Weekly News Round-Up 11/10/14-11/14/14: Saving Graces

In the US, Tuesday was Veteran’s Day. Here’s all the ways Americans fail veterans.

A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation's tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety.
A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation’s tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack. The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety.
Kurds in the Turkish village of Caykara stand in line during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Nov. 11. Hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Kurdish Turks, keep watch on the border with Syria, looking out for potential ISIS fighters attempting to cross into Kobani. The Syrian city has been besieged since mid-September by ISIS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as the People's Protection Units.
Kurds in the Turkish village of Caykara stand in line during a solidarity rally with the Syrian city of Kobani, on the Turkey-Syria border, on Nov. 11. Hundreds of volunteers, predominantly Kurdish Turks, keep watch on the border with Syria, looking out for potential ISIS fighters attempting to cross into Kobani. The Syrian city has been besieged since mid-September by ISIS and defended by Kurdish Syrian fighters known as the People’s Protection Units.
Sue Papaleo, of Lincoln, Calif., mourns for her ex-husband Craig Papaleo, a Vietnam War veteran, during Veterans Day on Tuesday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Papaleo, a former Marine, passed away on Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 63 due to dramatic exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War.
Sue Papaleo, of Lincoln, Calif., mourns for her ex-husband Craig Papaleo, a Vietnam War veteran, during Veterans Day on Tuesday at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Papaleo, a former Marine, passed away on Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 63 due to dramatic exposure to agent orange during the Vietnam War.
Omar Outten straightens the cuffs on his pants as he waits to see his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami, on Nov. 4. The federal prison system hosted the first Daddy Daughter dance, a social event for inmates and their daughters. Prison officials support the dance as a way to help inmates engage with their families and to prepare the inmates for their eventual release from prison.
Omar Outten straightens the cuffs on his pants as he waits to see his daughter at the Federal Detention Center Miami, on Nov. 4. The federal prison system hosted the first Daddy Daughter dance, a social event for inmates and their daughters. Prison officials support the dance as a way to help inmates engage with their families and to prepare the inmates for their eventual release from prison.
Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.
Molly Pederson, right, and daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.
Visitors view the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation at the Tower of London on Nov. 7, in London, England. The installation by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper used 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in World War I.
Visitors view the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London on Nov. 7, in London, England. The installation by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper used 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in World War I.
The European Space Agency's Philae lander sent back its first image Nov. 13 after safely landing on the surface of a comet, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission. One of the lander's three feet can be seen at lower left in the picture above. The Philae lander, launched from the Rosetta probe, is a mini laboratory that will gather data on the comet.
The European Space Agency’s Philae lander sent back its first image Nov. 13 after safely landing on the surface of a comet, marking the high point of a $1.3 billion, 10-year mission. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen at lower left in the picture above. The Philae lander, launched from the Rosetta probe, is a mini laboratory that will gather data on the comet.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • Meet the powerful Afghan police chief whose name strikes fear into the hearts of the Taliban.
  • Bombs exploded in Kabul, after months of relative peace.
  • Ashraf Ghani is headed to visit neighboring Pakistan.
  • 20,000 girls have been prevented from attending school in one province by the Taliban.
  • In Pakistan, Imran Khan continues to complain. There is also now a warrant out for his arrest.
  • Those who report drone strike targets are now under attack.
  • Daesh/ISIS is making inroads in Quetta and KP.
  • Reconstructing North Waziristan after the government’s intensive military campaign will take two years.
  • The Indian army has taken responsibility for two killings in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • An attempt to mass-sterilize a group of women has led to multiple deaths and over a fifty injuries.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Two American prisoners held in North Korea were suddenly released.
  • The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank will receive only 36 years in prison.
  • In Burma, Obama may have missed the mark on human rights.

Europe & Eurasia:

  • More than 2 million Catalans voted in a mock independence poll held despite resistance from the Spanish government.
  • Hungary‘s descent into authoritarianism.
  • Albania‘s premier just wrapped up a historic 2-day visit to Serbia.
  • Greece’s economy is finally back on track.
  • Russia has violated the Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

  • Mexico is about to explode.
  • The president of Guyana suspended the country’s parliament in order to avoid a vote of no confidence.
  • Seven members of the FARC guerilla group in Colombia have been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
  • Officials are rushing to backups for HealthCare.gov as open enrollment approaches.
  • Did Asian-Americans switch parties overnight? Nope.
  • New Orleans has not been investigating sex crimes.

Oceania:

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