KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com World News World News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:12:03 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Man Rams Car Into Government Building http://www.kristv.com/news/man-rams-car-into-government-building/ http://www.kristv.com/news/man-rams-car-into-government-building/ World News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 7:22:06 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Man Rams Car Into Government Building

SPAIN - A major security alert happening in Spain after a man drove his car into some government headquarters.

The car was actually strapped down with gas cylinders, but it did not explode in the crash.

No one was hurt, but witnesses said some people barely escaped the being run over.

Police are in the process of evacuating the area and are using robots to examine that vehicle.

They do have the driver in custody and they are questioning him right now.

 


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Restaurant Explodes In China, One Killed http://www.kristv.com/news/restaurant-explodes-in-china-one-killed/ http://www.kristv.com/news/restaurant-explodes-in-china-one-killed/ World News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 7:20:31 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Restaurant Explodes In China, One Killed

CHINA - One person is dead after an explosion at restaurant in China.

Police and firefighters are on the scene right now, and they think a gas leak could be to blame.

Some reports said that people were just eating dinner when the building suddenly exploded.

At least one person is confirmed dead and a handful of others are on their way to hospital.

 


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Over 10 Killed In Deadly Japan Snowstorms http://www.kristv.com/news/over-10-killed-in-deadly-japan-snowstorms/ http://www.kristv.com/news/over-10-killed-in-deadly-japan-snowstorms/ World News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 7:17:36 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Over 10 Killed In Deadly Japan Snowstorms

JAPAN - Deadly snowstorms hitting Japan, and weather forecasters said it's only going to get worse.

Over ten people have died in the massive snow downpour, which has been falling for the past couple of days.

One of those men who died was a firefighter who fell into a ditch working to clear the snow, which is completely isolating many small communities.

Another report says almost 300 people are just stranded near the more mountainous areas of Japan because of avalanches of the roads.

Several hundred flights are being grounded and almost all public transportation being delayed this morning.

 


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Britain Moves Closer to Allowing Women in Combat http://www.kristv.com/news/britain-moves-closer-to-allowing-women-in-combat/ http://www.kristv.com/news/britain-moves-closer-to-allowing-women-in-combat/ World News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 5:41:32 AM Britain Moves Closer to Allowing Women in Combat

LONDON (AP) - Britain is moving closer to allowing female soldiers to take a role in close combat on the front lines.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Friday he hopes women will soon be allowed to serve in infantry and armored units. He said women can fight as effectively as men.

He has ordered an 18-month review of the physical demands of combat and combat training to make sure female soldiers will not suffer long-term detrimental effects to their health.

Fallon's support for women in combat comes after a government-commissioned report suggested a change to the policy that has kept women out of close combat while giving them extensive roles in other aspects of military life.

Women already serve as fighter pilots, sailors and submariners but have not been permitted in close combat.

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Iraqi Kurdish Troops Open Corridor for Refugees http://www.kristv.com/news/iraqi-kurdish-troops-open-corridor-for-refugees/ http://www.kristv.com/news/iraqi-kurdish-troops-open-corridor-for-refugees/ World News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 2:39:31 PM Associated Press Iraqi Kurdish Troops Open Corridor for Refugees

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State militants managed on Thursday to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain so that thousands of people from the country's Yazidi minority who have been trapped there can flee, said a senior Kurdish official.

The development was an incremental step in the battle to retake the town of Sinjar, at the foothills of the mountain by the same name, which fell to the Islamic State group in early August.

The Kurdish peshmerga troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched the operation to retake the IS-held Sinjar on Wednesday.

Masrur Barzani, Chancellor of Kurdistan Region Security Council, said the Kurdish forces advanced in battle, establishing the passageway to the mountain on Thursday.

Tens of thousands of Yazidis became trapped in the mountain in early August, when the IS extremists captured the towns of Sinjar and Zumar, prompting the exodus.

Many were eventually airlifted off the mountain or escorted by a passageway through Syria back into Iraq, to find refuge in the Iraqi Kurdish semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, but thousands more came later and remained stuck on the mountain.

"Our hope is that all those people will eventually be able to go back to their own homes and villages and towns but those that are in need of evacuation now, a corridor has been opened to evacuate those people," Barzani told The Associated Press in Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital.

Yazidis follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism.

The Kurdish forces, known also as peshmerga, said in September that they would focus on Sinjar after liberating the nearby towns of Rabia and Zumar.

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Associated Press writer Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report from Baghdad.

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Mexican Legislator Rescued from Kidnappers http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-legislator-rescued-from-kidnappers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mexican-legislator-rescued-from-kidnappers/ World News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 1:32:58 PM Associated Press Mexican Legislator Rescued from Kidnappers

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in the Mexican state of Morelos have rescued a state legislator one day after he was kidnapped.

Morelos Gov. Graco Ramirez announced the rescue Thursday morning through his Twitter account. He also distributed a photograph of state Deputy David Martinez tied at the wrists and ankles at the time of his rescue.

Martinez was seized Wednesday outside his home. The Democratic Revolution Party politician and candidate for mayor of the city of Temixco was found by police before dawn on Thursday.

State security secretary Alberto Capella said in a television interview that eight people were arrested.

He noted that Martinez had dined with the governor the night before his kidnapping and suggested the kidnapping was politically motivated. He said the kidnappers had ties to the Guerreros Unidos gang.

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Massive Indian Rocket On It's Way To Space http://www.kristv.com/news/massive-indian-rocket-on-it-s-way-to-space/ http://www.kristv.com/news/massive-indian-rocket-on-it-s-way-to-space/ World News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:17:46 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Massive Indian Rocket On It's Way To Space

INDIA - A massive rocket is on its way to outer space coming from India.

This is actually the largest rocket to come from India, which reports are calling a two-billion dollar project.

India said this is a test mission to see if they're equipment is capable of bringing humans to into outer space, which would be the groundbreaking for their country.

India was the first Asian nation to enter the orbit of Mars.

 


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Hundreds Of Women And Children Kidnapped, Dozens Killed By Boko Haram http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-of-women-and-children-kidnapped-dozens-killed-by-boko-haram/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-of-women-and-children-kidnapped-dozens-killed-by-boko-haram/ World News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:12:12 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Hundreds Of Women And Children Kidnapped, Dozens Killed By Boko Haram

NIGERIA - The terrorist group Boko Haram is on the attack again this morning, this time in another village in Nigeria.

Reports are coming in saying that over thirty people have been killed, and possibly hundreds are kidnapped, including many women and children.

This is the same group that kidnapped over two-hundred schoolgirls back in April.

 


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Police Killed In Suicide Bombing In Afghanistan http://www.kristv.com/news/police-killed-in-suicide-bombing-in-afghanistan/ http://www.kristv.com/news/police-killed-in-suicide-bombing-in-afghanistan/ World News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 7:10:31 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Police Killed In Suicide Bombing In Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN - A chase after a suicide bomber ended tragically this morning for a police officer in Afghanistan.

Police said they got a tip that a man was on his way to detonate a car bomb into a crowded area of Kabul.

Reports said police found that car and were chasing it when the car just exploded.

One police officer was killed and a handful of others seriously injured from that blast.

Right now, the Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack.

This is just one of many that they've carried out in Afghanistan recently. Most of those attacks have been concentrating on government and military targets in the country.

Experts said this is a really critical time, because the U.S. Military presence in Afghanistan is supposed to be over at the end of the year.

 


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Pakistan Buries Victims of School Massacre http://www.kristv.com/news/pakistan-buries-victims-of-school-massacre/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pakistan-buries-victims-of-school-massacre/ World News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 4:24:48 PM Associated Press Pakistan Buries Victims of School Massacre

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor. Another kid just loved playing video games with his cousins.

At cemeteries across the Pakistani city of Peshawar, families lowered the rough wooden coffins of young boys and their teachers into the cold ground and gathered under funeral tents or at home, trying to comprehend the militant attack a day earlier on a school that killed 148 people, almost all of them young students.

The Pakistani government and military vowed a stepped up campaign aimed at rooting out militant strongholds in the country's tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan. In a sign of how deeply the attack shook Pakistan, the head of the military flew to Kabul and sought help from the Afghan government - which with Islamabad has long had a tense relationship - against militant commanders behind the attack, a Pakistani military official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press..

In downtown Peshawar, the family of Shyer Khan, a 14-year-old student killed on Tuesday, gathered to comfort his father, who was too overwhelmed by grief to talk.

Shyer's older brother, Muneeb, was in the auditorium when gunmen burst through the doors Tuesday morning, took the stage and began shooting randomly. He fell to the floor and pretended to be dead.

"There was so much bloodshed," Muneeb said softly. "I closed my eyes and lay on the floor for an hour."

When the militants moved on to other parts of the school, he escaped through a door. His younger brother, however, was in a nearby classroom and was killed when the militants burst in and opened fire. At the gathering in the Khans' home, his family spoke of how Shyer was a fan of video games like "Call of Duty" and teasing his sisters.

In Tuesday's attack on the military-run school, the militants first set fire to a car in a nearby neighborhood, likely as a diversion, residents said. Seven gunmen then scaled the school's brick fence. They headed into the building and up the stairs to the auditorium, where many students were gathered.

They broke open the doors, took to the stage and started indiscriminately firing, said military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa.

The military took media on a tour of the site on Wednesday.

Blood splattered the stairs outside the auditorium. Inside, the scene was even worse.

Large pools of blood smeared the floors. A ninth-grader's notebook lay torn on the stage, next to a psychology textbook and some broken glasses. A large sign outside listing membership in various school committees appeared untouched while another wall was riddled by bullets. Bajwa said the military recovered about 100 bodies from the auditorium.

In the administration building, where Bajwa said the final gunbattle between security forces and the militants took place, the walls were covered with bullet and shrapnel marks. Streaks of blood and soot marked where some of the attackers blew themselves up. The floor was covered with shards of glass, pieces of clothing, pottery and torn flowers. Outside was a small pile of body parts.

The Pakistani Taliban, which has waged an insurrection against the government for a decade, claimed responsibility. The group says it was seeking revenge for a military assault launched in June in North Waziristan.

Pakistan has often been accused by Afghanistan of tolerating or protecting Afghan Taliban or other militants on its soil as a way to pursue its interests in its neighbor, while only trying to crack down on militants who attack Pakistani targets, like the Pakistani Taliban.

But in the wake of Tuesday's bloodshed, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif used is strongest language yet vowing there will be no discrimination between "good or bad Taliban."

"We will continue this war until even a single terrorist is not left on our soil," he said.

Sharif lifted a ban on the death penalty for terrorist crimes, which has been in place since 2008. He and military and civilian law enforcement officials also met to discuss the legal system's "inadequacies in punishing terrorists." Terrorism cases in Pakistan rarely end with convictions because of threats to judges and witnesses and poor investigations.

In Kabul, Pakistani army chief Raheel Sharif met in Kabul with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and with Afghan and U.S. military officials and shared intelligence about the attack, the military said.

A Pakistani military official with knowledge of the meeting said Pakistan asked Afghanistan to take action against Mullah Fazlullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, who Pakistan has long said is hiding in Afghanistan's rugged border region. Call intercepts and recordings were given to Afghan authorities to show Fazlullah's involvement from Afghanistan soil, the official said.

The two governments vowed to work together against militants - a sign of a slight easing of tensions since Ghani took office several months ago.

Across Pakistan, stunned people held candlelight vigils in solidarity with the Peshawar victims.

In Peshawar, families were simply trying to cope with their grief. The army-run school was well respected in the city, and many parents sent their children there in hopes of a good education.

"My son was a brilliant student," Haji Dost Muhammad said. He spoke of the gold medal his son Asad received a few weeks ago for his midterm scores. The boy was shot in the back and killed, the family learned. He "wanted to be a pilot," his father said, "but his soul flew from his body before he could fly a plane."

Aurangzeb Khan sat with photos of his son Hassan on the floor in front of him in the family living room, he described how he rushed to the school Tuesday looking for any word on his children. One of his elder sons searched hospitals to see if Hassan was wounded but found his body instead.

Another father on Wednesday buried his 13-year-old son, Muhammad Haris, in the Peshawar suburbs. The boy dreamed of becoming a doctor, said his father, Ghulam ud Din, a retired military man.

He pointed toward the fresh grave. "But today I buried both the body of my son and his dream here in this graveyard."

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Associated Press writers Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan, Asif Shahzad in Islamabad and Tim Sullivan in New Delhi contributed to this report.

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Death Toll Reaches 11 in Western Mexico Clash http://www.kristv.com/news/death-toll-reaches-11-in-western-mexico-clash/ http://www.kristv.com/news/death-toll-reaches-11-in-western-mexico-clash/ World News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 4:16:01 PM Associated Press Death Toll Reaches 11 in Western Mexico Clash

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican official says the death toll from a clash between two rural police groups has risen to 11.

Federal commissioner Alfredo Castillo says the confrontation Tuesday was the result of the rivalry between two groups of former vigilantes that have been converted into the state's new Rural Forces. He said Wednesday that the group headed by Hipolito Mora was attacked by a group led by Luis Antonio Torres Morales, "El Americano," both leaders of the original self-defense groups that rose up nearly two years ago to fight drug traffickers in the western state of Michoacan.

Both groups have since converted into the Rural Forces, a new police force created by the federal government earlier this year to get the vigilantes to register and put down illegal arms.

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Deadly Hostage Crisis At Afghanistan Bank, 10 Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/deadly-hostage-crisis-at-afghanistan-bank-10-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/deadly-hostage-crisis-at-afghanistan-bank-10-dead/ World News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 7:25:28 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Deadly Hostage Crisis At Afghanistan Bank, 10 Dead

AFGHANISTAN - Police are dealing with another hostage situation happening right now at a bank in Afghanistan.

Reports are coming in saying suicide bombers and gunmen have killed at least ten people and are holding several people hostage.

Security forces are saying right now that it does appear that the Taliban is responsible for the attack.

Today is a day that several police were visiting the bank for their holiday pay, so right now officials think that could be part of the reason for the location.

This is the third deadly hostage attack to happen around the world just within the past couple days.

 


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5-Story Building Collapses Without Warning In Kenya http://www.kristv.com/news/5-story-building-collapses-without-warning-in-kenya/ http://www.kristv.com/news/5-story-building-collapses-without-warning-in-kenya/ World News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 7:48:54 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV 5-Story Building Collapses Without Warning In Kenya

KENYA - Rescuers in Kenya are working frantically to save some people trapped after a five-story building collapsed.

The Kenyan Red Cross said at least seven people have been rescued from underneath all that rubble.

No word on how many are trapped or injured.

The Kenyan government said right now they aren't sure what caused the building to just collapse, but they will be investigating.

 


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A Dozen Men Trapped Underground In Tunnel Collapse http://www.kristv.com/news/a-dozen-men-trapped-underground-in-tunnel-collapse/ http://www.kristv.com/news/a-dozen-men-trapped-underground-in-tunnel-collapse/ World News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 7:36:30 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV A Dozen Men Trapped Underground In Tunnel Collapse

VIETNAM - Rescuers in Vietnam are working desperately against the elements to try and reach about a dozen men trapped underground.

The men were working at a hydro-power plant when a section of the tunnel collapsed just hours ago.

About two-hundred rescuers are working to drill into the rock and try and pump oxygen to those men, but they said heavy rain and winds are really making the rescue process difficult.

Officials said the tunnel is very narrow and that the water level is quickly rising.

However, reports are coming in that they are being able to drain some of the water out through makeshift tubes.

 


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US Slaps Sanctions on Russia, Provides Aid to Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/us-slaps-sanctions-on-russia-provides-aid-to-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-slaps-sanctions-on-russia-provides-aid-to-ukraine/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:15:14 PM Associated Press US Slaps Sanctions on Russia, Provides Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will sign legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and providing weapons and other aid to Ukraine despite White House concerns that military assistance will further escalate the conflict, the White House said Tuesday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama continues to have misgivings about the bill, which cleared Congress with overwhelming support, but believes the legislation still gives him the flexibility he needs.

"The bite on the Russian economy is only becoming stronger," Earnest said.

Word that Obama would sign the measure comes as Russia grapples with a currency crisis driven both by the impact of previous sanctions and a drop in the price of oil.

Republicans and Democrats, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had called on Obama to sign the measure immediately.

The bill would require the president to impose penalties on state-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and other Russian defense companies tied to unrest in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Syria. The sanctions would be extended to individuals and entities that help the companies.

"We do have concerns about that legislation because while it preserves flexibility it does send a confusing message to our allies because it includes some sanctions language that does not reflect the consultations that are ongoing," Earnest said.

The bill would give the president the authority to provide lethal and nonlethal military assistance to Ukraine. This includes anti-tank weapons, counter-artillery radar and tactical surveillance drones. The bill authorizes $350 million over two years to cover the cost.

Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year and has given support to pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, angering Western nations.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a member of the Armed Services Committee, said the question is whether Obama stands with the people of Ukraine "in the face of blatant Russian aggression."

"A continued tepid response to Putin's invasion of Ukraine will only invite additional aggression from the Kremlin, with even more serious consequences for the United States and our allies," Ayotte said in a statement.

The bill on sanctions and military aid was a rare example of unanimity in a divided Congress as the measure passed the House and Senate by voice vote.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, "The territorial integrity of Ukraine must be restored and President Putin must understand that his destabilizing actions have serious and profound consequences for his country."

Speaking in London on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said everyone has watched the plunge of the ruble in recent days and that the U.S.-European sanctions are intended to make clear to Russia the costs for annexing Crimea and supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine.

"I don't think that what is happening is just related to the sanctions," Kerry said. "I think it is much broader, more complicated than that. It has to do with other issues with respect to the Russian economy, and oil prices, obviously, have also played a significant role in this. So there are a lot of combined factors."

Kerry, who met Monday with Russia's foreign minister in Rome, said U.S. sanctions were designed to lead Putin into making different choices.

"These sanctions could have been lifted months ago. These sanctions could be lifted in a matter of weeks or days, depending on the choices that President Putin takes," he told reporters.

Russia, Kerry said, has made "constructive" moves in recent days, citing the withdrawal of some personnel.

"Our hope is that in the days ahead we can get a clear, defined path by all parties, where everybody understands what each is doing and living up to agreements and in moving to de-escalate this situation," he said. "That has always been our goal. And I'm confident that as rapidly as that can happen, you will see Europe and the United States respond with respect to the sanctions that are in place today."

Kerry did not address the legislation.

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AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace in Washington and AP writer Bradley Klapper in London contributed to this report.

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Taliban Assault on Pakistan School Leaves 141 Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/taliban-assault-on-pakistan-school-leaves-141-dead-395126/ http://www.kristv.com/news/taliban-assault-on-pakistan-school-leaves-141-dead-395126/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:15:09 AM Associated Press Taliban Assault on Pakistan School Leaves 141 Dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing at least 141 people, mostly children, before Pakistani officials declared a military operation to clear the school over.

The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which instructs grades 1-10. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show his support for the victims.

As darkness fell on the area, officials said they had cleared the school of militants.

A Pakistani military spokesman, Asim Bajwa, said 141 people died in the attack - 132 children and nine staff members. He declared the operation over and said the area had been cleared. An additional 121 students and three staff members were wounded.

He said seven attackers, all wearing explosives vests, all died in the assault. It was not immediately clear if the militants were all killed by the soldiers or whether they blew themselves up, he said. Bajwa described an assault that seemed designed purely to terrorize the children rather than take anyone hostage to further the militant group's aims.

"Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That's what they did," he said.

The horrific attack, claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children.

"My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now," wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. "My son was my dream. My dream has been killed."

The attack began in the morning when the gunmen entered the school and started shooting at random. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen. Students wearing green school uniforms could be seen fleeing the area on Pakistani television.

Outside the school, two loud booms of unknown origin were heard coming from the scene in the early afternoon, as Pakistani troops battled with the attackers. Armored personnel carriers were deployed around the school grounds, and a Pakistani military helicopter circled overhead.

Pakistani television showed soldiers surrounding the area and pushing people back. Ambulances streamed from the area to local hospitals.

The prime minister vowed that the country would not be cowed by the violence and that the military would continue with an aggressive operation launched in June to rout militants from the North Waziristan tribal area.

"The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it," Sharif said.

Bajwa said that 1,099 students and staff were registered at the school.

It is part of a network of schools run by the Pakistani military around the country. The student body is made up of both children of military personnel as well as civilians. A government official, Javed Khan, said most of the students appeared to be civilians rather than children of army staff. But analysts said the militants likely targeted the school because of its military connections.

"It's a kind of a message that we can also kill your children," said Pakistani analyst Zahid Hussain.

One of the wounded students, Abdullah Jamal, said that he was with a group of 8th, 9th and 10th graders who were getting first-aid instructions and training with a team of Pakistani army medics when the violence began for real.

When the shooting started, Jamal, who was shot in the leg, said nobody knew what was going on in the first few seconds.

"Then I saw children falling down who were crying and screaming. I also fell down. I learned later that I have got a bullet," he said, speaking from his hospital bed.

Another student, Amir Mateen, said they locked the door from the inside when they heard the shooting but gunmen blasted through the door anyway and opened fire.

In a phone call to reporters, Taliban spokesman Mohammed Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the suicide bombers carried it out to avenge the killings of Taliban members at the hands of Pakistani authorities.

Peshawar has been the target of frequent militant attacks in the past but has seen a relative lull recently.

The Pakistani military launched the military operation in the nearby North Waziristan tribal area in June, vowing that it would go after all militant groups that had been operating in the region. With the launch of the operation, security officials and civilians feared retribution by militants but until Tuesday, a widespread backlash had failed to materialize.

Tuesday's attack calls into question whether the militants have been crippled by the military or will be able to regroup. This appeared to be the worst attack in Pakistan since a 2007 suicide bombing in the port city of Karachi killed 150 people.

The violence also underscored the vulnerability of Pakistani schools, which was dramatically exposed in the attack two years ago on Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by a Taliban gunman outside her school in the Swat Valley for daring to speak up about girls' rights. She survived, becoming a Nobel Prize laureate and global advocate for girls' education but out of security concerns has never returned to Pakistan.

Militants have also blown up schools in the northwest.

"I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us," said Malala in a statement.

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Associated Press writers Asif Shahzad and Rebecca Santana in Islamabad, and Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.

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Toxic Mold Forcing Hundreds To Evacuate In New Zealand http://www.kristv.com/news/toxic-mold-forcing-hundreds-to-evacuate-in-new-zealand/ http://www.kristv.com/news/toxic-mold-forcing-hundreds-to-evacuate-in-new-zealand/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:28:49 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Toxic Mold Forcing Hundreds To Evacuate In New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - More than two-hundred people are being evacuated from their offices in New Zealand right now because of a massive amount of toxic, black mold.

It's happening at one of the country's major city council buildings.

People are saying that staff members in masks and white suites are wheeling equipment out of the contaminated areas, which are being sealed off with some sort of thick black plastic.

Officials said they were alerted about the fast-spreading deadly mold yesterday when about 10 employees reported having serious skin irritation and trouble breathing.

The emergency specialists are just working on getting everyone out of harm's way so they can focus on stopping that mold from spreading.

 


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Women Arrested In Spain For Recruiting For Islamic State http://www.kristv.com/news/women-arrested-in-spain-for-recruiting-for-islamic-state/ http://www.kristv.com/news/women-arrested-in-spain-for-recruiting-for-islamic-state/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:24:49 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Women Arrested In Spain For Recruiting For Islamic State

SPAIN - Police in Spain just arrested a handful people who have been working to recruit members to join the Islamic state.

Among those arrested were four women, one of them a 14-year-old girl.

About one-hundred Spaniards and about two-thousand from Morocco have already left their countries to join ISIS in Syria.

The ministry said this raid is one of many acts attempting to stop that massive migration.

 


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Hundreds Running From Massive Brush Fires In Australia http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-running-from-massive-brush-fires-in-australia/ http://www.kristv.com/news/hundreds-running-from-massive-brush-fires-in-australia/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 7:23:08 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Hundreds Running From Massive Brush Fires In Australia

AUSTRALIA - Hundreds of families in Australia are being evacuated from their homes because of out-of-control fires.

The county fire authority said over two-hundred separate fires are burning right now in the central part of the country.

People are being told that they are in immediate danger and to get out as quickly as possible.

Crews are working to set up temporary shelters in safe places, where the wind isn't spreading those flames.

No word yet on if anyone has been injured by these fires, which have been burning all morning.

Over four-hundred volunteer firefighters are working to calm those flames.

 


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Pakistani School Taken Over By Taliban, Over 100 Dead http://www.kristv.com/news/pakistani-school-taken-over-by-taliban-over-100-dead/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pakistani-school-taken-over-by-taliban-over-100-dead/ World News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 5:14:15 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Pakistani School Taken Over By Taliban, Over 100 Dead

PAKISTAN - Pakistani soldiers continue to battle Taliban militants after they stormed a school and killed at least 84 children.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in revenge for government attacks against them.

Right now Pakistani official are saying almost 130 people have been killed.

Taliban gunmen stormed the school and began shooting students at random according to one survivor.

Reuters is reporting that there's an unknown number of students who are being held as hostages by the militants.

The army said most of the students have been rescued, but the operation is ongoing at this hour.

The Taliban said six suicide bombers took part in the attack.

 


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