Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals Establishes its First Subsidiary in Rwanda

L.E.A.F. Rwanda Ltd. to focus on establishing Kigali as a biotechnology hub in Africa VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals LLC, a global pharmaceutical company located in the historic area of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA, with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative and safe therapies for cancer, today announced the […]

Minister Edna Molewa delivers closing address at Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop, 19 Aug

Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, to deliver closing address at Global Youth in Biodiversity Network Workshop on 19 August 2017The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, will deliver the closing remarks at the Global Youth ...

Police Kill 5 ‘Terrorists’ in Resort Near Barcelona Hours After Van Attack

Police early Friday shot and killed five suspected terrorists in Cambrils, a Spanish resort city south of Barcelona, where a terrorist drove a van into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring 100.

Four of the suspects were killed at the scene of the operation police said was a response to a terrorist attack. Officials said six civilians were also injured.

Police in Spain's Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, have not said whether those killed in Cambrils were tied to the Barcelona attack, but they described the Cambrils incident as a possible terrorist attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack. Catalan police say two people are in custody � one from Morocco and the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which shares a border with Morocco on the northern coast of Africa.

But the van driver is apparently still at large and it's unclear exactly how the two in custody are connected with the attack.

Catalonia house blast

Police also said Thursday's van attack is tied to an explosion in a house in Catalonia Wednesday that killed one person. Authorities believe those in the house were building an explosive device that went off, leading to speculation that a larger terror plot may have been in the works.

Also Thursday, a car ran down two policemen at a Barcelona checkpoint, but it is unclear if there is any connection to the earlier attack.

Witnesses said the driver deliberately drove into a pedestrian area that runs down the center of Las Ramblas, a Barcelona street with shops and cafes, popular with locals and tourists.

They said the van was traveling at high speed and swerved from side to side, leaving a trail of blood and bodies with twisted, broken legs.

Some witness said two armed men jumped out and disappeared into a restaurant.

Police arrived almost instantly and immediately shut down the area.

Catalan police say the driver was trying to kill as many people as possible.

But Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said the terrorists have failed.

Barcelona has always been and still is a city of peace, a city of dialogue, a brave city, a city open to the world, a city that's proud of its diversity. ... To the cowards who tried to spread terror, hatred and fear today: you won't get it, she said.

'Jihadist terrorism'

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calls the van attack jihadist terrorism.

Today, the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global, Rajoy told reporters.

U.S. President Donald Trump turned to Twitter to say, The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough and strong. We love you.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned, Terrorists around the world should know, the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice.

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and sent condolences to the victims, saying the U.N. stands in solidarity with Spain.

The yellow and red colors of the Spanish flag lit up Tel Aviv's City Hall Thursday night while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilized world must fight terrorism together and defeat it.

European leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also condemning the attack.

Source: Voice of America

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