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Current events of
October 21, 2015
Armed conflicts and attacks
War in Afghanistan (2015–present)
announced it overran
, the second district to fall in three days.
(Long War Journal)
Syrian Civil War
orders males aged 14 and older in
, its de facto
capital, to register with the police, an action seen as the first step toward forced conscriptions in this region.
(Al Jazeera America)
Yemeni Civil War (2015)
Rockets fired by
forces reportedly kill 14 people in city of
Boko Haram insurgency
According to a civilian vigilante, 20 people are killed after
militants open fire on cars outside a village in
's restive northeast
(AFP via Yahoo)
Disasters and accidents
2015 Pacific typhoon season
The death toll from
Tropical Storm Koppu
that battered the
main island this weekend climbed to at least 39. Koppu forced more than 100,000 villagers into
into farmland near
, killing the pilot.
Health and medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics
calls for pregnant women to abstain completely from alcohol during the entire three trimesters of the pregnancy, saying no amount of any type of alcohol should be considered safe since the risks, to the baby in particular (such as
fetal alcohol syndrome
, among many others), are too great. This puts the U.S. alongside other Western developed countries- except
, which still allow occasional small amounts- in urging complete abstinence. The
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the two other U.S. agencies that comment most about this issue, already recommend total alcohol abstinence.
Syrian Civil War
President of Syria
for talks with the
President of Russia
in an unannounced visit.
Iran's Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
approves the nuclear deal between
and world powers, and orders it to be implemented subject to certain conditions. The letter states the
should clearly announce the elimination of
sanctions against Iran
. The imposition of sanctions at any level and under any pretext from any of the negotiating countries would violate the
(Mehr News Agency)
newspaper report that
benign brain tumour
, saying the 78-year-old pontiff is in good health, and denounces the article as utterly reprehensible.
(AP via Philly.com)
Israeli Prime Minister
speech yesterday that the
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem
to adopt their
to exterminate 6 million
is reproached by
experts and survivors, historians, world leaders, etc.
Palestine Liberation Organization's
Zionist Union party's
both blasted Netanyahu's claim.
said, "All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to ... the Holocaust." Mehnaz Afridi, a
professor who promotes Muslim-Jewish dialogue said, "this ... really is a terrible statement to make at this time."
Law and crime
staff are killed and a consul general injured after a gunman opened fire on a restaurant in the
city of Cebu
, the "second city" of the
. Various reports named the gunman as Chinese national Li Qingliang.
police chief announces officers are stepping up patrols following fires at six predominantly African-American churches in the past two weeks. No one has been injured in any of the fires. The reward for information leading to an arrest is now $4,000; the
St. Louis Police Officers’ Association
will match the $2,000 reward being offered by the St. Louis Regional Crime Stoppers and the
American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
suggest the fires may be arson sparked by racist motivations.
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Central Intelligence Agency
John O. Brennan's
personal information after the top spy's personal
account was allegedly
by a 13-year-old and information sent to Wikileaks. All of the documents predate Brennan's time in the
and reveal no classified data. Among the information released are
, an incomplete
for security clearance, and addresses of his family and associates.
lawyer and his wife are found dead by their gardener at their home on the
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
believe the couple were murdered during a suspected robbery.
Politics and elections
United States presidential election, 2016
says that he will not be seeking the
Los Angeles Times
2015 Major League Baseball postseason
Major League Baseball
New York Mets
8–3, completing a four-game sweep of the
2015 National League Championship Series
, and advance to the
2015 World Series
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