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Hourly News 2014-12-16
   2014-12-18 13:53:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 

French police arrest 10 suspects on recruiting nationals for Jihad in Syria

Anti-terror police in France have dismantled a recruiting network and arrested 10 people who are accused of sending French nationals to fight alongside Islamist insurgents in Syria.
Raids targeting presumed Jihad recruiters have taken place in Toulouse in Southern France, as well as in Paris suburbs and in Normandy in the north.
Official data shows more than 900 French nationals and residents have either joined the Syrian civil war already or had made plans to travel to the war-torn country.

 

Netanyahu tells Kerry that Israel will rebuff Palestinian U.N. bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will not allow others to dictate conditions for negotiations that might compromise Israel's security.
He made the comments after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome.
The talks are taking place as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to push for a UN Security Council vote on a resolution setting a November 2016 deadline for ending the Israeli occupation.
Israel has said it hoped the U.S. side would veto any moves to set the time frame for its withdrawal from territory Palestinians seek for a state.

 

Turkish President dismisses EU criticism of police raids

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has claimed that weekend raids on media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric were part of a necessary response to what he calls "dirty operations" by political enemies, and dismissed European Union criticism of the moves.
The raids on the Zaman daily and Samanyolu television mark an escalation in Erdogan's battle with former ally Fetullah Gulen, with whom he has been in open conflict since a graft investigation targeting his inner circle emerged a year ago.
Erdogan accuses Gulen of establishing a 'parallel' structure in the state through his supporters in the judiciary, police and other institutions, while wielding influence through the media.
The European Union said the raids ran counter to European values
Police detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in Sunday's raids.

 

Six dead in Pennsylvania shootings, gunman on the run

Six people have been shot dead and three wounded in a number of locations in Pennsylvania, the United States.
Police are seeking the suspected gunman, who they named as 35-yaer-old Bradley William Stone.
The victims are all said to have a familial relationship with the suspect, who has been described as having red hair and wearing military fatigues.
Local residents are being told to remain indoors.

Hong Kong traffic back to normal

Hong Kong police have cleared the city's last remaining protest site, putting an end to more than two months of traffic disruptions caused by Occupy Central protesters.
The city's Transport Department says bus routes diverted by the road closures are back to normal.
The tram service through the area has also resumed.
The protest site in Causeway Bay, which is a major throughfare in Hong Kong, had been occupied by protesters for two-and-a-half months.
It was the last of the three Occupy camps cleared by police.
Seventeen people were arrested during Monday's clearing operations.

Knife attack in Urumqi injures 3

A man has been arrested after attacking people waiting at a bus stop in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang.
The man carried out the attack with a knife on Monday evening, leaving three injured.
Police seized the suspect at the scene.
The injured were taken to hospital but are out of danger.


Economic Planner OKs Building New Airport in Beijing

China's economic planner has approved the construction of a new airport in Beijing.
The new airport will be built in southern Beijing's Daxing District, which borders Hebei Province.
The project will involve nearly 80 billion yuan, or about 13 billion U.S. dollars, of investment and take about five years.
By 2025, the airport will be able to handle over 70 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620-thousand planes annually.
It is expected to meet Beijing's rising demand for air transportation and help achieve balanced development in the capital's southern and northern areas.


Manager of Sydney Cafe dies as hero in hostage siege

The manager of a cafe in Sydney, Australia where a gunment took 17 hostages is being hailed as a hero for helping several other captives escape.
The 17-hour standoff ended following the deaths of the gunman and two hostages, including the manager.
Witnesses say 34-year old Tori Johnson decided to take matters into his own hands around 2 o'clock this morning local time as the gunman began to fall asleep, attempting to seize the weapon the suspect was carrying.
As hostages fled, police moved in, tossing stun grenades and firing rifles.
38-year-old mother of three Katrina Dawson has been identified as the other fatality. She died trying to defend her pregnant friend.
The gunman has been identified as 50-year-old Man Haron Monis, a self-proclaimed Sheik who has a lengthy criminal record.

 

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