Iraq—Iraqi forces have captured Mosul University and learned that ISIS had used it for executing civilians and building bombs. They also found chemicals suspected of being used as weapons against civilians. [MORE]

January 12, 2017

World Vision Gaza Gets More Terrorism Charges

World Vision Gaza, facing indictment for financing terrorism since August 4, was hit with additional terrorism charges Thursday.

Then-manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza Mohammad El Halabi was arrested June 15, 2016, but was not charged until August. [MORE]

Syria Claims Israel Fired Rockets

Amman, Syria—The Syrian military claims Israel fired rockets Friday on a key military airport near Damascus. The army’s high command says the rockets were fired from northern Israel shortly after midnight. [MORE]

January 02, 2017

More Baghdad Bombs

Baghdad, Iraq—After bombs killed 30 people Saturday in Baghdad, multiple ISIS bombers struck again Monday, claiming 64 lives. The deaths came from five different bomb incidents, each attributed to ISIS suicide bombers.

Stabbed for Bible Reading: Austria Woman Attacked By Migrant

Timelkam, Austria—A woman invited to talk about the Bible at an Austrian migrant center was attacked with a knife while reading Scripture. The 50 year old woman was protected from serious injury by her heavy winter coat, although she injured her ear when the attack caused her to fall backward.

Syrian Rebels Halt Ceasefire Talks Amid Claims of Violations

Damascus—The ceasefire backed by Russia and Turkey and blessed by the U.N. appears to be in jeopardy, as rebel groups say they are freezing talks due to violations by pro-government forces. [MORE]

January 01, 2017

Gunman Kills 39 in Istanbul Attack

Istanbul, Turkey—A gunman has killed at least 39 at an Istanbul nightclub New Year party. Witnesses said the gunman was shouting “Allahu Akbar,” which fits recent ISIS messages calling for supporters to carry out attacks at “celebrations, gatherings and clubs.” [MORE]

December 31, 2016

ISIS Blasts Kill 29 in Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq—Three bombs attributed to ISIS killed 29 people in Baghdad on Saturday. Two rocked a busy market, while a third exploded a minibus on a commercial street with heavy traffic. [MORE]

December 30, 2016

Russia Won’t Expel U.S. Diplomats

Moscow—A day after outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials suspected to be spies, Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated he would not return the favor. [MORE]

December 29, 2016

Russia, Turkey Lead Ceasefire Agreement in Syria

Russia and Turkey have brokered a ceasefire agreement in Syria. A key part of the deal that it excludes UN-identified terrorist groups, including ISIS and the Syrian al Qaeda affiliated Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra). [MORE]

Airstrike May Have Hit Civilian Hospital in Mosul

Mosul, Iraq—The Iraqi coalition says that an airstrike intended against an ISIS target may have struck a Mosul hospital in the process, killing civilians.

The coalition said it struck a van observed firing a SPG9/RPG recoilless rifle, but it was later determined that the location was a hospital compound, and there may have been civilian casualties. An investigation is ongoing.

December 27, 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Visits Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii—Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader to make a public memorial visit to Pearl Harbor, the site of a surprise attack that occasioned the entry of the United States into World War II on December 7, 1941.

Abe attended a public memorial alongside outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama. Along with laying a wreath to honor the dead, he also spoke for several minutes, calling the loss of life there was a “solemn reality” by which “I am rendered entirely speechless.”

In August, Obama had visited Hiroshima and expressed similar regrets for the U.S. nuclear attack near the end of World War II.

December 25, 2016

Christmas Tragedy: All 92 Aboard Syria-Bound Russian Plane Die in Crash

All 92 people aboard a Russian aircraft headed for Syria Christmas Day are reportedly dead after a crash into the Black Sea. Most of the occupants were Red Army choir singers, dancers and orchestra members slated to entertain troops at Russia’s Hyeymim air base in Syria. [MORE]

December 24, 2016

Without U.S. Opposition, U.N. Resolves Against Israeli Settlements

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Friday calling for Israel to end settlement building. While Israel and President-elect Donald Trump called for the United States to exercise its veto power, the U.S. instead abstained, which allowed the measure to pass. [MORE]

December 23, 2016

Gadafi Loyalists Hijack Plane, Surrender

Luqa, Malta—A Libya flight carrying 109 people was hijacked to Malta Friday, but after their unharmed release, the hijackers surrendered. The pair, loyalists to deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadafi, were looking for asylum in Europe. The incident was dealt with by Malta’s PM Muscat and his National Security Committee.

Putin Talks Arms, “Sore Loser” Democrats

Moscow—In his final 2016 press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin explained recent comments about the military, and took a swipe at the U.S. Democratic Party.

Putin had said that Russia’s military was “stronger than any potential aggressor” on Thursday, which led to State Department comments about U.S. military strength. The Russian president brushed that aside, saying that he did not regard the U.S. as a potential aggressor, and that he had in mind nations that might launch an attack. He also indicated that Russia has no interest in an arms race with the U.S.; “We will never spend resources on an arms race we can’t afford.”

Putin also spoke derisively about the U.S. Democrats, saying the party “has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name,” and called them sore losers.

U.N. Security Council to Vote on Israeli Settlement Resolution

Although Egypt withdrew the measure Thursday, the U.N. Security Council will vote Friday on an anti-settlement resolution. The resolution calls Israel to “immediately and completely all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

A veto by the U.S., France, Russia, the U.K. or China would defeat the resolution.

Italy Police Fatally Shoot Berlin Truck Attack Suspect

Milan—Anis Amri, the Tunisian immigrant suspected in the Berlin truck terror attack on Monday, has been shot dead by Italian police. The unsuspecting officers did not know who he was, and when they requested he empty his pockets and bag, he shot one, giving him a shoulder wound. [MORE]

December 21, 2016

Assad’s Government in Full Control of Aleppo

Aleppo, Syria—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have taken full control of Aleppo proper, with the final rebel fighters evacuated Wednesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The watchdog added that there is a small pocket on the western outskirts still in rebel hands.

December 19, 2016

Terror in Europe: 12 Dead in Berlin, 3 Wounded in Zurich

In an apparent attack, a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin Monday, killing 12 and injuring nearly 50. A passenger in the truck (possibly the original driver) was found dead, while a suspect was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, three were wounded in shootings in Zurich at an Islamic Center being used as a mosque.

Russian Ambassador Shot Dead in Turkey

Ankara, Turkey—Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead Monday by an apparent radical Islamist. The assassination occurred at a photo exhibit at the embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The shooter was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas, a member of the city’s riot police squad. He shouted “Allahu akbar” and “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!”

Altintas was later shot by police in a shootout.

December 17, 2016

New Deal to Restart Aleppo Evacuations

A new agreement between the Syrian government and rebel forces will allow “humanitarian cases” to flee Shi’ite villages that rebels have been shelling, and in turn civilians and rebels will again be allowed to evacuate from eastern Aleppo.

About 4,000 people are expected to be evacuated from the villages of Foua and Kfarya, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but later reports said area insurgents would only allow 400 evacuations.

China to Return Underwater Drone

Beijing—China’s Defense Ministry said Saturday it plans to return the underwater U.S. drone it seized this week, but complained about the U.S. “hyping up” the matter.

The research drone was in international waters collecting data about the water habitat when it was seized Thursday. See our related story.

December 16, 2016

Breaking: Chinese Seize U.S. Navy Vehicle in South China Sea

Breaking: The Chinese navy has seized a U.S. Navy vessel in the international waters of the South China Sea. The underwater drone is an unmanned glider that was collecting unclassified scientific data, according to the Pentagon. The glider was one of two in the process of recovery when the Chinese warship approached and took one.

[Last updated: 11:30 a.m. Central]

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended

Aleppo, Syria—The long-awaited evacuation of Aleppo which began yesterday came to a sudden halt today amid conflicting reports. Turkish state media report that forces allied with the Assad government fired on the evacuation convoy, while the World Health Organization said the efforts were suspended on Russian orders. Reports suggest that the halt was called because rebels have continued to shell government-held Shi’ite villages near Idlib.[MORE]