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Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing

More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia’s capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world’s worst attacks in years. Read More

Portugal wildfires kill at least 35; 4 dead in Spain

Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a 1-month-old infant, authorities said today, making 2017 by far the deadliest year on record for forest blazes in the country. Read More

Hundreds killed in deadliest single attack in Somali history

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country’s information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. Read More

Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Philippines

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State group militants. Read More

Venezuela officials: Ruling party wins most governorships

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council said candidates for the socialist movement founded by the late President Hugo Chavez won nearly all of the 23 governorships up for grabs in today’s regional elections. Read More

Passengers describe terror aboard Indonesia AirAsia flight

Updated on  October 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm
Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight from Australia to the holiday island of Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling after their airliner lost cabin air pressure and rapidly descended. Read More

Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers

Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years. Read More

Election produces likely right turn, young leader in Austria

Austria’s 31-year-old foreign minister declared victory for his party today in a national election that set him up to become Europe’s youngest leader and puts the country on course for a rightward turn. Read More

Ex-hostages back in Canada after harrowing raid to free them

A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a raid to free the family. Read More

Family freed from captivity says extremists killed daughter

Updated on  October 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm
U.S.-Canadian couple Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle landed in Canada late today, five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan. They arrived with their three young children, who were all born in captivity. Read More

France’s Audrey Azoulay wins vote to be next UNESCO chief

UNESCO’s executive board voted today to make a former French government minister the U.N. cultural agency’s next chief after an unusually heated election that was overshadowed by Middle East tensions. Read More

Sonic attack on U.S. diplomats? Cubans don’t believe it

A bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Havana has sent U.S. relations with Cuba to their lowest point in decades, with the Trump administration virtually closing its embassy there and expelling Cuban officials from Washington. Read More

Kenya bans opposition protests ahead of new election

Kenya’s government today banned opposition protests in their strongholds in the country’s three biggest cities because of “imminent danger of breach of peace” as the fresh presidential election approaches. Read More

Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a group with ties to the Taliban and called a terrorist organization by the United States, American and Pakistani officials said today. Read More

Floods and landslides kill 43, leave 34 missing in Vietnam

Updated on  October 12, 2017 at 12:34 am
Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed at least 43 people, left 34 others missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said today. Read More

Spain celebrates national day amid Catalan secession crisis

Army troops and police are to march today in Madrid as Spain’s celebrates its national day, amid one of the country’s biggest crises as its powerful northeastern region of Catalonia threatens independence. Read More

Video of fatal attack on Kim Jong Nam shown at women’s trial

Security videos showing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader being attacked at a Malaysian airport and the two suspects hurrying away afterward were presented at their murder trial on Wednesday. Read More

Pissarro painting looted by Vichy regime fuels legal battle

Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm
Back in 1995, when they spent $800,000 on a work by impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in New York, Bruce Toll claims he had no idea the canvas had been looted by the Vichy regime during World War II. Read More