Weekly News Round-Up 10/6/14-10/10/14: A World In Chaos

Next Monday will be Columbus Day in the U.S. One city has taken the step of renaming the holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 

People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they're unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.
People walk through a tunnel on the main road in the occupied areas of Central, Hong Kong, on Oct. 9. Talks between the Hong Kong government and student leaders of the democracy protest that has blocked main roads in the Asian financial hub for nearly two weeks were canceled because they’re unlikely to be constructive, a senior government official said Thursday.
Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting Islamic State militants in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 7. Airstrikes hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Turkish police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators protesting Islamic State militants in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 7. Airstrikes hit three groups of Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A Liberian Ministry of Health worker, dressed in an anti-contamination suit, speaks to Banu, 4, in a holding center for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 3. He had arrived there with his sick mother and two siblings to be tested for Ebola after his father died of the disease a week before. Patients there are tested for Ebola and if the results are positive, are sent to an Ebola treatment unit. The epidemic has killed more than 3,300 people in West Africa according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
A Liberian Ministry of Health worker, dressed in an anti-contamination suit, speaks to Banu, 4, in a holding center for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 3. He had arrived there with his sick mother and two siblings to be tested for Ebola after his father died of the disease a week before. Patients there are tested for Ebola and if the results are positive, are sent to an Ebola treatment unit. The epidemic has killed more than 3,300 people in West Africa according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Oct. 3. The Jewish state comes to a complete halt for the Day of Atonement - a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Oct. 3. The Jewish state comes to a complete halt for the Day of Atonement – a period of fasting, reflection and prayers on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 2. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting to prevent the besieged border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, from falling to the Islamic State fighters.
Syrian Kurds take cover from the rain in the southeastern town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province, after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey on Oct. 2. Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting to prevent the besieged border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, from falling to the Islamic State fighters.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • Kurdish forces are fighting tooth and nail to repel militant advances on the Syrian town of Kobani. | A Kurdish female suicide bomber killed an unknown number of militants over the weekend. | As of Tuesday the town looked ready to fall. However, by Wednesday, following pleas from Turkish leader Erdogan, attacks from the US and the Kurdish Peshmerga had been stepped up significantly.
  • The women of Kobani are presented in a photo essay — many have fled, forced to leave their families.
  • Scenes from daily life in Daesh’s de facto capital.
  • Surprise surprise, Syria failed to disclose all of its chemical weapons.
  • Why is the world ignoring the revolutionary Kurds in Syria?
  • Also ready to fall: Anbar Province in struggling Iraq.
  • Iran has released one journalist, but is keeping her husband, an American citizen, behind bars.
  • Sweden will recognize the state of Palestine. | Israel has summoned the Swedish ambassador. Oof.
  • Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on Israel.
  • Joe Biden has apologized to both Turkey and the UAE for indicating they are bankrolling extremists.
  • Following the tragic murder of Alan Henning, Abdul-Rahman (formerly Peter) Kassig is likely the next in line, and his parents have released a letter he wrote while in captivity.
  • Libya’s parliament has moved to a small port city as dangers in Tripoli increase.
  • A deadly blast in Sanaa is stoking tensions between Houthi rebels and their foes in Yemen.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • An Australian man beat a Muslim woman and her daughter in a presumed hate crime earlier this week.

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