Tel Aviv attack
Gaza, Nov. 15 (Reuters): A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed close to Tel Aviv today, in the first attack on Israel’s biggest city in 20 years, raising the stakes in a military showdown between Israel and the Palestinians.
Earlier, a Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15.
the second day of the assault, Israeli warplanes bombed targets in and around Gaza city, shaking tall buildings. Plumes of smoke and dust furled into a sky laced with the vapour trails of outgoing rockets over the crowded city, where four young children killed yesterday were buried.
Houston (Reuters): BP Plc will pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to felony misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the worst offshore oil spill in US history. The settlement includes a $1.256 billion criminal fine.
Athens (Reuters): Public sector workers stormed a building where Greek and German officials were meeting in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday and pelted a German diplomat with water bottles in a protest over austerity measures.
Islamabad (AP): Pakistan has carried out its first execution in over five years. A jail official said Mohammed Hussain was hanged early this morning in Mianwali, Punjab province. Hussain was sentenced to death in 2009 for murdering one of his colleagues.
Yangon (Reuters): Myanmar released prisoners on Thursday in a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic visit to the former military state by President Barack Obama.
Phnom Penh (AP): Cambodian authorities on Thursday arrested eight villagers for plastering President Obama’s picture on their rooftops beside which they spray-painted “SOS”.
New York (AP): President Barack Obama got a first-hand look on Thursday at the devastation that superstorm Sandy waged on New York City, flying in a helicopter above flood-ravaged and burned-out sections along the Atlantic that had scattered debris and roofless homes.