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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to ‘open the gates,’ allow Syrian refugees to leave for Western countries

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The president of Turkey said Thursday he would be forced to “open the gates” and allow a route for Syrian refugees to travel into WesternEurope unless a deal is reached with the U.S. by the end of the month to help resettle migrants in a so-called “safe zone” within its borders, according to reports.

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS DAMAGED MORE THAN 120 CHURCHES, REPORT FINDS

President Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party officials in the country’s capital city of Ankara that he was determined to create a “safe zone” in northeast Syria in partnership with the United States by the end of September, but was prepared to act alone if necessary.

“We will be forced to open the gates,” Erdogan said. “We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone.”

Erdogan said Turkey aims to resettle about 1 million out of the 3.65 million Syrian refugees in the safe zone. He added that his nation “did not receive the support needed from the world” to help it cope with Syrian refugees.

The Syria War is an ongoing armed conflict between the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad and multiple opposing factions, including the Islamic State, according to Statista, a German online portal for statistics

More than half of the Syrian population fled the country as a result of the conflict, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported. About 6.6 million refugees left Syria since 2011—about half of which settled in Turkey which borders Syria from the north.

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About 207,000 civilians have died in the conflict since it first began about eight years ago, Statista reported. European nations and the United States have largely remained separated from the conflict until the U.S. and Allied forces conducted airstirkes in 2014 against Islamic extremists. Russia began to back the Syrian government in 2015, according to the site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Taliban car bombing rocks Afghan capital near US Embassy; at least 3 dead, 30 wounded

A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a Kabul neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. At least three people were killed and another 30 wounded, a hospital director said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted three vehicles of “foreigners” as they tried to enter the heavily guarded Shashdarak area where the Afghan national security authorities have offices.

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Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. A car bomb rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday and smoke rose from a part of eastern Kabul near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy, the NATO Resolute Support mission and other diplomatic missions. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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It was the second major blast by the militant group in Kabul this week while a U.S. envoy has been in town briefing officials on a U.S.-Taliban deal “in principle” to end America’s longest war.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the car bomb exploded on a main road, destroying at least 12 vehicles, and police quickly sealed off the area. The blast appeared to target a checkpoint in Shashdarak.

Three bodies and 30 wounded people were brought to nearby Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital, said its director, Gul Ahmad Ayubi.

An Associated Press reporter on the phone with the U.S. Embassy when the blast occurred heard sirens begin blaring there.

Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night — which the insurgents said targeted a foreign compound — killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100, almost all of them local civilians.

The attacks are again raising questions in Kabul and in Washington about the dangers of trusting the Taliban to make peace after nearly 18 years of fighting.

The Afghan government has expressed serious concerns about the U.S.-Taliban deal, which U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has said only needs the approval of President Donald Trump to become final.

Khalilzad says 5,000 U.S. troops would withdraw from five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of a final deal. Between 14,000 and 13,000 troops are currently in the country.

Thursday’s blast occurred as Afghan presidential adviser Waheed Omer was speaking to reporters, warning that difficult days were ahead and describing the U.S.-Taliban deal as moving with “excessive speed.”

The Afghan government on Wednesday said it shares the concerns raised by several former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan. Their joint statement warned that a full U.S. troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet certain conditions, such as reducing violence, could lead to “total civil war.”

The Taliban, at their strongest since their 2001 defeat by a U.S.-led invasion, want all of the approximately 20,000 U.S. and NATO troops out of Afghanistan immediately, while the U.S. seeks a withdrawal in phases that would depend on the Taliban meeting certain conditions such as a reduction in violence.

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The U.S. also seeks Taliban guarantees that they will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven from which extremist groups such as al-Qaida and the local affiliate of the Islamic State group can launch global attacks.

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Turkey’s Erdogan says he won’t accept nuclear-armed nations telling him his nation can’t have nukes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected calls to prevent his country from acquiring nuclear weapons, saying it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Turkey from doing so.

“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” Erdogan said in a speech to his ruling party members, according to Reuters.

Turkey has been part of a nuclear-sharing program among NATO allies and has hosted U.S. nuclear weapons, but does not have any nuclear weapons of its own. Erdogan did not specify whether Turkey would start trying to develop its own.

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“There is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Erdogan added. However, only nine sovereign states are currently known to have nuclear weapons.

Turkey has long asserted it needs air defense systems to meet security threats, mostly stemming from the civil war in Syria. On Wednesday, Erdogan implied Turkey might need nuclear weapons to counterbalance Israel.

“We have Israel nearby, as almost neighbors,” he said, according to Reuters. They scare (other nations) by possessing these. No one can touch them.”

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seen here in July 2019, fought for his country’s right to acquire nuclear weapons. (Associated Press)

Israel has had a longstanding policy of refusing to comment publicly on whether it maintains a nuclear arsenal.

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Erdogan’s remarks came amid tensions with the U.S. over Turkey’s purchase of an advanced Russian missile defense system. The U.S. threatened sanctions if Turkey completed the deal to buy the Russian system, the S-400, and President Trump ultimately followed through on the threat.

As a result of the S-400 deal, Turkey has been unable to buy the high-tech F-35 fighter jet. As a NATO member, Turkey had had a part in the development of the jet.

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Washington claimed Turkey’s deal with Russia might compromise intelligence regarding its development.

Trump said Turkey had bought the S-400 system as a result of the Obama administration refusing to sell Turkey the American alternative until after the S-400 deal was complete, Defense News reported.

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Minnesota woman, 62, killed by black bear in Canada

Canadian officials have identified a Minnesota woman killed by a black bear on a secluded island in Ontario over the weekend.

Catherine Steatt-Mueller, 62, was staying with her parents on Red Pine Island in Rainy Lake for a family reunion when the bear killed her Sunday, Ontario Provincial Police said.

Mueller, of Maple Plain, 21 miles east of Minneapolis, went outside around 6 p.m. when she heard her dogs barking, investigators said. One of the dogs returned to the cabin but Mueller did not.

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A Minnesota woman was killed by a black bear while on a Canadian island over the weekend. (iStock, File)

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Her parents called the police.

Officers searched the heavily wooded area about 10 miles from the Canadian-U.S. border. They eventually found a young black bear standing over Mueller’s body and shot it dead.

Two other young bears were found acting aggressively in a nearby bush, Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jim Davis told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

No one witnessed the attack, police said, so it was unclear what provoked the bear, if anything.

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“Attacks of this nature are extremely rare and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim,” a spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry told the paper.

The bear will be taken to the University of Guelph in Ontario for a necropsy, the ministry said.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 20 in Bahamas as US monitors storm’s path

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The Bahamas health minister said Wednesday that the death toll for Hurricane Dorian has risen from seven to 20 and more deaths are expected as the storm clears the island archipelago and threatens to make landfall in the U.S. later this week.

The Category 5 hurricane slammed the Bahamas this past Sunday where it lingered for nearly two days leaving wreckage and disaster in its wake.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Dorian, which has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, has been making its way towards the U.S. traveling close to the east coast of Florida, and is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas on Wednesday night or Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Syrian civil war has damaged more than 120 churches, report finds

As many as 124 churches have been damaged or targeted by military forces on all sides of Syria’s civil war, which has stretched on for more than eight years, according to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR).

The report’s timeline of incidents involving Syrian government forces, opposition forces and extremist militants, including the Islamic State (ISIS), extended from March 2011 to September 2019.

The researchers found 75 reported attacks involved forces supporting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, 33 involved armed opposition forces, 12 involved ISIS or other Islamic extremist groups and four incidents involved other fighting groups.

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Damage from Syrian government warplanes to a church east of Damascus, in February 2018. (Ammar Al Bushy, SNHR)

“Assad has made Syria unsafe for all Syrians, including Christians, and he must be held accountable for his actions,” said Erica Hanichak, a government relations director at Americans for a Free Syria.

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The evidence indicated some churches were the intended targets, while others were collateral damage.

The report found some churches were damaged or destroyed in bombings with no military installations or equipment nearby. Other reported incidents included houses of worship being turned into military headquarters and churches that were subject to more than one attack.

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“Syria will not become calm without transition to democracy and respect for human rights,” SNHR Chairman Fadel Abdul Ghany said.

The group added that its new report clearly showed international law was violated, as global conventions prohibit any hostile acts against places of worship.

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French police launch investigation after Macron hears officer refusing to help domestic abuse victim: report

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Officials in France have opened an investigation after President Emmanuel Macron listened in on a domestic violence hotline call in which a police officer was heard refusing to help a domestic abuse victim, reports say.

Macron listened in on the call during a visit Tuesday to the national hotline center that was meant to showcase the government’s crackdown on domestic violence.

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The alleged victim, a 57-year-old woman, called to report that her husband had threatened to kill her after years of abuse and that she was afraid to go back to the home to gather her things without police protection — and yet the police officer she was dealing with at a local station was refusing to accompany her, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, the French president was visibly upset by what he was hearing and passed a note to the operator after the officer got on the phone and stated that he was unable to go with her without a judicial order, a claim Macron pointed out in his note as wrong.

The officer, unaware that the president was listening in, continued to refuse to intervene.

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After the phone call, Macron asked the veteran dispatcher if this was a common occurrence to which they replied: “Yes, more and more frequently.”

The French gendarmerie launched an investigation into the incident the following day.

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Scottish court says Johnson can suspend Parliament

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A Scottish court says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s planned suspension of Parliament is lawful.

The closely watched decision was revealed Wednesday. It is the first of several challenges to Johnson’s maneuver that gives lawmakers little time to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without an agreement on Oct. 31.

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Transparency campaigner Gina Miller, who won a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2017 that stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament, has another legal challenge in the works.

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A human rights campaigner has also sued in Northern Ireland, arguing that the historic Good Friday accord that brought peace is in jeopardy because of Johnson’s actions.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 7 in one of Bahamas’ ‘greatest national crises,’ PM says

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The Bahamas prime minister raised the death toll from Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday from five to seven and said more deaths were expected as the storm begins to move away from the Carribean archipelago.

Hubert Minnis said the deaths involved two people who were injured and were taken to New Providence Island. The full scope of the disaster won’t be known until the storm passes.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” he said. “No effort or resources will be held back.”

He said he flew over the Abaco Islands and expected to do the same in Grand Bahama when the weather permitted him to do so. Dorian, which was later downgraded to a Category 2 storm, was the most powerful ever to hit the Bahamas, with floodwaters destroying thousands of homes, trapping people and making resue efforts all the more difficult.

Around 45 percent of homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama were believed to be damaged or destroyed when the areas were pounded by 185 mph winds. The Grand Bahama Airport was under six feet of water as of Tuesday.

Images revealed the scope of damage as buildings were flooded and at least one community was destroyed.

Using jet skis, boats and even a bulldozer, people in Grand Bahama were evacuated by rescue crews in the midst of heavy rain and wind.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least 21 people injured at Abaco.

“We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground,” Health Minister Duane Sands said. “We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited.”

The storm was moving northwest toward the United States. Officials urged over two million people in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina to evacuate. Dorian is expected to pass close to Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday or Friday.

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Severe flooding is expected to occur even if the storm doesn’t make landfall.

“Don’t tough it out. Get out,” said U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo.

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Palestinian school curriculum is ‘more radical than the curriculum that came before,’ research institute says

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The Palestinian Authority’s current school curriculum “is more radical than the curriculum that came before” and “is suffused with ideas of martyrdom [and] Jihad,” according to an international monitoring organization.

IMPACT-se, a research and policy institute that analyzes how textbooks measure up to (UNESCO) standards for acceptance, peace and tolerance, claimed the curriculum encouraged children to martyr themselves, and even to count martyrs in math problems like most children would count apples.

“Looking at textbooks across the Middle East we have seen improvements,” IMPACT-se’s CEO Marcus Sheff told Fox News Tuesday. “That is certainly true to the Jordanian curriculum, the Tunisian curriculum is of a good standard and we are seeing improvements in Egypt.”

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“Unfortunately the opposite is true of the Palestinian curriculum,” Sheff said. “A new, reformed curriculum was put in place between 2016 and 2019 and it is more radical than the curriculum that came before.”

He added that the current curriculum “encourages school children to sacrifice themselves” and claimed, “content relating to peace with Israel has been purposefully taken out of the curriculum.”

Sheff told Fox News that the institute’s research found that social studies, history and Arabic textbooks in the Palestinian Authority for grades 2 through 12 included “problematic content.” He added that the institute also found “problematic content in science, including teaching math by asking young people to do addition of [the number of] martyrs in the First Intifada and in the Second Intifada and asking them how many martyrs, instead of using counting apples as many students around the world are asked.”

The First Intifada was a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza that began in December 1987 and resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 people. The Second Intifada began in September 2000 with calls for violence following then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, a holy site for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. More than 4,000 people were killed in the following weeks after Palestinian leaders unleashed a deadly wave of suicide bombings.

Last year, the European Parliament passed legislation geared to prevent hateful content in Palestinian educational materials, The Times of Israel reported.

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IMPACT-se and other organizations also presented examples of anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish content in Palestinian textbooks last month at the 99th session of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Switzerland.

“For the first time a United Nations committee called on the Palestinians to halt hate speech following IMPACT-se’s presentation to the committee (CERD) of anti-Semitism and hate in Palestinian textbooks,” said Sheff, referencing a report issued by CERD last week which he said included unprecedented wording.

Sheff also noted that legislation introduced in the United States in April of this year has the goal of preventing hate in school curricula.

“Legislation passing through the House Foreign Affairs Committee, H.R.2343, is an opportunity for the U.S. Congress to add its voice to that of the European Parliament and the United Nations in demanding that the hate in the curriculum is removed once and for all,” Sheff said.

The legislation, known as the Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act, would “require the Secretary of State to submit annual reports reviewing the educational material used by the Palestinian Authority or the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in the West Bank and Gaza, and for other purposes.”

The bill says the new Palestinian curricula “fail to meet the international standards of peace and tolerance” and textbooks “demonize Israel, encourage war, and teach children that Palestinian statehood can be achieved through violence.”

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., and has bipartisan support, including from Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

Sheff told Fox News despite the protests from Europe, the U.S. and the U.N., nothing has changed.

“[It’s] the first week of the new school year and no changes have been made,” Sheff said. “The Palestinian Authority is ignoring international institutions’ concerns over hate in its curriculum.”

He went on to say, “What is clear is it is a strategic decision by the Palestinian Authority to radicalize 1.3 million school children. This curriculum was not created by accident.”

Sheff said IMPACT-se will continue to present its findings to Congress, the U.N. and legislators around the world, “particularly those donor countries that fund the Palestinian Ministry of Education.”

He said the institute will continue to demand that the curriculum is changed and that “Palestinian children are taught that the way to resolve conflict is through peacemaking and not continual war.”

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Neither the Palestinian Ministry of Education nor the Palestinian U.N. mission immediately responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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