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American Among Dead in Kabul Hotel Attack

Park Palace Hotel assault leaves 5 dead, 6 wounded

(Newser) - Police say gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital as it hosted a party for foreigners, triggering an hourslong siege that ended with five people dead, including an American and two Indian nationals. Six were wounded and 54 hostages were rescued. Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman says the attack... More »

Iraq Forces Break 2-Month ISIS Siege

Backed by US airstrikes, aid drops, town of Amerli back in Baghdad's hands

(Newser) - Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen have broken a two-month siege imposed by the Islamic State on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amerli, according to various officials. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said today that forces "reached" the town; retired general and Amerli resident Khaled al-Amerli confirms... More »

Cops in 5-Hour Standoff With ... Quiche Thieves

'Apparently they were hungry,' cafe owner says

(Newser) - A couple of hungry thieves faced off against police for five hours after reportedly breaking into a cafe for a bite of quiche, the Guardian reports. The two men, aged 20 and 21, attempted the nighttime burglary in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's northernmost town. But patrol officers noticed the break-in, and... More »

Ivory Coast's Ouattara: It's Time to Use Force

Leader urges West African forces to intervene against incumbent

(Newser) - Ivory Coast’s president-elect Alassane Outtara is holed up in a hotel that has been encircled by the army, on orders of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, for two months. Now, Outtara tells Time , he’s ready for West Africa’s economic community to use force. “I wanted to give peace... More »

Mumbai Police Were Outgunned

Police relied on First World War-era weapons

(Newser) - Police in Mumbai were armed with weapons designed as long ago as World War I to battle terrorists brandishing sophisticated  AK47 automatic rifles, reports the Times of London. The alarming disparity in arms explains why a handful of terrorists was able to paralyze the city and inflict so many casualties.... More »

India Names Mumbai Plot Mastermind

US warned New Delhi of attack: American official

(Newser) - The lone surviving terrorist has identified Lashkar-e-Taiba head Yusuf Muzammil as the mastermind behind last week's Mumbai attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports. Mumbai police are demanding Pakistan turn over the militant leader, along with others in the group who called the terrorists days before their mission. Meanwhile, an American... More »

5 Dead After Calif. Shootout

Gunman, 3 victims and SWAT officer killed in overnight siege

(Newser) - An overnight siege northwest of Los Angeles ended this morning when a police sniper killed a gunman responsible for wounding one SWAT officer and killing another, the Los Angeles Times reports. The man called 911 last night to report shooting three of his family members dead; SWAT officer Randal Simmons... More »

Army Battles Militants Near Lebanese Refugee Camp

Bombardment escalates as death toll tops 80

(Newser) - Lebanese troops continued to try to dislodge militants from a Palestinian refugee camp outside Tripoli today, extending a two-week siege that has led to the worst violence in the country since the civil war that ended in 1990. At least 84 people have died in the fighting, and more than... More »

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