2015.11.16

News Headlines - 16 November 2015

France launches 'massive' airstrike on Isis stronghold of Raqqa | The Guardian

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date, targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, the defence ministry said.

Paris attacks: Belgium forced to confront homegrown jihadis - FT.com

Belgian officials promised a crackdown on extremism after two of the attackers killed during the Paris terrorist plot were identified as Brussels residents. It is the fifth time in 18 months that the country has been linked with a big terrorist attack.

Paris Attacks Prompt Geopolitical Shift in West - WSJ

Moscow’s strategy—to back the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at least temporarily, as the best way of tackling Islamic State—has been unpalatable to the U.S. and, up to now, France, which has been one of Mr. Assad’s fiercest international critics. That position could well be changing.

Yakuza gang boss ‘bludgeoned to death’ - BBC News

The Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest organised crime group, split in two in September.
Police said the incident was likely related to the split, which saw the emergence of a rival group calling itself the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

Possible ice volcanoes discovered on frozen Pluto - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The dark distinctive depression on the summit of the icy mountain at the centre of this image of Pluto's surface is believed to be the giant, 56 kilometre-wide caldera of a recently active cryovolcano.


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