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Fox News' Greg Palkot and The AP contributed to this report, FoxNews ~ July 26, 2016

Attacker who murdered Catholic priest under police supervision, wore monitoring bracelet

One of the two knife-wielding Islamist attackers who slit the throat of a Catholic priest during a morning Mass in northern France Tuesday was under judicial supervision after trying to travel to Syria twice under false names.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that 19-year-old Adel Kermiche's bail conditions allowed his electronic monitoring bracelet to be deactivated for a few hours every morning, a period that corresponded with the attack in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The revelations are expected to intensify criticism of President Francois Hollande's government with the French people already reeling from the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, which killed 84 people.

“To attack a church, to kill a priest, is to profane the republic,” Hollande said in nationally televised speech after speaking with Pope Francis, who condemned the killing in the strongest terms

Read more on FoxNews

By Euan McKirdy and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN ~ July 26, 2016

Japan knife attack: At least 19 dead

(CNN)At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo, making it one of Japan's deadliest mass killings since World War II. Nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, were killed in the attack.

Officer Satomi Kurihara of the Sagamihara Fire Department confirmed the death toll at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility in Sagamihara, a residential area approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital.

Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old who worked at the facility until February, broke in through a window about 2 a.m. Tuesday (1 p.m. ET Monday), Kanagawa Prefecture officials said at a news conference.

Read more on CNN

By Frederik Pleitgen, Tim Hume and Euan McKirdy, CNN ~ July 24, 2016

Suicide bomber in Germany pledged allegiance to ISIS leader

Ansbach, Germany (CNN)The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in a Sunday night attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, left behind a video pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said Monday.

The ISIS-affiliated media group Amaq claimed the attacker was an ISIS "soldier" in a statement the group’s supporters posted online Monday, but there is no evidence he was in contact with ISIS or directed to carry out an attack.

In the video left on a mobile phone, the 27-year-old Syrian announced his threat to carry out an attack “as an act of revenge against Germans, because they obstruct Islam,” Herrmann told a press conference. The man said the attack would be committed in the name of Allah as retaliation for the killing of Muslims. The bomber was killed.

Read more on CNN

By Chuck Johnston, Holly Yan and Steve Visser, CNN - July 25, 2016

Fort Myers shooting: 2 dead outside teen party at club

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) -What started as a beach-themed teen party at a Florida nightclub ended early Monday in a shooting, with a 14-year-old and an 18-year old killed and more than a dozen others injured.

Parents were picking up their children from Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Myers when gunfire erupted outside, the club said in a Facebook post.

Sean Archilles, 14, and Stef'An Strawder, 18, were shot to death in the club's parking lot, Fort Myers police said.

At least 16 others, ages 12 to 27, were wounded in the shooting. Of the four people still hospitalized Monday, two are in critical condition, and two are in fair condition, Lee Memorial Hospital said..

Read more on CNN

BBC - July 25, 2016

Germany machete attack: Syria migrant kills woman

A machete attack by a Syrian asylum seeker has left one woman dead and two other people injured in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.

Police said the attack happened after an argument developed between the man and the 45-year-old Polish woman.

Police said there was no indication that it was terrorist attack and it was more likely to have been “a crime of passion”.

The incident comes amid tension after other bloody events in the past week.

Read more on BBC

By Catherine E. Shoichet, Ralph Ellis and Jason Hanna, CNN - July 22, 2016

Munich shooting: 9 victims, gunman dead, police say

(CNN)At least nine people were killed and 16 others injured Friday in a shooting rampage at a busy shopping district in Munich, Germany, police said.

Police searched for attackers, thinking there might be three, and found a man who had killed himself on a side street near Olympia shopping mall, police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.

Based on surveillance video and witness statements, police concluded he was the sole gunman, Andrae said.

The unidentified attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich for at least two years.

Read more on CNN

By BBC ~ July 19, 2016

Germany axe attack: Assault on train in Wuerzburg injures HK family

A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say.

Three people in a group from Hong Kong were seriously hurt and one slightly injured in the attack in Wuerzburg. Another 14 were treated for shock.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker was killed as he tried to flee the scene.

Read more on BBC

By Ralph Ellis and Steve Almasy, CNN - July 14, 2016

Terror attack kills scores in Nice, France, Hollande says

(CNN)Scores of people were killed Thursday night when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, in what President Francois Hollande called a terror attack.

The death toll grew through the night, with Hollande saying 77 people died. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 80 people were killed.

The driver first shot a gun into the crowd before driving two kilometers along the Promenade des Anglais, the main street in Nice, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks, regional President Christian Estrosi told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.

Read more on CNN

By Faith Karimi, Catherine E. Shoichet and Ralph Ellis, CNN - July 8, 2016

Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed, suspect identified

(CNN)The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed.

Investigators identified the dead attacker as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who'd served in Afghanistan.

Police searched his home Friday and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. They are analyzing information in the journal, police said in a statement.

Investigators determined Johnson was “the lone shooter in this incident,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, confirming what federal officials had told CNN.

Read more on CNN

By Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ~ July 17, 2016

Baton Rouge shooting leaves 3 police officers dead

Three police officers were killed, and more wounded, after being shot Sunday morning (July 17) in Baton Rouge, the city's mayor said.

Mayor Kip Holden said he was still gathering details on the total number of officers who were wounded by gunfire that erupted around 9 a.m. at Airline and Old Hammond highways. He was unable to provide any information on the gunman or gunmen.

Mark Clements, a resident in the area, said he had let his dogs out in the yard shortly after 8:30 a.m. when he heard roughly 10 to 12 gunshots. Later, he saw helicopters flying overhead.

Read more on The Times-Picayune

By Gul Tuysuz and Steve Almasy, CNN ~ June 28, 2016

Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish officials say

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns killed at least 36 people at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey.

Witnesses described deadly carnage and crowds in a panic as the attackers struck one of the world’s busiest airports.

At least 36 people were killed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. An additional 147 people were wounded, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

Read more on CNN

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Charles Minshew, Mike Lafferty and Andrew Gibson ~ June 12, 2016

Orlando nightclub shooting timeline: Three hours of terror unfold

For three hours, fear and uncertainty gripped the Pulse nightclub.

The terror began when Omar Mateen, 29, walked into the club with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun and began shooting. The Latin-themed night was winding down at Pulse, a gay nightclub south of downtown Orlando. But a DJ was still spinning and plenty of people were still dancing.

Some patrons ran at the sound of gunfire. Some took shelter. Others were hit.

By the time the siege was over, 49 people were dead and at least 53 were injured.

Read more on Orlando Sentinel

Tim Hume, Tiffany Ap and Ray Sanchez, CNN ~ March 25, 2016

Here’s what we know about the Brussels terror attacks

Three days after coordinated terrorist attacks killed 31 people and injured 300 more in Brussels, investigators are still searching for suspects.

ISIS claimed responsibility. Details are emerging about the men behind the attacks, their victims and the possibility that more plots could be in the works.

Here's what we know so far:

The attacks:
Airport: At 7:58 a.m. local time Tuesday, two suicide bombers struck the departure lounge of Brussels Airport in Zaventem about 37 seconds apart, killing at least 10 people.

Read more on CNN World

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ~ January 20, 2016

Wave of terror 2015/16

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews.

Magen David Adom: Since 13 September 2015, 29 people have been killed (including a Palestinian and a foreign worker), and 289 people injured - 25 of them seriously - in terrorist attacks.

IDF: Terror attacks by numbers (as of January 20):
  • 110 stabbings
  • 38 shootings
  • 22 car rammings

Read more on Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. ~ January 20, 2016

Report: 2015 Saw ‘Most Violent’ Persecution of Christians in Modern History.

The brutal, worldwide persecution of Christians during the past year makes 2015 “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history,” according to a watchdog organization that has been monitoring Christian persecution for decades.

Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist persecuted Christians, publishes an annual “World Watch List,” documenting attacks on Christians and ranking the most hostile national environments for believers.

Read more on Breitbart

From Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writing at the Telegraph ~ January 20, 2016

Global Banker: World Faces ‘Avalanche of Bankruptcies’

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD’s review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Read more on Breitbart

From Emma O’Brien and Stephen Kirkland writing at Bloomberg ~ January 20, 2016

Global Markets Routed

Turmoil returned to global markets as oil plunged and European stocks sank to the lowest levels in 13 months, fueling a rush into haven assets.

Earnings exacerbated the rout, sending MSCI Inc.’s gauge of global equities to the brink of a bear market. Russia’s ruble and Mexico’s peso fell to records, while bets mounted on an end to Hong Kong’s dollar peg. Yields on 10-year Treasuries dropped below 2 percent and the yen jumped to a one-year high.

Read more on Breitbart

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Davos ~ January 19, 2016

World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran

Exclusive: Situation worse than it was in 2007, says chairman of the OECD's review committee

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD's review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Read more on The Telegraph

By John Ficenec ~ January 17, 2016

Iran sanctions: Middle East stock crash wipes £27bn off markets as Tehran enters oil war

Prospect of the Islamic Republic pumping an additional 500,000 barrels a day sends stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into tailspin

Stock markets across the Middle East saw more than £27bn wiped off their value as the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran threatened to unleash a fresh wave of oil onto global markets that are already drowning in excess supply.

All seven stock markets in the Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. London shares are now braced for a second wave of crisis to hit when they open on Monday morning after contagion from China sent the FTSE 100 to its worst start in history last week.

Read more on The Telegraph

By Marcus Leroux ~ January 16, 2016

Markets suffer their worst start to the year since Great Depression

The start of this year has been the worst for financial markets since the onset of the Great Depression, with stock prices slumping around the world amid mounting concern over the situation in China.

A wave of selling has swept the world’s leading financial centres over the past two weeks, with the value of Britain’s leading companies falling by more than £110 billion since the start of the year.he year.

The FTSE 100 index of Britain’s biggest quoted companies fell 114 points, or 2 per cent, to 5,804 yesterday — the lowest close since November 2012. Indices in Europe and America have fared even worse: the Shanghai market was the worst performer, closing down 3.6 per cent, taking its total losses to 18 per cent for 2016. This was prompted by the price of a barrel of Brent crude dipping below the £30 mark, for the third time this week. In America the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 391 points, or 2.4 per cent, at 15,988.

Read more on The Times

By Rebecca Perring ~ January 15, 2016

EU will FALL amid terror and migrant strain - and it’s starting in Germany, admits EU head

THE European Union faces being destroyed under the growing threat of terrorism, which has sparked the influx of migrants into Europe, the European Parliament's President has warned

Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament, fears the 28-member bloc will crumble under the to political unrest caused by the migrant crisis.

He said: "The worst nightmare for the European project is an outbreak of populism or political upheaval in Germany. Now it is looking like a real possibility.

”Nobody knows what we are facing this year. We are threatened as never before.”

Read more on Express

by CNBC.com Staff ~ January 13, 2016

$3.17 TRILLION wiped off global stocks so far this year

Almost $3.2 trillion has been wiped off the value of stocks around the world since the start of 2016, according to calculations by a top market analyst.

It has also been the worst-ever start to a year for U.S. equities, said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, as both the S&P 500 and the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average have posted their steepest losses for the first eight days trading of a year.

Read more on CNBC

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy ~ January 13, 2016

Four Gunmen, Three Others Dead After Terror Attacks in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area of downtown Jakarta and waged gun-battles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows.

There were unconfirmed media reports of explosions in other parts of Jakarta.

Police said four of the attackers and three others were killed in the brazen attacks, which came after several warnings in recent weeks by the police that Islamic militants were planning something big. It was unclear if other perpetrators remained at large.

Read more on TheBlaze

by Matt Egan @mattmegan5 ~ January 12, 2016

$1 trillion erased from stocks so far in 2016

Wall Street's disastrous start to 2016 has caused roughly $1 trillion to vanish from the stock market.

The eye-popping losses highlight the deep fears that has gripped financial markets over China's economic slowdown and crashing oil prices.

That one-two punch caused the Dow and S&P 500 to suffer their worst start to a trading year on record last week.

The S&P 500's market valuation has plunged by $1.04 trillion since the end of 2015, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Read more on CNN Money

DailyMail ~ January 12, 2016

23 confirmed dead in Istanbul bombing

Turkish and Israeli investigators are probing the terror bombing of two synagogues in Istanbul as the death toll from the massacres rose to 23 with the discovery of three more bodies.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom flew to Istanbul to show solidarity to the small Jewish community in this predominantly Muslim nation that is an ally of Israel.

Flanked by Istanbul's chief rabbi, Isak Haleva, who was among the more than 300 wounded in Saturday's twin attacks, Shalom laid a wreath in the rubble outside one of the two synagogues. Turks, kept behind security barriers by police, threw down white carnations in a sign of condolence.

Private NTV Turkish television said intelligence officials reportedly were questioning three people, including two women, about the bombings, which authorities suspected could be the work of international terrorists, possibly al-Qaida.

Read more on DailyMail

by Ben Brumfield, Shimon Prokupecz and Ray Sanchez, CNN ~ January 9, 2016

Wounded Philadelphia officer shoots attacker; suspect pledges allegiance to ISIS

(CNN)At a crosswalk in Philadelphia, a man dressed in a long white mantle stormed Officer Jesse Hartnett's squad car and unloaded a gun at him.

Edward Archer, 30, would tell police later that he attacked for ISIS. And Hartnett's bravery in the face of mortal danger would ensure the suspect didn't get away.

The shooter was firing as he approached Hartnett's car on foot late Thursday. Surveillance camera footage shows him continuing to fire as he reached inside the lowered driver's side window.

“He was trying to assassinate this police officer,” police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Read more on CNN

by Oliver Lane ~ January 6, 2016

Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgrat, Dusseldorf... New Year’s migrant sex assault in every major city.

German capital city Berlin has joined the sad parade of cities touched by migrant sex violence on New Year’s Eve, with hundreds of assaults now reported to police in Cologne and other cities.

Although on a smaller scale to the unrestrained and un-policed sex attacks in Cologne, the Berliner Morgenpost has now reported on assaults taking place on the street “in front of the Brandenburg gate”.

The revelation may prove difficult for the German media, which until now has stressed in most reports on the new year’s rapes that Berlin was not caught up in the scandal.

Read more on Breitbart

by Faith Karimi, Jason Hanna and Yousuf Basil, CNN ~ December 5, 2015

San Bernardino shooters ‘supporters’ of ISIS, terror group says

(CNN)ISIS on Saturday hailed the two people who massacred 14 people in Southern California this week as “supporters” of the terror group -- a message that came after U.S. investigators said they suspect one of the shooters professed loyalty to the Islamist network.

The terror group's official Iraq-based station made the declaration following Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting that also left 21 injured, but -- notable for a group quick to claim attacks -- did not say the couple were members or that ISIS was responsible.

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by FoxNews ~ November 5, 2015

At Least 129 Dead, More Than 350 Wounded in Paris Terror Attacks; ISIS Claims Responsibility

More than 120 people have been killed and more than 350 wounded in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris.

The attacks prompted French President Francois Hollande to order a state of emergency and the closure of the entire nation's borders.

Police in Belgium made three arrests Saturday at the border in connection with the attacks.

One of the men arrested was a French national, as was one of the eight terrorists who died in the attacks.

Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” and blamed ISIS. He promised that “France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh,” using a derogatory Arab acronym for the Islamic State.

Read more on FoxNews
Since the Blood Moons

This page tracks some of the notable events that have
occurred since the Blood Moons.


Fox News' Greg Palkot and The AP contributed to this report, FoxNews ~ July 26, 2016

Attacker who murdered Catholic priest under police supervision, wore monitoring bracelet

One of the two knife-wielding Islamist attackers who slit the throat of a Catholic priest during a morning Mass in northern France Tuesday was under judicial supervision after trying to travel to Syria twice under false names.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that 19-year-old Adel Kermiche's bail conditions allowed his electronic monitoring bracelet to be deactivated for a few hours every morning, a period that corresponded with the attack in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The revelations are expected to intensify criticism of President Francois Hollande's government with the French people already reeling from the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice, which killed 84 people.

“To attack a church, to kill a priest, is to profane the republic,” Hollande said in nationally televised speech after speaking with Pope Francis, who condemned the killing in the strongest terms

Read more on FoxNews
By Euan McKirdy and Emanuella Grinberg, CNN ~ July 26, 2016

Japan knife attack: At least 19 dead

(CNN)At least 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing spree at a facility for disabled people west of Tokyo, making it one of Japan's deadliest mass killings since World War II. Nine men and 10 women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, were killed in the attack.

Officer Satomi Kurihara of the Sagamihara Fire Department confirmed the death toll at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility in Sagamihara, a residential area approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital.

Satoshi Uematsu, a 26-year-old who worked at the facility until February, broke in through a window about 2 a.m. Tuesday (1 p.m. ET Monday), Kanagawa Prefecture officials said at a news conference.

Read more on CNN
By Frederik Pleitgen, Tim Hume and Euan McKirdy, CNN ~ July 24, 2016

Suicide bomber in Germany pledged allegiance to ISIS leader

Ansbach, Germany (CNN)The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in a Sunday night attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, left behind a video pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said Monday.

The ISIS-affiliated media group Amaq claimed the attacker was an ISIS "soldier" in a statement the group’s supporters posted online Monday, but there is no evidence he was in contact with ISIS or directed to carry out an attack.

In the video left on a mobile phone, the 27-year-old Syrian announced his threat to carry out an attack “as an act of revenge against Germans, because they obstruct Islam,” Herrmann told a press conference. The man said the attack would be committed in the name of Allah as retaliation for the killing of Muslims. The bomber was killed.

Read more on CNN
By Chuck Johnston, Holly Yan and Steve Visser, CNN - July 25, 2016

Fort Myers shooting: 2 dead outside teen party at club

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) -What started as a beach-themed teen party at a Florida nightclub ended early Monday in a shooting, with a 14-year-old and an 18-year old killed and more than a dozen others injured.

Parents were picking up their children from Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Myers when gunfire erupted outside, the club said in a Facebook post.

Sean Archilles, 14, and Stef'An Strawder, 18, were shot to death in the club's parking lot, Fort Myers police said.

At least 16 others, ages 12 to 27, were wounded in the shooting. Of the four people still hospitalized Monday, two are in critical condition, and two are in fair condition, Lee Memorial Hospital said..

Read more on CNN
By Chuck Johnston, Holly Yan and Steve Visser, CNN - July 25, 2016

Germany machete attack: Syria migrant kills woman

A machete attack by a Syrian asylum seeker has left one woman dead and two other people injured in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.

Police said the attack happened after an argument developed between the man and the 45-year-old Polish woman.

Police said there was no indication that it was terrorist attack and it was more likely to have been “a crime of passion”.

The incident comes amid tension after other bloody events in the past week.

Read more on BCC
By Catherine E. Shoichet, Ralph Ellis and Jason Hanna, CNN - July 22, 2016

Munich shooting: 9 victims, gunman dead, police say

(CNN)At least nine people were killed and 16 others injured Friday in a shooting rampage at a busy shopping district in Munich, Germany, police said.

Police searched for attackers, thinking there might be three, and found a man who had killed himself on a side street near Olympia shopping mall, police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.

Based on surveillance video and witness statements, police concluded he was the sole gunman, Andrae said.

The unidentified attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich for at least two years.

Read more on CNN
By BBC ~ July 19, 2016

Germany axe attack: Assault on train in Wuerzburg injures HK family

A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say.

Three people in a group from Hong Kong were seriously hurt and one slightly injured in the attack in Wuerzburg. Another 14 were treated for shock.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the attacker was killed as he tried to flee the scene.

Read more on BBC
By Ralph Ellis and Steve Almasy, CNN - July 14, 2016

Terror attack kills scores in Nice, France, Hollande says

(CNN)Scores of people were killed Thursday night when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, in what President Francois Hollande called a terror attack.

The death toll grew through the night, with Hollande saying 77 people died. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 80 people were killed.

The driver first shot a gun into the crowd before driving two kilometers along the Promenade des Anglais, the main street in Nice, mowing down people who had gathered to watch fireworks, regional President Christian Estrosi told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.

Read more on CNN
By Faith Karimi, Catherine E. Shoichet and Ralph Ellis, CNN - July 8, 2016

Dallas sniper attack: 5 officers killed, suspect identified

(CNN)The ambush started with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed.

Investigators identified the dead attacker as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who'd served in Afghanistan.

Police searched his home Friday and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. They are analyzing information in the journal, police said in a statement.

Investigators determined Johnson was “the lone shooter in this incident,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, confirming what federal officials had told CNN.

Read more on CNN
By Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ~ July 17, 2016

Baton Rouge shooting leaves 3 police officers dead

Three police officers were killed, and more wounded, after being shot Sunday morning (July 17) in Baton Rouge, the city's mayor said.

Mayor Kip Holden said he was still gathering details on the total number of officers who were wounded by gunfire that erupted around 9 a.m. at Airline and Old Hammond highways. He was unable to provide any information on the gunman or gunmen.

Mark Clements, a resident in the area, said he had let his dogs out in the yard shortly after 8:30 a.m. when he heard roughly 10 to 12 gunshots. Later, he saw helicopters flying overhead.

Read more on The Times-Picayune
By Gul Tuysuz and Steve Almasy, CNN ~ June 28, 2016

Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish officials say

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns killed at least 36 people at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey.

Witnesses described deadly carnage and crowds in a panic as the attackers struck one of the world’s busiest airports.

At least 36 people were killed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. An additional 147 people were wounded, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

Read more on CNN
By Gul Tuysuz and Steve Almasy, CNN ~ June 28, 2016

Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish officials say

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns killed at least 36 people at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey.

Witnesses described deadly carnage and crowds in a panic as the attackers struck one of the world’s busiest airports.

At least 36 people were killed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. An additional 147 people were wounded, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.

Read more on CNN
By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Charles Minshew, Mike Lafferty and Andrew Gibson ~ June 12, 2016

Orlando nightclub shooting timeline: Three hours of terror unfold

For three hours, fear and uncertainty gripped the Pulse nightclub.

The terror began when Omar Mateen, 29, walked into the club with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun and began shooting. The Latin-themed night was winding down at Pulse, a gay nightclub south of downtown Orlando. But a DJ was still spinning and plenty of people were still dancing.

Some patrons ran at the sound of gunfire. Some took shelter. Others were hit.

By the time the siege was over, 49 people were dead and at least 53 were injured.

Read more on Orlando Sentinel
Tim Hume, Tiffany Ap and Ray Sanchez, CNN ~ March 25, 2016

Here’s what we know about the Brussels terror attacks

Three days after coordinated terrorist attacks killed 31 people and injured 300 more in Brussels, investigators are still searching for suspects.

ISIS claimed responsibility. Details are emerging about the men behind the attacks, their victims and the possibility that more plots could be in the works.

Here's what we know so far:

The attacks:
Airport: At 7:58 a.m. local time Tuesday, two suicide bombers struck the departure lounge of Brussels Airport in Zaventem about 37 seconds apart, killing at least 10 people.

Read more on CNN World
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ~ January 20, 2016

Wave of terror 2015/16

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews.​

Magen David Adom: Since 13 September 2015, 29 people have been killed (including a Palestinian and a foreign worker), and 289 people injured - 25 of them seriously - in terrorist attacks.

IDF: Terror attacks by numbers (as of January 20):
  • 110 stabbings
  • 38 shootings
  • 22 car rammings

Read more on Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. ~ January 20, 2016

Report: 2015 Saw “Most Violent” Persecution of Christians in Modern History.

The brutal, worldwide persecution of Christians during the past year makes 2015 “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history,” according to a watchdog organization that has been monitoring Christian persecution for decades.

Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist persecuted Christians, publishes an annual “World Watch List,” documenting attacks on Christians and ranking the most hostile national environments for believers.

Read more on Breitbart
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writing at the Telegraph ~ January 20, 2016

Global Banker: World Faces ‘Avalanche of Bankruptcies’

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD's review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Read more on Breitbart
From Emma O'Brien and Stephen Kirkland writing at Bloomberg ~ January 20, 2016

Global Markets Routed

Turmoil returned to global markets as oil plunged and European stocks sank to the lowest levels in 13 months, fueling a rush into haven assets.

Earnings exacerbated the rout, sending MSCI Inc.'s gauge of global equities to the brink of a bear market. Russia's ruble and Mexico's peso fell to records, while bets mounted on an end to Hong Kong's dollar peg. Yields on 10-year Treasuries dropped below 2 percent and the yen jumped to a one-year high.

Read more on Breitbart
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Davos ~ January 19, 2016

World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran

Exclusive: Situation worse than it was in 2007, says chairman of the OECD's review committee

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD's review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

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By John Ficenec ~ January 17, 2016

Iran sanctions: Middle East stock crash wipes £27bn off markets as Tehran enters oil war

Prospect of the Islamic Republic pumping an additional 500,000 barrels a day sends stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into tailspin.

Stock markets across the Middle East saw more than £27bn wiped off their value as the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran threatened to unleash a fresh wave of oil onto global markets that are already drowning in excess supply.

All seven stock markets in the Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. London shares are now braced for a second wave of crisis to hit when they open on Monday morning after contagion from China sent the FTSE 100 to its worst start in history last week.

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By Marcus Leroux ~ January 16, 2016

Markets suffer their worst start to the year since Great Depression

The start of this year has been the worst for financial markets since the onset of the Great Depression, with stock prices slumping around the world amid mounting concern over the situation in China.

A wave of selling has swept the world's leading financial centres over the past two weeks, with the value of Britain's leading companies falling by more than £110 billion since the start of the year.

The FTSE 100 index of Britain's biggest quoted companies fell 114 points, or 2 per cent, to 5,804 yesterday — the lowest close since November 2012. Indices in Europe and America have fared even worse: the Shanghai market was the worst performer, closing down 3.6 per cent, taking its total losses to 18 per cent for 2016. This was prompted by the price of a barrel of Brent crude dipping below the $30 mark, for the third time this week. In America the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 391 points, or 2.4 per cent, at 15,988.

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By Rebecca Perring ~ January 15, 2016

EU will FALL amid terror and migrant strain - and it's starting in Germany, admits EU head

THE European Union faces being destroyed under the growing threat of terrorism, which has sparked the influx of migrants into Europe, the European Parliament's President has warned.

Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament, fears the 28-member bloc will crumble under the to political unrest caused by the migrant crisis.

He said: “The worst nightmare for the European project is an outbreak of populism or political upheaval in Germany. Now it is looking like a real possibility.”

“Nobody knows what we are facing this year. We are threatened as never before.”

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CNBC.com Staff ~ January 13, 2016

$3.17 TRILLION wiped off global stocks so far this year

Almost $3.2 trillion has been wiped off the value of stocks around the world since the start of 2016, according to calculations by a top market analyst.

It has also been the worst-ever start to a year for U.S. equities, said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, as both the S&P 500 and the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average have posted their steepest losses for the first eight days trading of a year.

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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy ~ January 13, 2016

Four Gunmen, Three Others Dead After Terror Attacks in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area of downtown Jakarta and waged gun-battles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows.

There were unconfirmed media reports of explosions in other parts of Jakarta.

Police said four of the attackers and three others were killed in the brazen attacks, which came after several warnings in recent weeks by the police that Islamic militants were planning something big. It was unclear if other perpetrators remained at large.

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by Matt Egan @mattmegan5 ~ January 12, 2016

$1 trillion erased from stocks so far in 2016

Wall Street's disastrous start to 2016 has caused roughly $1 trillion to vanish from the stock market.

The eye-popping losses highlight the deep fears that has gripped financial markets over China's economic slowdown and crashing oil prices.

That one-two punch caused the Dow and S&P 500 to suffer their worst start to a trading year on record last week.

The S&P 500's market valuation has plunged by $1.04 trillion since the end of 2015, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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by Daily Mail ~ January 12, 2016

23 confirmed dead in Istanbul bombing

Turkish and Israeli investigators are probing the terror bombing of two synagogues in Istanbul as the death toll from the massacres rose to 23 with the discovery of three more bodies.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom flew to Istanbul to show solidarity to the small Jewish community in this predominantly Muslim nation that is an ally of Israel.

Flanked by Istanbul's chief rabbi, Isak Haleva, who was among the more than 300 wounded in Saturday's twin attacks, Shalom laid a wreath in the rubble outside one of the two synagogues. Turks, kept behind security barriers by police, threw down white carnations in a sign of condolence.

Private NTV Turkish television said intelligence officials reportedly were questioning three people, including two women, about the bombings, which authorities suspected could be the work of international terrorists, possibly al-Qaida.

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by Ben Brumfield, Shimon Prokupecz and Ray Sanchez, CNN ~ January 9, 2016

Wounded Philadelphia officer shoots attacker; suspect pledges allegiance to ISIS

(CNN)At a crosswalk in Philadelphia, a man dressed in a long white mantle stormed Officer Jesse Hartnett's squad car and unloaded a gun at him.

Edward Archer, 30, would tell police later that he attacked for ISIS. And Hartnett's bravery in the face of mortal danger would ensure the suspect didn't get away.

The shooter was firing as he approached Hartnett's car on foot late Thursday. Surveillance camera footage shows him continuing to fire as he reached inside the lowered driver's side window.

“He was trying to assassinate this police officer,” police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

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by Oliver Lane ~ January 6, 2016

Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgrat, Dusseldorf... New Year's migrant sex assault in every major city.

German capital city Berlin has joined the sad parade of cities touched by migrant sex violence on New Year’s Eve, with hundreds of assaults now reported to police in Cologne and other cities.

Although on a smaller scale to the unrestrained and un-policed sex attacks in Cologne, the Berliner Morgenpost has now reported on assaults taking place on the street “in front of the Brandenburg gate”.

The revelation may prove difficult for the German media, which until now has stressed in most reports on the new year’s rapes that Berlin was not caught up in the scandal.

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by Faith Karimi, Jason Hanna and Yousuf Basil, CNN ~ December 5, 2015

San Bernardino shooters 'supporters' of ISIS, terror group says

(CNN)ISIS on Saturday hailed the two people who massacred 14 people in Southern California this week as “supporters” of the terror group -- a message that came after U.S. investigators said they suspect one of the shooters professed loyalty to the Islamist network.

The terror group's official Iraq-based station made the declaration following Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting that also left 21 injured, but -- notable for a group quick to claim attacks -- did not say the couple were members or that ISIS was responsible.

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by FoxNews ~ November 5, 2015

At Least 129 Dead, More Than 350 Wounded in Paris Terror Attacks; ISIS Claims Responsibility

Wall Street's disastrous start to 2016 has caused roughly $1 trillion to vanish from the stock market.

More than 120 people have been killed and more than 350 wounded in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris.

The attacks prompted French President Francois Hollande to order a state of emergency and the closure of the entire nation's borders.

Police in Belgium made three arrests Saturday at the border in connection with the attacks.

One of the men arrested was a French national, as was one of the eight terrorists who died in the attacks.

Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” and blamed ISIS. He promised that “France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh,” using a derogatory Arab acronym for the Islamic State.

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