Burkina Faso hotel siege declared over

The siege of a popular hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, is over after security forces stormed the hotel which was under siege since Friday evening, the country’s interior minister has said. At Least 126 people have been freed and three “jihadists” killed in the operation backed by the French[…]

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East Jerusalem suffocates under Israeli siege

As Israel imposed a siege on East Jerusalem, sealing off entire neighbourhoods, Issawiya emerged on Wednesday morning from another violent night of clashes and arrests – broken and battered, but unbowed, according to residents. During the night, Israeli security forces violently clamped down on Palestinians protesting after at least seven[…]

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Victim messaged family during Mali siege

A South African rescue worker killed in the weekend’s Mali hostage siege messaged his family on WhatsApp for hours about the “warzone” outside the hotel bathroom where he was hiding. Father-of-four, Roelof “Jaco” Janse van Rensburg, 39, was one of the 13 killed in Mali during the Hotel Byblos siege[…]

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Embassy assisting slain man’s family after Mali siege

The South African embassy in Mali is assisting with the repatriation arrangements for a South African man who was killed during the siege of a hotel in the country, the department of international relations said on Sunday. “The embassy is liaising with the authorities and the embassy will provide consular[…]

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Muslims reject burial of Sydney gunman

As the body of Sydney gunman remains in the morgue awaiting autopsy, leaders of the Australian Muslim community have abstained from claiming the dead body to offer it a funeral, with the city’s officials said that a “destitute funeral” will be the only solution left. “We don’t care about him,[…]

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5 people escape Sydney cafe hostage crisis

Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist incident[…]

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