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Jacques Hamel was conducting morning mass when two attackers stormed his church and slit his throat - photo AFP
Two armed men stormed into a church in southern France this morning and killed a priest and took four people hostage. Police eventually surrounded the church and shot both attackers dead. 

The two men, who said they were of the Islamic State (IS), burst into the church in Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray while a priest was conducting mass, 
made him kneel, and then slit his throat. 

The priest, Jacques Hamel, was 84-years old and has been described as 'an extraordinary person' by members of the community. 


Witnesses say the attackers recorded themselves and conducted a sermon in Arabic after they killed Hamel.


Some hours following the assault, the IS-related Amaq news agency reported that 'IS-soldiers' were responsible for the attack. 


This follows a recent string of Islamic State-related public onslaughts and massacres throughout France, Germany, and Europe that appear to be happening on a regular basis. 


Vocabulary
armed - having weapons
to storm - to suddenly enter
to take hostage  - to take (kidnap) as a prisoner

to burst into - to suddenly enter
to conduct - to do something (formally)
to kneel - to go down on one's knees
to slit - to make a long narrow cut
extraordinary - very special
a sermon - a religious talk done by a leader / presenter
a recent string - a current course of related events

onslaught - a terrible attack
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French special forces raid the church and shot the attackers dead - photo REUTERS
 
 
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A knife attack in Japan has kill d 15 and injured 45 people - photo by KYODO/Reuters
A man has attacked a facility for disabled people in Japan early Tuesday morning killing 15 people and injuring 45 others. The facility is located in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

The 26-year old attacker, who was a former-employee of the facility, has turned himself in to police and admitted to committing the attack.

This incident is the worst crime in Japan's postwar history. 


Vocabulary
facility - a place that provides a service to people
disabled (adjective) - having a mental or physical challenge / problem

to turn oneself in - to go to the police so they can arrest you after committing a crime
to admit - to confess doing something / being something
to commit __ - to do something (serious)
postwar - after the war (World War II)

 
 
The gunmen who went on a rampage and killed 9 people and wounded 21 in Munich, Germany today has committed suicide police say. 

During their search for the attacker, police found a man on a side road of 
Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall who had shot himself. 

By viewing surveillance video, police concluded that this man was the sole gunmen. 

While police have not yet confirmed the motive of the shooter, a Muslim woman who witnessed the attacker shooting children said she heard the gunmen yelling, "Allahu Akbar!"



Vocabulary
wounded - injured with blood spilled
rampage - a period of uncontrollable violent behaviour
to confirm - to prove what some people already think is true
motive - the reason for doing something
to witness - to see what happened
surveillance video - cameras that watch and record people (usually in a public place)

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The lone gunmen in the Munich, shooting rampage opened fired outside of a McDonald's near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall - photo by Fox News video
 
 
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Special police secure the streets of Munich, Germany where gunmen have shot and killed multiple people - photo by Felix Hoerhager / EPA
Special police forces in Germany have entered the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany to search for a shooter and/or shooters who have shot and killed multiple people.

Some witnesses said they saw three attackers with long guns. 

Other reports say that there has also been a shooting at a train station nearby the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall.


Vocabulary
multiple - more than one or two
 
 
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Three officers are dead in Baton Rouge shooting - photo by Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Three police officers are dead and three are injured in hospital after an ambush shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA early Sunday.

Law enforcement are using a robot to check for explosives near the dead body of a suspect that has been killed by police. Two other suspects are still at large. 

This police shooting-incident occurs amid street protests and adds to the racial tensions felt in Baton Rouge following the police shooting of black community member Alton Sterling.


Vocabulary
ambush - a surprise attack
law enforcement - police force

suspect - someone who police think committed (did) a crime
explosives - bombs

at large - not captured;  free on the streets and not with police or in jail
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people


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Police ambushed in Baton Rouge - photo by The Guardian
 
 
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Qandeel Baloch - photo by BBC
Authorities and family in Pakistan on Saturday say social media star Qandeel Baloch has been strangled to death allegedly by her brother in an apparent "honor killing". She was 26.

Baloch had been a source of controversy in Pakistan for her posting of what some have described as bold, racy and/or raunchy photos and videos of herself on social media. 


Vocabulary
social media star - someone who is popular (star) on the internet / tv / radio (social media)
to strangle (verb) - to kill by squeezing the throat to cut off air passage
allegedly (adverb) - what people think is true but there is no proof given yet

apparent (adjective) - what seems to be true but not yet proven
controversy (noun) - great disagreement, often public
bold (adjective) - daring; not worried about the consequences / results

racy (adjective) - mildly sexual
raunchy (adjective) - sexually vulgar, immoral, etc.; "dirty"

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Qandeel Baloch on social media - photo by samaa.tv