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West Bank teen killed after trying to stab guard

west bank teen killed after rushing guard with knifeA 13-year-old Palestinian girl was fatally shot by police after she reportedly rushed at a guard brandishing a knife.

According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid left her home in the village of Anata early Saturday after fighting with her family. She allegedly left home carrying a knife "intending to die." Around 8 a.m., she arrived at the settlement of Anatot, about a mile away. She allegedly ran towards the civilian guard at the entrance, who opened fire. The New York Times reported security footage appeared to confirm Samri's statement.


4 Dead, Suspect Caught In Canada School Shooting

Canadian school shooting: four deadFour people were killed and others injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a male suspect is in custody, Canadian police said.

Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting in La Loche, about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.

"Obviously this is every parent's worst nightmare," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who initially reported five people were killed. He was in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.


Israeli forces evacuate settlers from West Bank buildings

Security forces evit settlersBorder Police forces evacuated several dozen Jewish settlers from two houses in Hebron Friday morning, a day after the settlers entered the buildings, claiming they had bought them from Palestinians.

Security officials said the decision to clear them was made by the Defense Ministry and that the evacuation was completed without incident.


At least 41 refugees drown off Greek Islands

More than 40 migrants drownAt least 41 people, including 17 children, died in two separate incidents of boats smuggling refugees sinking off two Greek islands overnight into Friday. Dozens survived, and a search and rescue operation was underway for more potential survivors.

In the first incident, a wooden boat carrying 48 people sank in the early hours off the small islet of Farmakonissi in the eastern Aegean. Forty one of the passengers managed to make it to shore, while authorities recovered seven bodies — six children and one woman — from the sea.


Pope: Holy Thursday foot-washing should include women

Pope to include women in foot washing riteA decree by Pope Francis, issued Thursday, expressly includes women in the traditional Holy Thursday rite of foot-washing.

The tradition of the priest washing the feet of 12 parishioners seated at the altar during Mass on the Thursday before Easter is taken from the Gospel of John, where Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. The custom, known as the Mandatum, traditionally involved 12 men. The Pope's decree, contained in a letter to Prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah and published Thursday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, specifies the recipients will no longer be "the men who have been chosen," but "those chosen from among the people of God."


Israel says it will seize West Bank land; demolishes EU structures

israel steals land in West BankIsrael confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation.

In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of Israel's Defence Ministry, said the political decision to seize the territory had been taken and "the lands are in the final stages of being declared state lands".


Pentagon: Islamic State destruction of Christian monastery an act of 'savagery'

Islamic State The destruction of the Christian monastery of St. Elijah in Iraq shows the fight against the Islamic State "really is a battle of savagery against decency," Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

Satellite images released Wednesday confirmed the militant group destroyed the monastery, one of the oldest Christian sites in Iraq that stood for more than 1,400 years near Mosul.


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