January 17, 2017
Istanbul Finds A Suspect While Austria Searches For A Hermit
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The Manhunt For The New Year’s Eve Killer Is Over
Turkish police arrested Uzbek national Abdulkadir Masharipov, the main suspect in the New Year’s Eve attack that killed 39 people in Istanbul. ISIS took credit for the attack, which killed citizens of Turkey, Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, calling it revenge for Turkey’s involvement in Syria. On Monday, security forces captured Masharipov was captured at a friend’s house in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul. Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the Reina nightclub attack over the past two weeks, but authorities are confident Masharipov is indeed the main suspect.
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Germany Isn’t Exactly Eager For Trump’s Inauguration
After President-elect Donald Trump suggested that the United States might abandon NATO, several international representatives came forward to call the idea reckless. However, no one sounded nearly as determined as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who reminded her constituents, “We Europeans have our fate in our own hands.” Yet, tensions were mounting elsewhere in Germany. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier reported on the general uneasiness among NATO foreign ministers since Trump’s comment, while other German officials sought their own #MicDrop moment against The Donald. When Trump criticized Merkel’s handling of the refugee crisis, calling it an “utterly catastrophic mistake by letting all these illegals into the country,” Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel clapped back and reminded the public that the increase in the number of people fleeing the Middle East had partially been a result of US-led wars destabilizing the region.
Electronic Festival Turns Deadly In Mexico
At least five people are dead and 15 others are injured after a shooting outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Two Canadians, one Italian and one Colombian person died in the shooting, which started as a “disagreement between people inside” according to local news. Before shots were fired, the Blue Parrot had been hosting a closing party for BPM, a 10-day music festival that has grown to become one of the largest electronic events in Mexico and steady source of tourism for the country.
KEEPING OUR EYE ON
Yemen: According to the United Nations, over 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government. In the 21 months since the conflict began, over 40,000 people have also been injured and food shortages are worsening. The news came as a UN envoy met Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Orlando: The FBI arrested Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year. Salman denies involvement in the attack or any knowledge of her husband’s plans.
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Austria Is Desperately Seeking A Hermit
Do you love nature but not electricity? Do you prefer seclusion and spirituality over modern appliances? Are you just trying to avoid social media? The Saalfelden hermitage might be the job for you. For the last 350 years, the small Austrian town of Saalfelden has hired a hermit to maintain one of Europe’s last hermitages, built into a cliff above the town. And it just so happens that they’re looking for a new hermit! The views are beautiful and the benefits include a lot of quiet time. But it’s not as lonely as it sounds. “Many people come [to the hermitage] and want to confide in someone. He has to be there for them,” said local priest Alois Moser.
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