Mecca -- Late yesterday, Badr al Din Ibn Eisa, while performing Umrah in the midst of the Rite of Twaf at the Ka'bah, is gunned down by unknown assailants. His guards react quickly but are unable to prevent his assailants from shooting him in the head. One witness reports hearing someone cry "Il Allah Akhbar!" Others report that the assailants are all killed. Several others are injured in the attack.
Seattle, UCAS -- This Saturday at some early in the morning on the west coast, Halley's Comet will become visible to the naked eye. The comet has been visible via telescope for much of the past six months, and current telescope views at the moment are incredibly detailed. The comet is expected to be visible until at least sometime next April. There are several communities which have passed resolutions calling for all streetlights to be turned off and as many citizenry as can participate to douse their lights. Seattle is not currently planning to participate in this movement.
FedDub, UCAS -- Individuals all across the globe have been inflicted with what appears to be a virulent disease. Reports have come in from across the globe of individuals afflicted with spasms, coughing, and skin discolorations. Despite the similarities, medical officials have so far discounted the possibility that this is a new strain of VITAS. Nearly all afflicted individuals have been isolated at this point, and authorities urge UCAS citizens to seek medical assistance immediately if they experience any of the symptoms associated with this phenomenon.
FedDub -- Early this morning, guards on duty at the Watergate rift reported that the fissure rippled in a disconcerting fashion. After their initial discomfort, the guards reported that they experienced a sensation they could only describe as "homesickness". Mages from the astral brigades have been examining the soldiers involved, but initial reports indicate that they have been unaffected by the experience.