A suspect allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Iowa has been captured and taken into custody.
Scott Michael Greene, 46, is suspected of shooting Urbandale police officer Justin Martin and and Des Moines police Sergeant Anthony Bemino. Police reported the men were killed about 20 minutes apart as they sat in their patrol cars, at intersections three kilometres apart.
Greene was taken into custody after he asked a police officer in Dallas County to call 911. A Des Moines official told the media he had not yet been charged but “he is suspected of doing this”.
Police believe there was no interaction between Greene and the officers before he shot them. “It doesn’t look like there was any interaction between these officers and whoever the coward is that shot them while they sat in their cars,” a spokesman said.
Iraqi forces approach heavily defended Mosul border
Iraqi soldiers are within sight of ISIS-held Mosul yet defensive attacks by the terrorist group have made the border impassable. A bombardment of mortar shells and heavy gunfire by ISIS from behind the city’s border have prevented Iraqi troops from penetrating the eastern suburbs just 200 metres away.
More than one million civilians are trapped in the city after two years of occupation by ISIS, which enforcing sharia law and a reign of terror. “There is no escape route. There have been no routes that anyone has established in fact for the civilian population to leave,” CNN reported.
Obama slams FBI over new email inquiry
President Obama has criticised FBI director James Comey for reopening the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails so close to election day. The FBI announced an investigation into a new batch of emails that may include copies of some of the 30,000 now-deleted emails Mrs Clinton sent and received from a private server when she was Secretary of State.
Mr Comey has been widely criticised for reopening the investigation. President Obama said US investigations should not operate on “innuendo, incomplete information or leaks”.
Kenya outraged by firing of South Sudan peacekeeping chief
Kenya has expressed outrage over the sacking of the Kenyan chief of the UN force in South Sudan. Lieutenant-General Johnson Ondieki was dismissed when it was found he didn’t protect civilians when soldiers invaded an aid compound in Juba.
Kenya announced it would remove its troops from the UN mission in South Sudan.
Bail refused for green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’
The Afghan woman whose featured in an iconic National Geographic cover photograph has been refused bail after being arrested for fraud. The memorable green eyes immortalised in print in 1985 belonged to Sharbat Gula, whose portrait was taken by American photographer Steve McCurry in a Pakistani refugee camp. Her parents had fled Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in her childhood.
Mrs Gula may spend up to 14 years in jail after being accused of using false identity papers while living in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has become increasingly vigilant in the prosecution of fake IDs, after cracking down on refugees. – Compiled from web sources by Sinéad Fogarty and Alicia Camilleri