French soldiers killed “around 10” jihadists during an operation in Mali last week, France’s armed forces spokesman, Colonel Eric Steiger, told AP. He went on to state that the Saturday operation against “armed terrorists” came three days after a separate one in Mali killed several “enemy combatants” from “a different terrorist group.” Steiger’s comments follow the EU’s pledge to allocate an additional €50 million (US$61 million) for a joint counter-terrorism force in West Africa’s Sahel region. The area, which includes Mali, has fallen prey to extremists.
Three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets killed during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been awarded the Medal of Heroism by the U.S. Army.
Family members of the cadets, Alaina Petty, Martin Duque and Peter Wang, will receive the medals, which are awarded only to cadets whose achievements “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy courage and fortitude.” At least one of the cadets was gunned down while protecting fellow students.
Eyewitnesses say Peter, a 15-year-old freshman, spent his last moments holding a door open at the school to help others evacuate. He was wearing his gray Junior ROTC shirt at the time and will be buried in his full uniform ― along with his Medal of Heroism ― on Tuesday.
An online petition urging that Peter be buried with full military honors had more than 62,000 signatures Tuesday afternoon. Also Tuesday, he was posthumously admitted to West Point, the prestigious U.S. military academy he dreamed of attending.
“It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” West Point said in a statement. “West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of Duty, Honor and Country.”
Members of the Florida National Guard will attend each cadet’s funeral.
A U.S. Army spokesman told the Daily Beast the family of Alaina Petty, 14, was presented her medal at her memorial service on Monday. More than 1,500 people attended the service.
Alaina’s oldest brother Ian said his sister “will be missed terribly,” and called on others to keep her legacy alive “through small acts of kindness.”
The family of Martin Duque, 14, will receive his medal on Saturday. His family members remembered Martin to the Miami Herald as “sweet, affectionate and loved by his entire family.”
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The ministry reiterated that the Russian citizens involved in the incident – apparently a US attack on a column of pro-government troops in Deir ez-Zor on February 7 – were not part of the Russian military force deployed in Syria.
“There are Russian citizens in Syria, who went there on their own will and for various purposes. It’s not up to the Foreign Ministry to judge the legality of the decisions taken by those people,” the statement said.
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Ten persons were bitten by stray dogs in the last 24 hours including a six-year-old boy, Monu Kumar , who succumbed to the injuries while another five-year-old boy Manu Kumar is battling for his life in a Steel City hospital.On Friday evening, the two minors along with their third sibling – seven-year-old Sonu Kumar – were playing on the field about a kilometre away from their house when a pack of dogs attacked them.
The incident occurred at Gini Maidan in Birsanagar under Golmuri police station area.In the absence of an adult person presence, the dogs took advantage of the secluded place and attacked Monu and Mannu while Sonu escaped the fury with minor injuries.
On seeing their brothers overpowered by the dogs Sonu rushed home and informed the family.The victim Monu’s father Shashi Bhusan Kahar , who works as a truck driver , said, “When my children didn’t return home after sunset we started searching for them but in the meantime Sonu reached home and told us about the incident.
We rushed to the spot carrying wooden sticks and torches but found Monu lying in the pool of blood on reaching the place.”By the time family members reached the site to chase away the dogs Monu and Mannu were both found lying on the ground with multiple injury marks of dog bites all over their body.Immediately, the two were rushed to the government-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College hospital but Monu was declared brought dead by the doctors while Manu was admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU)..
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A passenger plane has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, killing all 66 people on board, authorities said on Sunday.
A spokesman for Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman has told state TV that an airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people who were on board.
Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai spoke to state TV said that the flight carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members.
The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620 kilometers (390 miles) south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency said.
Fars said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital.
Authorities said the plane was flown by Aseman Airlines, a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.
Earlier this week, media reports claimed that a recent US airstrike in Syria left Russian servicemen dead, putting the figures anywhere from dozens to several hundred.
Those reports stemmed from anti-government fighters in Syria, who spread them accompanied by doctored images, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at her weekly news conference.
According to Zakharova, the US attack could have killed five people, purportedly Russian citizens, but this information still needs verification. She added that those who were killed in the airstrike did not serve in the Russian armed forces.
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Four people were killed in the southern Philippines early Tuesday as a tropical storm unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said.
Tropical Storm Sanba slammed the east coast of the main southern island of Mindanao Tuesday with gusts of 75 kilometres an hour.
The heavy rain triggered landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal — 760 kilometres south of the capital Manila — killing four people, municipal police chief James Alendogao told AFP.
“These areas are currently inaccessible and we do not know the extent of the damage,” he added.
The state weather service said the storm was expected to move swiftly northwest over the next 24 hours, bringing moderate to heavy rain across the central Philippines.
The archipelago nation is struck by 20 storms or typhoons each year on average, some of them deadly.
Sanba is already the second major system to hit this year, and the first to cause casualties.
Tropical Storm Tembin killed 240 people in the Mindanao region in December last year.
The country’s deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.
Volatile Mayon volcano is in the area and with the coronal hole on the Sun facing Earth at the moment, this is a prime target for a major quake.
A woman was killed when she was struck by lightning in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said today.
Parveen Akhtar (35) was inside her house in Kandi village when she was struck by the lightning last night, a police official said.
Her death raised the number of people killed in lightning incidents in this region to three since yesterday.
A father-son duo was killed when lightning struck their house at Launcha village of Mahore in Reasi district yesterday.
They were identified as Ali Mohammad (30) and his son Shabir (3).
In the world of science things can get really, really crazy, and can sometimes strain ethical boundaries almost to breaking point. Scientists have been fascinated for centuries with the concept of a human-chimpanzee hybrid – known as a humanzee – and there have been reports dating as far back as the 11th century of such hybrids being born.
Now, renowned scientist, Gordon Gallup, is claiming that a humanzee was born in a Florida lab nearly 100 years ago, but that panicked scientists killed the “baby” after only a few weeks when they realized the moral and ethical implications of letting it live.
The Huffington Post reports that it is theoretically possible that a human and a chimpanzee could produce offspring:
Science fiction aside, it’s a serious question that has a long history of being asked because the answer is yes, it’s scientifically possible that a human-chimpanzee hybrid could exist. We share over 98 percent of our DNA with chimps, and while that one-plus percent is responsible for a lot of differences (just look at us side by side and that’s apparent), it’s still close enough that if the two species mated, a viable offspring could theoretically be produced.
Gallup claims that his former university professor told him that the humanzee baby was born at a lab in Orange Park, Florida. He told The Sun, “They inseminated a female chimpanzee with human semen from an undisclosed donor and claimed not only that pregnancy occurred but the pregnancy went full term and resulted in a live birth. But in the matter of days, or a few weeks, they began to consider the moral and ethical considerations and the infant was euthanised.”
The scientific community is likely to take Gallup’s claims seriously, since he is a respected evolutionary psychologist in addition to being a professor at the University of Albany. He is also renowned for having created the mirror “self-recognition” test which proved that primates could acknowledge their own reflection, and for coining the term humanzee.
According to Gallup, the professor who told him about the humanzee being born at the lab in Florida was also a well-respected scientist who worked at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center when it was still located in Orange Park, Florida. The center later moved to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Over the years there have been several other attempts to create humanzees, the most famous being the experiments of Russian biologist Ilya Ivanov who tried to create a breed of super-soldiers by implanting human sperm in female chimps. The experiments were a failure, and the project was abandoned. (Related: Stay current with real science at Scientific.news.)
Then, in 1967, researchers in China claimed that a female primate had successfully been impregnated with human sperm but had died when the scientists were forced to abandon the project. (Related: Bionic man warns of corporate-driven rise of robots; humanity may be in danger if ethics are not enforced.)
The most famous “humanzee” was a creature known as Oliver who had a protruding nose, walked on its hind legs and looked like a combination of a human and a chimp. Tests conducted in 1996, however, proved that Oliver had only 48 chromosomes and was not a real humanzee.
Gallup is convinced that humans could be crossbred with several other apes besides chimpanzees, including gorillas and orangutans. He also believes, however, that creating these hybrids would have “profound psychological and biological implications.” Not that that’s likely to prevent scientists from forging ahead.
When approached for comment about Gallup’s claims, a spokesperson for Yerkes National Primate Research Center said, “We have not been involved with any ‘humanzee’ experiments, but rather conduct and enable peer-reviewed research studies to help fight disease and improve human health.”
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