Israel

Tel Aviv gunman kills 2 people, wounds 7

A gunman opened fire on a popular bar and other shops in Tel Aviv, killing two people and wounding at least seven others. The assault created mayhem along busy Dizengoff Street and led to an intense manhunt by the authorities. The suspect was still at large late Friday. The attacker opened fire on a cafe, a sushi restaurant and the Simta pub, whose manager was killed. Israel has experienced a surge in Palestinian violence, but the coastal city of Tel Aviv has been mostly untouched. After the attack, attention focused on a 29-year-old Arab from Arara, a northern Arab-Israeli town.

 

Afghanistan

Car bombing in Kabul leaves 2 dead

A car bombing outside a popular Kabul restaurant left at least two people dead and 15 injured. The powerful explosion targeted Le Jardin, one of the few restaurants in Kabul still frequented by foreigners. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying on Twitter that its suicide bombers had “inflicted heavy casualties” on “the occupiers’ restaurant.”

 

Germany

No arrests in New Year’s Eve scare

A terror warning in Munich on New Year’s Eve that led to the evacuation of two train stations was not a false alert, security officials said, although there have been no arrests. The evacuation of the train stations reportedly followed a warning from a “friendly” foreign intelligence service that five to seven Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants from Syria and Iraq were planning coordinated attacks.

 

North Korea

Kim hints at reconciliation

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, said in his annual New Year’s speech that he was willing to discuss reconciliation with South Korea, while warning that the North’s military would keep working to develop “more diverse” capabilities. In the 29-minute televised speech, the leader called for raising the living standards of his impoverished people, and he directed both threats and overtures of peace toward his country’s adversaries.

 

Saudi Arabia

At least 157 people executed in 2015

Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015, with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades, according to several advocacy groups. The number of people executed for nonlethal offenses such as drug-related crimes also rose. Rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia had exceeded its highest level of executions since 1995, when 192 executions were recorded.

 

India

Car travel limited to reduce pollution

To help reduce pollution, New Delhi kicked off a sweeping plan to reduce its record-high air pollution by limiting the numbers of cars on the streets for two weeks. The city is testing a formula that would allow private cars on the roads only on alternate days through Jan. 15, depending on their license plate numbers.

 

California

Oldest black rhino in the U.S. turns 45

The San Francisco Zoo celebrated the 45th birthday of the oldest black rhinoceros in North America with a special cake of rolled oats and molasses. The exact date of Elly’s birth isn’t known, but she has lived at the zoo since April 1974. Elly has given birth to 14 calves, helping preserve a critically endangered species.

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