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Security personnel stand guard at the scene of the car bomb attack.

Somalia Bombing, gun attack at Mogadishu hotel kills at least 6

Gunmen raided a hotel in Somalia’s capital after detonating a car bomb outside the building Friday, killing at least six people and sparking a gunbattle with security forces, a police officer at the scene said.

Security forces and the assailants still were exchanging gunfire at the Makka Al Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu early Friday evening, police Capt. Ahmed Abdi said.

Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility the attack. An Al-Shabaab spokesman, Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu Musab, said the group’s fighters were conducting an operation against what he said are spies and government officials.

The attack started when a car bomb exploded at the hotel’s entrance, according to witness Aden Hussein, who said he was meters away from the hotel when the blast happened.

Gunmen then went inside the hotel, spraying people with bullets, Hussein said.

One of the attackers, wearing a belt with explosives, blew himself up inside the hotel, causing an undetermined number of casualties, Abdi said.

The hotel, which is along a highway leading to the country’s presidential palace, is popular with lawmakers, journalists and business people.

Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar

An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar early Thursday, the official Algerian news agency said. Air navigation services lost track of the plane after 0155 GMT, or 50 minutes after takeoff, the agency said. That … read more

UN is set to sanction Abubakar Shekau,Boko Haram Leader

By  Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council is set to sanction Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and its faction Ansaru, the first individual and entity to be designated by the world body since the … read more

South Sudan: No Amnesty for Serious Crimes , hrw

Human Rights Watch Negotiations, Peace Agreement Should Ensure Justice (Nairobi) – South Sudan’s peace talks should proceed on the basis that justice for serious crimes is an essential part of any peace agreement, Human Rights Watch said in a letter … read more

US. Navy rescues 282 apparent migrants in Mediterranean

By Michael Martinez, CNN (CNN) — The U.S. Navy rescued 282 people from six small vessels in the Mediterranean Sea after one of the boats began to sink, the military said Saturday. Five of the rescued were medically evacuated Friday … read more