The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com The Daily Astorian Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:12:05 -0400 en http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg The Daily Astorian | http://www.dailyastorian.com US terror attacks common denominator: Anwar al-Awlaki http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-terror-attacks-common-denominator-anwar-al-awlaki-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6c9e0a92e0764fa283bf0e2852b51766 http://www.dailyastorian.com/us-terror-attacks-common-denominator-anwar-al-awlaki-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6c9e0a92e0764fa283bf0e2852b51766#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:54 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259811 NEW YORK (AP) Five years after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike, he keeps inspiring acts of terror.

Investigators say a bomb that rocked New York a week ago, injuring more than two dozen people, was the latest in a long line of incidents in which the attackers were inspired by al-Awlaki, an American imam who became an al-Qaida propagandist.

Federal terrorism charges against the bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, say a bloodstained notebook found on him after he engaged in a shootout with police in New Jersey and was arrested included passages praising al-Awlaki. And Rahami's father has said he went to the FBI two years ago in part because he was concerned about his son's admiration for al-Awlaki and the time he spent watching his videos advocating jihad, or holy war.

Terror experts say al-Awlaki remains a dangerous inciter of homegrown terror. He spoke American English, and his sermons are widely available online. And since he was killed in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011, martyred in the eyes of followers, those materials take on an almost mythic quality. His primary message: Muslims are under attack and have a duty to carry out attacks on non-believers at home.

Among the attackers who investigators and terror experts say were inspired by al-Awlaki and his videos: the couple who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shootings, which left 14 people dead in December, and the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others in April 2013.

"The horrific acts of violence they advertise are just a twisted form of advertising," said Zachary Goldman, co-founder of the New York University Center for Cyber Security.

He said al-Awlaki was particularly effective because of "his ideas and pernicious way of offering comfort to those in need of it at the same time as he poisons them."

Presidential nominees Donald Trump, a Republican, and Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, have called for curtailing the ability of terrorists to promote their views on the internet. Trump has suggested shutting down the web in war-ravaged nations overrun by Islamic extremists. Clinton has suggested appealing to social media companies to take radical speech offline.

The director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, Karen Greenberg, said a lively discussion is underway among public officials and those in the private sector to "find a way to take searches for jihadist propaganda and deflect it toward a counter-narrative."

She noted her center's study of the first 101 Islamic State group cases in federal courts, updated through June, showed more than 25 percent of the cases' court records contained references to al-Awlaki's influence. References to Osama bin Laden, founder of the terror organization behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, barely topped 10 percent.

Authorities have said al-Awlaki knew two of the Sept. 11 hijackers when he was the imam of a Falls Church, Virginia, mosque but didn't seem a threat, even scoring an invite to lunch at the Pentagon as part of a moderate Muslim outreach program after the 2001 attacks.

But al-Awlaki's essays and speeches went from providing encouragement to would-be militant fighters to playing an operational role for al-Qaida, prompting Democratic President Barack Obama's administration to add him to the government's list of wanted terror suspects.

By 2007, an informant at a New Jersey trial testified, one of five foreign-born Muslims said he was ready to attack soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after watching a video of an al-Awlaki lecture he considered a religious decree to attack American soldiers.

Al-Awlaki was emailing Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, before his 2009 shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas, which killed 13 people.

Authorities said al-Awlaki also worked with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a recruit to al-Qaida's Yemen branch, who tried unsuccessfully to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009 with explosives in his underwear.

In 2010, YouTube removed videos in which al-Awlaki called for holy war, saying they violated its guidelines prohibiting "incitement to commit violent acts." In one 45-minute video, al-Awlaki said U.S. deaths are justified and encouraged, citing what he called U.S. intentional killing of Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

"He broke bad," said John Pistole, former FBI deputy director and former director of the Transportation Security Administration. "He lived here, was born here. He was obviously very persuasive, a very effective communicator."

The American Civil Liberties Union said it has seen lots of pressure put on technology companies by the Obama administration as it tries to limit speech on platforms related to terrorism. But restricting or removing speech considered offensive or dangerous doesn't protect people, said Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney with the ACLU's National Security Project.

"People can't respond to it or condemn it," he said. "It drives the speech underground."

Trying to remove it, Handeyside added, "is ultimately futile and possibly counterproductive."

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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AP Top International News at 8:10 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-810-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0a104b1b6b8ee17a74a04b1eb382eac9 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-international-news-at-810-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0a104b1b6b8ee17a74a04b1eb382eac9#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:55 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259886 India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate changeIsraeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in monthsChina begins operating world's largest radio telescopeAttendees at North Korean air show wowed by model F-16Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top courtHollande honors Algerians who fought for French colonizers]]> Syrian rebels reverse government gains in Aleppo stalemate http://www.dailyastorian.com/syrian-rebels-reverse-government-gains-in-aleppo-stalemate-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde71bc644348f490f9ebe11f56734477b http://www.dailyastorian.com/syrian-rebels-reverse-government-gains-in-aleppo-stalemate-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde71bc644348f490f9ebe11f56734477b#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:35 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259812 BEIRUT (AP) A monitoring group says Syrian rebels have retaken an area in Aleppo that fell to government forces the day before, extending a punishing stalemate in the contested northern city.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which maintains a network of local contacts, says rebels seized Handarat, a largely uninhabited Palestinian refugee camp, early Sunday.

The area is near Castello Road, a vital supply route to the city's besieged rebel-held areas. Government forces seized the Castello Road earlier this year, besieging rebel-held districts where some 250,000 people reside.

Yasser al-Yousef, a spokesman for the Nour el-Din al-Zinki rebel faction, says rebels seized Handarat late Saturday.

The Observatory says 213 civilians have been killed by airstrikes and shelling on rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo since a cease-fire expired Monday.

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India to ratify Paris Agreement on climate change http://www.dailyastorian.com/india-to-ratify-paris-agreement-on-climate-change-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world14eea2a29bee4e81bf6339b28172752c http://www.dailyastorian.com/india-to-ratify-paris-agreement-on-climate-change-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world14eea2a29bee4e81bf6339b28172752c#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:57 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259819 NEW DELHI (AP) India's prime minister said Sunday that his country will ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change early next month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government will ratify the agreement Oct. 2, coinciding with the birth anniversary of India's independence leader Mohandas Gandhi. Modi made the announcement at a meeting of his Bharatiya Janata Party's leaders in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode, but gave no further details.

India accounts for around 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said this month that 60 countries accounting for around 48 percent of emissions had already joined the agreement.

The Paris Agreement asks both rich and poor countries to take action to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns. It requires governments to present national plans to reduce emissions to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Last week, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said he expects to announce that countries accounting for over 55 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions have formally joined the treaty the threshold needed to trigger the landmark agreement when he presides over the 22nd U.N. Climate Conference in Marrakesh that starts on Nov. 7.

The Morocco conference is expected to hammer out the difficult details of how to make the agreement work and raise the $100 billion needed each year to meet its ambitious goals.

Mezouar said developed countries are expected to come up with $100 billion in climate financing each year, with half of that going to help countries adapt to green energy and the other half to mitigating the effects of climate change.

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AP Top News at 8:06 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-806-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6237fd6887089c75aa9789648e0a47af http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-news-at-806-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world6237fd6887089c75aa9789648e0a47af#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:13 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259899 As Clinton focuses on debate, Trump says he'd champion womenChina begins operating world's largest radio telescopeBlack history finds home on National Mall with new museumJordanian writer gunned down outside courthouseSyrian rebels reverse government gains in Aleppo stalemateSwiss vote on granting new powers to intelligence services]]> Charlotte police release video of shooting but doubts remain http://www.dailyastorian.com/charlotte-police-release-video-of-shooting-but-doubts-remain-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world1c665c41a0394499ab1b96b18558db68 http://www.dailyastorian.com/charlotte-police-release-video-of-shooting-but-doubts-remain-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world1c665c41a0394499ab1b96b18558db68#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259850 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Newly released police video of a black man's fatal shooting, sought by protesters for days, isn't settling questions about whether the man threatened police with a gun before he was felled by a black officer.

Police said Keith Lamont Scott had a gun, though residents have said he was unarmed. It's not apparent in the video if he's holding anything shortly before he was shot. The dramatic video released by Charlotte police shows officers with guns drawn surrounding the man just before the shooting.

In the dashboard camera video released Saturday night, Scott could be seen slowly backing away from his SUV with his hands down. Four shots are heard in quick succession, and he crumples to the ground mortally wounded.

After the police vehicle dashboard camera and police body-cam videos were released, a fifth day of protests against Scott's fatal shooting was largely peaceful. Police blocked off downtown streets late into the night as they had throughout the day, allowing demonstrators to take over roadways without confrontations with vehicles.

Police also released photos on Saturday of what they said was a loaded handgun found at the scene, adding it bore Scott's DNA and fingerprints. They also said Scott had marijuana.

Relatives and their attorney said their questions aren't answered by the release of partial police video footage.

"There is no definitive evidence in this video as to whether or not there is an object in his hand, and if there is, what that object is," said Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott's family. "But what we do know is that the moment Mr. Scott is shot, it appears as though he's not aggressively moving toward law enforcement; he's actually doing the opposite. He's passively stepping back."

Ray Dotch, Scott's brother-in-law, said some reporters had been looking into Scott's background but added that background shouldn't matter.

"What we know and what you should know about him is that he was an American citizen who deserved better," he said.

The dashboard camera footage opens with a police car pulling up as two officers point their guns at Scott, who is inside the SUV with the doors closed and windows rolled up. Scott gets out and begins walking backward before shots are fired.

From a different angle, newly released police body camera footage shows an officer approach with his gun drawn and another officer already pointing his gun at Scott. When Scott comes into view, his hands are at his side and he's standing beside his SUV. The body camera footage doesn't show the moment shots are fired, and Scott is next seen on the ground.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said that Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

Police officers didn't break the law but the State Bureau of Investigation continues to pursue the case, he said.

"Officers are absolutely not being charged by me at this point, but again, there's another investigation ongoing," Putney said.

A police narrative released along with the video gives the most complete account yet by the agency of what brought Scott to police attention.

Two plainclothes officers in an unmarked vehicle were preparing to serve a warrant on someone else when Scott pulled up and parked next to them, according to the document.

The officers saw Scott rolling a marijuana cigar, or blunt, though they didn't consider it a priority at first, it said. But then one of the officers saw him hold up a gun, the document states.

"Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr. Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns," the document said.

The narrative says Scott didn't respond to repeated commands to drop his weapon.

Those commands aren't heard in the body camera video, which doesn't have audible sound until after the shooting. A separate video reportedly shot by Scott's wife includes audio of police demanding that the man drop the weapon, and Rakeyia Scott insisting her husband doesn't have one.

Before the release of the video, hundreds of people had peacefully massed outside at the Charlotte police department building on Saturday afternoon chanting the name "Keith Scott." They also chanted, "No tapes, no peace" and raised signs including one reading "Stop Killing The Black People."

Peaceful protests continued after the video release.

The city has been on edge ever since Scott's shooting death. The demonstrations reached a violent crescendo on Wednesday before the National Guard was called in a day later to maintain order. Forty-four people were arrested after Wednesday's protests, and one protester who was shot died at a hospital Thursday. City officials said police did not shoot 26-year-old Justin Carr, and a suspect was arrested.

The next two nights of protests were free of property damage and violence, with organizers stressing a message of peace at the end of the week.

Charlotte is the latest U.S. city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

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Police: Washington shooting suspect 'zombie-like' at arrest http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-washington-shooting-suspect-zombie-like-at-arrest-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc93596c5db8b4096b36fb611865ca49c http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-washington-shooting-suspect-zombie-like-at-arrest-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldc93596c5db8b4096b36fb611865ca49c#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:10:24 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259838 BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.

Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

"I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. "We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze."

Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

"He was kind of zombie-like," Hawley said.

The suspect's arrest capped a frantic search following the slayings of five people the day before.

The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's department store.

By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. Four people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building.

"There are people waking up this morning, and their world has changed forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever, but I don't think our way of life needs to change," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday at a news conference.

Authorities said it now appears the rifle was brought into the mall from the suspect's vehicle that was there, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said Saturday night.

Cetin has not been charged, Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit County Jail and is expected to appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY) that Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin. The victim was identified as Cetin's stepfather.

The newspaper reports Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.

Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm, the newspaper reported.

However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was "going through a hard time."

As the small city absorbed the tragic news, critical questions remained, including the shooter's motive.

Initially the suspect was described as Hispanic, but Hawley said that was based on initial witness statements to the shooting at the mall.

Surveillance video captured the suspect entering the mall unarmed and then recorded him about 10 minutes later entering the Macy's with a "hunting type" rifle in his hand, Cammock said.

The identities of the victims four women who ranged in age from a teenager to a senior citizen were withheld pending autopsies and notification of family. The identity of the man who was fatally shot was also withheld and may not be released until Monday.

Earlier Saturday as police scrambled to find the shooter, the small city about 60 miles (97 kilometers) waited and worried.

The community of 8,600 people is too far from Seattle to be a commuter town, but its population swells to 55,000 during the day because of a popular outlet mall, retail stores and other businesses. Burlington is the only major retail center within 30 miles (48 kilometers) in a region where agriculture is king.

Residents gathered Saturday to comfort each other at a community gathering in a city park.

"It's too scary. It's too close to home," said Maria Elena Vasquez, who attended the gathering with her husband and two young children.

Those who survived were still trying to process what happened as their community became the latest entry on a list of places known by the rest of world for mass shootings.

Joanne Burkholder, 19, of nearby Mount Vernon, was watching the movie "The Magnificent Seven" in the mall's theater when security guards came in and told them to evacuate immediately. Dozens of panicked moviegoers gathered in the hallway, and Burkholder heard screaming as the officers escorted them to safety in a parking lot.

As she drove home later, she had to pull over because she was shaking so hard, she told The Associated Press.

"I'm just very thankful for my life this morning. I've never been so terrified in my life," she said Saturday, trying to hold back tears as she attended the community vigil.

People who believed they may have lost loved ones were being sequestered at a church three blocks from the mall, where counselors and a golden retriever therapy dog were present.

The Seattle Times reported that one of the victims in the deadly Washington state mall shooting is a 16-year-old girl.

Sarai Lara's mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.

Evangelina Lara told ( http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY ) the newspaper through a translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.

Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m. Saturday that her daughter was among the five people killed.

Dozens of people attended a Saturday evening prayer service for the victims. The gathering was held at Central United Methodist Church in nearby Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

The Rev. Cody Natland lit five candles on a table in front of the church, one for each victim.

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Flaccus reported from Portland, Oregon. Associated Press writers Lisa Baumann in Seattle and Kimberlee Kruesi in Boise, Idaho, contributed to this report.

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Turks protest assault of woman who wore shorts http://www.dailyastorian.com/turks-protest-assault-of-woman-who-wore-shorts-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd321ba51400f452182d2603d40d11f73 http://www.dailyastorian.com/turks-protest-assault-of-woman-who-wore-shorts-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldd321ba51400f452182d2603d40d11f73#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:50:22 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259813 ISTANBUL (AP) Turks donned shorts and gathered in central Istanbul to condemn the assault of a young nurse who was attacked on a public bus this month for wearing shorts.

With chants of "Don't interfere with my shorts!" Sunday's protest aimed to show solidarity with Aysegul Terzi, who was kicked in the face by a man, Abdullah Cakiroglu, on Sept. 12.

Cakiroglu confessed to attacking Terzi for what he called her "inappropriate" clothing, yet was released from custody despite expressing no remorse, according to Turkish news reports. He was then re-arrested on charges of inciting hatred and interfering with the right to freedom following a public uproar. On social media, critics accusing the Turkish authorities of expressing tacit approval of Cakiroglu's actions.

A similar shorts protest is scheduled for Ankara.

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Israeli military indicts Palestinians for online incitement http://www.dailyastorian.com/israeli-military-indicts-palestinians-for-online-incitement-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb582b4850d9a4dcf813a2a0d7607b5d5 http://www.dailyastorian.com/israeli-military-indicts-palestinians-for-online-incitement-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldb582b4850d9a4dcf813a2a0d7607b5d5#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:40:38 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259814 JERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli military says it has indicted more than 145 Palestinians so far this year for incitement over social media.

Sunday's announcement comes amid an Israeli campaign to stamp out the online incitement it says has fueled a yearlong campaign of Palestinian attacks. The Palestinians say the violence is a result of nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation.

Earlier this month, a pair of Israeli ministers met with Facebook executives to discuss ways of limiting calls to violence on the platform. Israel says Facebook should do more to monitor and control content, raising a host of issues over whether the company is responsible for material posted by its users.

Israeli lawmakers have proposed legislation that seeks to force social networks to remove content Israel considers to be incitement.

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NY senator: Wireless emergency alerts must include photos http://www.dailyastorian.com/ny-senator-wireless-emergency-alerts-must-include-photos-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world41d806864eab4c2d9ee3fa35dddc8ee3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ny-senator-wireless-emergency-alerts-must-include-photos-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world41d806864eab4c2d9ee3fa35dddc8ee3#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:40:12 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259816 NEW YORK (AP) As police and federal agents hunted for the man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey, millions of people received an alert on their cellphones asking for help finding the bombing suspect. But a phrase in the short message, "See media for pic," has put a spotlight on the limitations of the nation's emergency alert system.

The alerts, including the one sent last Monday about bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, are sent to cellphones to alert people in a geographic area of imminent threats to safety. They are currently limited to only 90 characters and cannot transmit multimedia files, like photos or video.

Sen. Charles Schumer argues the Wireless Emergency System is using outdated infrastructure and is in desperate need of an upgrade. The New York Democrat, who said the recent alert lacked critical details, wants the Federal Communications Commission to revamp the system with the capability of including photos and video.

"When it comes to a terrorist or other very dangerous criminal on the run, a picture not only is worth a thousand words, it could save a thousand lives if the right person sees it," Schumer said. "We can't afford to have an emergency wireless response system that is stuck in the 90's."

The FCC already is considering a rule that would expand the length of messages to 360 characters and allow phone numbers and web links to be included in some messages. The commission's chairman, Tom Wheeler, said earlier this month that the new rule "would enable the public to receive additional, vital information in wireless alerts." FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told The Associated Press that Wheeler has asked his fellow commissioners to vote on updates to the agency's wireless alerting rules. A vote is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Robert Morse, assistant general counsel at Verizon, wrote to the FCC in April that the company supports making the alert messages longer, but warned that including links could cause network congestion and said multimedia messaging for emergency alerts "is not feasible at this time." AT&T said it, too, had concerns that embedding links could cause congestion, but said it was amenable to a time-limited trial.

Since the Wireless Emergency Alert system was rolled out in 2012, it has been used to send more than 21,000 messages nationwide, mainly to warn people about dangerous weather conditions or missing children, federal officials said. The system has been used several times in New York City, but last week's alert was the first time the city used the system for a wanted-person message, officials said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the alerts have proven to be a valuable tool. Rahami, the 28-year-old bombing suspect, who is facing both federal and state charges, was arrested hours after the alert was sent following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey.

The message, however, drew criticism from some who feared racial targeting because the alert included only the name and age of the suspect, not a photo. De Blasio, a Democrat, defended the message, but said he would like future alerts to contain photographs.

"We want to improve the technology and get the sign-offs we need from the federal level to be able to get this technology improved and get out images in real time," de Blasio said Friday during his weekly "Ask The Mayor" segment on WNYC. "I think we can improve upon it. But I really find that the worst of Monday morning quarterbacking is for people to critique an approach that actually helped catch a terrorist."

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Israeli official: Gaza underground wall to be done in months http://www.dailyastorian.com/israeli-official-gaza-underground-wall-to-be-done-in-months-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldabcc98bcf25e4f2480ddb94b546c624d http://www.dailyastorian.com/israeli-official-gaza-underground-wall-to-be-done-in-months-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldabcc98bcf25e4f2480ddb94b546c624d#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:40:34 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259815 BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) A senior Israeli military official says a massive underground barrier being built along the Gaza border to defend against Hamas tunnels should be completed in a matter of months.

The Southern Command official said Sunday that the structure will include a wall deep below the ground as well as flooding parts of the roughly 60-kilometer (40-mile) border.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under military briefing regulations, says the goal is to turn Hamas' underground network into a "death trap."

During a 2014 war, Hamas militants managed on several occasions to make their way into Israel through a tunnel network.

Israel destroyed some 32 tunnels during that conflict. The official says the military is investing great efforts to stop the threat.

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Police: 6 injured in stabbings in Boston Theater District http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-6-injured-in-stabbings-in-boston-theater-district-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmente9c8ea02e58e42f1a8d8c4b98695464e http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-6-injured-in-stabbings-in-boston-theater-district-da-ap-webfeeds-news-entertainmente9c8ea02e58e42f1a8d8c4b98695464e#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:20:58 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259817 BOSTON (AP) Authorities say six people have been injured in an apparent fight in Boston's Theater District and police are looking for a suspect they believe was wounded.

The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2ctOTJX ) reports that police Superintendent Bernard O'Rourke said officers responded to a report of a fight about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the district, where bars and restaurants cater to night-life crowds and had just closed.

Police say people were stabbed with knives or bottles, and one person was critically injured.

Emerson College, which has facilities in the area, alerted students that suspects were at large. The school asked students to report any suspicious activity.

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Police: 6 injured in stabbings in Boston Theater District http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-6-injured-in-stabbings-in-boston-theater-district-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde9c8ea02e58e42f1a8d8c4b98695464e http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-6-injured-in-stabbings-in-boston-theater-district-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde9c8ea02e58e42f1a8d8c4b98695464e#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:20:14 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259818 BOSTON (AP) Authorities say six people have been injured in an apparent fight in Boston's Theater District and police are looking for a suspect they believe was wounded.

The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2ctOTJX ) reports that police Superintendent Bernard O'Rourke said officers responded to a report of a fight about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the district, where bars and restaurants cater to night-life crowds and had just closed.

Police say people were stabbed with knives or bottles, and one person was critically injured.

Emerson College, which has facilities in the area, alerted students that suspects were at large. The school asked students to report any suspicious activity.

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Hollande honors Algerians who fought for French colonizers http://www.dailyastorian.com/hollande-honors-algerians-who-fought-for-french-colonizers-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde11c3eb1750e4dcaafd4f7e5ff97684e http://www.dailyastorian.com/hollande-honors-algerians-who-fought-for-french-colonizers-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worlde11c3eb1750e4dcaafd4f7e5ff97684e#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:10:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259820 PARIS (AP) French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the state's culpability in abandoning Algerians who fought alongside French colonial forces in Algeria's war for independence and were then massacred as traitors after the French retreat in 1962.

Tens of thousands of the fighters, known as harkis, were killed after the French withdrawal, and those made it to France were placed in camps. Their descendants have long sought official recognition that the harkis were unjustly treated.

Speaking Sunday in the Invalides monument that houses Napoleon's tomb, Hollande said, "I recognize the responsibility of French governments in abandoning the harkis, the massacres of those remaining in Algeria and the inhuman conditions for those transferred to France."

"France betrayed its promise, turned its back on families," he said, making the first official recognition of the state's role in abandoning the harkis.

The harki contingent included some 200,000 forces who had fought against fellow Algerians in a war seen as one of the darkest chapters in France's modern history.

Only in 1999, under then-President Jacques Chirac, did France officially admit that the eight-year combat that ended 132 years of French rule in Algeria was a war. The true number of Algerians who died in the war and its aftermath is unknown, as many were never identified. The wounds of the country's colonial past remain deep on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

In 2002, Chirac inaugurated a memorial near the Eiffel Tower to those who died fighting on the side of France, including harkis. Chirac also began what is now an annual ceremony for the harkis every September.

Other prominent politicians at Sunday's ceremony included Hollande's potential rivals for next year's election, conservative former President Nicolas Sarkozy and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

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Kenenisa Bekele wins Berlin Marathon, misses world mark http://www.dailyastorian.com/kenenisa-bekele-wins-berlin-marathon-misses-world-mark-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd1f2d509293a4e96b93431cd73d303fa http://www.dailyastorian.com/kenenisa-bekele-wins-berlin-marathon-misses-world-mark-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sportsd1f2d509293a4e96b93431cd73d303fa#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:00:47 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259825 BERLIN (AP) Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia pulled away from Wilson Kipsang of Kenya late in the race to win the Berlin Marathon just outside the world record time on Sunday.

Bekele's winning time of two hours, 3 minutes and 3 seconds was six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto's world record, also set in Berlin in 2014 and is the second best time.

"I wanted to set a personal best and it's a fantastic time, but it's a little disappointing to miss the world record by so little," Bekele said after the race.

Bekele and Kipsang opened a considerable lead over the rest of the field and ran shoulder-to-shoulder until Bekele pulled away with about two kilometers to go.

Kipsang finished 10 seconds behind Bekele in 2:03:13, faster than the 2:03:23 he clocked in winning the race in 2013, in what was then a world record.

Evans Chebet of Kenya was third in 2:05:31.

Bekele is considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time. He won three Olympic titles and five world championship golds and is the world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

But he had been slow getting into the marathon, with his previous best of 2:05.04 set in his debut in winning the Paris race in 2014. He was third in London in April, after battling an Achilles' tendon injury.

Bekele broke the Ethiopian record for the marathon, previously held by the great Haile Gebrselassie, who won the Berlin Marathon and set a world record of 2:03.59 in 2008.

Aberu Kebede led an Ethiopian sweep in the women's race in 2:20:45. Birhane Dibaba was second in 2:23:58 and Ruti Aga third in 2:24:41.

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AP Top Sports News at 6:53 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-653-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8c4867febdbf2ebf6b2fb9aa56b1bc82 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-sports-news-at-653-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports8c4867febdbf2ebf6b2fb9aa56b1bc82#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:00:27 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259872 Anthem protests spread to colleges, WNBA player sitsDobbs rallies No. 14 Vols to 38-28 win over No. 19 GatorsHornibrook proves he's ready in Badgers' win over SpartansNo. 23 Rebels find their rhythm, beat No. 12 Georgia 45-14Cook gets rolling, has 267 yards in win over South FloridaWiggins says he did not seek 'unfair advantage'Kenenisa Bekele wins Berlin Marathon, misses world mark]]> Wiggins says he did not seek 'unfair advantage' http://www.dailyastorian.com/wiggins-says-he-did-not-seek-unfair-advantage-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports180d01fd7a794ce1a1259004e34eb331 http://www.dailyastorian.com/wiggins-says-he-did-not-seek-unfair-advantage-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports180d01fd7a794ce1a1259004e34eb331#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:53:03 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259821 LONDON (AP) Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins said he needed permission to use a banned substance to treat his asthma to ensure he was "back on a level playing field."

The British rider's confidential medical information featured in one of the leaks resulting from an alleged Russian-led cyberattack on the World Anti-Doping Agency database. The eight-time Olympic medalist was given three injections of an anti-inflammatory drug between 2011 and 2013.

Wiggins insisted earlier this month that there was "nothing new" about his need for asthma medication but he has now given an interview to the BBC to further defend his need for a "Therapeutic Use Exemption" that allows athletes to use otherwise-banned substances because of a verified medical need.

"This was to cure a medical condition," Wiggins said in the interview, which was broadcast Sunday. "This wasn't about trying to find a way to gain an unfair advantage. This was about putting myself back on a level playing field in order to compete at the highest level."

The treatment was approved by cycling authorities and there is no suggestion any rules have been broken, but the former Team Sky rider has still come under scrutiny over his use of TUEs.

"Unfortunately when you're the best at what you do sometimes comes scrutiny," Wiggins said, referring to his team. "Especially in a sport that has a tainted history."

Wiggins became the first British rider to win the Tour de France in 2012 as part of Team Sky.

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AP Top U.S. News at 6:38 a.m. EDT http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-638-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbd630fb80d4b4542344226669617a9d8 http://www.dailyastorian.com/ap-top-us-news-at-638-am-edt-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-worldbd630fb80d4b4542344226669617a9d8#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:40:17 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259867 Things to Know about deadly shootings at mall in WashingtonThe Latest: Report: Suspect faces domestic-violence chargesDoubts remain after Charlotte police shooting video releasedAs Clinton focuses on debate, Trump says he'd champion womenBlack history finds home on National Mall with new museumThe Latest: Doubts follow release of police shooting videoNew law may complicate release of Charlotte police videoFuneral held for unarmed man shot by Tulsa officer]]> Police: Washington shooting suspect 'zombie-like' at arrest http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-washington-shooting-suspect-zombie-like-at-arrest-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc93596c5db8b4096b36fb611865ca49c http://www.dailyastorian.com/police-washington-shooting-suspect-zombie-like-at-arrest-da-ap-webfeeds-news-northwestc93596c5db8b4096b36fb611865ca49c#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:40:15 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259823 BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in nearby Burlington.

Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

"I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. "We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze."

Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

"He was kind of zombie-like," Hawley said.

The suspect's arrest capped a frantic search following the slayings of five people the day before.

The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's department store.

By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. Four people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot building.

"There are people waking up this morning, and their world has changed forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever, but I don't think our way of life needs to change," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday at a news conference.

Authorities said it now appears the rifle was brought into the mall from the suspect's vehicle that was there, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said Saturday night.

Cetin has not been charged, Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit County Jail and is expected to appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY) that Skagit County court records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin. The victim was identified as Cetin's stepfather.

The newspaper reports Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.

Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm, the newspaper reported.

However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was "going through a hard time."

As the small city absorbed the tragic news, critical questions remained, including the shooter's motive.

Initially the suspect was described as Hispanic, but Hawley said that was based on initial witness statements to the shooting at the mall.

Surveillance video captured the suspect entering the mall unarmed and then recorded him about 10 minutes later entering the Macy's with a "hunting type" rifle in his hand, Cammock said.

The identities of the victims four women who ranged in age from a teenager to a senior citizen were withheld pending autopsies and notification of family. The identity of the man who was fatally shot was also withheld and may not be released until Monday.

Earlier Saturday as police scrambled to find the shooter, the small city about 60 miles (97 kilometers) waited and worried.

The community of 8,600 people is too far from Seattle to be a commuter town, but its population swells to 55,000 during the day because of a popular outlet mall, retail stores and other businesses. Burlington is the only major retail center within 30 miles (48 kilometers) in a region where agriculture is king.

Residents gathered Saturday to comfort each other at a community gathering in a city park.

"It's too scary. It's too close to home," said Maria Elena Vasquez, who attended the gathering with her husband and two young children.

Those who survived were still trying to process what happened as their community became the latest entry on a list of places known by the rest of world for mass shootings.

Joanne Burkholder, 19, of nearby Mount Vernon, was watching the movie "The Magnificent Seven" in the mall's theater when security guards came in and told them to evacuate immediately. Dozens of panicked moviegoers gathered in the hallway, and Burkholder heard screaming as the officers escorted them to safety in a parking lot.

As she drove home later, she had to pull over because she was shaking so hard, she told The Associated Press.

"I'm just very thankful for my life this morning. I've never been so terrified in my life," she said Saturday, trying to hold back tears as she attended the community vigil.

People who believed they may have lost loved ones were being sequestered at a church three blocks from the mall, where counselors and a golden retriever therapy dog were present.

The Seattle Times reported that one of the victims in the deadly Washington state mall shooting is a 16-year-old girl.

Sarai Lara's mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a happy student.

Evangelina Lara told ( http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY ) the newspaper through a translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.

Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m. Saturday that her daughter was among the five people killed.

Dozens of people attended a Saturday evening prayer service for the victims. The gathering was held at Central United Methodist Church in nearby Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

The Rev. Cody Natland lit five candles on a table in front of the church, one for each victim.

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Flaccus reported from Portland, Oregon. Associated Press writers Lisa Baumann in Seattle and Kimberlee Kruesi in Boise, Idaho, contributed to this report.

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Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdish security wounded fighting IS http://www.dailyastorian.com/turkey-treating-iraqi-kurdish-security-wounded-fighting-is-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2fc4b5b9e2114421b22c0f561735f28c http://www.dailyastorian.com/turkey-treating-iraqi-kurdish-security-wounded-fighting-is-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2fc4b5b9e2114421b22c0f561735f28c#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:20:28 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259822 ISTANBUL (AP) Turkey's foreign ministry says 60 security personnel belonging to the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq who were critically wounded fighting the Islamic State group are receiving treatment in Turkey.

The ministry said in a statement released Sunday that the security personnel and their escorts were brought to public hospitals in Turkey's capital, Ankara. Turkey is covering all transportation and treatment costs.

In August, the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government asked diplomatic missions in the Iraqi city of Erbil for help treating security personnel who had been critically injured fighting the IS group.

Turkish jets began striking IS group targets in northern Iraq this year alongside other coalition forces, and it has deployed a number of troops in the area to help train Iraqi militia who are fighting the extremist group.

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As Clinton focuses on debate, Trump says he'd champion women http://www.dailyastorian.com/as-clinton-focuses-on-debate-trump-says-hed-champion-women-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world1b5c03902b7145bda6c4e5479e4cb1d3 http://www.dailyastorian.com/as-clinton-focuses-on-debate-trump-says-hed-champion-women-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world1b5c03902b7145bda6c4e5479e4cb1d3#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:30:26 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259847 ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is arguing that he'll do more to help women from the White House than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. At the same time, he's taunting her over the infidelities of her husband.

As Trump campaigned in the battleground state of Virginia, Clinton stayed close to home in New York while preparing for Monday night's opening debate. She was spotted at a Westchester hotel near her home in Chappaqua, but her campaign would not comment on whether she was holding practice sessions at the hotel.

Clinton and Trump were expected to meet separately on Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has sought to project neutrality in this year's election. There were perceptions that he favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in 2012.

Trump told supporters at a rally Saturday in Roanoke, Virginia, that Clinton has not delivered for women and children.

"My opponent likes to say that for decades she's been fighting for women, that she's been fighting for children. Why, then, are 70 million American women and children living in poverty or on the brink of poverty in our country?" Trump asked. "For years she's been doing this and she's done nothing."

The appeal came hours after Trump threatened on Twitter to invite a woman who'd had an affair with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, to sit in the first row at their first debate. The Clinton campaign had invited Mark Cuban, a fellow billionaire and Trump rival, to the event.

"If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!" Trump said.

Trump's campaign officials did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday, and it remained unclear whether Flowers would actually attend.

Earlier Saturday, one of Clinton's supporters, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, accused Trump and his fellow Republicans of "making hate OK." She told Clinton campaign volunteers in Nashua, New Hampshire, that she never predicted a major presidential candidate would base a campaign on scapegoating Mexicans, women and Muslims.

Warren was particularly critical of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who denounced Trump in the primary campaign but announced Friday that he strongly opposed Clinton and would vote for his former rival.

"Is that really what your word is worth, Ted Cruz?" she asked.

In Texas, Cruz described as "agonizing" his decision to announce that he would vote for Trump but denied that he had given in to pressure to support his rival for the Republican nomination. His announcement Friday, from which the word "endorsement" was conspicuously absent, drew criticism because of his longstanding antipathy for the man he had called a "pathological liar."

"Any path we took, if I supported Donald, if I didn't support Donald, the criticism was going to be there," Cruz told a packed Austin auditorium during a policy forum organized by The Texas Tribune. He had refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention and instead urged Republicans to vote according to their conscience.

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, assured home-schooling advocates in North Carolina that Trump would be their champion if elected. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Clinton's running mate, praised American Indian culture and highlighted his efforts to win federal recognition of the state's tribes while visiting the Chickahominy Indian Tribe Fall Festival near his home in Richmond.

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Associated Press writers Ken Thomas in New York; Kathleen Ronayne in Nashua, New Hampshire; Will Weissert in Austin, Texas; Bill Barrow in Des Moines, Iowa; and Alan Suderman in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this report.

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Jordanian writer gunned down outside courthouse http://www.dailyastorian.com/jordanian-writer-gunned-down-outside-courthouse-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0794442455c14200ab3054f0b9603e3f http://www.dailyastorian.com/jordanian-writer-gunned-down-outside-courthouse-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world0794442455c14200ab3054f0b9603e3f#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:13:33 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259831 AMMAN, Jordan (AP) A prominent Jordanian writer on Sunday was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he had been on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

There were no immediate details on the identity or motive of the gunman. But a witness described the shooter, who was immediately arrested, as wearing a long grey robe and long beard characteristic of conservative Muslims. The shooting was the latest in a string of deadly security lapses in Jordan.

Police and relatives said Nahed Hattar was preparing to enter the courthouse for a hearing when the lone gunman shot him at close range.

"He was standing at a short distance of about one meter (yard) in front of Nahed on the stairs of the Supreme Court," the witness told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, fearing repercussions.

The witness said seven shots were fired, and that Hattar was shot in the head. The official Petra News Agency said Hattar was shot three times.

Hattar, 56, was detained in August after sharing a cartoon on Facebook. The caricature depicted a bearded man in heaven, smoking and in bed with two women, asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

Relatives said the cartoon was meant to illustrate what Hattar, a secular Christian, viewed as the twisted religious views of Islamic State extremists. The post was quickly deleted after many angry responses.

Hattar was briefly detained for two weeks before he was released on bail.

Saad Hattar, a cousin, said relatives and friends of the writer apprehended the killer.

"Nahed was accompanied with two brothers and a friend when he was shot. The brothers and the friend chased the killer and caught him and handed him over to the police," he said.

He said the family held Jordan's prime minister, Hani al-Mulki, responsible for Nahed's death.

"The prime minister was the first one who incited against Nahed when he ordered his arrest and put him on trial for sharing the cartoon, and that ignited the public against him and led to his killing," Saad Hattar said.

In a statement, the family called on the government to hold accountable all those who had incited against Hattar.

"Many fanatics wrote on social media calling for his killing and lynching, and the government did nothing against them," they said.

Jordan is a close Western ally and has been largely spared from the violence engulfing neighboring Syria and Iraq. But a series of recent attacks has raised concern about security in the kingdom.

Late last year, a Jordanian police captain opened fire on instructors at an international police training center in Jordan's capital, killing at least five people, including two Americans, before being shot dead by security forces. In June, a suicide car bomb attack near the Syrian border killed seven Jordanian soldiers.

Hundreds of Jordanians have been sentenced to prison, are awaiting trial or are being held for questioning about links to IS. Under toughened anti-terror laws, even liking or sharing the group's propaganda on social media can land someone a prison sentence.

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Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank contributed to this report.

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Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court http://www.dailyastorian.com/bosnian-serbs-vote-in-referendum-banned-by-top-court-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2ec296d133344811af29fea7efb82ef4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/bosnian-serbs-vote-in-referendum-banned-by-top-court-da-ap-webfeeds-news-nation-world2ec296d133344811af29fea7efb82ef4#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:20:23 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259830 BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) Bosnian Serbs are voting in a referendum banned by the country's constitutional court, risking Western sanctions against their autonomous region and criminal charges against their leaders.

The vote Sunday is whether to keep Jan. 9 as a holiday in Republika Srpska, commemorating the day in 1992 that Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of their own state, igniting the ruinous 1992-95 war. It comes despite the top court's ruling that the date, which falls on a Serb Christian Orthodox religious holiday, discriminates against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats in Bosnia.

The vote has raised tensions and fears of renewed fighting as Bosniaks and Croats see the referendum as an attempt to elevate the Serb region above the country's constitutional court. It is also a test for a more serious referendum that Bosnian Serb leaders have announced for 2018 one on independence from Bosnia

During the 1992-95 Bosnia war that killed 100,000 people and turned half of the country's population into refugees, Bosniaks and Croats were persecuted and almost completely expelled from Republika Srpska territory.

After the war, Republika Srpska ended up not independent but an autonomous region of Bosnia. Bosniaks and Croats who returned there view the holiday as a celebration of their expulsion. Republika Srpska, a region of 1.2 million, marks the day with religious ceremonies, hinting the region is still meant just for Serbs.

The constitutional court has banned both the holiday and the referendum, a ruling that Bosnian Serbs see an attack on their autonomy.

The West has urged that the illegal referendum not be held but the Bosnian Serbs are backed by Russia. Western officials said they might consider halting projects in the mini-state or impose travel bans on its leaders and freeze their assets.

Tomislav Stajcic, a resident of Banja Luka, the capital of Republika Srpska, compared the holiday with a birthday.

"There is no force on this earth, political or divine or any other really, which can change the date of your birth," he said, calling the constitutional court's decision "senseless."

Opposition leaders have dismissed the idea of a new conflict, saying the Bosnian Serb ruling party scheduled the referendum a week before a local election to divert campaign topics from corruption to nationalism.

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Hamburg sacks coach Bruno Labbadia after poor start http://www.dailyastorian.com/hamburg-sacks-coach-bruno-labbadia-after-poor-start-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports9dea151025ff471bb3b77625bffbcca4 http://www.dailyastorian.com/hamburg-sacks-coach-bruno-labbadia-after-poor-start-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports9dea151025ff471bb3b77625bffbcca4#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:02:50 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259824 HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Hamburger SV sacked coach Bruno Labbadia on Sunday after a poor start to the season with only one point from five matches.

Labbadia was fired despite a tenacious performance by his team in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich on a late goal.

Hamburg's director Dietmar Beiersdorfer said the move was necessary to ensure a turnaround after a disappointing start.

Beiersdorfer said a successor will be named during the next few days.

Labbadia is the second Bundesliga coach to lose his job this season. Viktor Skripnik was dismissed by Werder Bremen three matches into the season.

Labbadia joined Hamburg 18 months ago and saved the club from relegation in 2015.

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Real Madrid dealing with poor results and unhappy Ronaldo http://www.dailyastorian.com/real-madrid-dealing-with-poor-results-and-unhappy-ronaldo-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3583d7a009734501a1256a3c454610a9 http://www.dailyastorian.com/real-madrid-dealing-with-poor-results-and-unhappy-ronaldo-da-ap-webfeeds-news-pro-sports3583d7a009734501a1256a3c454610a9#Comments Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:50:10 -0400 http://www.dailyastorian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016309259826 MADRID (AP) Two consecutive draws and a little rant by Cristiano Ronaldo have put Real Madrid on the verge of an early crisis.

Real Madrid got off to a good start this season but setbacks against Villarreal and Las Palmas in the Spanish league, combined with Ronaldo's angry reaction after being substituted on Saturday, have created an air of turmoil.

The Spanish powerhouse still holds the league lead, but its advantage over Barcelona was cut to one point after the recent lackluster performances. Madrid also struggled against Sporting Lisbon in its Champions League opener, when it needed two late goals to salvage a 2-1 win at home.

The biggest problem facing coach Zinedine Zidane may be Ronaldo, who was visibly upset after being replaced in the 72nd minute in the 2-2 draw at Las Palmas. The Portuguese forward did not look at Zidane as they quickly shook hands after the substitution. Zidane was the one who moved toward Ronaldo and extended his hand.

Ronaldo had walked briskly toward the sideline after seeing he was being replaced by youngster Lucas Vazquez, sputtering words to himself and not hiding his disappointment. He continued talking, apparently in Portuguese, on his way to the bench, where he watched the rest of the game.

After the match, Zidane tried to downplay Ronaldo's attitude, saying he didn't think the player was angry at being replaced. The coach said he took his star forward out to rest him ahead of the team's Champions League match at Borussia Dortmund.

"We've got a game on Tuesday and I thought that it was the right time to bring him off," Zidane said. "That's all there is to it. He always wants to play and be out there on the pitch, but I've also got to think about the player and he needed to rest and think about Tuesday."

Madrid was winning 2-1 when Ronaldo was replaced, and Las Palmas equalized near the end to keep Madrid winless for the second straight match.

"We're relaxed," Zidane said. "We are working hard and focused on what we're doing. We have to realize that you can't always win, but we're on the right track."

Ronaldo did not play well but set up the team's second goal on Saturday, scored by Karim Benzema, just minutes before being taken off the field.

The forward has been supportive of Zidane since the former player took over the squad last season, always praising his way of coaching. There had never been any signs of discontent from Ronaldo before Saturday's incident. Ronaldo was crucial for Zidane's team as it won the Champions League title last season.

Ronaldo did not talk to the media after the match.

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