Monday, September 23, 2013

World News Briefs -- September 23, 2013

More Gunfire After Kenyan Forces Assault Nairobi's Westgate Mall -- CNN

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -- Heavy gunfire sent aid workers and journalists scrambling outside Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall on Monday afternoon, more than an hour after a Kenyan government official said security forces had taken full control of the four-story building from terrorists.

It was unclear if any hostages remained inside the building, but authorities expect the number to be "very, very minimal," if any remain, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said at a news briefing.

Most had already been evacuated, he said Monday, the third day of the siege.

The Kenyan Red Cross said that 62 people had died since the Saturday attack by gunmen from the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group. The agency had previously reported 69 deaths. Some bodies had been counted twice, it said on Twitter.

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Private donations give edge to Islamists in Syria, officials say.

Assad: No problem with chemical inspectors in Syria, but security a concern.

UNHCR preparing for further influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan.

Iran's elite military warns of dangers of dealing with U.S.

Israeli soldier killed in West Bank city of Hebron. Benjamin Netanyahu orders settlers back into disputed house.

Israeli PM urged to rethink peace talks.


Afghanistan: Taliban kill 11 border police guards.

Pakistan blasts: Burials amid anger after Peshawar church attack.

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party wins key vote in the north.

China says it’s ready to cooperate with U.S..

North Korea denies Kim Jong-un executed mistress to protect wife.

Australia's tough-talking PM to tread diplomatic path in Indonesia.

Heavy rains trigger landslides in Philippines, leaving 20 dead as toll reaches 47 in Asia.

China’s Bo Xilai sentenced to life in prison. Bo Xilai: Chinese ex-politician to appeal against life term.

China's Xi stamps authority on party with Bo verdict.


Smoke pours from Kenya mall as forces 'close in'. Kenya forces mount assault to end mall siege.

Uganda steps up security after Kenya mall attack: army.

Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood.

Tunisia's Islamists resist proposal to step down.

Sudan says US economic sanctions a violation of human rights.

Gunfire from Nigerian forces kills squatters.

Sudan leader says he will travel to U.N..


Merkel, Conservatives triumph in German vote.

Germany's Angela Merkel faces tough coalition talks.

Lavrov: US trying to blackmail Russia on UN Syria resolution.

Russia's Putin says Syria violence could hit ex-Soviet bloc.

Jailed member of Russia's punk band on hunger strike.

Three Britons arrested in France's biggest ever cocaine bust.

Greek police generals resign after neo-Nazi killing.

Costa Concordia captain blames disaster on helmsman.

Scottish independence: Yes campaigners rally in Edinburgh.


Obama swamped by several crises.

Nairobi Westgate Mall siege: FBI probing Americans' 'role' in al-Shabaab plot.

Canada investigating report 24-year-old Ontario man among militants in deadly Kenya mall siege.

Colombia: rebels recruited 13,000 minors during conflict.

Venezuelan National Guardsmen arrested over drugs.

Mexico storm death toll rises to 110.

Attorneys for accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court.


US drones kill 7 in North Waziristan strike.

Al Qaeda-linked fighters killed in clash with Syria rebels.

Al-Shabab: An al Qaeda-linked group "on the move" and turning to global jihad.

Terror in Nairobi: Behind al-Shabab’s war with Kenya.

Kenya attack is product of brutal power struggle within al-Shabaab (commentary)

What is Al Shabaab and what are the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group's motives?


China, Europe orders signal economic healing but U.S. disappoints.

Apple Touch ID fingerprint tech 'broken', hackers say.

Apple sells 9 million 5s, 5c iPhones in first three days.

Oil falls toward $104 a barrel as Syria risk fades.

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