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nypdA man reported to have Islamic “extremist leanings” attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said.

The man, identified in the US media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” the SITE monitoring group said.

Four police officers in the city’s Queens borough were posing for a photograph at the request of a freelance photographer when the man walked up and without saying a word attacked them, a city hall statement said. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Palestinians pelt Jerusalem kindergarten with rocks

jerusalem 1Less than a day after a terrorist attack on a light rail station in Jerusalem in which a three-month-old baby was killed, tensions flared in the capital.

Early Thursday morning, a Jewish kindergarten in East Jerusalem was pelted with rocks. No casualties were reported in the incident, which took place in the Ma’ale Hazeitim neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, near Ras el-Amud.

Police were searching for the perpetrators, who fled the scene.

Hours after Wednesday’s attack, which saw a Hamas supporter from East Jerusalem ram his car into a busy station, attacks on the light rail continued, with Arab residents of the city hurling rocks and damaging two train cars in Shuafat. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Several injured in possible Jerusalem terror attack

800px-The_Jerusalem_Light_rail_on_Yaffo_st._-_October_26,_2011Several people were injured Wednesday afternoon after a car crashed into a light rail station in Jerusalem in a possible terrorist attack.

A suspect attempted to flee the scene on foot and was shot by police, a police spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Israeli rescue service Magen David Adom said a 60-year-old woman and a 3-month-old baby were both very seriously injured, along with the suspect.

Another six people were also lightly and moderately wounded in the attack, he said. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Obama reportedly wants to cut Congress out of Iran deal

iran sanctionsThe Obama administration reportedly wants to cut Congress out of any nuclear deal with Iran – at least for the short-term — fearing they would lose if any measure to lift sanctions came to a vote.

Though the White House is pushing back on the claims, The New York Times reports that the Treasury Department already has examined the issue and determined President Obama has the authority to “suspend” most sanctions currently imposed on Iran without a vote by Congress.

It would take an act of Congress to permanently lift those sanctions. But the Times reports that Obama advisers have concluded they’d probably lose such a vote, even if Democrats hold the Senate in next month’s elections. Read more at