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2 detained after freshman shot dead near Texas Southern University

A student was killed and another person was wounded during a shooting outside a Texas Southern University student-housing complex on Friday, and police have detained two men for questioning, authorities said. Northern Arizona University campus shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded Oregon college gunman killed himself after police shot him The university quickly went on lockdown after the shooting was reported around ...

U.S. abandoning goal of building new Syrian rebel force

U.S. will give weapons, support to some rebel leaders The U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels and will focus on equipping and supporting established rebels groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday. The change, which has not yet been officially announced, reflects the failure of the ...

Guatemala mudslide death toll rises to 253

Nearly 400 missing as search for victims enters 2nd week Relatives participate in the burial of Santos Etelvina Sontay, a victim of a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. (Jose Cabezas/Reuters) The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search ...

12 Things Not to Do in Dubai

WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG Dubai is a fun and frivolous playground on the Persian Gulf, but don’t consider it the Vegas of the Middle East. While this eclectic city is one of the most permissive, relaxed, cosmopolitan destinations in the region, you do have to watch your behavior to some degree. What’s considered appropriate in your home country may ...

U.S.Government is investigating how ISIS got Toyota Vehicles

The U.S. Treasury is seeking information from Toyota about how ISIS has gotten hold of the automaker’s trucks, which have been shown in the terror group’s propaganda videos. In a statement, Toyota said it is part of a broader U.S. Treasury inquiry looking more closely at how international supply chains and capital flow into the Middle East. The request of ...

Idaho City of Immigrants Debates Taking in Middle Eastern Refugees

For the last three decades, this small, politically conservative Western city has mostly welcomed refugees from around the world displaced by war, oppression and terror. A nonprofit refugee center, operated by the College of Southern Idaho with federal funds and charitable donations, brought in waves of often desperate and grateful families as trouble spots around the world flared and ebbed. ...

Vladimir Putin Plunges Into a Caldron in Syria: Saving Assad

After two days of attacks directed exclusively against insurgents opposed to the Syrian government, there is little question that Russia is determined to re-establish President Bashar al-Assad as Syria’s leader. “Russia’s goal is to defend Assad; whoever is against him is a destabilizing factor,” said Aleksei Makarkin, the deputy head of the Center for Political Technologies, in Moscow. “Russia wants ...

Number of Iranians Killed in Hajj Stampede Grows to 464 people

The number of Iranian pilgrims who died last week in a human crush near Mecca in Saudi Arabia has nearly doubled to 464, Iran reported on Thursday, increasing tensions between the two countries and adding to doubts that the Saudi government had provided a full accounting of the disaster. The deaths occurred on Sept. 24, when large crowds of pilgrims ...

Palestinian Gunmen Kill Israeli Parents of 4 in West Bank

An Israeli couple was shot to death Thursday in the West Bank by Palestinians while driving in their car with their four young children, according to the Israeli military and emergency services. The children — ages 9, 7, 4 and 4 months — were in the back seat and were unharmed, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said. The victims ...

Obama Condemns Russia’s Role in Bombing Syria

President Obama forcefully denounced Russia on Friday for its new bombing campaign in Syria and said the United States would not cooperate, declaring that Moscow’s actions will lead it into a “quagmire” and make the crisis in the Middle East worse not better. Even as the Kremlin widened its bombings in Syria, striking Islamic State territory for the first time, ...