Russian’s second pilot from downed plane alive and well
One of the two pilots who parachuted out of a Su-24 fighter jet shot down by Turkey is believed dead, purportedly killed by a Syrian rebel faction, but the second pilot is “alive and well,” Russia said on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin elaborated in televised remarks that the pilot is “safe and sound” at Russia’s airbase in a government-held area of Syria following a 12-hour rescue operation. Putin has called the downing of the warplane an unprovoked “stab in the back,” while Turkey says the Su-24 was warned repeatedly that it was in Turkish airspace before shots were fired. Turkey is the first NATO member to shoot down a Russian warplane in half a century. The Associated Press via The Week
Costco chicken salad linked to E. coli outbreak
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that at least 19 people in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia, and Washington may have been infected by E. coli after consuming rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco.
Five people have been hospitalized, and two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, which can lead to organ damage. No deaths have been reported. The CDC says 14 of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco in the week before they became ill. Costco says it stopped selling the salad Nov. 20, the same day the company was notified by health officials about the connection to E. coli cases. The CDC says it has not yet identified which ingredient is linked to the infection. Reuters
Canada slows down Syrian refugee intake
The Canadian government says it will resettle only 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this year – less than half the number it promised earlier. But it said was still committed to bringing another 15,000 refugees from Syria by the end of February. It had previously promised to take in 25,000 by the year’s end.
Those who will be considered refugees include families, women at risk, and gay men and women. CBC News had reported that the federal government would limit the resettlement to women, children and families only.
The newly elected Liberal government had committed itself to bringing in refugees in during the election campaign. Officials said the delay did not have to do with security concerns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he rejected the idea of “exclusion” for single men. “We want them to have a roof over their head, and the right support,” said Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Minister John McCallum. BBC
Obama Holds Security Talks as Hollande Urges Action Against IS
President Barack Obama is meeting with his national security team Wednesday for a briefing on homeland security two weeks after the deadly terror attacks in Paris and as millions of American travel for a national holiday.
Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, is one of the busiest travel days of the year in the United States, and while the FBI says there is no specific credible terrorist threat, local and federal law enforcement agencies are on high alert. Friday is also an extremely busy day at malls and shopping centers as it is the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season.
France, which was already on alert after the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people, announced Wednesday it would deploy even more police and soldiers for the upcoming global climate conference. The talks start Monday and Obama is among the large group of world leaders traveling to Paris for the event. VOA News
New suspect in Paris attacks
French authorities working to dismantle the terrorist network behind the Paris attacks say another attack could have been hours away when police closed in on the suspects’ hideaway last week.
Suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud and another man were planning a suicide attack on the Paris financial district of La Defense on November 18 or 19, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday. Both men were killed during a raid in Saint-Denis, that caused the collapse of an entire floor of an apartment building. .
But as Wednesday dawned, several key questions remain unanswered:
- Where is the suspect Salah Abdeslam?
- Did a suicide vest investigators found in a Paris suburb this week belong to him? Was it intended for another attack?
- Who is the man killed when he detonated a suicide vest during the Saint-Denis raid last Wednesday?
Here’s a look at some of the threads authorities are following: CNN
ISIS ‘poster girl’ beaten to death after trying to escape
One of two Austrian teenagers dubbed “poster girls” for ISIS was beaten to death after she was caught trying to escape the terror group’s de facto capital in Syria, according to published reports.
Two Austrian newspapers reported Tuesday that Samra Kesinovic, 18, was murdered. One of the newspaper reports cited a Tunisian woman who lived with Kesinovic and her friend, Sabina Selimovic, before managing to escape.
The Austrian government declined to comment on the reports, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Thomas Schnoll saying, “We cannot comment on individual cases.”
Kesinovic and Selimovic have now both been reported killed since they left their home city of Vienna to join ISIS in April 2014. Late last year, David Scharia, an expert on the U.N. Security Council‘s counterterrorism committee,said he had been told that one of the girls was killed during fighting in Syria, while the other had disappeared. The Osterreich tabloid reported that Selimovic was killed in December of last year.
At the time of their disappearance, they left a note for their families saying “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah and we will die for him.” The Daily Telegraph reported that Kesinovic confirmed in a phone call to her sister that she had joined up with the terror group. Fox news
Cruz Surges into Second Place in Recent Poll
Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is growing more popular in polls. According to ABC News, Cruz has jumped to second place in the Iowa Republican caucus poll.
“The difference over the last two or three months each time he comes to the state, it just seems like there’s more excitement and people seem to be starting to understand that they have their champion in this election cycle,” Cruz’s Iowa State Director Bryan English said. English said Iowa voters are looking to support a candidate who can make it past the early states. In the past Iowa favorites such as Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee haven’t been able to do so.
“There is a great deal of frustration that the last two times, those candidates weren’t able to take that caucus win and turn it into a nomination,” English said.
Since July, Cruz has been behind Trump and Carson in polls. In the last 50 days or so, Cruz has made about five trips to Iowa and fundraising efforts have stepped up to allow more radio and television ads in Iowa. Christian Headlines
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