Biden phones wrong Walsh
As he watched the returns in Boston’s most competitive mayoral race in two decades on Tuesday night, Marty Walsh’s mobile phone rang. “A 202 number popped up and I picked it up. It was Vice President [Joe] Biden. He went right into it: ‘Congratulations, Marty, you son of a gun. You did it,’” Walsh recalled on Thursday. “I said: ‘Mr Vice President, you have the wrong Marty Walsh.’” Biden had intended to call labor activist and Senator Marty Walsh, who had just been elected mayor of Boston. Instead, he was on the line with Marty Walsh, president of Gateway Public Solutions, a public affairs consulting firm in Boston.
Police shoot, kill Palestinian
Border police shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint near Jerusalem, police and family members said yesterday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred at about midnight when a man ran at a border police officer with a knife, prompting him to open fire. “A Palestinian who arrived at the area ran out of a vehicle toward border police who were there on patrol,” Rosenfeld said. “The Palestinian had a knife in his hand and a border police officer responded by firing shots at the suspect, who was injured seriously and pronounced dead a short while after.” Family members named him as Anas al-Atrash, 23, from the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Questions over burned plane
The government on Thursday seeked an explanation from Venezuela about how a Mexican-registered small airplane ended up burned on an improvised runway in the South American country. Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said the Venezuelan government told Mexico that authorities there demanded the jet land and then burned the aircraft. The Mexican Foreign Ministry later said it had learned that the passengers abandoned the plane after it landed and before the authorities destroyed the aircraft. Officials, though, are wondering whether any Mexican citizens were involved in the incident.
Outbreak threatens Europe
An outbreak of polio poses a threat to Europe, where the crippling and potentially fatal disease was declared eradicated in 2002, doctors warned yesterday. Europe is exposed because some countries have low rates of innoculation, which lowers “herd immunity,” or protection through community-wide vaccination, a pair of epidemiologists warned in the Lancet. In addition, most countries use a type called inactivated polio vaccine, which is less effective against the virus than an oral vaccine, which is now largely discontinued because it causes rare cases of paralysis, they warned.