In The News Today: Move Over Kardashians, The Pugdashians Are Here; One Suspect Shot Dead In Brussels Paris-Linked Police Raid And More
One suspect has been shot dead following a Paris-linked police raid in Brussels. Four police officers have been wounded after they’ve launched a major operation against individuals linked to the deadly attacks in Paris last year. According to BBC, two suspects remain at large, including Salah Abdeslam. Meanwhile, the dead suspect is yet to be identified. Local schools and kindergartens have already been evacuated safely as Brussels remains on high alert.
President Obama and President Putin discuss Ukraine while talking about Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama had more than Syria on his mind during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sure, the two commanders in chief extensively discussed the urgent need to end hostilities in Syria so that humanitarian assistance can better progress. Nonetheless, President Obama also did not forget to emphasize the equally important need to have a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the U.S. president also stressed the need to grant the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) “unfettered access” to various separatist-controlled areas including the Russia-Ukraine border.
U.S. confirms ISIS senior operative has been killed. T U.S. officials from the Obama administration say they have confirmed that ISIS senior operative Omar Shishani has died. Furthermore, the officials told CNN that Shishani was injured during a U.S. airstrike last week and subsequently died. However, they will not say how they had been able to confirm his death. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, sources have said that Shishani had been injured when coalition warplanes struck his convoy. The Islamic State had even flown in a foreign surgeon to do a veins surgery on their leader. The U.S. received intelligence that Shishani was at a meeting. Upon receiving this intel, a strike was called in. Around this time, there were already drones and aircraft patrolling the skies.
Norwegian mass killer accuses government of violating his human rights. This is the sentiment mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was raising as he returned to court on Tuesday. He said that holding him in isolation was a violation of his human rights. According to a report from BBC, Breivik even likened his conditions in prison to “torture.” In 2011, Breivik had gone on a shooting spree at a Labour Youth camp on the island of Utoya. He had killed 77 people and was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 2012.
Turkey retaliates against the PKK following the deadly bombing in Ankara. As funerals were being held for the victims of the recent bombing in the Turkish capital of Ankara, state-run Andolu news agency reported that Turkish military went on to strike some 18 positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains where the group’s leadership is said to be based. According to a report from Al Jazeera, the targets included shelters, bunkers and ammunition depot. At least 37 people were killed when a car bomb went off in Ankara on Sunday. More than 70 were reported injured.
Amazon.com’s new patent can authorize a transaction using a selfie. According to the filed patent, a transaction can be authorized using an authentication process that involves a user to “perform an action in view of a camera or sensor.” This will allow the process to verify the user as a human being. Moreover, this way, the identity of the user can also be verified using facial recognition.
Check out “Keeping Up With The Pugdashians.” Move over, Kim Kardashian. The Pugdushians are here and they are adorable! Of course, there’s a Pugdashian for every Kardashian sister. And the best part is, you get to weigh in on who’s cuter. According to Mashable, you can catch this new reality TV show on the Dog! Network featuring Doug the Pug.