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The Minnesota shopping center where an attacker screaming "Allah" stabbed eight people - photo by AP
An attacker screaming "Allah" has stabbed eight people at a St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA shopping mall.

The attacker, who asked people if they were Muslim before he stabbed them, was shot dead by an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction. 

There are reports that the attacker was wearing a private security firm uniform.


Vocabulary
to stab - to pierce someone's skin, muscles, bone, etc. with a sharp object (knife) and wound them 
off-duty - not working at their job at that moment
jurisdiction - an area of a city covered by police, lawyers, judges, etc.

private security firm - a company that provides safety officers that are not police officers
uniform - the (same) clothing worn by staff employees, police officers, military people, etc.



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Pope Francis speaks to reporters on his flight to Poland - photo AP
In response to the recent church-attack and slaying of 85-year old priest Jacques Hamel in Normandy, France yesterday,  Pope Francis spoke to reporters on his papal flight to Poland and said that the recent flood of Islamic State-related attacks in Europe are proof that "the world is at war." The pope added, "but it is not a war of religions."

Francis said that all religions want peace, but it is the "others" who want war. He said these people want "a war of interests, for money and resources."

"The word we hear a lot is insecurity, but the real word is war," Francis said.


"We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world is at war because it has lost peace."

Pope Francis is in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day. 


Vocabulary
slaying - a ruthless (no mercy) murder
papal - relating to the pope
flood - a sudden large amount of something that occurs / is experienced / becomes available
flight - a plane trip