At Least 2 Dead, Others Injured in Finland Stabbing Attack

Police in Finland said at least two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a mass stabbing Friday in the southwestern coastal city of Turku.

Police said they shot one suspect in the leg and arrested him and are searching for other “possible perpetrators.” Authorities said the suspect's identity remained unknown and he appeared to be of “foreign origin.”

“We have not been able to confirm the person's identity ... we have been in contact with the immigration service as the person looks like a foreigner,” said Interior Minister Paula Risikko.


US Defense Chief to Visit Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine next week for talks with the leaders of all three nations.

Pentagon officials said Friday that Mattis aims to reaffirm Washington's commitments to each of the countries.

Mattis will begin his trip by meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah as well as top defense officials. Jordan has been a key partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State terror group.

From Jordan, Mattis will head to Turkey for meetings with top officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

1 Dead, 8 People Injured in Finland Stabbing

Police in Finland are searching for more possible suspects in a mass stabbing that killed one person and injured eight other people Friday in the southwestern coastal city of Turku.

Police shot one man in the leg and arrested him, prompting a police warning to avoid central Turku.

Security has been heightened at Helsinki airport and train stations as a result of the stabbings.

Prime Minister Juha Sippila said "The government is following the situation in Turku closely and a police operation is underway."


What Europe Should Be Doing to Prevent Another Terrorist Attack Like Barcelona

Not so long ago, scenes of death and carnage on the streets of major European cities were a rarity.

Not so any more. In this year alone, there have been major Islamist attacks in London (twice), Manchester, and Stockholm. We can now add Barcelona to that list.

Smaller-scale acts of violence in France (on multiple occasions), Austria, and Italy have likely faded from most people’s memory, but they were inspired by the same ideology.

Spanish Police Make 4th Arrest Following Terror Attacks

Catalan police have arrested a fourth man in connection with two terrorist attacks in the Barcelona region Thursday that left at least 14 people dead and dozens more injured.  

Police announced the arrest on Twitter Friday, but gave no further details.

Police said they are still searching for the brother of one of the men already in police custody, but they do not know whether he was the driver of the van.

"We are looking for Moussa Oukabir, but for the moment we don't know whether he was the driver of the van," police announced.


Erdogan Tells Turks in Germany to Vote Against Merkel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was an enemy of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against her and other major parties in next month's elections.

The comments are some of Erdogan's harshest yet against Merkel and her Christian Democrats, illustrating the widening divide between the NATO allies and major trade partners.