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Portland: A city under siege, overrun with anarchists? It’s a far more complex picture

Portland: A city under siege, overrun with anarchists? It’s a far more complex picture

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There is nothing straightforward about what is happening here in Portland.After the arrival of federal troops this month it has morphed into something else. There are still thousands of people who protest peacefully in support of Black Lives Matter each evening. But as night falls, a crowd surrounds the federal courthouse. Among them, a violent contingent who lob fireworks and push against the temporary metal fence separating the troops and the public. Image: Federal police are guarding the courthouse in downtown Portland Image: For 11 nights tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired back at protesters For 11 nights tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired back at proteste...
Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 21 people were killed when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya's government has confirmed.Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday.Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya's Red Cross said 19 are still missing.Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which triggered a 19-hour security operation.President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers "eliminated". Kenya has been a target for al-Shabab since October 2011, when it sent its army into Somalia to fight the jihadist group.The BBC's Andrew Harding, in Nairobi, says cowering groups of civil...
Venezuelan opposition lays siege to air base

Venezuelan opposition lays siege to air base

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Young protesters broke down a metal fence guarding an air base in Caracas on Saturday before being repelled by security forces firing tear gas in another day of anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital. Demonstrators threw stones, and some protesters were injured. The clashes took place after a peaceful mass demonstration next to La Carlota base where a 22-year-old protester was killed this week when a national guardsman shot him in the chest at close range with rubber bullets. Protesters also fought with security forces outside the base Friday, and activists burned some vehicles during the confrontation. President Nicolas Maduro said in an address to troops Saturday that he had managed to break up a U.S.-backed plot to oust him. Like his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro f...