October 22, 2019

Pentagon weighs keeping US troops near Syrian oil fields

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- There have been internal discussions about possibly keeping some U.S. troops in eastern Syria near oil fields, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters in Afghanistan on Monday, but he added that no options had been presented to President Donald Trump. Hours later, the president seemed to indicate support for the idea when he told reporters at a cabinet meeting that it would not be necessary to keep American troops in Syria, "other than that we secure the..
October 21, 2019

Congo’s Ebola outbreak, now concentrated in a gold mining area, remains a global emergency: WHO

Cesare Ferrari/iStock(LONDON) — The World Health Organization says the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to pose an international emergency as the deadly virus emerges in a remote gold mining area. The global health arm of the United Nations convened its technical advisory committee on Friday to review the situation since first declaring the Ebola epidemic -- the second-deadliest in history -- a "public health emergency of international concern" on ..
October 21, 2019

Judges close investigations into 2015 Paris and Bataclan terror attacks that killed 130

konstantin32/iStock(PARIS) -- France's anti-terrorism prosecutor's office announced Monday morning that investigations into the terror attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people in Paris have ended. The attacks at cafes, a Bataclan concert hall, and outside a stadium in Saint-Denis -- which also wounded more than 350 -- were the deadliest committed on French soil since the Second World War. Four years after ISIS claimed responsibility, the investigations revealed a much larger jih..
October 21, 2019

Water cannon sprays mosque entrance in Hong Kong

Jo Wing Ying/iStock(HONG KONG) -- The Hong Kong Police have come under fire as video surfaced of one of its crowd clearing water canon trucks sprayed blue tinted water towards the entrance of the city’s largest mosque. As violent protests escalated on Sunday, Hong Kong Police moved to clear the streets using tear gas and a truck equipped with high pressure water cannons. The truck stopped Sunday in front of the Kowloon Mosque, aiming its water cannons in the direction of the front gate where a ..