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AFRICA---At least 13 people are
thought to have been killed, including
five UN workers, in a hostage siege at
a hotel in the central Malian town of
A further four UN workers survived
by hiding in cupboards for almost 24
hours as the attack unfolded.
The suspected Islamist gunmen had
retreated to the hotel after attacking a
nearby army base.
The siege was ended after govern-
ment troops stormed the building early
yesterday. No group has said it carried
out the attack.
At least three of the gunmen are dead
and seven have been arrested, while
five Malian soldiers were said to have
been killed in the attack.
The gunmen burst into the the Byb-
los Hotel early on Friday, sparking
fierce exchanges of gunfire with the
army who soon surrounded the build-
Mali hotel siege: Thirteen killed, four UN workers saved
Typhoon Soudelor pounded Taiwan
with fierce winds and torrential rain yes-
terday, killing at least five people and
injuring at least 185, according to Taiwan's
National Fire Agency, before barrelling
on to China. Soudelor has been down-
graded to a tropical storm.
Another five people remained missing
as of 10 pm local time, the agency, which
is part of the Interior Ministry, said.
Those killed included a mother and her
8-year-old daughter swept out to sea, Tai-
wan's Central News Agency reported,
adding that the girl's twin sister is unac-
China also took a pummelling, with
Soudelor making landfall in Putian city, in
China's southern Fujian province, at about
10.10 pm local time yesterday, according
to China's National Meteorological Cen-
ter.The US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre
said Soudelor weakened as it moved inland
toward the northwest. It has maximum
sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour
(52 mph) and gusts to 100 kph (62 mph.)
Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan early
yesterday north of the city of Hualien.
Many areas across the island received
between 10 and 15 inches (25.4 to 38.1 cen-
timetres) of rain. Meteorologists said 40
inches (101 cm) of rain fell in Taipingshan
over two days.
One city in northern Taiwan saw a 210
kph (131 mph) wind gust.
Authorities deployed more than 35,000
military personnel to relocate residents in
vulnerable areas as the typhoon made its
way across the Pacific Ocean.
More than a metre (39 inches) of rain
has fallen in parts of Taiwan, with as much
as 1.5 to 2 metres possible by the time the
storm passes in the country's southwest,
CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said.
Taiwanese airlines announced flight
adjustments, canceling a number of domes-
tic and international flights for Saturday,
according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.
Railways likewise suspended high speed
and regular train services, the agency said.
The Central Weather Bureau warned 16
cities and counties that they were likely to
experience intense rain and powerful winds
from Soudelor. (CNN)
...downgraded to tropical storm
West Bank arson:
Palestinian dad dies of wounds
MIDDLE EAST---A Palestinian man whose child was
killed in an arson attack blamed on Jewish settlers has
died of his injuries.
Saad Dawabsha, 32, died in an Israeli hospital where he
was being treated for second-degree burns to most of his
His son Ali, 18 months, died in the attack in the village
of Duma in the occupied West Bank on July 31.
His mother and his four-year-old brother remain in crit-
Hundreds of people turned out as Saad Dawabsha was
buried in Duma yesterday.
In last week's attack the family's small home was fire-
bombed in the night, and daubed with slogans in Hebrew,
including the word "revenge."
Palestinians have accused Jewish settlers of carrying
out the attack; Israel has not said whether it holds set-
tlers responsible. An investigation is ongoing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the
attack an act of terrorism and has said every effort will
be made to catch the culprits. (BBC)
Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend accused
of giving her 'toxic cocktail'
CALIFORNIA---Bobbi Kristina Brown's former
boyfriend is being accused of giving her a "toxic cocktail"
before her death.
In a case filed by one of her estate's administrators, it's
also claimed Nick Gordon put her face down in a bath.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of singer Whitney
Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died on July 26 after
being found unconscious at home in January.
A spokesman for Gordon's defence lawyer, Jose Baez,
said the lawsuit was "slanderous and meritless."
A statement emailed to USA Today said: "Nick has
been heartbroken and destroyed over the loss of his love
and it's shameful that such baseless allegations have
been presented publicly.
"Nick has engaged civil counsel and intends to defend
the lawsuit vigorously and expose it for what it is: a ficti-
tious assault against the person who loved Krissy most."
The amended complaint is a civil action filed by Bobbi
Kristina Brown's court-appointed conservator, Bedelia
Cannibalism suspected in
Russian 'Granny Ripper' case
ST PETERSBURG---Police in the Russian city of St. Pe-
tersburg say they are investigating cannibalism and occult
sacrifice as motives in the suspected slayings of at least 11
people by a pensioner dubbed the "Granny Ripper."
The suspect, 68-year-old Tamara Samsonova, a former
hotel worker, was arrested July 28 after security video
footage emerged of her taking several large plastic bags
out of the apartment block in the middle of the night.
Police said the bags contained the body parts of another
pensioner, Valentina Ulanova, 79, with whom the suspect
temporarily lived as a carer.
After her arrest, Samsonova was pictured blowing
kisses to reporters in court, and she was videoed celebrat-
ing when the judge informed her she would be held in cus-
"I'm haunted by a maniac upstairs who forced me to
kill," she told reporters through the bars of her courtroom
cage. "I have nowhere else to live. I am a very old person,
and I put the whole matter to rest deliberately. I have
thought 77 times about it and then decided that I must be
in prison. I will die there and the state will probably bury
me," Samsonova said.
In this image released by the New Taipei Fire Department, emergency rescue personnel carrying children pass crushed cars from a
flash mudslide caused by Typhoon Soudelor in Xindian, New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, yesterday. At least five people were killed
and four were missing when the powerful typhoon slammed into Taiwan, authorities said yesterday. AP PHOTO
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