French Police Identify One of Assailants in Paris Attacks – By NOEMIE BISSERBE Nov. 15, 2015 4:11 a.m. ET


Omar Ismail Mostefai identified from severed finger at Bataclan concert hall

Flowers and tributes on the sidewalk on Sunday near the scene of Friday's attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

Flowers and tributes on the sidewalk on Sunday near the scene of Friday’s attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. Photo: Getty Images

 

PARIS—French police named a 29-year-old Frenchman as one of the seven attackers who killed at least 129 people in Paris on Friday and left hundreds wounded.

Police said that Omar Ismail Mostefai was identified from a severed finger found at the Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen killed 89 people before blowing themselves up using explosive belts when police moved in.

French police haven’t yet named any of the other attackers.

At Paris Stadium, Attacker May Have Been Thwarted

A man apparently set to detonate his suicide vest tried to enter the France-versus-Germany soccer match at Stade de France, but was turned away by security guards and subsequently set-off his explosives. WSJ’s Shelby Holliday has the details. Photo: Associated Press

Around thirty-six hours after gunmen wreaked havoc at the sports arena, as well as at a concert hall and through Paris’s streets, French officials have begun piecing together the scenario of coordinated attacks.

Another of Friday’s attackers recently entered Europe as a Syrian migrant, people familiar with the matter said, suggesting gaps in the continent’s security as it copes with the biggest refugee crisis in decades.

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Paris attacks: Omar Ismaïl Mostefai identified as gunman as getaway vehicle found – live updates


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UN slams ‘inexcusable’ US airstrike that killed 19 at Afghan hospital – October 3, 2015 9:07AM ET


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A U.S. airstrike in the Afghan city of Kunduz hit a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Saturday, killing at least 19 people at the medical center, the medical charity said.

In a statement, MSF said the “sustained bombing” took place at 2:10 a.m. local time and continued for 30 minutes after staff raised the alarm to U.S. and Afghan military officials. Three children are believed to be among the dead.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the United States still was trying to determine how the airstrike hit the hospital.  “A full investigation into the tragic incident is under way in coordination with the Afghan government,” Carter said in a statement.

He said the area around the hospital had been the scene of intense fighting in recent days with U.S. forces supporting Afghan Security Forces against Taliban fighters. The incident could renew concerns over the use of its air power in the conflict.

The head of U.S.-led forces in the country later phoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to apologize, according to a statement from Ghani’s office.

UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the incident was “inexcusable” and possibly criminal. Zeid called for a full and transparent investigation, noting that, “if established as deliberate in a court of law, an air strike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.”

Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes have been fighting to dislodge Taliban insurgents who overran Kunduz earlier this week. Tribus said Saturday’s deadly raid was the 12th U.S. airstrike “in the Kunduz vicinity” since Tuesday.

Doctors Without Borders said its trauma center “was hit several times” during the attack and that the hospital was “very badly damaged.”

 

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Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart Updated by Zack Beauchamp on October 1, 2015, 7:27 p.m. ET


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In his impassioned address in the wake of Thursday’s horrible shooting at an Oregon community college, President Obama issued a challenge to the media. “Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports,” he asked.

Okay.

Here’s what that looks like (at least, for 2001-2011, the period for which we could find the most reliable data quickly courtesy of the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Micah Zenko):

Over ten thousand Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that, when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001. This comparison, if anything, understates the gap: Far more Americans die every year from (easily preventable) gun suicides than gun homicides.

The point Obama is making is clear: We spend huge amounts of money every year fighting terrorism, yet are unwilling, at the national level, to take even minor steps (like requiring background checks on all gun sales nationally) to stop gun violence.

“We spent over a trillion dollars, and passed countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so” Obama said. “And yet we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?”

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How Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC Covered the Oregon Shooting Before They Knew a Thing About It – By Justin Peters OCT. 1 2015 7:12 PM


First responders transport an injured person following a shooting incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Oct. 1, 2015. Photo by Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via Reuters

First responders transport an injured person following a shooting incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon Oct. 1, 2015.
Photo by Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via Reuters

By now, we all know that there’s been another school shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon. But for what seemed like a very long time this afternoon, that was all we knew. Further details were hard to come by, which posed a challenge to the many journalists who were tasked with reporting on what had—and hadn’t—happened. If you, like me, were toggling between the three main cable news networks this afternoon as they struggled to report the story in a virtual information void, you saw three different and distinct journalistic strategies at work: circumspection, observation, and pontification. Here’s what I glimpsed, and here’s where I saw it.

Shepard Smith anchors Fox News’ coverage of the story this afternoon, and he and Fox correspondent Trace Gallagher are doing their best to refrain from spreading rumors and falsehoods in the absence of any verified information. “We have confirmed the shooter is no longer an active threat. We don’t know if he’s the only shooter,” says Gallagher, who proceeds to note that, in the absence of reliable casualty data from the police, it would be irresponsible to speculate on the number of victims. This is good work from Fox here.

At this point Fox evidently knows very little. The network has no cameras on the scene and no access to other stations’ live feeds, so it’s forced to go low-tech. A breaking-news article from a newspaper called The Union is called up on a big screen, and Smith is literally reading the article out loud, following along with his finger as the camera zooms in on the text. Once this grows tiresome, Smith walks to the other side of the studio, where a map of the Umpqua Community College campus has been magnified to fill an entire wall.  “So the best info that we have at this moment, just about an hour after the first reports came in, is that it started here at Snyder Hall and move on to the Science building,” says Smith as he points at the map, which looks like it was hastily downloaded from the UCC website. “This is about the extent of the information we have at this point.” He lingers on Snyder Hall, as if grabbing for something solid to anchor himself in a torrent. Soon, there’s some new information: “Our information specialist says that [the Umpqua Community College] website is down at the moment.”

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Iranians Protest Following Hajj Stampede: VICE News Quick Hit – Vice News Published on Sep 25, 2015


At least 131 Iranians are among the more than 700 killed on Thursday during the annual Islamic pilgrimage. Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.

Read: Iran Slams Saudi ‘Incompetence’ After Death of More Than 700 Pilgrims – http://bit.ly/1PCBo8R