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Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:55 PM
WEST CHESTER TWP. — At least 235 people were killed when gunmen opened fire and bombed a mosque in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on Friday. Government officials said 109 more had been injured in the attack — among the deadliest in Egypt’s history.
Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-soaked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor.
Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers in the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Al Rawdah.
Shakila Ahmad, president of the board of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester Twp., condemned those who carried it out the attack when she was reached for comment this morning by this media outlet.
“… it’s important for people to know that these heinous individuals who commit these atrocities are proving themselves to be …. not Muslim, not adhering to Islamic principles, and not adhering to any sense of humanity,” she said. “Whoever is any part of such … is an evil plague upon all of us and should never ever be associated with Islam or Muslims.”
Ahmad said she was not immediately aware of anyone directly affected by the tragedy.
Two eyewitnesses and a security source told Reuters that the suspected militants targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers. Citing official sources, the state-run MENA news agency reported that the mosque is largely attended by Sufi Muslims — a form of Islam considered heretical by some conservatives and extremists like the Islamic State group.
Around 50 ambulances were transferring victims to hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health. A statement issued by Egypt’s General Prosecutor Nabil Sadiq put the death toll at 235, with at least 109 others wounded.
A Health Ministry official told Al Jazeera TV that “there were many people inside the mosque — it’s only a small mosque.”
Gunmen shot worshippers fleeing the initial attack, he added.
There has been a wave of attacks on the country’s Coptic Christian minority, but strikes on mosques are rare and Friday’s onslaught shocked many throughout Egypt.
While Egypt’s security forces have been battling Islamist militants in northern Sinai for years, violence picked up after the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. A new group called Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibility for a bloody October attack on Egyptian police.
The conflict has killed hundreds of soldiers and militants over the years, although journalists are banned from the area and exact numbers are unclear.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared three days of mourning and called a meeting of security officials after the attack.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, “Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report with Charlene Gubash reporting from Cairo and F. Brinley Bruton reporting from London.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:41 PM
MOSCOW — Several corporations have launched campaigns for the World Cup, but Burger King is being criticized for one many have called offensive and sexist.
On Tuesday, the Russian division of the fast-food chain announced a new promotion online that offered women $47,000 and a lifetime supply of Whoppers if they got impregnated by athletes competing in the series.
“It is a reward for the girls who would get pregnant from the international football superstars,” read the campaign, which was posted on the Russian social media platform Vkontakte.
The now deleted promotion pic.twitter.com/mg7xETHfQW— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) June 20, 2018
Soon after it was uploaded, the company received backlash on Twitter.
All i want to know is who in that marketing team thought this was a good idea. pic.twitter.com/mlDt0ejw5U— magnolia darjeeling (@MagnoliaDarj) June 21, 2018
How can someone even think of this?!?— Soumya (@mesoumya) June 21, 2018
I'm sure a highly sexist upbringing might have helped. https://t.co/unBgOwAdpj
Apology NOT accepted, I expect this is another case of being purposefully offensive for the outrage publicity and advertising executives do it because they can. https://t.co/GKroo2JIJZ— GSDog Button 🐺🐾 (@ButtonBodkin) June 21, 2018
Burger King later removed the advertisement, but it was still being posted by Russian social network users.
“We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online,” Burger King said in a statement to The Associated Press, adding that the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”
This isn’t the first time the Russian division of the company has been condemned. Last year, it depicted a 17-year-old rape victim in a “buy one burger get one free” ad. It was also taken down.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:35 AM
— Two young elephants had fun with a soccer ball at an elephant rescue center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as video obtained from Reuters shows.
The two elephants, a male named Dok Geaw, and a female named Thong Ae, are both two years old. They were orphaned when they were young, according to Saengduean Lek Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation.
Both elephants live in the sanctuary about 60 kilometers from Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, where it currently houses 35 elephants rescued from Thailand's tourism and logging industries since the 1990s, according to their website.
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Published: Friday, June 01, 2018 @ 8:46 AM
CAIRNS, Australia — A cockatoo is winning the animal internet contest Friday, if there really was such a thing.
Traffic on a road in Cairns, Australia was going smoothly so there was nothing to see, except for the curious cockatoo that was checking out a traffic camera, 9 News reported.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads posted the video to Facebook where it is closing in on a million views within nine hours of being uploaded.
It may not have been the camera itself that piqued the interest of the cockatoo.
A bird expert said that it could have actually been looking at itself.
“If it’s seeing its reflection it may be communicating in some way. They are very social creatures, and they recognize individuals. A lot of them have friendship groups like we do,” Dr. Adrian Gallagher told ABC.net.
And the bird knows where to look for his reflection. Officials told ABC that this specific bird has visited the camera before.
Published: Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 7:47 AM
SYDNEY — No normal bad day of work will compare to a valet’s bad day in Sydney, Australia.
Imagine being in charge of parking a Porsche Carrera and ending up with this:
This hotel valet in Sydney managed to wedge a guest's Porsche Carrera under an SUV while trying to park it https://t.co/8kQ71V3M34— CNN International (@cnni) May 31, 2018
The Porsche is the crushed car, wedged under the orange SUV.
An eyewitness described what happened, CNN reported.
“I saw the valet hit the car in from of a parked position,” Jonathan Bouzaid said. “He must have panicked and hit the accelerator causing the Porsche to go further under the orange car and pushing the white car in to the bollards.”
Bouzaid surmised that the valet didn’t realize how powerful a Porsche can be.
CNN reported that the car can go from 0 to 62 in less than five seconds.
The valet had to be cut from the soft-top luxury sports car, Time reported.
He was physically OK, but the Hyatt hotel’s sales and marketing director said the driver was embarrassed and in shock.
The Porsche had damage to the hood and front bumper and was towed from the scene, Time reported.
Some witnesses said they thought the crash was part of a stunt, 9 News in Australia reported.