Weekly News Round-Up 10/13/14-10/17/14: We Are Less Than Exceptional

 

An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinians against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 14.  The 35-acre site has long been a flashpoint because it is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.
An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinians against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 14.
The 35-acre site has long been a flashpoint because it is considered holy by both Muslims and Jews.
Inside an abandoned movie theater in a working-class section of Havana, a girl performs with hoops at a circus school. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island. This photo was taken on Sept. 26, but was released to NBC News on Oct. 10.
Inside an abandoned movie theater in a working-class section of Havana, a girl performs with hoops at a circus school. The circus is a lucrative career path and a rare opportunity for Cubans to make real money on the communist-led island.
This photo was taken on Sept. 26, but was released to NBC News on Oct. 10.
Ten-year-old Macy Friday looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton during a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall in Denver's Union Station on Oct. 13.
Ten-year-old Macy Friday looks back at her family after meeting Hillary Clinton during a campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall in Denver’s Union Station on Oct. 13.
Ebola burial team members take away the body of Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia, as her sister crawls towards her. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home on her way to a treatment center earlier in the morning, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is an important tradition in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.
Ebola burial team members take away the body of Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on Oct. 10 in Monrovia, Liberia, as her sister crawls towards her. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home on her way to a treatment center earlier in the morning, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is an important tradition in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members.
Christian pilgrims from Brazil embrace after they were baptized in the water of the Jordan River at the Yardenit site near the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on Oct. 15. Yardenit is one of the sites along the Jordan River where some believe Jesus was baptized.
Christian pilgrims from Brazil embrace after they were baptized in the water of the Jordan River at the Yardenit site near the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on Oct. 15. Yardenit is one of the sites along the Jordan River where some believe Jesus was baptized.
Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 13.  Hundreds of protesters committed acts of civil disobedience throughout Ferguson, as they launched several days of demonstrations over the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer.
Cornel West is knocked over during a scuffle outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., Oct. 13.
Hundreds of protesters committed acts of civil disobedience throughout Ferguson, as they launched several days of demonstrations over the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer.
Members of "El Sistema" (The System) play harps outside the operating room where a woman is giving birth at a maternity hospital in Caracas.  In a nation awash with guns and with one of the world's highest murder rates, "The System" has for decades sought to counteract poor children's exposure to violence with the gentle and inspiring influence of classical music.
Members of “El Sistema” (The System) play harps outside the operating room where a woman is giving birth at a maternity hospital in Caracas.
In a nation awash with guns and with one of the world’s highest murder rates, “The System” has for decades sought to counteract poor children’s exposure to violence with the gentle and inspiring influence of classical music.

images / nbcnews

 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

  • Austerity has failed and the French and the Germans are balking.
  • American troops are set to use Turkish bases to attack Daeshisis (err, Daesh/ISIS.)
  • Turkey has bombed the PKK, a shift in recent efforts at peace. Unrest in Turkey seems set to explode.
  • The British parliament has voted to recognize Palestine symbolically.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • A deadly car bomb killed at least 7 in Somalia; the attack is believed to be the work of al Shabab.
  • Obama may be set to name an “Ebola czar” to tackle the disease pillaging West Africa.
  • In a country where under 20 ambulances service 4 million people, one Liberian is working wonders.

Americas:

Oceania:

  • Australian PM Abbott is backing away from his Putin “shirtfront” threat.

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