The tragedy in Connecticut hits painfully close to home for families scarred by other mass shootings. Some of them went to Washington to help push for new gun laws.1 comments
Schools in Newtown, Conn., have begun to re-open – except, of course, Sandy Hook Elementary-- which remains an active crime scene. For returning students and their families, it's back to a productive routine, but the pain still lingers.
As police were still investigating the shootings that killed 20 children and six others inside a Connecticut school, private funeral services were being held for two six year old boys Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary. Meantime, family and friends of the suspect, Adam Lanza, said he suffered from a social disorder characterized by a lack of empathy for others.
The grieving process has begun following the mass murder of 27 people in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. At Sandy Hook Elementary school twenty children and six adults were unmercifully shot several times as well as the shooters mother, Nancy Lanza, at her nearby home.
Despite international warnings, North Korea launched a long-range rocket yesterday. Getting insight into North Korea's motivation is tough. But when the country's last rocket attempt ended in failure, foreign media were actually there onsite to cover it on the government's invitation.
Egypt continues to deal with pandemonium as widespread protests take place over a bitterly divisive referendum on a new constitution. The army has stepped in, prompted by Morsi to help maintain control. But the duelling demonstrations between islamists and the opposition – made up of secular, liberal, leftwing and Christian groups – threatens to escalate. Over the weekend Morsi rescinded most of his own decree giving him unlimited powers.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has made the decision to rescind most of his own controversial decree giving himself unlimited powers. Yet it has failed to stem the wave of massive protests against him. An opposition "National Salvation" was declared yesterday; a group that intends to boycott the vote on the new constitution, arguing that it was impossible against a background of Muslim Brotherhood intimidation.
Another strong earthquake has struck, just off the coast of Northeastern Japan this morning and now the country is bracing for a tsunami. The 7.3 quake happened in the same area as the 9.0 quake that happened in March 2011. This time, nuclear plants are unaffected.
The death toll from the deadly typhoon that struck the Southern Philippines has climbed to about 350. At least 400 others are missing. The International Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for $4.8 million to help people directly affected by the typhoon.
A new report by Amnesty International on a human rights crisis in Yemen has exposed that an Al Qaeda linked group is responsible for terrifying violence. Mohammed Jamjoom will have the story, but first we should warn you: Some images in his report are much too graphic to show and have been blurred. Even so, the descriptions of what happened may be upsetting to some.
Dire warnings from the United States against Syria, in the ongoing crisis….. President Obama has warned that any use of chemical weapons by Syria in its civil war would be crossing a "red line" that would prompt a swift U-S response. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Syria not to test the U-S response.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returned to a crowd of cheering supporters yesterday, following the UN General Assembly decision to elevate the PA status from non-member observer entity to non-member observer state.
The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state. The resolution has upgraded the Palestinians' status to a non-member observer state at the United Nations . A Palestinian flag was immediately raised at the UN. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, hundreds crowded into the main square waved Palestinian flags and chanted "God is great."
The United Kingdom says it will not support a bid to upgrade Palestinian status at the United Nations in its present form. The General Assembly is expected to vote today on whether to grant the Palestinians recognition as a "non-member observer state."1 comments