Air Marshal Attacked With Syringe in Nigeria, Flies to Texas

Call me innocent, but it never dawned on me that someone would use the virus as a weapon. Now I am scared. AVB


9/8/14 @ 15:35 PDT

An on-duty Federal Air Marshal was stabbed with a syringe containing an unknown substance at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday. The marshal then boarded a flight and flew to Houston, the FBI and TSA announced Monday.

The marshal was not severely injured by the needle prick, but it was unclear if it contained any hazardous or viral substances. The FBI said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “conducted an on-scene screening of the victim when United Flight 143 landed in Houston early Monday morning.”

The marshal, whose name has not been revealed, was then taken to a hospital for further testing, the FBI said. The marshal did not exhibit any signs of illness during the flight and the subsequent tests — including for HIV and Ebola — did not indicate the marshal was a danger to other passengers, officials said.

It appeared the stabber did not know the victim was an air marshal and it may have been a robbery attempt, sources told NBC News.

Sources told NBC Houston affiliate KPRC that “a group of federal agents in plain clothes were about to walk through security at the Lagos airport Sunday when they were approached by a group of men. Sources say one of them stabbed a needle into an agent’s arm and then they all ran away.” The agent then pulled the needle out, and then stored it in a safe container, the sources said. The FBI is now testing the needle.

Palestinians face boycott threats over Hamas wages: PM


Hamas, a terrorist group,  will become more and more isolated in the Arab and the rest of the world. They will be a forgotten and isolated foot note to history.  AVB

Yahoo News
September 7. 2014

Rami Hamdallah (right) with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah on July 22, 2014The international community has threatened to boycott the Palestinian leadership if it pays the salaries of former Hamas employees in Gaza, prime minister Rami Hamdallah told AFP on Sunday. In an exclusive interview, Hamdallah said he had been warned he would face problems if he visited the Gaza Strip without first regulating the problem of the salaries. Hamdallah, who heads the Palestinian government of national consensus which took office on June 2, said the problem of the wages had turned into the main stumbling block to an intra-Palestinian reconciliation deal. Since signing the agreement in April, Hamas has demanded the new government take responsibility for paying its 45,000 employees, some 27,000 of which are civil servants, he said.