Paris police found third body in apartment where attack ringleader died
The Paris prosecutor’s office said that police have found a third body at the apartment in Saint-Denis where the suspected ringleader of last Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks was killed during a police raid Wednesday morning.
The new body was of a woman, but the office didn’t identify her. French officials said Thursday that the remains of the ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, had been recovered from the apartment after the raid, but the prosecutor’s office said neither of the other two bodies have been identified. A woman identified as Abaaoud’s cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, was believed to have blown herself up with a suicide vest during the raid, and her passport was found in a handbag at the apartment. BBC via The Week
Democrats push to prevent gun sales to terror-list suspects
Congressional Democrats are trying to build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects, hoping to take advantage of the same public anxieties about security that gave Republicans a ringing House victory.
The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights backers, chiefly Republicans, who have smothered firearms curbs for years. If the Republicans who control Congress block votes on the proposal, Democrats hope to profit politically by winning sympathy from angry voters. AP
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and wife Prescila Chan are expecting a baby girl
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday he will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter’s birth, a strong statement from one of the busiest and most powerful U.S. executives on the importance of family time.
Silicon Valley technology firms have rushed to extend parental leave allowances and other benefits in an attempt to recruit and retain talent, but many workers do not take advantage for fear of falling behind at work or missing out on promotions.
Facebook, the world’s biggest online social network, allows its U.S. employees to take up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave, which can be used all at once or throughout the first year of their child’s life, a policy which is generous by U.S. standards. Zuckerberg announced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were expecting a baby girl. Reuters
Belgian officials: Brussels on highest terror alert
Belgian officials said Saturday that the Brussels region was on its highest terror alert because of an “imminent” threat. The Crisis Centre of the Belgian Interior Ministry issued the warning, CNN reported. People were warned to avoid places where large groups gather, as well as to go along with security checks.
The alert was raised to a Level 4, the highest for the country, “based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris,” Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel said, The Associated Press reported. Necessary safety measures have been taken, he said.
In Turkey, authorities said they detained a 26-year-old Belgian with suspected connections to Islamic extremists, AP reported. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader behind the Paris terror attacks, is from the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek, which has been linked to several terrorist attacks.
Despite fears that an attack similar to last week’s in Paris could strike the area, Michel said the public should remain calm. USA Today
7 feared dead in helicopter crash
Seven people are feared dead after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in New Zealand, police said. “It is believed two were Australians and four were from the United Kingdom,” police said in a statement Saturday. It did not give the pilot’s nationality.
The helicopter went down Saturday on Fox glacier, a popular tourist destination on the nation’s south island. The glacier’s in a remote location, and recovery of the bodies could take a number of days, police said. Next of kin are being notified.
The recovery operation is expected to begin Sunday. CNN
Russia Bombs Multiple IS Targets in Syria
Russia said Friday that it had carried out a massive bombing campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin that Russian warplanes had destroyed 15 oil facilities and more than 500 fuel trucks in bombings this week, in a bid to cripple the economic and financial foundations of Islamic State.
Shoigu also said Russia’s navy had fired 18 cruise missiles Friday from ships in the Caspian Sea at targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. He said seven targets were hit.
He said airstrikes had inflicted major casualties, including more than 600 militants killed in one strike in the province of Deir ez-Zour in eastern Syria. AFP quoted an observatory spokesman as saying it was “the worst bombardment of the region since the start of the uprising in 2011.” VOA
American Muslim community rallies against extremism
Imam Mohamed Magid leads of one of the largest mosques in the country, located near Washington D.C. As the Paris attacks unfolded last Friday, one thing went through his mind.
“This is not what Islam teaches. This is against all the teachings of Islam.” He said the Muslim community is angry — and he wants critics to know that. “We’re very upset about this. No one should think Muslims aren’t upset with this.”
Magid says since September 11th, he and other Muslim leaders have been publicly denouncing terrorism carried out in the name of Islam. “It’s very upsetting, you know, that we have to keep repeating that we condemn this. People have to know that there’s no way that what happened in Paris represents me or my religion. There’s no way.”
This week, thousands of Muslims around the world have taken to social media, using the hashtag #NotInMyName. CBS News
Poll: Majority US oppose taking Syrian refugees
A recent poll has revealed that a majority of Americans do not support bringing more Syrian refugees into the U.S. The Christian Post reports that a Bloomberg poll, released Wednesday and conducted Nov. 15-17, revealed that 53 percent of Americans oppose taking in more Syrian refugees.
In addition, only 28 percent of those polled favored proceeding with the current refugee resettlement plan “without religious screening.”
According to thinkprogress.org, Some Republican presidential candidates such as Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have suggested that the refugees be screened based on their religion, and that priority should be placed on accepting Christian refugees since there is less of a threat that they will commit acts of terror.
President Obama has firmly denounced this suggestion, however. According to the Bloomberg poll, 11 percent of Americans says they favor refugees who are Christian. The Christian Post reports that only 2.4 percent of the asylum-seekers are Christian, however, and 96 percent are Muslim. The Christian Headlines
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