In a long-awaited hearing, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has given evidence to the House Committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In hours of questioning by Republican representatives, Mrs Clinton spoke calmly of her leadership, as US secretary of state, in securing the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, which was attacked by Islamic militants on September 11, 2012. Four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, were killed. “I am here to honour the service of those four men,” Mrs Clinton said.
She told the investigating panel that Mr Stevens “understood we will never prevent every act of terrorism or achieve perfect security, and that we inevitably must accept a level of risk to protect our country and advance our interests”. She told the committee “America must lead in a dangerous world, and our diplomats must continue representing us in dangerous places.”
Some media commentators said her performance was compelling, and an embarrassment to Republicans who might yet regret demanding that Ms Clinton, a strong candidate for the Presidency, appear on such a prominent platform and gain such impressive publicity.
Bombing kills ten at Shi’ite mosque in Pakistan
At least 10 people were killed and 20 injured by a suicide bomber at a Shi’ite mosque in Pakistan on Thursday. The blast occurred in the Baluchistan province, an area stricken by separatist violence for decades. Although no claim of responsibility for the bombing has been made, Pakistan has increased security across the country because of the two-day Shi’ite festival of Ashura.
Mexico prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Patricia
Mexico’s Central Pacific coastal residents are preparing for possible flooding following the arrival of Hurricane Patricia on Friday. Category four Hurricane Patricia will make landfall with winds currently at 209 km/h. “We are calm,” said Gabriel Lopez, a worker at Las Hadas Hotel in Manzanillo. “We don’t know what direction (the storm) will take, but apparently it’s headed this way… If there is an emergency we will take care of the people.” Officials have begun to hand out sandbags in preparation, but no evacuation orders had been issued by noon today, AEDT.
Israeli soldiers accidentally kill Jewish man in mistaken identity
A Jewish Israeli man has been shot dead after a confrontation with two Israeli soldiers who mistook him for a Palestinian attacker on Thursday. This incident marks the second case of accidental killing in less than a week. Amid growing civilian paranoia, nine Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups have released a statement condemning Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy. “Politicians and senior police officials are not assisting to diffuse tension and calm the public,” the statement read. “On the contrary, they are calling for citizens to carry their weapons and for the killing of suspects without trial.”
Bangladeshi group calls for the firing of female journalists
Banned right-wing group Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) have made threats to media companies, a member of the non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders, reported. ABT demanded the dismissal of female journalists because it is “against Islamic law for women to work in the media showing them without the Islamic veil”. The ABT recently reiterated death threats against journalists unwilling to comply with its demands. Bangladeshi police are treating the matter as a priority. – Compiled from web sources by Matina Moutzouris
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