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At least eight people are dead after a driver barreled into a bike path and crashed a rental pickup truck into a crowd in Lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, shouting "Allahu Akbar," law enforcement sources tell Fox News and The Associated Press.

Another 11 people were injuried, officials said. The 29-year-old driver was shot by police after he jumped out of his Home Depot rental truck carrying what turned out to be two fake handguns.

The NYPD is responding to reports of a shooting in Lower Manhattan Tuesday, a few blocks from the World Trade Center Memorial. (New York Police Department)
Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a press conference Tuesday evening, called the incident "an act of terror." Governor Andrew Cuomo said that at this point in the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest that there was a wider plot.

Source: Fox News

As the UN General Assembly started in New York, during which hundreds of diplomatic and political dignitaries gather for a week-long discussion on key global issues such as terrorism, a reproduction of the Roman Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old structure in Syria that was destroyed by Isis last year, was unveiled on Monday at City Hall Park in New York.

The rebuilding of the arch, given the climate in the city following the explosion of homemade terrorist bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey on Saturday, “references the value of things like democracy”, says Dr Alexy Karenowska, the director of technology of the Institute of Digital Archaeology, which helped create the replica. It also helps draw connections between cultures. “The arch frames City Hall very beautifully, where the classical architecture of the structures very much mirror one another and shows a great link between Eastern and Western cultural reach,” Karenowska adds.

Source: The Art Newspaper

NEXT month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra. The group’s rampage through Palmyra, a city that reached its peak in the second and third century A.D., enraged the world, spurring scholars and conservationists into action. Numerous nongovernmental organizations are now cataloging and mapping damaged cultural heritage sites in the region.

Source: The American Dream, New York Times