Russian embassy in Libya attacked
A group of about 60 people attacked the Russian embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli Wednesday night. Officials said the attackers approached the embassy and tried to enter the building, but security guards fired shots to disperse the crowd. One security force member explains.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECURITY FORCE MEMBER, ADEL AL BADNONI, SAYING: “We arrived here when we got the information that gunmen in armed vehicles came here with fishing explosives or what known as hand grenades and Kalashnikovs, they opened fire on the embassy and the embassy’s security fired back.”
安保人员ADEL AL BADNONI：“我们收到消息，一些持枪分子乘坐武装车辆，带着鱼雷或者手雷和卡拉什尼科夫冲锋枪来到大使馆，我们迅速赶来。他们向大使馆开枪，大使馆的安保人员开枪回击。”
The attack was symptomatic of volatility in the country in two years since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown by Western forces. Although Russia played no part in the overthrow and in fact condemned the action.
At least eight dead in fiery Tennessee bus crash
Several people died Wednesday when a bus and tractor–trailer crashed 40 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee, just past the I-40/ I-81 highway split. According to local media, the bus may have crossed the median before the two vehicles crashed. The bus flipped over and the tractor–trailer caught on fire, resulting in multiple injuries. Emergency officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 and took victims to local hospitals.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRAD PHILLIPS, DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND EMS FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE, SAYING: “We transported twelve victims to the area hospitals by ground and by air and we do have confirmed fatalities at the scene.”
The bus was reportedly carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church who were returning from a Fall Jubilee.
Israelis praise Netanyahu’s U.N. speech, say country is ready for Iran
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: “If you want to knock out Iran’s nuclear weapons peacefully, don’t let up the pressure.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s message at the United Nations was clear… Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, cannot be trusted. Netanyahu’s combative address reflected Israeli worries that emerging signs of U.S.-Iranian rapprochement might lead to a premature easing of sanctions against Iran. For Israelis in Jerusalem, the speech was a sign the country is willing and capable of attacking Iran on its own, if necessary.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI RESIDENT AMI GAT, SAYING: “I am not a big fan of Bibi, but the speech was excellent. And I say, as someone who grew up here, if we need to do this on our own, we’ll do it, we won’t have a choice.”
Netanyahu’s speech comes as the crisis in Syria continues to threaten the stability of the region. In response, Israel has stepped up its training to prepare against possible chemical weapons attacks. Soldiers dressed in chemical suits gave first aid to civilians and evacuated injured on stretchers and ambulance cars.