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Bangladesh commandos rescue 13 hostages, kill six gunmen as siege ends

Still frame from live video shows armed personnel securing the scene after gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant and took hostages early on Saturday in DhakaBy Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Suspected Islamic gunmen attacked an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital popular with foreigners before police stormed the building on Saturday and rescued at least 13 hostages, officials said. Six gunmen were killed during the police operation and one was captured alive, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a TV broadcast. "The operation is over and the situation is under control," army spokesman Colonel Rashidul Hasan told Reuters.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 02:47:20 -0400
Three killed as Libya forces close on central Sirte against Islamic State

Fighter from forces aligned with Libya's new unity government prepare their weapons in the Zaafran area in SirteBy Patrick Markey MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces fighting to free the city of Sirte from Islamic State forces have surrounded a conference hall in the area still held by militants after air strikes and clashes that killed at least three pro-government fighters, senior officials said. Forces allied with Libya's unity government began a campaign two months ago to free Sirte from Islamic State, after militants took advantage of fighting between rival factions to gain territory and control the coastal city last year. Three fighters were killed and more than 30 injured during fighting on Friday after Islamic State militants were driven out of the residential 700 district in fierce clashes involving rockets, mortars and gun battles, a senior commander and hospital officials said.

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:36:21 -0400
U.S. says kills up to 116 civilians in strikes outside war zones

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone flies over Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during a training missionBy Phil Stewart, Jonathan Landay and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government accepted responsibility on Friday for inadvertently killing up to 116 civilians in strikes in countries where America is not at war, a major disclosure likely to inflame debate about targeted killings and use of drones. President Barack Obama's goal for the release of the numbers, which are higher than any previously officially acknowledged but vastly below private estimates, is to create greater transparency about what the U.S. military and CIA are doing to fight militants plotting against the United States. "The numbers reported by the White House today simply dont add up and we're disappointed by that," said Federico Borello, executive director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:41:41 -0400
Air strike kills two Islamic State military commanders: Pentagon

A U.S.-led coalition air strike killed Islamic State's deputy minister of war and a military commander in Mosul on June 25, a Pentagon official said on Friday. "Their deaths, along with strikes against other ISIL leaders in the past month, have critically degraded ISIL's leadership experience in Mosul and removed two of their most senior military members in Northern Iraq," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement, using an acronym for the militant group that is also known as ISIS and Daesh. The strike near Mosul killed Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, the deputy minister of war, who oversaw the militant group's capture of Mosul in 2014, Cook said.

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:48:56 -0400
Australia votes in dead-heat polls as PM seeks reform mandate

Voters allow a man to walk out of a polling station as they line up to participate in Australia's federal elections at Mount Alexander College in FlemingtonBy Jane Wardell and Matt Siegel SYDNEY/ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Australia voted on Saturday to elect a government for the next three years amid concerns an anticipated close vote will deny current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull the outright majority he needs to enact major economic reforms. The leader of Australia's conservative Liberal Party-led Coalition dissolved both houses of parliament in May in a bid to oust intransigent independents in the upper house Senate who had blocked his agenda.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:09:58 -0400
Vietnam urges 'fair' ruling from court handling South China Sea case

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh speaks to the media at a news conference in HanoiVietnam has called for an international tribunal in The Hague to deliver a "fair and objective" ruling in an arbitration case lodged by the Philippines that challenges China's expansive claims in the South China Sea. In a carefully worded statement two days after the court announced July 12 as the verdict date, Vietnam's foreign ministry said it hoped the ruling would provide a basis for peacefully resolving rows. Vietnam is not a direct party to the case but stands to gain if the verdict favors Manila.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 02:58:30 -0400
Ortiz sets milestones as Boston beat Angels

Aficionados animan mientras el jugador de los Medias Rojas de Boston, David Ortiz, rodea la tercera base en su jonrn solitario durante el quinto inning de su juego de bisbol contra los Angelinos de Los ngeles, en Boston, el viernes 1 de julio de 2016. (AP Foto/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) David Ortiz celebrated two milestones on one hit as the Boston Red Sox survived two very close calls on Friday night.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:15:45 -0400
Australian democracy smells like barbecued sausage

By Colin Packham and Melanie Burton SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian election may be too close to call but voters on Saturday were united in their pursuit of their democratic right to a sausage sandwich. The traditional sausage grill is as big an attraction as the polling booth in Australia, where voting is compulsory for the country's 15.6 million registered citizens. "Australian democracy is not complete without the aromas of a sausage sizzle," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said as he cast his vote in his Sydney electorate.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:09:58 -0400
Top Asian News 7:05 a.m. GMT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners at the end of the 10-hour standoff. Seven Japanese are unaccounted for. About 35 people were taken hostage, including about 20 foreigners, when gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area, a diplomatic zone, on Friday night. "We have gunned down at least six terrorists and the main building is cleared but the operation is still going on," Lt. Col. Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commander of the Rapid Action Battalion, told The Associated Press three hours after the commandos launched the rescue operation.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:05:46 -0400
Police kill 6 militants, rescue 13 hostages in Dhaka attack

Bangladeshi soldiers come out of an area housing a restaurant popular with foreigners after heavily armed militants attacked it on Friday night and took dozens of hostages, in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 2, 2016. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadis activity online. (AP Photo)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners at the end of the 10-hour standoff. Seven Japanese are unaccounted for.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 03:05:23 -0400
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