At least 235 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured on Friday in a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt. The attack reportedly occurred as prayers were ongoing at a mosque in Al Rawdah in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The Associated Press reports that gunmen, in off-road vehicles, opened fire on mosque-goers as they were trying to flee after a bomb blast. CNN reported that the militants also opened fire on ambulances that were transporting the wounded out of the area. A spokesman for the country’s health ministry called it a terror attack, as Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi has called for a three-day period of national mourning. ISIS affiliates have, in recent years, launched attacks throughout the country following the overthrow of former leader Mohammed Morsi. No group has claimed responsibility yet for Friday’s attack. President Trump has weighed in on the attack, writing on Twitter: “Horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers in Egypt. The world cannot tolerate terrorism, we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”
Police in London have given the all-clear after responding to reports of shots fired at a subway station, prompting evacuations of a busy shopping area. Shoppers were locked inside London’s most famous toy store, Hamley’s, as Black Friday shoppers reported hearing gunshots. “At this stage, we have received one report of a woman sustaining a minor injury when leaving Oxford Circus station. There are no other reported casualties,” the British Transport Police tweeted. The area, which is London’s busiest shopping street, had been completely evacuated. The BTP advised people in the area to “go into a building and stay inside until further notice.” The Met Police said officials “have not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired or casualties.”
President Donald Trump told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the United States will stop arming Syrian Kurdish fighters, according to Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, who claimed he was present while the two presidents talked on the phone. “Mr. Trump clearly stated that he had given clear instructions and that the [Syrian Kurds] won’t be given arms, and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” Cavusoglu said. Turkey considers them to be a terrorist group. The Associated Press reports that U.S. officials were caught off guard by the news.
A federal lawsuit against former sheriff Joe Arpaio alleges that the Arizona lawman conspired to generate trumped up charges in order to embarrass Sen. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican who had become a political opponent. One of Flake’s sons, Austin, has filed a malicious prosecution suit claiming that the former sheriff of Mariscopa County tried to bring felony charges against the Flakes after an air-conditioning unit failed at a dog kennel run by a member of the extended family. Austin Flake had been watching the dogs at his in-laws’ facility while they were out of town during a fatal malfunction that left 21 dogs dead. As part of the investigation, Arpaio allegedly surveilled Sen. Flake’s home and examined phone records to see if he had spoken to his son during the period that he was watching the animals.
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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) issued another apology on Thursday after two more women accused him of groping them, refusing to heed calls to resign and pledging to regain the trust of his constituents. “I’m a warm person, I hug people,” Franken said in a statement. “I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed the line for some women—and I know that any number is too many.” Four women have come forward accusing the senator of sexual misconduct, including radio host Leeann Tweeden. Two women shared their stories anonymously to HuffPost, while another women, Lindsay Menz, told CNN that Franken groped her while the pair posed for a photo at the Minnesota state fair.
The U.S. Navy has ended its search efforts for three sailors who were missing after their military plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” said Rear Adm. Marc Dalton. “As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts.” The plane crashed near Okinawa as it was returning to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Eight of the 11 people on board were rescued successfully. The crash was the latest in a string of recent deadly incidents for the military in the Pacific.
A South African court has more than doubled former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ jail sentence over the 2013 killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The sentence was upped from six years to nearly 13 and a half years. Prosecutors had argued that Pistorius’ initial punishment was “shockingly light.” Pistorius, 31, has maintained that he fatally shot Steenkamp because he thought she was a burglar entering their home in Pretoria.
Eight men who claim to be North Korean were found on a Japanese shore on Friday after their boat apparently ran aground. Officials in Japan reportedly do not believe that the men are defectors. They told authorities that they were fishing before the boat broke down. The boat reportedly bore a sign reading “Chongjin,” an eastern port city in North Korea. Tensions between Japan and the DPRK have been high recently as the hermit country’s leader Kim Jong Un continues to threaten missile strikes, some of which have traveled close to Japan.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as the new Zimbabwe leader on Friday in front of a cheering crowd in a stadium in the capital, Harare. Mnangagwa said he was “humbled” by his responsibility to rebuild the nation and tackle corruption. The crowd responded with muted applause when Mnangagwa paid tribute to his long-time colleague Robert Mugabe—who was forced from power earlier this week—describing him as "a father, mentor, comrade-in-arms and my leader."