What You Missed – Nov. 16-23, 2015


News Staff

So you don’t get caught off guard at the Thanksgiving table, we picked these stories for you.

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Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, went on lockdown on Saturday after threats of a terror attack similar to those in Paris last week.

The city remains in lockdown Monday, although Prime Minister Charles Michel said that subways and schools will reopen on Wednesday.

The Belgian Army has conducted dozens of raids in the city, capturing over 21 people in relation to the Paris attacks, and continue to look for Salah Abdeslam, the reported mastermind of the attacks.

The Belgian government has instructed citizens to avoid areas where there are “high concentrations of people” and “unnecessary travel”.


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Terrorists opened fire in a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako on Friday, killing over 22 people and one American.

Three different Islamist groups have claimed responsibility for the attack: al-Murabitoun, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and the Macina Liberation Front.

Two gunmen were killed in the attack, and the Malian state media displayed their faces in an attempt to have them identified.

The Malian government has called for a 10 day long state of emergency and mourning in reaction to the attack.


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State Representative John Bel Edwards was elected to be Republican governor Bobby Jindal’s successor on Saturday, the first Democrat to be elected governor in the Deep South in 12 years.

Edwards ran against US Senator David Vitter, who was largely seen as the favorite to win the race. Vitter was attacked relentlessly on his “serious sin” regarding DC prostitutes in 2007.

In the days leading up to the election, Vitter appealed to Louisiana Republicans on his views on keeping out Syrian refugees, although the gambit failed to breathe life into his campaign.

After the results were in, Vitter has said that he won’t seek reelection for his Senate seat in 2016, saying he had reached his “personal term limit”.


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Shots were fired Sunday night in a New Orleans park, injuring 16 people, 10 of which were hospitalized.

Police reports say that shots were fired as officers arrived at a park where over 500 people had gathered to watch a music video.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has denounced the violence, and appealed for the citizens of New Orleans to aid the police in their search for the perpetrators, but no evidence has been brought forward as of Monday morning.

New Orleans police has said that they suspect the shooting was between two groups of gunmen, and may be gang-related.


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The US State Department has instructed American travelers to be careful abroad due to the dangers posed by the Islamic State and similar Islamist groups Monday.

The warnings, which come three days before Thanksgiving, are rare in that it is not giving specific areas in the world to have caution.

“Current information suggests that [Islamic State], al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions,” the report states. “U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed (sic) places.”

The alert extends through Feb. 24 of next year.