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Somalia: Gunmen storm hotel in capital after car bomb
HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — Gunmen have fought their way into a hotel in the Somali capital after a suicide car bomb exploded at its gates, a police officer said Wednesday.
Capt. Mohamed Hussein said dozens of people, including lawmakers, were thought to have been staying at Mogadishu's Dayah hotel at the time of the morning attack.
Heavy gunfire could still be heard inside the hotel, Hussein said. He had no immediate information about casualties.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the homegrown Islamic extremist group al-Shabab often carries out such assaults. In June, gunmen stormed the Nasa-Hablod hotel, killing at least 14 people. Two weeks before that, gunmen killed 15, including two members of parliament, at the Ambassador hotel.
Al-Shabab, al-Qaida's East African affiliate, is fighting to impose a strict version of Islam in the Horn of Africa nation.
Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds, the group continues to carry out deadly guerrilla attacks across large parts of south and central Somalia. Earlier this month, a bomb explosion at a restaurant in Mogadishu killed three, and a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a security checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport, killing at least three. That blast occurred a few hundred meters (yards) from the main base of the African Union peacekeeping mission.
The assaults have threatened this nation's attempts to rebuild from decades of chaos. The presidential election, a key step toward recovery, already has been delayed multiple times because of security and other concerns.
Australian PM says not sure how many refugees US will accept
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Wednesday would not say how many refugees from Pacific island camps would be resettled in the United States after President Donald Trump's administration said "extreme vetting" would be used to check their cases.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Trump had agreed during a weekend telephone conversation to keep an Obama administration promise to resettle an undisclosed number of mostly Muslim refugees. Australia has refused to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
The Latest: Crews find what may be human remains from seat
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the search for a plane carrying six people that vanished over Lake Erie last week (all times local):6:45 p.m.Crews searching Lake Erie have found what may be human remains on a seat from a plane that was carrying six people when it disappeared near Cleveland over a week ago.Officials said Friday night the remains are being analyzed by a medical examiner to determine if they are human remains. They say the remains were found on a seat determined to be from the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Wild beauty of Dong Chau beach at dawn
There are some truly captivating beaches in Vietnam and one among them is Dong Chau in Thai Binh Province. Dong Chau beach is located in Dong Minh Commune, Tien Hai District, 30km far from Thai Binh City and some 145km from Hanoi. The total area of this tourist spot is about 10,000 km2. The centre of this tourist spot is Dong Chau Beach with the length of 5 km, green pine forests and small clear beach. Although Dong Chau is not ideal for bathing in the sea, it is so interesting for tourists to… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Pharma sector urged to tap big growth potential
Le Van Truyen, a former deputy health minister, said Vietnam’s pharmaceutical sector has tremendous potential for growth (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - Vietnam’s pharmaceutical sector has tremendous potential for growth, its numerous structural weaknesses notwithstanding, experts say. Le Van Truyen, a former deputy health minister, told a recent seminar in HCM City that the country’s drug market had expanded at 17-20 percent a year in 2010-15, the 17 th fastest growth rate in the world. It is… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigns amid political turmoil
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Kyrgyzstan's Cabinet resigned Wednesday following the breakup of the governing coalition, part of political maneuvering ahead of a constitutional referendum set for this fall in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation.The Kyrgyz parliament's speaker formally declared that the governing coalition no longer exists following the departure of President Almazbek Atambayev's Social-Democratic Party. The coalition's collapse triggered an immediate resignation of the Cabinet.The… chat_bubble_outline Read More...