[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Two gunmen started firing at each other in residential Houston at 10.15am
One 'hit a gas pump, starting fire' as shooting went through a gas station
A civilian was shot dead by a random bullet that burst through his window
Eventually one gunman was shot dead by the other, then a SWAT team officer shot and wounded the surviving gunman
Two police officers were wounded - one shot in the body, one in the hand
Three other civilians were shot and wounded and taken to hospital
Both supsects were armed with assault rifles, possibly AR-15s, police said
From Houston ABC13 news, there was one shooter -- the second 'suspect' was an unrelated armed man who tried to take the shooter down and was himself shot. Whether that was by the suspect or by police isn't clear from the report. The suspect was shot by a SWAT team officer, who apparently was the only law enforcement officer who fired a weapon. The victim was a customer at an auto parts store. The gas station next door was shot up by the suspect, who also shot at and hit a police helicopter.
So the two dead are the customer at the parts store and the suspect himself. The 2nd shooter is at the hospital; both wounded police officers were treated and released. One officer was shot in the chest but was protected by body armor; the second officer was wounded in the hand by flying debris from a shot.
[COURIER-JOURNAL] HENDERSON, Ky. -- A Henderson man has been enjugged Please don't kill me! after he allegedly damaged more than 150 crosses in the downtown Memorial Day display with his vehicle early Saturday, according to officials.
Anthony Burrus, 27, was arrested in connection with the incident that took place in Central Park at around 6 a.m., according to Henderson Police Public Information Officer Jennifer Richmond. Roughly 160 crosses were knocked down and about 20 were destroyed.
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He's a pious Muslim ruler, who doesn't want her legitimate fury to upset his wobbly applecart.
[Al Ahram] During a speech inaugurating a new housing project in Katamaya on Monday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi condemned a recent sectarian mob attack in El-Karm village in Minya Governorate, saying that those responsible would be held accountable.
For the first time since the attack last week, El-Sisi spoke publicly about the incident in which several houses, belonging to Christians, were burned and a woman dragged naked in public.
"When I address my speech to this woman I don’t say this [Christian] Egyptian because we are all one," El-Sisi said.
"We are all Egyptians who are equal in rights and duties. It is not appropriate that what happened be repeated. Whoever commits an offense will be held accountable," El-Sisi said.
A group of 300 people carrying various types of weapons went at 8pm on 20 May to attack seven houses owned by Christians, burgling some of them and torching others.
The sectarian attack in the village of El-Karm followed a rumour that a Muslim woman and a Christian man were involved in an affair, according to a statement from the Coptic Church on the day of the attack. The statement also added that the woman attacked and stripped naked was the accused man's mother.
The incident was first reported on social media and by activists several days ago.
The Christian man who was the subject of the rumours has been forced to leave the village after receiving threats.
"I call on this Egyptian lady not to be angered by what happened," El-Sisi said.
During the inauguration ceremony on Monday, El-Sisi, along with a number of officials including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, handed 1200 residential units -- marking the first two phases of the project -- to families who previously lived in informal settlements.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian prosecutors are investigating the death of a teenage girl during a female circumcision operation at a private hospital, health ministry and prosecution officials said Monday.
Seventeen-year-old Mayar Mohamed Mousa died in El Canal hospital on Sunday while under full anesthesia in the province of Suez, said Lotfi Abdel-Samee, the health ministry undersecretary in the province.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Kuwaiti police said they have nabbed Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! a citizen who appeared in a viral video assaulting a naked Egyptian expat, the Kuwait Times reported.
There was outrage on social media over footage posted recently of a man dressed in a traditional Gulf white thobe insulting a naked Egyptian and hitting him with a stick and his hands. The video prompted Egypt’s Foreign Ministry to coordinate with Kuwaiti authorities over the incident.
Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said the suspect has been arrested and identified as Ali al-Shamry, who made a "detailed confession."
Shamry reportedly told police he assaulted the Egyptian, who works for him, after a theft occurred at the mobile store that he owns.
Another Egyptian man was arrested for filming and posting the video online.
An investigation into the case is in progress pending referral of the two suspects to public prosecution.
Uganda is cutting military ties with North Korea to comply with U.N. sanctions over North Korea's nuclear program, a Ugandan official said Monday following a meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and South Korea's visiting president.
Uganda's government is simply "disengaging from military co-operation" and not cutting diplomatic ties with the North Koreans, said Col. Shaban Bantariza, a spokesman for the Ugandan government.
Pudgy is going to throw a tantrum. Likely will execute a few hapless diplomats with an anti-aircraft gun. Maybe he'll have an aneurysm...
The policy shift came as South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Uganda. She later flew to neighboring Kenya for a three-day visit, the last leg of her three-nation African tour in which she has pressed for the isolation of North Korea and has offered trade and development agreements.
Speaking to the African Union in Ethiopia on Friday, Park urged African leaders to support international efforts to persuade its hostile neighbor, North Korea, to stop its production of nuclear weapons.
In Uganda, Park attended a state banquet Sunday hosted by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. At the event, Uganda and South Korea signed 10 cooperation agreements in areas such as defense, health and education. It appears Museveni assured the South Korean delegation he would sever security ties with North Korea, which has good diplomatic relations with Uganda.
North Korea has been training the Ugandan security forces in physical fitness, marine warfare and weapons handling, and senior leaders from North Korea have visited Uganda over the years.
Museveni, in power since 1986, previously praised Pyongyang as an exemplar of the fight against what he described as Western imperialism. In 2014 Museveni hosted a state dinner in honor of North Korea's ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and said the North Koreans are "friends who have helped Uganda for a long time."
Now, the recently re-elected Museveni is looking to seal development deals with Asian partners such as China and South Korea as this East African country tries to industrialize its economy. Chinese contractors are involved in road construction in Uganda and the Chinese national oil company has invested in Uganda's oil sector.
During her stay in Kenya Park is expected to sign bilateral agreements in security, health, agriculture, ICT, trade and culture, according to South Korean ambassador to Nairobi Young Dae Kwon.
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Japan’s military has been put on alert, and ordered to prepare to intercept a possible North Korean missile, a government source told Japan’s Kyodo News. Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani gave the order amid signs that Pyongyang may go ahead with a ballistic missile launch.
"Set up for target practice, gentlemen."
"Hai, sir! All set up, sir!"
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 surface-to-air guided interceptors in central Tokyo were readied as a response to Nakatani's order, and surveillance activities were also stepped up.
A separate government source today told Kyodo News that the Japanese have received indications that Pyongyang is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, possibly an intermediate-range Musudan missile, in the eastern part of North Korea facing the Sea of Japan.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously in favor of sanctioning North Korea in March after a resolution drafted by the United States and China, which is considered to be an ally of the North Korean government.
"Virtually all of [North Korea's] resources are channeled into its reckless and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction," U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council after the vote.
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JAPAN = RUSSIA = is well-aware that CHINA still wants its East China Sea strategic access for the PLA, sooner then later,; + also of course TAIWAN back aka OWG Co-Superpower China's desired future US-style CENTCOM for the Pacific.
By publicly putting forth his electoral position that US overseas Allies sould pay for US Military-Nukulaar Security, TRUMP IS EFFECTIVELY ASKING MANSTREAM AMERICA "IS WW2+ COLD WAR FINALLY TRULY OVER", + "CAN GERMANY + JAPAN BE TRUSTED TO BE NOT ONLY MAJOR/WORLD POWERS AGAIN BUT SUPERPOWERS + OWG CO-SUPERPOWERS"!?
OTOH, TRUMP'S POSITION STILL ALLOWS CHINA AMPLE POT-OBAMA OPPORTUNTY + MILPOL FLEXIBILITY TO ACHIEVE ITS AMBITIONS OF CONTROLLING EAST ASIA + 1/2OF THE PACIFIC [Westpac] IFF US EAST ASIA ALLIES REFUSE TO PAYOUT.
Like it or hate it, POTUS Obama's policy of US-led anti-US "Minimalism" in post-911 Foreign Policy [US-led anti-US OWG-NWO] WON'T BEVER BY THE ELECTION OF A POTUS TRUMP, NOR EVEN A POTUS HILLARY OR SOCIALIST POTUS SANDERS.
[DAWN] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him... said on Monday that family planning and contraception were not for Muslim families, in his latest comments promoting population growth that angered women's activists.
Erdogan said it was the responsibility of mothers to ensure the continued growth of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... 's population, which has expanded at a rate of around 1.3 per cent in the last few years.
"I will say it clearly... We need to increase the number of our descendants," he said in a speech in Istanbul. "People talk about birth control, about family planning. No Muslim family can understand and accept that! As God and as the great prophet said, we will go this way. And in this respect the first duty belongs to mothers."
Erdogan and his wife Emine have two sons and two daughters.
This puts the Erdogans on par with Turkey's Kurds. Turkey's Turks average a bit more than 1.5 children for a total national birthrate of below-replacement 2.05, which is lower than France. President Erdogan has long expressed concern that in a generation the Turks will be a minority in their own country.
Earlier this month, the president attended the high-profile marriage of his younger daughter Sumeyye to defence industrialist Selcuk Bayraktar.
His elder daughter Esra, who is married to the up-and-coming Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, has three children.
The Platform to Stop Violence Against Women, which campaigns to stop the killings of hundreds of woman every year, condemned Erdogan's comments as violating the rights of women.
"You (Erdogan) cannot usurp our right to contraception, nor our other rights with your declarations that come out of the Middle Ages," the group said in a statement on Twitter.
"We will protect our rights," it added.
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Project 22800, which is a crash program to bring 18 of these by 2018
According to the source RIA News in the shipbuilding industry, it is about the first two ships of the project 22800, which will be armed with cruise missiles "Caliber" sea-based.
"The two IRCs new generation of project 22800 will be laid at the shipyard" Pella "December 24" - Dygalo said.
By order of the Commander of the Navy ships will carry the name "Hurricane" and "Typhoon" and alternately enter the fleet in 2017 and in 2018, after the completion of construction and testing, said the captain of the first rank.
"MRK project 22800 will have a displacement of about 800 tons, speed - in excess of 30 knots They will be equipped with high-precision missiles and advanced artillery systems on ships of this project will set the propulsion system of the Russian production, ", he cited Deputy Navy Commander for armaments Vice Admiral Victor Bursuc. According to Bursuc, among the advantages of the ships are high flexibility, high seaworthiness and architecture superstructure and hull, made by technology for reduced radar signature.
The ship will be able to perform tasks in the maritime zone at a distance from the base, about 3 thousand kilometers.
"It is expected that in the short term in different Russian shipyards for the Russian Navy will be built over 10 small missile ships of Project 22800", - said Vice-Admiral.
Compare the Russian and US shipbuilding programs to the methodical expansion of the Chinese surface fleet. Build a new class, tinker with it, and a few years later build the next class. By the time the Russians show up they would be heavily outnumbered...
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.