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Deadly suicide bombing strikes Somalia's capital

Somalia capital hit by deadly bombAt least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bombing near the Somali president's palace in Mogadishu, which caused a huge blast and destroyed two hotels nearby, according to police.

Reuters news agency said al-Shabab fighters claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack.

Al Jazeera has learned that at least 10 people, including government soldiers, died in the attack and 20 others were wounded.


Australian aid worker freed 4 months after kidnapping in Afghanistan

Australian woman freed in AfghanistanAn Australian aid worker who was abducted in Afghanistan in April has been freed, according to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

The woman, whom Bishop identified as Kerry Jane Wilson in a Monday statement, was taken by armed kidnappers at dawn from her home in Jalalabad in late April.


Brazil's Dilma Rousseff defends record at impeachment trial

Dilma RousseffBrazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate.

She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.  Ms Rousseff said her conscience was "absolutely clean" and that she had not committed any crime.

Senators are cross-examining her. They are due to vote later this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.


Scores killed in ISIL-claimed suicide bombing in Yemen

Yemen bombing by ISISA suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen's second city of Aden has killed at least 45 people, medical sources say.

A security official told AFP news agency that the attacker drove his vehicle into a gathering of new recruits at the camp in northern Aden on Monday.  Later on Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast killed at least 45 people and wounded 29 others, medical sources said from the three hospitals where victims were taken.


Two United Airlines pilots suspected of being drunk arrested at Glasgow airport

Pilots could be drunkTwo United Airlines pilots suspected of boarding a plane while intoxicated were arrested in the cockpit Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

The men, 35 and 45 years old, whose names have not yet been released, are both believed to be U.S. citizens, BBC reported.

The men were scheduled to pilot a 9 a.m. flight from Glasgow to Newark, N.J. The plane later took off with a new flight crew. The pilots are expected to appear Monday before the Paisley Sheriff Court.


French mayors refuse to lift burkini ban despite court ruling

Burkini ban continuesA majority of mayors who have banned burkinis in about 30 French coastal resorts are refusing to lift the restrictions despite the country’s highest administrative court ruling that the bans are illegal, leaving the state facing a dilemma about how to react.

More than 20 mayors have defiantly kept in place decrees under which municipal police can stop and fine any women in full-body swimsuits at the beach despite the ruling from the state council that the burkini bans are a “serious and manifestly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”.


Haiti's peanut producers oppose 500-tonne US donation

Haiti refuses peanut donationsPeanut producers in Haiti have united to block the delivery of a 500-tonne shipment of nuts from the US.

They say the shipment threatens to undermine the livelihood of thousands of people in the country.

According to the World Bank, extreme poverty in the country has fallen from 31 to 24 percent over the last decade but remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world (with a GDP per capita of $846 in 2014).


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