Dutch strike ISIL in Iraq–Hezbollah repels ISIL in NE Syria

Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Calmness has prevailed on the Eastern mountain range
at Ain al-Saa, Lebanon’s northeastern border with Syria, as Hezbollah frustrated the
vast Nusra attack against the strategic area.

Videos showed the blood spots of al-Nusra terrorists who left their equipments and
escaped the encounter towards Assal al-Ward barrens in Syria.

ISIL was no match for Hezbollah, which is considered the world’s most sophisticated
and lethal guerilla organization.

Meanwhile, Dutch F-16s Tuesday carried out their first strikes on ISIL in Iraq, the
defense ministry said, with militants possibly killed.

“Two Dutch F-16s this morning used weapons for the first time in Iraq against the
ISIL terrorist group. They dropped three bombs on armed ISIS vehicles that were
shooting at (Kurdish) Peshmerga fighters in the north of the country,” the statement

“Vehicles were destroyed in the attack and ISIL fighters possibly killed,” it added.

The F-16s are being deployed as close air support, backing Iraqi and Kurdish ground
troops fighting ISIS militants.

Source: Al Manar TV News



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Spain screens four people after Ebola shows up in Europe

Newscast Media MADRID—Four people have been hospitalized in Spain after a nurse
became the first person to contract Ebola in Europe. Now in isolation, the nurse is
thought to have gotten the virus while treating a missionary in Madrid.

On Tuesday, Spanish health authorities confirmed that a total of four people had
been hospitalized in a bid to curb the spread of Ebola.

The first case of Ebola to be contracted outside West Africa was announced by
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato at a press conference on Monday.

The 40-year-old nurse was transferred early on Tuesday to Madrid’s Carlos III
hospital, where she had helped treat two elderly Spanish missionaries who died of
Ebola shortly after being brought home from Liberia and Sierra Leone.


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German doctors completely cure and release Ebola patient

Newscast Media HAMBURG—A man being treated for Ebola in Germany has been
discharged after showing no further signs of infection, according to health officials.
The Senegal national had been hospitalized in late August.

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf confirmed on Saturday that its
Ebola patient had been cured and subsequently sent home.

“We are very happy that he can now return to his home country,” the hospital said in
a statement.

The man, whose identity has not been made public, had contracted the deadly virus
while working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone.

Officials brought the infected man to Germany in late August. According to the
Hamburg hospital, he had stopped showing signs of infection days before being
discharged on Friday.

It was not immediately clear when he would return to his native Senegal.
A hospital in Frankfurt recently began treating a Ugandan man who had also
contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.

“We have to [act] as fast as we can because every day longer that it takes, more
people die and that is not acceptable,” UNMEER head Antony Banbury told Reuters
news agency.

Health officials across the world face numerous challenges in containing the epidemic,
including simply distributing educational information about Ebola. Local officials are
working to inform both the public and sectors workers who could come into contact
with infected people, such as on airplanes.

Source: Deutsche Welle



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Islamic State releases another beheading video of British man

Newscast Media CAIRO—The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility in
an online video on Friday that showed the beheading of British aid worker Alan

In the one-minute video clip titled “Another Message to America and its Allies,”
roughly the same as those released after three previous murders, a masked IS
militant also introduced another hostage it identified as a U.S. aid worker Peter

The video was found online by the SITE private terrorism monitor and opened with a
news coverage about the British parliament’s vote last week to authorize air strikes
against IS targets in Iraq. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Liberia passes law that will restrict media coverage of Ebola

Newscast Media MONROVIA—Liberia has passed a law that will restrict the media
coverage of the Ebola outbreak in an attempt to protect privacy of the patients.
“We have noted with great concern that photographs have been taken in treatment
centers while patients are going in to be attended by doctors. That is invasion of the
dignity, privacy and respect of patients,” Tolbert Nyenswah, the Liberian assistant
minister of health and the head of Liberia’s Ebola Incident Management, said on

Nyenswah said Ebola patients are no different from any other patients, adding that
reporting on the condition of the patients should be under permission so that pictures
or stories of “naked people” are not spread in a way that does not respect their

The law obligates all journalists to obtain written permission from the Liberian Ministry
of Health before filming, photographing and interviewing Ebola patients.

Liberian authorities have warned that those journalists who infringe the new law will
face prosecution as well as detention.

West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 people
over the past few months, with over half of the fatalities in Liberia.

Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and
bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or
sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of
contaminated corpses.

Ebola remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases, which kills between 25 to 90
percent of those who contract the disease. There is currently no known cure for

Source: Press TV



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Ebola-Texas: Close to 100 Texans at risk of Ebola exposure

Newscast Media DALLAS—According to health officials in Texas, almost 100 people in
Texas who came in contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are being
monitored for any symptoms of the fatal disease.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duncan, who had
traveled from West Africa to Dallas did not have symptoms when leaving West
Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the


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Russia cancels student exchange program with the US

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian authorities have scrapped a longstanding student
exchange program formed to foster understanding with its Cold War nemesis. The
Kremlin claims that the US used the program to get around a Russian adoption law.

The Russian government decided on Wednesday to ditch a 20 year-old exchange that
sent Russian high school students to the US amid escalating tensions between the
former Cold War enemies. According to a report in the AFP news agency, the Kremlin
accused the US of encouraging a student to stay behind under the guardianship of a
gay couple and therefore bypassing a Russian law banning adoption by gay parents.


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Syrain army continues to flush out and mop up terrorists from their dens

Syrian Army

Newscast Media ALEPPO, Syria—Determined to rid the Levant of terrorists, the Syrian
army has continued its quest to flush out terrorists from their dens and hideouts and
mop them up.

The Syrian army on Wednesday established full control of al-Masasneh village
southwest of Mourek in the countryside of the central province of Hama, leaving
numbers of terrorists dead and wounded, in addition to destroying their vehicles,
according to SANA.

The Syrian army also regained the villages of Ein al-Jawzeh and Ruweiset al-Ja’oureh
in the northern countryside of Latakia after killing large numbers of terrorists, some of
them non-Syrian.

The Syrian army continued on Wednesday to launch military operations against the
terrorist organizations across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in
personnel and equipment, SANA reported. Army units targeted gatherings of terrorists
in Bosra al-Sham, Atman, al-Hrak and al-Yadouda, while other units destroyed a
bulldozer in al-Nu’eima town in the countryside of Daraa, killing of a number of

Meanwhile, an army unit killed many terrorists and injured others in Mas’hara and
al-Samadaniyeh al-Gharbiyeh in the countryside of Quneitra.

Syrian Army units also targeted gatherings of terrorists in Kadin, Salma, Dourin,
al-Mugheiriyeh and Tirtyah areas in the northern countryside of the coastal province
of Latakia, killing a big number of them and destroying many of their cars which were
equipped with heavy machine guns.

The Syrian army destroyed several boats belonging to terrorists in al-Rastan Lake, killing all
terrorists aboard, in addition to eliminating scores of terrorists in al-Waer, al-Sam’alil
and Deir Salam in al-Houla and in al-Hilaliya farm in Um Sharshouh in the countryside
of the central province of Homs.

In Deir Ezzor, a unit of the Syrian armed forces destroyed two dens of ISIL terrorists
in Nazlet al-Rdeisat the city, killing and injuring several of them.

Source: Al Manar TV News



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SEC charges Bank of America with securities laws violations

Bankk of America

Newscast Media NEW YORK—The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged
Bank of America Corporation with violating internal controls and recordkeeping
provisions of the federal securities laws after it assumed a large portfolio of
structured notes and other financial instruments as part of its acquisition of Merrill

Bank of America agreed to pay a $7.65 million penalty to settle the charges stemming
from regulatory capital overstatements that it made due to its internal accounting
control deficiencies and books and records failures. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Bill Gates once again tops Forbes magazine richest American list

Forbes richest

Newscast Media NEW YORK—According to Forbes magazine rankings, Bill Gates
retained the top rank as America’s richest man, with an estimated $81 billion in
wealth. Gates has seen his wealth increase by $9 billion since last year, and was
followed by Warren Buffet, founder of Berkshire Hathaway with $67 billion. Oracle’s
Larry Ellison was third with $50 billion.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg saw his wealth grow to $34 billion and came in at number
11 on the list, while the the Walton family dominated the top ten spots.

Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, both have wealth valued at $42 billion each,
and were tied as the fourth richest men in America.

The complete list can be viewed here, it has a combined wealth of 400 Americans totaling over $2.2 trillion.



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U.S. and Afghanistan sign long-awaited bilateral security deal

Newscast Media KABUL—Afghanistan has signed a long-awaited deal with the US and
NATO to extend a non-combat military presence. The pact is aimed at strengthening
Afghan security forces while they work to stave off the Taliban.

Afghanistan’s national security advisor, Hanif Atmar, and US Ambassador James
Cunningham closed a long-awaited deal on Tuesday, guaranteeing the Asian country
the backing of US military force after 2014. The Afghan official also signed a parallel
deal with NATO’s senior civilian representative, Maurits Jochems.

The signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) took place in the presidential
palace in Kabul, where just one day before, the country’s new president, Ashraf
Ghani, was sworn in. During his presidential campaign, Ghani had promised to end
disagreements with the US over the terms of the security pact, long fueled by his
predecessor, Hamid Karzai. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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U.S. Airmen Deliver Ebola Treatment Facility in West Africa

Newscast Media LANGLEY AFB, Virginia—Airmen from the U.S. Air Force’s 633rd
Medical Group partnered with representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service on
September 26 to deliver a modular medical treatment center to Ebola-stricken West

Airmen accompanied the Expeditionary Medical Support System, or EMEDS, to Africa.
While they will not be involved in treatment of patients exposed to the virus, they will
set up the facility and train international health care workers, officials said.


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Netanyahu: Iran’s nuke program must be fully dismantled

Newscast Media NEW YORK—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the
UN General Assembly in New York Iran’s nuclear capabilities “must be fully dismantled.”

Speaking on September 29, Netanyahu called Iran “the world’s most dangerous regime
in the world’s most dangerous region,” saying Tehran cannot be allowed to develop
“the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

Netanyahu said Islamic State militants pose a threat that “must be defeated.”
But he said to defeat the Islamic State militants “and leave Iran as a threshold
nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.”

Iran denies it trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability—saying its nuclear
program is only for peaceful civilian purposes.

Speaking about the recent Gaza conflict, Netanyahu blamed Hamas militants for the
deaths of Palestinian civilians from Israeli ordnance—saying Hamas intentionally used
children and other civilians as human shields to try to protect their weapons.

Source: Raio Free Europe



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FBI Uses Fake Defendant To Snare Corrupt Judge

Newscast Media PHILADELPHIA—The courts are corrupt. Judges are easily bribed.
Some are promised perks in exchange for favorable rulings. Others just falsely believe
they are above the law. The FBI understands this reality. To set an example as to
what could happen to corrupt judicial officers, the FBI created a fake arrest, a fake
defendant, fake evidence, fake witnesses and fake court documents.

The undertaking they would embark on targeted a corrupt judge on Philly by the name
of Joseph Waters.

Joseph C. Waters, Jr., 61, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty today to using his judicial
position to influence the outcome of two cases in the Philadelphia Municipal Court.


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SEC announces largest-ever whistleblower award

Newscast Media WASHINGTON— The Securities and Exchange Commission today
announced an expected award of more than $30 million to a whistleblower who
provided key original information that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.
The award will be the largest made by the SEC’s whistleblower program to date and
the fourth award to a whistleblower living in a foreign country, demonstrating the
program’s international reach.

“This whistleblower came to us with information about an ongoing fraud that would
have been very difficult to detect,” said Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s
Division of Enforcement. “This record-breaking award sends a strong message about
our commitment to whistleblowers and the value they bring to law enforcement.”

Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, added, “This award of
more than $30 million shows the international breadth of our whistleblower program as
we effectively utilize valuable tips from anyone, anywhere to bring wrongdoers to
justice. Whistleblowers from all over the world should feel similarly incentivized to
come forward with credible information about potential violations of the U.S.
securities laws.”

The SEC’s whistleblower program rewards high-quality, original information that
results in an SEC enforcement action with sanctions exceeding $1 million.

Whistleblower awards can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money
collected in a case. The money paid to whistleblowers comes from an investor
protection fund established by Congress at no cost to taxpayers or harmed
investors. The fund is financed through monetary sanctions paid by securities law
violators to the SEC. Money is not taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay
whistleblower awards.

By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose
information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity. The
previous high for an SEC award to a whistleblower was $14 million, which was
announced in October 2013.

The SEC awarded its first whistleblower under the program following its inception in
fiscal year 2012. The program awarded four more whistleblowers in FY 2013, and has
awarded nine whistleblowers in FY 2014.

“We’re pleased with the consistent yearly growth in the number of award recipients
since the program’s inception,” Mr. McKessy said.



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Iraqi PM: Islamic State plotting to attack U.S., Paris subways


Newscast Media BAGHDAD—The Iraqi prime minister says he has received “credible”
reports that Islamic State militants planned to launch attacks on subway systems in
Paris and the United States.

Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister
Haidar al-Abadi said he was told of the plot by Baghdad on September 25.

Abadi told a small group of U.S. reporters, “Today, while I am here, I am receiving
accurate reports from Baghdad where there was [the] arrest of [a] few elements and
there are networks planning from inside Iraq to have attacks.”

The information could not immediately be verified with French and U.S. authorities.
The White House said, “We have not confirmed such a plot.”

The announcement comes amid a U.S.-led international aerial campaign against the
Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria.

Source: Radio Free Europe

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Obama: ISIL betrays Islam by killing innocent men, women and children

Newscast Media NEW YORK—Speaking at the U.N. Security Council Summit in New
York, President Barack Obama said there was an the unprecedented flow of fighters in
recent years to and from conflict zones, including Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa,
Yemen, Libya, and most recently, Syria and Iraq.

“Our intelligence agencies estimate that more than 15,000 foreign fighters from more
than 80 nations have traveled to Syria in recent years,” he said. “Many have joined
terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda’s affiliate, the Nusrah Front, and ISIL, which
now threatens people across Syria and Iraq. And I want to acknowledge and thank
Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq for being here today,” he added. FULL STORY>>


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USAID: Illegal ivory trade has now reached its highest level


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels
since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from
1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC.

“This report provides critical insights into often violent and complex trade networks
that will help countries target their law enforcement efforts. Wildlife trafficking not
only endangers rhinos, elephants and many other wildlife species, but also threatens
national and international security as well as local livelihoods,” said Eric Postel,
assistant administrator at USAID. FULL STORY>>


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Assad: Syria supports any international counterrorism effort

Bashar Assad

Newscast Media DAMASCUS—Syrian President Bashar Assad has asserted that Syria
supports any international counterterrorism effort, SANA reported. President Assad
met Faleh Fayyad, the Iraqi National Security Advisor and the envoy of Russian Prime
Minister Haider al-Abadi to tackle counterterrorism efforts.

Faleh briefed President Assad on the latest steps taken in this regard, as well as
discussing upcoming steps and possible measures to ensure the success of these
efforts and eliminate terrorists organizations in all their forms.

President Assad affirmed to Fayyad that Syria is proceeding resolutely in its war
against all forms of takfiri terrorism which it has been waging for years, asserting that
Syria supports any international counterterrorism effort.

The President stressed that the success of such efforts isn’t just linked to military
action which is important, as it’s also linked to states committing themselves to
relevant international resolutions and what they entail in terms of stopping all forms
of support for terrorist organizations.

The two sides affirmed the need to continue cooperation and coordination between
the two countries’ leadership in combating terrorism, particularly since this
cooperation produced positive results for the people of Syria, Iraq, and the region.

Source: Islam Times



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Medvedev: Russia will survive unfavorable international markets


Newscast Media MOSCOW—Though the international market conditions create a
difficult situation for Russia, the country will withstand, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry
Medvedev said over the weekend.

“The situation of the international financial market for our banks is unfavorable,
almost all positions are barred from obtaining foreign liquidity, i.e. foreign funding,”
Medvedev said in an interview with Russian television channel Russia 24.

The prime minister stressed that “it was a judgment call by our European partners,”
adding, “We believe that it is pointless and just ugly in relation to Russia and we can
live without this.”

The new restrictions introduced on September 12 target Russia’s largest banks, oil
and defense companies, as well as certain individuals. The companies were denied
access to the European capital markets, while a number of individuals were subject to
entry bans and asset freezes.

Moscow has responded to previous rounds of Western sanctions with a one-year food
ban that targets a range of products from the countries that implemented sanctions
against Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the country would retaliate
with countermeasures but details have not yet been revealed.

Source: Ria Novosti

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