Somalia Al Shabaab attacks Africa Al Shabaab militants launch deadly attacks on Mogadishu hotels

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A Somali soldier stands guard by the scene of an al Shabaab suicide attack on a military intelligence base in Mogadishu on June 21, 2015. © Mohamed Abdiwahab, AFP file picture

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Al Shabaab militants on Friday launched near simultaneous attacks on two hotels in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, killing at least five civilians in the twin assaults, authorities said.

A suicide bomber used an explosive-laden car to smash open the gates of one of the two fortified hotels as gunmen then stormed both premises.

Mortar rounds were also fired at Mogadishu’s former main football stadium, now a key base of African Union (AU) troops, security officials said. There were no reports of casualties in that attack.

The Weheliye and Siyaad hotels are popular meeting places for the country’s lawmakers, government workers and businessmen.

According to Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security agency, responsibility for the hotel attacks has…

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Investigators: 2 Bodies Found In Wooded Area In Middle Township

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MIDDLE Twp., N.J., (CBS) — The bodies of a male and a female were discovered in a wooded area of Middle Township, investigators announced Wednesday.

At about 9:11 a.m. Wednesday, investigators say police responded to Old Rio Grande Avenue in the Rio Grande section of Middle Township. According to investigators, a person who was walking on a back trail in a wooded area discovered two individuals who appeared to be deceased.

Upon police arrival, investigators say they discovered the bodies of male and a female who were deceased.

The individuals at this time have not been identified and a joint investigation is presently underway by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Detective Unit of the Middle Township Police Department.

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WASHINGTON:Obama: ‘ TPP No Ordinary Trade Deal its Meant to Undermine China’s Position ‘

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#AceFinanceNews – Featured Report:WASHINGTON:July.08: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not just an ordinary trade deal: it is meant to undermine China’s positions in the Asia-Pacific and strengthen Washington’s hegemony in the region for decades to come, US expert Sean Mirski explains.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not just about trade: the deal will alter the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific strengthening Washington’s positions in the region for decades to come, US expert in international affairs Sean Mirski asserted.“In short, then, the TPP has been presented and criticized as if it were an ordinary trade deal. It’s not. The treaty boasts strategic consequences that make it well worth passing,” the expert stressed.

“If the TPP can change the trajectory of American power relative to China’s, it may be the single most important factor in whether the United States retains its “indispensable” role in the 21st Century,” he elaborated.

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Personal Fireworks Illegal in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City fire chief is reminding residents and visitors that the use of personal fireworks is illegal within the city limits.

Chief Niles R. Ford said in a news release on Friday that with Independence Day a week away, residents should remember that all consumer fireworks are banned in Baltimore.

Ford says while residents can buy consumer fireworks in the counties or on the Internet, the possession, manufacture, storage, sales, handling and use of fireworks in the city is prohibited.

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