World

2017 October

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

The Washington Post | Tuesday October 31, 2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a man in a rented pickup who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists along a bike path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday was a “lone wolf.” The attack killed at least eight and injured 11 others. Police shot the 29-year-old driver and took him into custody after he jumped out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand. It’s the latest in a string of incidents where drivers have used their vehicles as weapons. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world. Here’s a look at some other attacks:

Trump will not visit DMZ during Asia trip: official

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not go to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border of North Korea and South Korea during his Asia trip, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

Lower Manhattan, White House, Paul Manafort: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

The New York Times | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Six dead after ambush on Malian High Court's president

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Five Malian soldiers and one civilian were killed in central Mali on Tuesday during an ambush on a convoy of the president of the High Court of Justice, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Libyan coast guard intercepts nearly 300 migrants east of Tripoli

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard intercepted 299 migrants from sub-Saharan African countries on two rubber boats east of Tripoli on Thursday, officials said.

Pregnant U.S. teenager moved to Iraq from Syria: officials

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday that U.S. forces had moved a person who is under 18 years old to Iraq from Syria and two U.S. officials said she was a pregnant American teenager.

Mexico GDP shrinks 0.2 pct amid NAFTA uncertainty, disasters

The Washington Post | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Mexico announced Tuesday that its economy shrank 0.2 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous period amid uncertainty related to renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and local slowdowns caused by natural disasters.

Bahrain imposes entry visas on Qatar nationals, residents

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

CAIRO (Reuters) - Bahrain said on Tuesday it would impose entry visas on Qatar nationals and residents in what it called a security measure.

Pregnant U.S. minor moved to Iraq from Syria: officials

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Tuesday that U.S. forces had moved a person who is under 18 years old to Iraq from Syria and two U.S. officials said the minor was a pregnant American.

Australian citizenship crisis threatens to engulf another lawmaker

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A citizenship crisis that has rocked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government could claim another high profile lawmaker, with the president of the Senate saying he will resign from parliament if found to be a dual national.

Northern Ireland power-sharing talks to extend into Wednesday

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's main political parties are to continue talks aimed at restoring the British region's devolved government on Wednesday, a British government official said, in an apparent extension of a deadline for a deal.

Kurdish official denies Iraqi forces control Turkey crossing

The Washington Post | Tuesday October 31, 2017

A key border crossing between Turkey and Iraq’s northern Kurdish region remained under the control of Kurdish officials Tuesday despite reports of Iraqi troop movements on the Turkish side.

Mexico GDP shrinks 0.2 pct amid NAFTA uncertainty, disasters

The Washington Post | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Mexico says its economy shrank 0.2 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous period amid uncertainty related to renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a slowdown caused by natural disasters.

Expert haunted by video of 3-year-old cutting teddy’s head

The Washington Post | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Mubin Shaikh told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that he’s haunted by a video image: A 3-year-old boy uses a large knife given to him by his parents to cut off his teddy bear’s head.

Britain accelerates Brexit plans, divorce talks also to speed up

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

LONDON/BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Britain is accelerating preparations for "all eventualities" when it leaves the European Union, but both sides are hopeful an agreement on stepping up talks to unravel more than 40 years of partnership will be sealed soon.

U.S. to vote against U.N. resolution calling for end to Cuba embargo

Reuters | Tuesday October 31, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States will vote against a U.N. General Assembly resolution on Wednesday calling for the lifting of the decades-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, reversing an abstention by Washington last year.

India Convicts 2 Men of Raping Their 10-Year-Old Niece

The New York Times | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Sentencing is scheduled for later this week in a case that hit global headlines when the girl was denied an abortion by India’s top court and had to give birth.

Facebook, Paul Manafort, Manus Island: Your Wednesday Briefing

The New York Times | Tuesday October 31, 2017

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.