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Mogadishu blast: 'We have never seen such devastation'

Mogadushu massacre

Abdulkadir Abdirahman, director of Mogadishu's ambulance service, recounts the horrors he saw after a truck bomb blast that killed more than 200 people in the Somali capital.

He spoke to Al Jazeera's Hamza Mohamed:

"It was a normal day. Very quiet and not much work to do. I was sitting behind my desk at work. Our office is about one kilometre from the scene of the explosion.

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Tony Blair: ‘We were wrong to boycott Hamas after its election win’

Tony Blair: We should not have boycotted duly elected Hamas

Tony Blair has said for the first time that he and other world leaders were wrong to yield to Israeli pressure to impose an immediate boycott of Hamas after the Islamic faction won Palestinian elections in 2006.

As prime minister at the time, Blair offered strong support for the decision – driven by the George W Bush White House – to halt aid to, and cut off relations with, the newly elected Hamas-led Palestinian Authority unless it agreed to recognise Israel, renounce violence and abide by previous agreements between its Fatah predecessors and Israel. The ultimatum was rejected by Hamas. The elections were judged free and fair by international monitors.

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Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Harvey Weinstein expelled from Academy of MP Arts and SciencesThe movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced on Saturday, over decades of alleged sexual misconduct.

Weinstein, 65, faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than two dozen women and three of rape.

A statement from the Academy, the industry body which governs the annual Oscars awards, said: “The board of governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy.

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U.S. States Sue To Block Trump’s Obamacare Subsidies Cut

21 States sue to block Trumps cuts to ObamacareEighteen U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday to stop him from scrapping a key component of Obamacare, subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses, even as Trump invited Democratic leaders to negotiate a deal.

One day after his administration announced plans to end the payments next week, Trump said he would dismantle Obamacare “step by step.”

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Hustler Magazine founder offers $10 million for info to help impeach Trump

Larry Flynt offers $10m for info to impeach Trump

Hustler Magazine founder Larry Flynt is reportedly offering a $10 million reward for information that could lead to the impeachment of President Trump.

Fox Business anchor Liz Claman tweeted an image of a full-page advertisement from Flynt that offered the reward. Flynt later retweeted that tweet on his own Twitter account.

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Gunmen attack Kenyan school, killing six children: officials

School attacked in KenyaSeven people, six of them children, were killed in northern Kenya on Saturday when unknown assailants attacked a school, officials said.

Cattle rustling and clashes over grazing and farming land are relatively common between communities in the East African country’s north, and often escalate into revenge attacks.

The region also borders war-torn South Sudan, and arms smuggling is common, with Kenyan police having little control over weaponry crossing the border.

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Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

Federal halfway houses being shut by Trump's DOJThe administration of President Donald Trump has been quietly cutting support for halfway houses for federal prisoners, severing contracts with as many as 16 facilities in recent months, prompting concern that some inmates are being forced to stay behind bars longer than necessary.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long confirmed the cuts in response to an email inquiry from Reuters, and said they only affect areas with small populations or underutilized centers.

“The Bureau remains firmly committed to these practices, but has had to make some modifications to our programs due to our fiscal environment,” Long said.

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California wildfire death toll rises to 35, earthquake hits Mendocino County

California fire deaths reach 35At least 35 people have been killed and hundreds more remain missing as multiple wildfires continue to burn throughout Northern California.

Two more people were confirmed dead on Friday as the bodies of 89-year-old Dr. George Chaney and a 79-year-old man were recovered from their home in Napa, raising the total number of deaths reported by authorities to 35.

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Nearly 3 decades later, Anita Hill sees the needle moving

Anita Hill

It's been 26 years since Anita Hill, soft-spoken and deliberate in her bright blue suit, sat before a Senate panel and detailed the lurid sexual harassment charges that would transfix a nation. Clarence Thomas went on to the Supreme Court, but Hill's testimony was a watershed moment that raised awareness in incalculable ways.

Will the sordid Harvey Weinstein scandal be recalled as another one of those watershed moments, its reverberations spilling out of Hollywood into the everyday workplace? Hill is one of those who thinks it will.

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