Ft. Hood Shooter Alive and in Custody

The death toll from this afternoon’s shooting at a U.S. Army base is believed to have risen to 12, but reports are conflicting. The shooting, which took place at Fort Hood in Texas, is believed to have been carried out by one gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is alive and in custody (contrary to previous reports). Hasan, 39, is an Army psychiatrist and had recently been transferred to the base from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Reports say Hasan was being deployed to serve in Iraq.

The soldier opened fire at the base’s military processing center where a graduation ceremony was set to take place. At least 10 of the dead were soldiers, and one killed was a civilian police officer who was reported to dead is not believed to be alive, but in critical condition. 30 are said to be wounded, CNN International.

An Azerbaijan court has sentenced 26 people to prison in connection with an attack on a mosque last year in Baku. Two worshipers were killed at the Abu Bakr Mosque when grenades were thrown into the building. Sentences ranged from two to 15 years, BBC News.

President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas says he will not run for re-election because of lack of American support, New York Times.

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