July 24, 2024

Suspect in Paris attack believed to be in Syria

New details emerged that a suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, had purchased detonators from a fireworks shop before the Nov. 13 attacks.

French sources, however, have said Belgian-born Abdeslam escaped to Syria.

CNN reported the ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and another man were planning another suicide attack on the Paris financial district of La Defense and in Jewish areas and schools.

Russia accuses Turkey of shooting down warplane for ISIS oil

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned Turkey for downing one of their jets that killed a Russian pilot and injured another. 

Turkey has not apologized for the incident and has denied any ties to ISIS, as they say the jet entered their air space.

On Nov. 30, the U.S. State Department said evidence from U.S. sources show the Russian aircraft did violate Turkish airspace.

Climate change summit held in Paris

Leaders of 150 nations, including President Barack Obama, met in Paris Nov. 30 for climate change talks at the United Nations COP21 debate.

The annual forum aimed to find ways to tackle climate change on a global, political level.

The mission of the summit is to agree on ways to legally reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

China and the U.S. are the largest producers of greenhouse gases. Obama said the U.S. recognizes this and is trying to resolve the issue.

Colorado shooting kills three and injures nine

A police officer and two civilians were killed and nine others injured at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after suspect Robert Lewis Dear opened fire Friday, Nov. 27.

Dear, 57, surrendered to officials after a six-hour standoff. He said he has anti-abortion and anti-government views; however, it is not clear if these views were his motivation for the shooting.

Kobe Bryant announces end-of-season retirement

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant announced  Nov. 29 he will retire from his career in professional basketball at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ current season.

Bryant has been with the Lakers for 20 years and announced his decision by a poem he posted on the Players Tribune Website.

Bryant has been ranked third on the NBA’s all-time scorers list and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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