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This Week in World: Paris, US Army, and More


Paris Attack At Police HQ

Four people died at an attack on police headquarters in Paris on Thursday. Immediately, the attack raised fears of further attacks similar to the 2015 terrorist strikes. The attacker was a 45-year-old ex-employee, who snuck a knife in the building and attacked four of his colleagues. Police then shot him in the middle of a courtyard.

In addition, the man had recently converted to Islam. However, it was only one element in the investigation of the man. Plus, his conversion “doesn’t mean that he is radicalized”. Currently, it is unclear how he snuck the knife past the metal detectors. “We don’t know his motivations,” Loïc Travers, another police union official, told reporters near the Paris Police Headquarters on Thursday. “It’s obviously someone who blew his top.”

Former US Army Interpreter Gets 30 Years

A former US army interpreter received 30 years in prison for dealing fentanyl on the dark web. Alaa Mohammed Allawi also pled guilty to drug and weapons charges. In addition, he had to forfeit his Texas home, a Maserati sports car, firearms, jewelry, his stake in a California-based coffee franchise and nearly $50,000 in U.S. and cryptocurrencies.

This is the first prosecution of a fentanyl distribution case involving the darknet and cryptocurrency. “From his use of the dark web to his clandestine manufacturing of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, to his drug sales targeting college students, Allawi operated with little concern for the people in our communities,” Will Glaspy, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge, said.

Russia Is Helping China Build Missile Attack Warning System

Russia announced that it was helping China build a missile attack warning system on Thursday. Currently, only Russia and the US have such a system. “This is a serious thing that will drastically increase the defense capabilities of the People’s Republic of China,” Vladimir Putin told an international politics conference in the Russian resort town of Sochi.

One Miner Dead After Polish Earthquake

One miner died after an earthquake in the Bielszowice coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, state-run news agency PAP said that the quake injured 17 other people. This included the one who later died when the quake hit the mine when they were underground. A spokesperson for the mine announced the death through a text message.

Six Killed During Typhoon Mitag In South Korea

Six people died when typhoon Mitag passed through South Korea. As the 18th typhoon this year, it brought heavy rains in southern parts of the country. Currently, there are 6 dead and 4 injured. In addition, nearly 100 houses flooded, causing 1,500 people to evacuate. Plus, another 44,000 homes lost power.