Man fires on palace, kills 2 Royal Guards

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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