Militants strike in W. Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya -- More than a dozen people, including at least four Ethiopian soldiers, were killed Saturday in a suicide attack on a cafe in western Somalia, near the border with Ethiopia. Al-Shabab, the militant Somali Islamist group, claimed responsibility.
The attacker, strapped with explosives, blew himself up in Beledweyne, a city about 200 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu, officials said. Police told local reporters that 15 people were killed in the attack.
Through a spokesman, al-Shabab claimed responsibility and said the suicide bomber had been targeting soldiers from Ethiopia and Djibouti who frequented the cafe. He gave a higher death toll, saying 25 people had been killed.
The attack Saturday came four weeks after al-Shabab laid siege to the Westgate mall in Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya, which brought worldwide attention to the ferocious militant group.
Maldives revote blocked
MALE, Maldives -- The Maldives sank further into political disarray Saturday when police blocked officials from conducting a presidential revote, saying that holding the election would violate a Supreme Court order.
It's the latest blow to this young Indian Ocean democracy. The current president's term ends in about three weeks, and if his replacement is not elected by then it will spark a constitutional crisis.
President Mohamed Waheed Hassan stepped in to resolve the impasse Saturday evening, saying he would propose that the revote be held next Saturday.
Judge clears Madoff sons
LONDON -- A British judge on Friday has cleared Bernard Madoff's sons of wrongdoing in a case brought against them by the liquidator of his estate in Britain, saying in a ruling that the pair's honesty was not in doubt.
Mark, who committed suicide in 2010, and Andrew Madoff long played a lead role in the drama surrounding their disgraced financier father. They first alerted authorities in 2008 after Madoff confessed that his highly regarded investment business was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.
Gaza chief seeks uprising
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, called Saturday on all Palestinian factions to oppose the recently restarted peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and take up "armed resistance."
Israel is negotiating with the West Bank government of President Mahmoud Abbas. The Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, does not recognize Israel and calls for its destruction. It was responsible for scores of suicide bombings and other attacks against Israel last decade.
Also in the world ...
A commuter train slammed into the bumper at the end of the line Saturday at the same station in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, where 52 people were killed in a similar crash last year; this time there was no immediate report of deaths, but at least 80 people were injured. ... Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, were bracing today for higher temperatures and winds in the coming days.
First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM