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Saturday, November 14, 2015

NYTimes: Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS

NYTimes: Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS

"At a news conference on Saturday night, the Paris prosecutor, François Molins, said the attackers were all armed with heavy weaponry and suicide vests. Their assault began, he said, when two of them blew themselves up outside the gates of the soccer stadium on the northern outskirts of Paris."

Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris Attacks Kill More Than 100, Police Say; Border Controls Tightened - The New York Times

PARIS — The Paris area reeled Friday night from a shooting rampage, explosions and mass hostage-taking that President Fran├žois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack on France. His government announced sharply increased border controls and heightened police powers as it mobilized the military in a national emergency.



French television and news services quoted the police as saying that around 100 people had been killed at a concert site where hostages had been held during a two-hour standoff with the police, and that perhaps dozens of others had been killed in apparently coordinated attacks outside the country’s main sports stadium and four or five other popular locations in the city. But estimates on the total number of dead varied.





Paris Attacks Kill More Than 100, Police Say; Border Controls Tightened - The New York Times

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Racial Tension and Protests on Campuses Across the Country

Instances of racism and bigotry have ignited protests at colleges across
the United States, and social media has amplified students’ messages
far beyond campus. Here are some examples



Racial Tension and Protests on Campuses Across the Country

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

NYTimes: Britain, Concerned About Russian Crash, Halts Flights From Egyptian Resort

NYTimes: Britain, Concerned About Russian Crash, Halts Flights From Egyptian Resort

"LONDON — The British government temporarily halted flights to Britain from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el Sheikh on Wednesday after Prime Minister David Cameron said that a Russian chartered jet that broke apart over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device.”

"NYTimes: Mexico’s Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalizing Marijuana Use

NYTimes: Mexico’s Supreme Court Opens Door to Legalizing Marijuana Use

"The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs.

The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. The ruling is a first step — applying only to a single cannabis club that brought the suit — and does not strike down Mexico’s current drug laws. But it lays the groundwork for a wave of legal actions that could ultimately legalize marijuana."

Monday, November 02, 2015

Metrojet Rules Out Technical Failure or Human Error for Crash in Sinai Peninsula - The New York Times

MOSCOW — Senior officials at Metrojet, the charter airline company whose Airbus passenger plane crashed in Egypt over the weekend, killing all 224 people aboard, on Monday ruled out any technical failure or human error on the part of the airline in the catastrophe.



“We absolutely exclude the technical failure of the plane, and we absolutely exclude pilot error or a human factor,” Aleksandr A. Smirnov, a former pilot who is now the airline’s deputy director for aviation, said at a packed news conference in Moscow.



Metrojet Rules Out Technical Failure or Human Error for Crash in Sinai Peninsula - The New York Times