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French warships hit Somalia coastline

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File photo shows French warships
French warships have shelled parts of coastline of the Horn of African state of Somalia with more than 20 heavy missiles, Press TV reports.

The missiles are reported to have struck the town of Kuda and the port of Kismayo, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

Witnesses said that four cruise missiles hit near Kismayo while another six missiles struck Kuda.

There has been no immediate report on the number of casualties.

Kenyan officials confirmed the French navy's role in Somalia. However, Paris denied having deployed any warships in the area.

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Palestine: Settlers Kill Sheep, Set Fire to Beit Furik Home, Army Raids Balata Camp and Arrest 4 in Hebron

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© Brendan Work, PNN
Sheep graze outside of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank
On Wednesday and Thursday, two separate settler attacks throughout the West Bank led to property damage and panic. On Wednesday, west of Hebron, settlers killed 10 sheep belonging to villagers of al-Litwani and al-Jawaya villages, while in the North, settlers threw a Molotov cocktail into a house in Beit Furik, east of Nablus.

In Beit Furik, a group of settlers emptied a container of gasoline in a room in the home of Shahir Issa Hanani, then set a fire that destroyed the room. Hanani's car engine was also burned, causing an explosion that woke the village. Municipality chairman Atef Hanani blamed settlers from Itamar and Alon Moreh.

In Nablus, Israeli forces raided Balata refugee camp, searched houses and shot rubber bullets and flashbang grenades. The houses raided belong to Marshod Yousef Terawi, the brothers Mouhamad and Eyad Ma'zoz Terawi, the brothers Mahmoud and Basil Shtewi Abu Hamdan, Ashraf Qatawi Abo al-Al, and the brothers Na'el and Tawfiq Qetawi.

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Canadian forces spying on indigenous: Report

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The Canadian Forces' National Counter-Intelligence Unit has been collecting intelligence on the country's indigenous groups, recently released documents revealed.

The documents, which have been released under the Access to Information Act, show that the unit has released at least eight reports on the activities and future protests of indigenous organizations between January, 2010, and July, 2011.

The so-called Counter-Intelligence Information Reports alert the Canadian army to events organized by groups such as the Assembly of First Nations, the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Red Power United.

President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip described the reports as "unsettling," Global Research reported.

"The fact that they are directing their intelligence activities at native communities and native organizations is deeply disturbing," Phillip said.

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US, Philadelphia: Two Abortion Clinic Employees Plead Guilty to Murder

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The "house of horrors"... The Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia, where Dr Kermit Gosnell allegedly made millions from abortions.
Story contains graphic descriptions in paragraphs five through eight.

Two employees of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where live, viable babies were allegedly killed and a patient died after being given on overdose of painkillers pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder.

Guilty pleas to third-degree murder were entered by Adrienne Moton, 34, and Sherry West, 52, who both worked for Dr. Kermit Gosnell at what prosecutors have described as a decrepit and unsanitary clinic known as Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

Due to a court-issued gag order, attorneys declined to comment on reports that no plea agreement was reached in the case.

Sentencing was set for December 2 by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. The maximum penalty for third-degree murder is 40 years in prison.

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Peace or War? Merkel Wants 'permanent' Supervision of Greece

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'Nobody should take peace for granted,' says Merkel
Peace should not be taken for granted if the euro fails, German chancellor Merkel told MPs Wednesday (26 October) ahead of the eurozone summit where an increase of the bail-out fund firepower may lead to Germany's own state assets being taken as collateral.

In a dark blue jacket reflecting the mood in and about the eurozone, Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war.

"Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That's why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails," Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.

"We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe's unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail."

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Former British MP Baroness Jenny Tonge: 'Israel must return Palestinians' land'

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Former British Member of Parliament Baroness Jenny Tonge
Former British Member of Parliament (MP) Baroness Jenny Tonge has said that the Israelis must give back Palestinian people's land in order to solve the Palestinian issue, Press TV reports.

"They (the Israelis) really must solve this huge problem that they have made for themselves, entirely their fault, they have made this problem and they have got to solve it by giving the Palestinians their land back and creating a secure and prosperous day to Palestine," Tonge said on Press TV's program Remember Palestine.

Baroness Tonge said people are furious about the plight of the Palestinians and it is a problem that we have to solve for the future of our children and grandchildren.

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US: One dead, 6 injured in Missouri shooting

Wellston Food Market

the Wellston Food Market in St.Louis, Missouri
One person has been killed and six others sustained injuries during a shooting spree in the suburb of Saint Louis in the US state of Missouri.

The incident took place on Thursday near a food market in the town of Wellston and continued in two other locations, the Associated Press reported.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. James McWilliams confirmed that a person had been killed in an apartment complex as a result of injuries, but did not reveal the victim's identity.

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US: Olbermann sez Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign

Keith Olbermann on his show Wednesday night called on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to fire the city's acting police chief after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse "Occupy Oakland" protesters.


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Paranoia Alert! US, Wisconsin Capitol to allow guns for no good reason...

Scott Walker
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who likes to play with guns
Walker policy would allow weapons on Assembly floor

The public will be able to carry guns into most parts of the state Capitol, under a policy being developed by Gov. Scott Walker.

Lawmakers are developing their own policies that would allow individual lawmakers to decide whether to allow guns into their offices.

Under rules planned for one chamber, guns would be allowed on the Assembly floor and in the Assembly viewing galleries, said sources who have been briefed on the plans. That would mean the public could bring guns into the viewing galleries but would still have to adhere to other existing rules, including one that bars the use of still cameras and video cameras.

"People who carry concealed can come in my office, I don't care," said Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester).

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US: Submachine Guns Drawn, Police Break Down Door of Medical Marijuana Patient, Push Him to the Floor, and Raid His Home

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The Seattle Police Department and the mayor's office have repeatedly insisted that marijuana possession, per city law, is the lowest law enforcement priority. They also adhere, they say, to a state law that makes it legal for authorized patients to use and grow marijuana.

But last night provided evidence that Seattle police are willing to invest tremendous resources in the smallest of pot cases - even cases where the pot is legal - and the mayor's office will remain silent.

Just before 9:00 p.m., officers at SPD's East Precinct held a briefing about the complaint of marijuana at a four-unit apartment building in the Leschi neighborhood. One week earlier, officers applied for a search warrant from King County Superior Court, sent an officer with a K9 to sniff at the door, confirmed the scent of marijuana, and were in the process last night of planning a raid. "Once the briefing was completed, officers donned their raid equipment clearly marked 'Police' on all sides," according to a draft incident report filed by police.