Man fires on palace, kills 2 Royal Guards
A gunman opened fire outside a Saudi royal palace on Saturday, killing two members of the Saudi Royal Guard, an official Saudi news agency reported.
The Saudi Press Agency quoted the security spokesman for the Interior Ministry as saying that the attacker got out of a vehicle and opened fire on the western gate of al-Salam Palace in Jiddah early Saturday morning, killing two Royal Guard members and wounding three others. The gunman was shot dead.
The ministry identified the attacker as Mansour bin Hassan bin Ali bin Al Fahid al-Amri, a 28-year-old Saudi national. Authorities said he was carrying Kalashnikov rifles and three molotov cocktails. An investigation is ongoing. Thousands call for Spain to resolve Catalonia crisis: Tens of thousands of Spaniards demonstrated Saturday, urging leaders to defuse Spain’s most severe political crisis in decades as Catalonia considers declaring its independence. Catalonia, with its own language and culture, held a referendum last Sunday on independence, in defiance of the Spanish Constitutional Court, which had ruled the vote illegal. Catalan authorities say that about 90 percent of those who voted supported a split, but the opposition largely boycotted the vote. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told El Pais newspaper on Saturday that his government would “prevent any declaration of independence amounting to anything.” Journalist’s decapitated head recovered in Denmark: Danish divers found the decapitated head, legs and clothes of a Swedish journalist who was killed after going on a trip with an inventor on his submarine, police said Saturday. The body parts and clothing were found in plastic bags with a knife and “heavy metal pieces” to make them sink near where 30-yearold Kim Wall’s naked, headless torso was found in August, police said. Peter Madsen, who is in pretrial detention on preliminary manslaughter charges, has said Wall died after being accidentally hit by a hatch on his submarine, after which he “buried” her at sea. But police have said 15 stab wounds were on the torso found at sea off Copenhagen on Aug. 21. Polish prayer event seen as having anti-Islam sentiment: Polish Catholics prayed together along the country’s 2,000-mile border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national event that many felt had anti-Islam overtones. The “Rosary on the Borders” event was organized by lay Catholics but was also endorsed by Polish church authorities. Organizers say the prayers at 4,000 locations commemorated the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima, when three shepherd children in Portugal said the Virgin Mary appeared to them. But the event also commemorated the huge 16th-century naval battle of Lepanto, when a Christian alliance acting on the wishes of the pope defeated Ottoman Empire forces on the Ionian Sea, “thus saving Europe from Islamization,” as organizers put it.
Evangelical Christian pilgrims from Brazil attend a baptism ceremony in the waters of the Jordan River at Yardenit, in northern Israel, where Jesus is said to have been baptized.