Things you should know today – September 28, 2015

 

Palestinians gather stones that were stored in the Al Aqsa mosque beforehand, as they clean up after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City September 13, 2015. Israeli police raided the plaza outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt visits by Jews and foreign tourists on the eve of the Jewish New Year. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed in Jerusalem
Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, with further trouble feared in the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.After the brief clashes on what was the last day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Palestinian protesters prepared “to defend” the mosque during the eight-day Jewish festival, stocking stones inside the shrine and planning to sleep in it.The Sukkot holiday which started at sunset is expected to lead to an increase in Jewish visitors to the Al-Aqsa compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. Young masked Palestinians “threw stones and fireworks at police and border police forces,” who responded with “riot dispersal means”. Calm returned to the compound later in the morning and most police were withdrawn. AFP

 

John Boehner, house speakerJohn Boehner said GOP hardliners are false prophets
House Speaker John Boehner vowed Sunday to avoid a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding. The House will take up the Senate’s spending bill meant to keep the government open, and also form a committee to investigate the women’s health care clinic, he said. In his first sit-down interview since announcing he’d resign from Congress at the end of October, Boehner also told Face the Nation’s John Dickerson just what he thinks of the Republican hardliners who have advocated for shutdowns. “Absolutely, they’re unrealistic!” he said. “But, you know, the Bible says beware of false prophets, and there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done.” Dickerson didn’t hesitate to ask if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was among the “false prophets.” “Listen, you can pick a lot of names out. I’ll let you choose ’em,” Boehner said. “I refer you to my remark at a fundraiser I made in August in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.” At that fundraiser, he reportedly called Cruz a “jackass.” CBS

 

catalanSeparatists in Catalonia Win in Regional Elections
Catalan separatist parties won a majority of the seats in regional parliamentary elections on Sunday that they had billed as a plebiscite on secession from Spain. The result is set to intensify Catalonia’s drive toward independence, despite fierce opposition from Spain’s government under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The separatist leaders have vowed to form a new regional government that will lead Catalonia to statehood within 18 months. The government in Madrid has repeatedly warned that any breach of the Constitution would be struck down by the courts and could lead even to the suspension of Catalan secessionist politicians from office.

 

Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane at Fiumicino Airport in Rome September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Pope Francis returns to Rome
During his six days in the United States, Pope Francis met with President Obama, delivered speeches to Congress and the United Nations, canonized a saint, and addressed millions of people in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, slipping in visits with prisoners, immigrants, victims of clergy sex abuse, nuns and bishops, and the homeless. And he left with a smile still on his face. During his visit, the 78-year-old pope touched on plenty of hot-button political issues — climate change, immigration, religious freedom, the death penalty, the penal system, marriage — but talked about them in generally pastoral, not political, terms. He didn’t use the fiery rhetoric that has concerned conservative Catholics. The Week

 

supermoonWatch blood red supermoon eclipse
The last time there was a supermoon total lunar eclipse, YouTube was more than two decades from being invented, so if you missed it, your best bet to observe the eerie red moon vanishing in the Earth’s shadow was in still photographs or maybe on the TV news. But this isn’t 1982, and if clouds, sleep, or geography prevented you from catching Sunday night’s rare eclipse, all you need is an internet connection to watch the celestial show, whenever you want, from the comfort of your home (or office). Reuters checked in with a moon-gazing party in Bogota, Colombia, getting some beautiful, clear shots: The Week