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NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenyan president says all gunmen killed at hotel complex

NAIROBI, Kenya —Jan 16, 2019—Kenya’s security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 “innocent lives,” the country’s president said Wednesday. “All the terrorists have been eliminated,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said in announcing an end to the operation to secure the complex in the capital, … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenyan president says all gunmen killed at hotel complex

PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

PARIS  — French President Emanuel Macron called Friday for calm as authorities prepared to deploy armored vehicles and thousands of security forces for a possible fifth-straight weekend of violent protests on the streets of Paris. The “yellow vest” movement, which began its demonstrations Nov. 17 initially to protest an increase in fuel taxes, soon morphed … Continue reading PARIS | Macron urges calm, Paris police prepare for more violence

STRASBOURG, France | France: Shooting suspect evades police for 2nd day

STRASBOURG, France — French police conducted an intense but ultimately fruitless search Thursday in the Strasbourg neighborhood where a suspected gunman who killed three people and wounded 13 near a popular Christmas market was last seen. Security forces, including the elite Raid squad, took action in the Neudorf neighborhood based on “supposition only” that 29-year-old … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | France: Shooting suspect evades police for 2nd day

PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

PARIS — The French government spokesman says security forces are trying to catch the suspected shooter dead or alive, two days after an attack near Strasbourg’s Christmas market. Benjamin Griveaux said on CNews television that more than 700 officers are involved in the manhunt for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. Police have distributed a photo of the … Continue reading PARIS | French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

JOHANNESBURG | US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get ‘much, much worse’

JOHANNESBURG  — The top U.S. diplomat in Africa said Thursday the separatist crisis in Cameroon could get “much, much” worse, saying “the last thing we need” is growing radicalization in response to the actions of security forces. Tibor Nagy, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa, said the situation in the Central African nation … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | US: Cameroon separatist crisis could get ‘much, much worse’

BELGRADE, Serbia | Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army

BELGRADE, Serbia— Serbia is seeking support from Russia and China in its opposition to the announced formation of a Kosovo army, warning it could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans. Kosovo’s parliament will vote on Dec. 14 on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army. Serbia has protested the move and threatened … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army

KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan official reports loud explosion in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 8 p.m. Najib Danish, spokesman for Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry, says there’s been a coordinated attack against security forces in the eastern part of the capital Kabul. He says a suicide bomber detonated his explosives Wednesday and then other insurgents started a gun battle … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghan official reports loud explosion in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 20 police, 10 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan— A Taliban ambush of a police convoy in western Afghanistan killed 20 policemen while 10 troops died in an insurgent attack on an army checkpoint in the north, Afghan officials said Monday as minority Shiites took to the streets in Kabul for the second day to protest the arrest of local militia commander. … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 20 police, 10 troops

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban ambush police convoy, killing 20

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says that at least 20 policemen were killed when the Taliban ambushed a police convoy in western Farah province. Dadullah Qaneh, a member of the provincial council in Farah, says four policemen, including the deputy provincial police chief, were wounded in the attack on Sunday afternoon near Lash wa … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban ambush police convoy, killing 20

KABUL, Afghanistan | Suicide bomber in Kabul targets anti-Taliban rally, kills 3

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck near an anti-Taliban rally in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing at least three people, officials said as authorities reported that the insurgents had killed at least 20 members of the country’s security forces over the past 24 hours in eastern Ghazni province. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Suicide bomber in Kabul targets anti-Taliban rally, kills 3

CAIRO | Egypt says perpetrators of attack against Christians killed

CAIRO— Egypt said Sunday that security forces have killed 19 militants in a shootout, including the gunmen suspected of killing seven Christians in an attack on pilgrims traveling to a remote desert monastery. The Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, said the militants were tracked to a hideout in the desert west of the central … Continue reading CAIRO | Egypt says perpetrators of attack against Christians killed

KABUL, Afghanistan | Chaotic Afghan parliamentary polls draw to a close

KABUL, Afghanistan— Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, already three years overdue, ended as chaotically as they began with even the Independent Election Commission uncertain of how many of the estimated 21,000 polling stations closed by 4 p.m. local time, the original closing time. There were a multitude of attacks but the most serious was in a northern … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Chaotic Afghan parliamentary polls draw to a close

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan parliamentary polls underway despite threats

KABUL, Afghanistan— Tens of thousands of Afghan forces fanned out across the country as voting began Saturday in parliamentary elections that followed a campaign marred by relentless violence. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani marked his ballot at the start of voting. In a televised speech afterward, he congratulated Afghans on another election and praised the security … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan parliamentary polls underway despite threats

PRISTINA, KosovoKosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

PRISTINA, Kosovo— Lawmakers in Kosovo have agreed to consider proposed laws on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army. The 120-seat parliament voted on Thursday to accept the government’s proposals and refer them to commissions for debate before bringing the laws to the floor for final votes. Lawmakers representing Kosovo’s Serb minority boycotted … Continue reading PRISTINA, KosovoKosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbia alerts forces after Kosovar police deploy

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Latest on ongoing efforts to stabilize relations between Kosovo and Serbia (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A Serbian government official says security forces have been put on alert after Kosovo’s special police were deployed in the country’s Serb-dominated north. Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric said Serbia reacted after … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbia alerts forces after Kosovar police deploy

TEHRAN, Iran | Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 8

TEHRAN, Iran— Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country’s oil-rich southwest, killing at least eight members of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, local media reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault in Ahvaz, which saw gunfire spray into a crowd of marching Guardsmen, bystanders and … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 8

KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

KAMPALA, Uganda — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

KAMPALA, Uganda| Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA, Uganda  — The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun. The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press after dozens of … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda| Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

KAMPALA, Uganda | Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s pop star politician Bobi Wine vowed Thursday to continue his fight for more freedom in the country “or we shall die trying,” shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture. The opposition lawmaker, who has emerged as a popular … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US

BASRA, Iraq | Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate in southern city

BASRA, Iraq  — Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern city of Basra on Friday, setting a fire inside amid a wave of demonstrations that have turned deadly in the past few days, a security official and eyewitnesses said. At least 10 protesters have died in clashes with security forces since Monday, including … Continue reading BASRA, Iraq | Iraqi protesters set fire to Iran consulate in southern city

NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 3

NAIROBI, Kenya — At least six people were killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Somalia’s capital, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber tried to speed through a checkpoint but was stopped by security forces, prompting him to detonate the vehicle near … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Suicide car bombing in Somalia’s capital kills at least 3

KAMPALA, Uganda | The Latest: Ugandan pop singer blocked from leaving for US

KAMPALA, Uganda  — The Latest on Uganda’s opposition (all times local): 11 p.m. A lawyer says Ugandan pop star-turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine has been checked into a hospital in the capital, Kampala, after police blocked him from flying to the United States for treatment after alleged torture. Asuman Basalirwa tells reporters that the singer, … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | The Latest: Ugandan pop singer blocked from leaving for US

YANGON, Myanmar | Myanmar military chief among those banned by Facebook

YANGON, Myanmar— Facebook said Monday that it is banning Myanmar’s powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation. The social media giant was heavily criticized for permitting itself to be used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against minority … Continue reading YANGON, Myanmar | Myanmar military chief among those banned by Facebook

KAMPALA, Uganda | Uganda’s pop star-turned-lawmaker now facing treason charges

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president was charged with treason in a civilian court on Thursday, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges. The new charge was bound to bring fresh outrage from Ugandans and global musicians after Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, alleged he had … Continue reading KAMPALA, Uganda | Uganda’s pop star-turned-lawmaker now facing treason charges

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people Monday, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The quick response marked a rare if limited battlefield success for the troops after weeks of unrelenting insurgent attacks. The militants escaped with 21 captives following the battle in … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban take at least 100 people hostage

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Taliban ambushed a convoy of busses Monday on a road in northern Afghanistan and took more than 100 people hostage, including women and children, in the latest brazen assault by insurgents, provincial officials said. The ambush came despite Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s announcement of a conditional cease-fire with the Taliban during … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials: Taliban take at least 100 people hostage

KABUL, Afghanistan | Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

KABUL, Afghanistan  — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday. Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them foreigners, have been killed, the government said. … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Key Afghan city turned into ‘ghost town’ by deadly battles

AMMAN, Jordan | 3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout

AMMAN, Jordan— Three members of Jordan’s security forces were killed Saturday when they stormed a hideout of suspected militants that had been rigged with explosives, the government spokeswoman said. The officers had been chasing suspects in an explosion a day earlier in which a policeman was killed. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz portrayed Friday’s bombing as … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | 3 Jordan policemen killed in storming of militants’ hideout

CAIRO | Rights group: Egypt issues suspended sentence to 6 over play

CAIRO — An Egyptian rights group says a military court has sentenced six people to a two-month suspended sentence for their involvement in a play seen as insulting to security forces. The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression says Wednesday the Cairo Military Misdemeanor Court convicted the playwright, director and officials of the Cairo … Continue reading CAIRO | Rights group: Egypt issues suspended sentence to 6 over play