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.
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 Over the weekend Morsi rescinded most of his own decree giving him unlimited powers.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."
The remains of Yasser Arafat was quietly dug up in the middle of the night, to test a suspicion that the PLO leader was poisoned with a radioactive substance.
Congress returns this week without much public evidence of real progress on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff; a term to describe a series of tax increases and spending cuts next year that could do serious damage to the economy. While members of congress tried to remain optimistic, they sounded warnings
In the midst of a ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has come out and declared a victory for Gaza, saying Israel is incapable of winning a war against Gaza. He also warned that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and cities across Israel if it attacked Lebanon. He also reiterated support for Iran.
An Arab-Israeli has been arrested in connection with Wednesday's bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv, in which 24 people were wounded. Police report the attacker was carrying out orders from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of creating the circumstances that caused the bombing.
With talks yesterday of a potential ceasefire, still there remains no resolution to the escalating violence between Hamas and Israel. There is fresh fighting between the two sides, even though talks circulated about a cooling off period. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now in Israel. A joint news conference was held with her and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The top leader of Hamas has dared Israel to launch a ground invasion of Gaza and has dismissed diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the conflict. The Israeli military conducted a new wave of deadly airstrikes including a second hit on a 15-story building that houses media outlets. And a volley of rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel included one that hit a vacant school.
Tensions in the Middle East are escalating. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is ready to significantly escalate its military operation against Palestinian militants in Gaza. Israel has been pounding Gaza with airstrikes for days. The government says it is targeting rocket-launching sites and infrastructure operated by Hamas and other militant groups. President Barack Obama has weighed in on the ongoing violence.
The United Nations Security Council is calling for "maximum restraint" in the ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas. But, the violence is escalating and threatening to become a ground war
In light of the second news bombshell in the Petraeus scandal--involving inappropriate communications between the commander of U-S and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen and Jill Kelley--a Pentagon spokesman says Allen will remain commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for now.
It's the scandal that's rocked the CIA and forced out the nation's top spy chief. Now, lawmakers want to know just how long the relationship between General David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell went on... And whether any classified information was shared during that time.