President Obama personally called the president of the charity Doctors Without Borders to apologize for an airstrike on a hospital in Afghanistan that killed 22 people. Ten of them were patients; three of those were children. A White House spokesperson told reporters that the president assured the organization that the U.S. will "provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident.” U.S. officials switched their story of how the bombing occurred in recent days. At first, they said it was ordered by Afghan forces who claimed they were coming under fire, but later, they said American forces called in the airstrike.
Following the bombing, Doctors Without Borders said the bombing of their facility possibly constitutes a war crime, and are demanding an investigation. They said in a statement, “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, [Doctors Without Borders] demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.” The White House spokesman said “there is no evidence that ... I've seen or that anybody else has presented that indicate that this was anything other than a terrible, tragic accident." Discuss
The Associated Press has released the findings of a long-running investigation, revealing that criminal networks attempted to sell materials used for creating nuclear dirty bombs to ISIS. The FBI partnered with authorities in Moldova and conducted sting operations to expose the criminals. Disturbingly, since bringing down several of the smugglers, some have since gone free. One of the masterminds “served barely three years for trying to sell a nuclear bomb to enemies of the United States.” Discuss
This week has started pretty well for poor-planning lawbreakers. First, a man in Italy called in a bomb threat to an airport in an attempt to avoid missing his plane. As you can imagine, he missed the plane after all. Then, today we find out a man in Australia tried to escape from police by turning right—into the ocean. And because of Internet, 7News captured the not-quite-Bond moment for all of us to enjoy. Of course, while the ethics of auto theft are pretty questionable, the vision for a high-speed car chase on the ocean floor is actually impressive. So, A for effort, mate.
The organization Christian Aid Mission has released a disturbing report, recounting how 11 Christian workers and one of their children were captured by militants from the radical Islamic group ISIS and publicly executed after they refused to denounce their faith. All 12 were from the area of near Aleppo, Syria. The details are horrifying. According to their report and accounts from family members and co-workers, the group, which included a 12-year-old boy, was captured in early August. The boy was then tortured in front of a large crowd, and after he and three men, including his own father, refused to renounce their Christianity, they were crucified. Not long after, two women were raped and then beheaded with the other members of the group. Since their rise to prominence in Syria and nearby parts of Iraq, ISIS has killed thousands, including Christians as well as many fellow Muslims in their efforts to establish a caliphate. Discuss
The organization Doctors Without Borders says that at least 22 people were killed—10 of whom were patients—when one of their hospitals in Afghanistan was hit by a U.S. airstrike. The mayor of the city where the hospital is located told The Washington Post that the structure was being used as a base for Taliban fighters who’d been firing weapons from the grounds. The NGO, however, disputes those claims. In a statement, they said that the airstrike constitutes a war crime: “Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, [Doctors Without Borders] demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.”
The chief of human rights at the U.N. said, "If established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.” The Pentagon said that the hospital was targeted inadvertently and they will investigate the incident. An official told The New York Times, American and Afghan troops had come under fire in the area and requested air support. Discuss
The World Bank has released some encouraging news. According to their projections, by the end of 2015, for the first time ever, fewer than 10 percent of the global population will be living below the extreme poverty line. While the fall in the number of people living in extreme poverty is encouraging, their numbers indicate poverty is still a major problem in many parts of the world—the line for extreme poverty is only an income of $1.90 a day. And, many of the extremely poor are isolated to a single region: More than half of the 10 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. Discuss