March 28th, 2015

World News

Somalia police: Attack on hotel by al-Shabab extremists ended by troops; at least 24 dead

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 24, including six attackers. Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full ... Read More »

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Somalia police: Attack on hotel by al-Shabab extremists ended by troops; at least 21 dead

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 21, including six attackers. Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full ... Read More »

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Nigerians turn out in millions to vote in close presidential election; minor attacks

By Michelle Faul And Jerome Delay, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria – Nigerians turned out in their millions Saturday to vote in a presidential election that analysts say is too close to call between President Goodluck Jonathan and former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari. Two car bombs exploded at two polling stations in south-central Enugu state but did not hurt voters, police said. Police detonated ... Read More »

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Boko Haram forces villagers to abandon 2 poll stations in north

By The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

ABUJA, Nigeria – Witnesses say Boko Haram gunmen forced villagers to abandon three northeastern polling stations as Nigerians line up to vote in a closely contested presidential election. Malam Shuaibu Biri says the Islamic insurgents wearing military fatigues drove in five pickup vehicles and motorcycles to villages in Gombe state and shouted at people to ... Read More »

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More join Iran nuclear talks as negotiators race to meet looming deadline for deal

By George Jahn And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program picked up pace on Saturday with the French and German foreign ministers joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in talks with Tehran’s top diplomat ahead of an end-of-March deadline for a preliminary deal. With just four days to go until that target, negotiators in the Swiss ... Read More »

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Somalia police: Attack on hotel by al-Shabab extremists ended by troops; at least 17 dead

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded. The gunfire has stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building, said senior police officer Capt. Mohamed ... Read More »

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2 Czech tourists abducted by gunmen in Pakistan in 2013 released, return home

By The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

PRAGUE – The Czech government says two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were travelling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released. Government spokesman Martin Ayer says the two women arrived in the Czech Republic Saturday morning. Ayer says a Turkish humanitarian organization helped negotiate their release. ... Read More »

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Search goes on for at least 2 still missing after apparent NYC gas blast, buildings collapse

By Jonathan Lemire And Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Emergency workers are searching for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion levelled three apartment buildings as investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22. Special canine units on Saturday will sniff for anyone possibly trapped beneath the heap of loose brick and ... Read More »

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Military official: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen by Somali troops in hotel ends, at least 17 dead

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on March 28th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somali government officials say they have taken control of the hotel where extremist gunmen were holed up for more than 12 hours in an attack that has left at least 17 people dead. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Saturday the gunfire had stopped and security agents have accessed the whole building. Hussein had ... Read More »

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Officials: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen by Somali troops in hotel continues 12 hours later

By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Gunmen from the Somali extremist group al-Shabab, who had taken up positions in a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people, were exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later, officials said Saturday After the gunmen’s initial attack Friday, government troops managed to take up ... Read More »

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Officials: Siege by al-Shabab gunmen in Somali hotel continues more than 12 hours later

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2015

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Officials in Somalia say gunmen who stormed a hotel frequented by government officials and dignitaries killing at least nine people are exchanging fire with government troops more than 12 hours later. Capt. Mohammed Hussein said Saturday that the government troops had managed to take up the ground floor of the Maka Al-Mukarramah ... Read More »

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