International

11.19.14:  China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins

 

BEIJING (AP) — An Internet service company says Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet.

The action comes as China hosts the World Internet Conference, which brings together many of the world’s top technology companies.

U.S. company EdgeCast says censors have taken down several networks that provide local servers to help speed website performance. EdgeCast’s clients include software company Mozilla, publishing company The Atlantic and content management system Drupal.

The online activist group Greatfire.org says it was the target of the Chinese action, which blocked many other sites that use EdgeCast. The group enables Chinese Internet users to access websites otherwise blocked by Chinese censors. EdgeCast did not confirm Greatfire.org’s statement.


11.18.14:  4 Israelis killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — One man who was in a Jerusalem synagogue at the time two attackers walked in with meat cleavers and a gun says, “I saw people lying on the floor, blood everywhere.”

He says people tried to fight the attackers, “but they didn’t have much of a chance.”

Four people were killed and six others were wounded in today’s attack that authorities say was carried out by two Palestinians.

The attackers were killed in a shootout with police. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is promising a harsh response.


11.17.14:  Parents proud of son killed by IS

 

 — The Islamic State group has now killed five Westerners it was holding. The White House confirmed Sunday the death of U.S. aid worker and former soldier Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped October 2013 while trying to help Syrians wounded by their civil war. President Barack Obama says the Islamic State, “revels in the slaughter of innocents.”  The President said IS is  “pure evil.”

 

The parents of 26-year-old  Peter Kassig say they are extremely proud of their son, even in their heartbreak.    Kassig was abducted October 2013 while helping victims of Syria’s civil war.


11.17.14:  Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.

 

Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease.

 

Salia contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. He arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

 

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa. Salia was a citizen of Sierra Leone.


11.13.14:  Space agency: Comet lander ends up in cliff shadow

 

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its comet lander appears to have come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels.

Mission scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring says ground controllers will see whether it’s possible to adjust the lander to make sure its solar panels can catch the sun and charge the batteries.

Bibring said Thursday that the lander, called Philae, also appears to be standing on just two of its three feet.

He stressed that — apart from the unplanned alignment — the lander’s scientific instruments are operating normally.

The landing Wednesday was the first time a spacecraft has ever landed on a comet.

 

The European Space Agency has published the first image taken from the surface of a comet.

The space agency says its Philae lander is still “stable” despite its failure to latch on properly to the comet’s rocky terrain.

The photos sent back to Earth show the rocky surface, with one of the lander’s three feet in the corner of the frame.

As the lander touched down yesterday, it bounced twice on the comet’s surface, and scientists are still analyzing if any damage was done.


11.12.14:  21 trapped miners confirmed dead in China

 

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say 21 missing miners who were trapped in an August mine collapse in eastern China have been confirmed dead, bringing the death toll to 27.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that an explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan on Aug. 19. The search for the missing miners was hampered by collapsed shafts and gas pockets.

It said six bodies were found earlier, while 12 miners escaped.

Chinese authorities determined that the mine was operating illegally.

 


11.11.14:  Prominent pastor, author killed in plane crash

 

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Rev. Myles Munroe, a pastor and prolific author, was among the nine people killed when a small plane crashed Sunday night in the Bahamas.

Munroe’s wife, Pastor Ruth Munroe was also killed. Munroe was founder & president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International. According to the ministry website, three other ministry leaders, senior vice-president Dr. Richard Pinder, youth pastors Lavard and Radel Parks and their son Johannan also died.

Officials say the plane was on approach when the crash occurred during severe weather.

Born in 1954 in the islands’ capital of Nassau, Munroe founded the ministry after studying at Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The charismatic pastor quickly became an influential religious leader among many evangelical Christians, giving sermons around the world. He was also a motivational speaker and the author of numerous books, including the 2008 best-seller “God’s Big Idea: Reclaiming God’s Original Purpose for Your Life.”


11.11.14:   Palestinian leader accuses Israel of religious war

 

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president is accusing Israel of igniting a “religious war” by allowing Jewish worshippers to visit a contested holy site in Jerusalem.

 

Mahmoud Abbas says the visits are provocative, and that Palestinian worshippers will defend the site, revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

 

Jews are allowed to visit, but they are not supposed to pray there. An increase in the number of visits has sparked clashes and raised Muslim fears that Israel is plotting to take over the site and sparked clashes.

 

Abbas’ remarks — at a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat — came as Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian demonstrator in clashes in the West Bank today.


11.10.14:  North Korea releases 2 Americans

 

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama says concerns about North Korea’s nuclear program did not come up during negotiations for the release of two Americans. North Korea released Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller Saturday after Obama’s national intelligence director, James Clapper, flew to Pyongyang to secure their release. Obama says the United States will be open to nuclear talks with North Korea if its leaders show they’re serious about addressing the issue.


11.10.14:  US, China agree to extend length of visas

 

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. and China will start granting visas to each other’s citizens that are good for up to a decade.

 

Obama today addressed Asian business leaders at a high-level summit in Beijing, saying that “one country’s prosperity doesn’t have to come at the expense of the other.”

 

The U.S. and 11 other countries have been pursuing a long-delayed trade pact, but key obstacles remain.