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Explosions, gunfire as Kenya launches assault to end mall bloodbath

Kenyan security forces were locked in a fierce, final battle with Somali Islamist gunmen inside an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall on Monday as huge explosions and a barrage of heavy gunfire echoed out of the complex.

Israeli forces join Kenya battle to end deadly mall siege

Kenyan troops backed by Israeli forces battled Sunday to end a siege in an upmarket shopping mall and free hostages held by Somali militants in an attack that has so far killed 59 people.

Death toll in northeast Nigeria attack up to at least 142


The death toll from an attack in northeastern Nigeria that saw insurgents dressed as soldiers set up checkpoints and gun down travellers on a highway has risen to at least 142, an official said Sunday.

Suicide bombers kill more than 60 at Pakistan church

A twin suicide bombing killed more than 60 people at a church service in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, officials said, in what is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.

Germany votes with Merkel set for third term


Germans voted Sunday in a closely watched election that is likely to hand chancellor Angela Merkel a third term leading Europe’s top economy but may force her to govern with her main rivals.

Queen pours her dogs’ gravy

Queen Elizabeth II is so fond of her corgis that she personally supervises their daily meal and pours the gravy for them herself, according to a new book on British royal pets since the 16th century.

Saints stun Reds


Premier League leaders Liverpool crashed to their first defeat of the season at home to Southampton on Saturday, while Everton enjoyed a stirring 3-2 win at West Ham United.

Red-hot Vettel storms to fifth pole

Sebastian Vettel stormed to his fifth pole position of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday as the brilliant young German stepped closer to his fourth world title in a row.

Syria hands over chemical arms inventory to watchdog

Syria handed over the remaining details of its chemical arsenal on Saturday, meeting a deadline under a deal that headed off military strikes, the world's chemical weapons watchdog said.

At least six killed in Nairobi mall gun attack


Masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi Saturday and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least 6, AFP reporters and witnesses said.

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