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This is How AK-47s Get to Paris

How weapons get to ParisFrance outlaws most gun ownership and it’s almost impossible to legally acquire a high-powered rifle such as an AK-47, so where did the weapons in the Nov. 13 terror attack—not to mention the bloody January assault by Islamic terrorists on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine and the 2012 shootings by a militant in Toulouse—come from?

The answer: Eastern Europe, most likely, where the trafficking of deadly small arms is big, shady business. And where local authorities find it difficult to intervene.


Islamic State claims responsibility for Paris attacks, Americans among injured

ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attacksThe Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility Saturday for the coordinated attacks in the French capital, saying IS "soldiers" targeted the "capital of prostitution and obscenity" and warned it was "the first of the storm."

The remarks came in a statement published in Arabic, English and French on social media, according to the Jihadist watchdog organization SITE Intelligence Group. The statement was released on the same Telegram channel used to claim responsibility for the Russian jet crash over the Sinai peninsula two weeks ago, that left 224 people dead.


Japan earthquake with magnitude of 7.0 hits near Kyushu coast

Japan earthqakeA 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the waters off the southwestern coast of Japan, triggering a small tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Agency stated a 1-foot tsunami was observed on the southern island of Nakanoshima, part of Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu.  There were no reports of damage or injuries. Tsunami warnings that were issued for Kagoshima and Satsunan islands were lifted, the BBC reported.

The quake hit an area at a depth of about six miles, and the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred about 99 miles southwest of the town of Makurazaki.


Kidnapping killer whales: Trade in orcas has moved to Russia, China

Orca killing by China and RussiaDecades before captive orcas started falling sharply out of fashion in the West, U.S. authorities had stopped allowing their capture in the wild. But many say the practice is alive and well — it has simply moved east.

Activists say Russia is the new frontier for catching wild orcas, an industry fueled by the growing demand for the crowd-wowing marine mammals from aquariums and theme parks in Russia and China.


Paris attacks: shootings and explosions leave more than140 dead

Paris shooting and explosions

About 140 people have died in Paris in a seemingly coordinated wave of gun and suicide bomb attacks, prompting the country’s president, François Hollande, to declare a state of emergency and shut the country’s borders.

The most deadly of the incidents on Friday evening saw around 100 people killed at a concert by a US rock group when gunmen opened fire inside the Bataclan concert venue. Police later stormed the venue, killing two attackers and revealing the horror inside.

Officials said shots were fired in at least two restaurants and at least two explosions were heard near the Stade de France, where the national side were playing Germany in a football match.

A police official told AP two of the incidents near the stadium involved suicide attacks, with three people reported killed.

Upddate: Death toll reported beyond 118 just in one night club.  Seven coordinated attacks took place at one time.  Hostage siege has ended at the concert hall - death toll expected to be high.  France has sealed all its borders.

TVNL Comment: This is a breaking story.  Watch for updates.


IS suicide blast, roadside bomb hit Baghdad Shiites, kill 26

Iraqi blast kills 26The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide blast and a roadside bombing that targeted Shiites in Baghdad on Friday, killing a total of 26 people and wounding dozens.

The attacks came as Iraqi Kurdish militias, backed by U.S. airstrikes, seized the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State group in a major blow to the extremists. Following its blitz last year, the IS — which splintered off from Iraq's al-Qaida branch — now holds about a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate.


Mass grave of Yazidis in Iraq tells horror story

Mass grave of Yazidis in IraqA few thousand people once lived in this tiny Iraqi village 270 miles north of Baghdad. Today, it is a ghost town with few signs of life — and a mass grave nearby where members of the Yazidi sect were slaughtered by Islamic State militants.

It is one of 11 mass graves discovered in northern Iraq by Kurdish residents who fear other undiscovered burial sites exist  in neighboring Syria. Those graves have yet to be unearthed because their locations are under Islamic State control.


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