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At least 16 killed in attack on beachside hotel Somalia’s capital

At least 16 killed in attack on beachside hotel Somalia’s capital

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Aug. 16 (UPI) -- At least 16 people were killed in an attack on a popular hotel in Somalia's capital city on Sunday, a government official said. Ismael Mukhtaar Omar, a spokesman for Somalia's Ministry of Information, said the "deadly siege" at the Elite Hotel in Mogadishu lasted 4 hours before all five of the assailants were killed by special forces. Advertisement The 16 killed included the five attackers, a top officer of the Ministry of Information and a police officer, Omar said. A car bomb exploded at the gate of the hotel and gunfire was later heard inside. The Ministry of Information confirmed that ministry official Abdirisak Abdi was among the dead. "FGS condemns the cowardly, barbaric and senseless attack against innocent civilians around Liido beach," the Ministry of Information...
At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

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The number of dead in Beirut's huge explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people still missing.The rise was announced by health minister Hamad Hassan as rescuers continued a desperate search for survivors. Up to 300,000 people have been left homeless and families are still counting the casualties and searching for the dead.A two-week state of emergency in Beirut was also announced by Lebanon's cabinet, handing control of security in the capital to the military, as the disaster is investigated.The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or guarding ammonium nitrate since 2014 to be put under house arrest. ...
Esper: Nation grieves over 9 service members killed in training

Esper: Nation grieves over 9 service members killed in training

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Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday the United States grieves the deaths of eight Marines and a Sailor who were killed over the weekend when their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the coast of California's San Clemente Island. "A grateful nation and the Department of Defense grieves the tragic loss of the Marines and Sailor lost in the amphibious assault vehicle accident off the coast of San Clemente Island," Esper said in a statement. "Our prayers and condolences are with the family and friends of these brave young men." Advertisement Only one body has been recovered and the other service members are presumed dead after an extensive 40-hour search was called off and became a recovery mission on Sunday after the vessel sank with 15 Marines and one Navy sailor on...
Russian man killed in Austria had declined police protection

Russian man killed in Austria had declined police protection

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Autrian police say a Russian man shot dead near Vienna over the weekend had declined police protection before the killingByThe Associated PressJuly 6, 2020, 10:05 AM2 min readBERLIN -- A Russian man shot dead near Vienna over the weekend had declined police protection before the killing, Austrian police said Monday. Austrian media have reported that the killing of the 43-year-old, an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade, is being considered as a possible political assassination. The regional intelligence and anti-terrorism authority is involved in the case. Its head, Roland Scherscher, told the Austria Press Agency that the motive remains unclear, and that a political motive or perhaps an argument are both possible. A 47-year-old Russian man was detained in Linz...
WHO: Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2,000 in Congo is over

WHO: Ebola outbreak that killed more than 2,000 in Congo is over

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June 25 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization said Thursday that the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, has ended. The Ebola outbreak hit the eastern DRC on Aug. 1, 2018, in North Kivu province, nearly a week after the World Health Organization declared the ninth Ebola outbreak over in the DRC's northwest region. That outbreak, in the Equateur province, 1,500 miles away, infected 50 people and killed 33. Advertisement The 10th Ebola outbreak since 1976 for the central African country ranked second deadliest worldwide only to the 2014-2016 outbreak in an active conflict zone in West Africa. The 2014-2016 outbreak killed 2,287 people and infected 3,470 people, 28 percent of whom were children, according to the U....