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Gunmen attack Baghdad mall, killing 10 and taking hostages

Gunmen attack Baghdad mallGunmen set off a car bomb at the entrance to a mall in mainly Shiite eastern Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25 as the attackers raced inside and took hostages, Iraqi officials said.

Police and medical officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, estimated that 50-75 people were trapped inside the Jawhara mall. They said gunmen could be seen on the roof of the mall, which was surrounding by police and soldiers.


Arson Suspected in Fire at Israeli Rights Group's Office Building in Jerusalem

B'Tselem arsonA fire broke out on Sunday evening in a building that houses the office of human rights group B'Tselem, in Jerusalem's Makor Haim neighborhood.

The fire department said they suspect an arson was the cause of the fire.

Firefighting crews rescued a person who was trapped on the fourth floor of the building, a fire department spokesperson said. One person was lightly wounded from smoke inhalation and evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.

The spokesman said that the fire has been contained and efforts are being made to extinguish the flames.


Cologne attacks: New Year's Eve crime cases top 500

Cologne attacks exceed 500The number of criminal cases committed during new year celebrations in the German city of Cologne has risen to 516 - 40% of which relate to sexual assault, police in the city say.

The figures are a big increase from the 379 cases police reported on Saturday. Asylum seekers and illegal migrants from North Africa comprise the majority of suspects, police say.


'Projectile' hits Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic in Yemen, killing four: MSF

MSF clinic hit by missile in YemenAt least four people have been killed and 10 injured after an MSF-supported hospital was hit by a rocket or bomb in northern Yemen, the medical aid group said.

Three of the injured were Médecins Sans Frontières staff, with two reported to be in critical condition. MSF said the “projectile” struck the Shiara hospital in the Razeh district of Saada province at 9.20am local time on Sunday, leading to “the collapse of several buildings of the medical facility”.


U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea In Show Of Force Against North Korea

US flies B-52 over N KoreaThe United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over its ally South Korea on Sunday, a show of force following North Korea's nuclear test last week.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un maintained that Wednesday's test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war.

North Korea's fourth nuclear test angered both China, its main ally, and the United States, although the U.S. government and weapons experts doubt the North's claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb.


India teen gang-raped, shot, dumped in well

India girl gang rapedAn Indian teenager held captive for two weeks by a gang of men said in an interview broadcast Sunday that she was repeatedly raped before being shot twice and dumped in a well on the outskirts of New Delhi.

The victim, reportedly aged 14, was allegedly abducted on November 22 while walking to a market in western Delhi, in the latest case of sexual violence in the Indian capital.

Speaking of her ordeal to the NDTV news network, the teenager said she was held in a "dark room" where three attackers took turns to rape her over a two-week period.


Sean Penn's secret interview with 'El Chapo' led to drug lord's capture

Sean Penn and El ChappoThe recapture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the world's most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn.

Penn's interview with Guzman, who has twice escaped from Mexican maximum security prisons, appeared late Saturday on the website of Rolling Stone magazine. It was purportedly held at an undisclosed hideout in northern Mexico in late 2015, several months before Guzman's recapture Friday in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, after six months on the run.


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