Danish journalists wounded in knife attack in Gabon capital
- Two Danish reporters for National Geographic were wounded after a Nigerien national living in Gabon attacked them with a knife in Libreville.
- The attacker told police the assault was in retribution for the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, although it was unclear if the Danes were mistaken for Americans.
- The attack was reportedly the first of its kind in Gabon, a Christian-majority country with peaceful interfaith relations.
“2 Danish journalists violently attacked in Gabon” (The Associated Press | December 2017)
“Two Danish journalists wounded in Islamist knife attack in Gabon” (Reuters | December 2017)
“Two Danish journalists wounded in Gabon knife attack” (AFP, via France 24 | December 2017)
Militant rams truck into car carrying Americans in Kuwait
- An Egyptian national rammed a truck into a car carrying five Americans, with the Kuwaiti state news agency reporting the assailant had been carrying explosives.
- While the Americans were unhurt, the attacker was transported to the hospital after sustaining injuries.
- Authorities have claimed to have thwarted multiple attacks by the Islamic State in the country in the last few months after the deadliest militant attack in decades took place in a Shiite mosque in 2015.
“Kuwait arrests suspected Islamist after truck attack on Americans” (Reuters)
“Kuwait arrests Egyptian with links to Islamic State after attack on US nationals” (Egypt Independent)
“Kuwait arrests Egyptian after failed suicide attack on 5 U.S. soldiers” (AP via Global News)
UAE acquits Libyan-Americans and Libyan-Canadian of militancy charges
- Two Libyan-Americans and a Libyan-Canadian have been detained in the country since their 2014 arrests carried out in the wake of the passage of the UAE’s Anti-Terrorism Law, initially accused of supporting Libyan terrorist groups.
- The men had been held in secret for months, with reports indicating torture and deteriorating health during their more than 500 days of detention without a trial.
- The three businessmen had reportedly traveled in and out of the UAE without incident for decades, but the UAE’s zero-tolerance policy towards extremism has made many with even tenuous connections to countries with designated terrorist groups vulnerable.
“Two American businessmen acquitted in the United Arab Emirates of supporting militants” (The Washington Post)
“UAE acquits two Libyan-Americans and Canadian of militancy charges” (Reuters)
“‘Nowhere close to a fair trial’: pressure to aid Americans and Canadian in UAE” (The Guardian)
(Image Credit: Family photo, via The Washington Post)
Brussels bombings claims victims from some 40 countries
- The IS-connected airport and subway bombings in the Belgian capital has left 31 dead and 316 injured to date.
- Victims have been identified from countries including China, France, India, the Netherlands, Peru, the U.K., and the U.S.
- Identification has proven difficult given the attack of heavily international bloodlines in the city, as both the open nature of the attacked spaces and the international effort required to obtain material needed for identification slow efforts.
“Brussels bombings claim casualties from over 40 countries” (Reuters)
“Here Are The Victims Of The Brussels Attacks” (BuzzFeed News)
“Brussels attacks victims may not be identified for weeks” (The Guardian)
(Image Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty, via The Guardian)
Iranian government releases five Americans as U.S. sanctions lifted
- Four of the released, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, were dual Iranian-American citizens released as part of a U.S.-Iran prisoner exchange.
- A fifth American, student Matthew Trevithick, was released separately.
- The exchange comes as the U.S. lifts its sanctions as a part of its agreement with Iran to halt its nuclear development program.
“Iran Frees 4 Americans, Including Jason Rezaian, in Prisoner Swap” (The New York Times)
“Iran frees Post reporter Jason Rezaian, 4 other Americans, officials say” (The Washington Post)
“Iran separately releases fifth American: U.S. official” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post, via The New York Times)
Al-Qaeda–linked militants kill more than two dozen in attack on Burkina Faso capital
- At least 28 were killed when Islamist extremists launched an attack at the Cappuccino cafe and the Splendid Hotel, popular with UN staff and foreign visitors in the capital city of Ouagadougou.
- At least 18 nationalities were identified among the victims, including Burkinabe, Canadian, French, Swiss, Dutch, and American citizens.
- Of the 176 hostages freed by security forces, at least 56 were injured in the violence.
“Burkina Faso attack: Foreigners killed at luxury hotel” (BBC)
“Burkina Faso hotel attack: 18 nationalities among dead” (The Guardian)
“Six Canadians killed in Burkina Faso attack, PM Trudeau says” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: AP, via BBC)
The Americans of Norway
With its strong social safety net and reputation for friendliness, Norway has had a lot to offer Americans of color who, because of work or relationships, have made a home in the Scandanavian country. Although Norway has had a long history of ethnic homogeneity, contemporary immigrants have begun to carve out a place for themselves as Norway joins the rest of Europe in diversifying. The Root shares the stories of a few American immigrants, who discuss racism, quality of life, and American privilege above the 57th parallel.
“For Americans of Color, Is Norway a Racism-Free Utopia?” (The Root)
(Image Credit: Dayvee Sutton/The Root)