Top News Stories For Today – Nov 6, 2017
Texas Church shooting
A gunman killed at least 26 people in a shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. About 20 others were wounded. The suspect was at a gas station across the street from the church as Sunday morning services were being held when he got out of his vehicle and started firing. He then entered the church and continued shooting.
A local resident armed with their own rifle fired on the gunman, who then fled the church. After a short chase, the gunman was found dead of a gunshot wound in his vehicle. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history — and the fifth deadliest in modern US history. The victims range from five to 72 years old. The gunman, later identified as Devin P. Kelley, was described as a young white male dressed in black and wearing a bullet-proof vest. Police found multiple weapons in the suspect’s car. On Monday, Trump said the mass shooting “isn’t a guns situation” but is instead “a mental health problem at the highest level, although no sources mention yet that the attacker has mental health problem. CNN, VOA
Saudi arrests 17 Princes for corruption
Saudi Arabia’s newly formed anti-corruption committee has arrested at least 17 princes and top officials. The list includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire businessman who owns 95% of Kingdom Holding, which holds stakes in global companies such as Citigroup, Twitter, Apple and News Corp.
At least 38 former, current, and deputy ministers, have been arrested on accusations of corruption. In addition, three ministers were removed from their positions, and tens of former ministers were detained as part of the new anti-corruption campaign. CNN
Leaked documents reveal US Commerce chief and Russia ties
Leaked documents from an offshore law firm show that Wilbur Ross, the billionaire US Secretary of Commerce, has investments in a firm connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, The Guardian reports. Ross holds a stake in Navigator, a shipping company that partners with the Russian gas company Sibur.
Two of Sibur’s stakeholders have close ties to the Russian president: Kirill Shamalov is Putin’s son-in-law, and Russian oligarch Gennady Timchenko, who is under US sanctions, is an associate. Records show that since 2014, Navigator has received $68 million in revenue through its partnership with Sibur. Ross’ press secretary told The Guardian his holding does not conflict with his government duties because he “recuses himself from any matters focused on transoceanic shipping vessels.” he Guardian, The Week
Rand Paul recovering from 5 fractured ribs following assault
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, and is in too much pain to fly back to Washington, D.C., following an altercation on Friday with a neighbor at his home in Kentucky, Paul’s chief strategist said Sunday.
In a statement, Doug Stafford said the type of injury Paul sustained “is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.” Authorities said Paul’s neighbor in Bowling Green, Rene Boucher, tackled Paul from behind Friday while he was mowing his lawn, and Paul had difficulty breathing and had cuts around his mouth. It’s unclear what triggered the altercation. Politico
Experts urge nations must cut emissions faster
With hurricanes, floods and other impacts of climate change becoming increasingly destructive, countries urgently need to step up their ambitions to cut emissions if they are to keep global warming within safe limits, experts said ahead of U.N. climate talks starting on Monday.
About 163 countries have submitted plans on how they will contribute to meeting the Paris climate agreement goal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But put together, the plans are likely to lead to a 3 degree temperature rise this century, according to the United Nations. VOA
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