Manhunt for Barcelona suspect ends in Moroccan’s death

Manhunt for Barcelona suspect ends in Moroccan’s death

Authorities in Spain say that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspect in Thursday’s attack in Barcelona, was shot and killed by police Monday in the city’s western suburb of Subirats. Abouyaaquob was wearing what appears to be a bomb belt and shouted Islamic slogans as police closed in. Spain’s Mossos agency said…

Fatal Turkey quake causes tsunami; 2 dead, some 500 injured

A major earthquake that sparked a small Mediterranean Sea tsunami struck Turkey and Greece early Friday morning, with reports that the temblor was felt as far away as Egypt. The 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. local time, 10 kilometers from the seaside town of Bodrum, according to the…

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…

Pope Francis cancels plans for a 2017 visit to South Sudan

Pope Francis will not be traveling to South Sudan this year, a trip that tentatively was planned for October, according to Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. The Vatican did not cite a specific reason for postponing the ecumenical visit, according to the Catholic News Agency, and Burke did not elaborate during…

Muslims watch for moon signaling start of Ramadan

Muslims across Africa and around the globe begin the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, with some variations among countries based on how their religious authorities interpret the visibility of the moon that signals the start of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, the High Judicial Court said that the moon…