ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack at Bangladesh Cafe That’s Killed at Least 2

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iStock/Thinkstock(DHAKA, Bangladesh) — ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at a cafe in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Foreigners are being held hostage in an ongoing situation at a cafe in Dhaka, a neighborhood popular with foreigners.

Two police officers have been killed and dozens of people have been injured, according to police.

No hostage deaths have been confirmed, police said.

A Twitter post circulated by Amaq, an ISIS media outlet, said that ISIS “commandos” attacked “a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the city of Dhaka.”

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby could not confirm that ISIS was responsible for the attack.

Kirby said Friday that, as the Embassy worked to account for everyone, he could report that all U.S. Chief of Mission personnel were accounted for.

“The situation is ongoing. Obviously too early for us to say who’s involved, motivation,” Kirby added.

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White House Counts 64 to 116 Civilians Killed by Airstrikes Outside War Zones

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House announced Friday that 64 to 116 civilians have died from U.S. airstrikes outside “areas of active hostilities” during President Obama’s term.

The number does not include deaths in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, where there are “active hostilities,” under the administration’s definition.

As recently as April, Obama defended the controversial drone program, fielding questions from students at the University of Chicago Law School and saying the rate of civilian casualties from drones was far lower than that of conventional warfare.

“The challenge for me as commander in chief has consistently been how do you think about this new technology in a way that is consistent with morality, ideals, laws of war, but is also consistent with my first priority as president and commander in chief, which is to keep all of you safe,” Obama said.

In the past, some human rights watch groups have said the administration has undercounted the real number of civilians killed as a result of drone strikes.

Along with releasing the previously secret numbers, the president issued an executive order to make the protection of civilians a priority in carrying out drone strikes and to offer condolences and compensation to injured civilians or the family members of slain civilians.

“The U.S. Government shall maintain and promote best practices that reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties, take appropriate steps when such casualties occur, and draw lessons from our operations to further enhance the protection of civilians,” the executive order reads.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack at Bangladesh Cafe Where Foreigners Are Being Held Hostage

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iStock/Thinkstock(DHAKA, Bangladesh) — ISIS has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack at a cafe in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Foreigners are being held hostage in an ongoing situation at a cafe in Dhaka, a neighborhood popular with foreigners.

Authorities did not immediately provide the nationalities or number of hostages.

One police officer has been killed and three others have been injured, according to the police.

The deadly situation is unfolding in Gulshan, a neighborhood popular with foreigners.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Friday that, as the Embassy worked to account for everyone, he could report that all U.S. Chief of Mission personnel were accounted for.

“The situation is ongoing. Obviously too early for us to say who’s involved, motivation,” Kirby added.

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Bangladesh Cafe Attack

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One police officer has been killed in the ongoing situation.

Police Say Two Officers Killed by Attackers Holding Hostages in Restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Police say two officers killed by attackers holding hostages in restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Liberia Marks Security Handover From UN Force After 13 Years

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Liberia marks security handover from UN force after 13 years; ‘Peace is in our hands’

US Has Another Close Call With Russian Ship in the Mediterranean

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The same ship was involved in a June 17 encounter with the USS Gravely.

Foreigners Held Hostage in Ongoing Situation in Bangladesh Cafe, Police Say

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iStock/Thinkstock(DHAKA, Bangladesh) — Foreigners are being held hostage in an ongoing situation at a cafe in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, police said.

Authorities did not immediately provide the nationalities or number of hostages.

One police officer has been killed and three others have been injured, according to the police.

The deadly situation is unfolding in Gulshan, a neighborhood popular with foreigners.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Friday that, as the Embassy worked to account for everyone, he could report that all U.S. Chief of Mission personnel were accounted for.

“The situation is ongoing. Obviously too early for us to say who’s involved, motivation,” Kirby added.

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17 More Arrested in Connection with Istanbul Airport Attack

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iStock/Thinkstock(ISTANBUL) — A total of 41 people have been arrested in connection with the terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport Tuesday night.

Seventeen people were arrested Friday in Gazientep, a Turkish city near the Syrian border, the city’s governor announced. Several digital documents were seized when the suspects were detained, the governor’s office said.

Overnight, 11 people were arrested after a series of anti-terror raids. Thirteen others have arrested. Three of those arrested were foreign nationals, but their nationalities were not identified.

It is unclear if the raids were directly linked to the attack.

The death toll from the attack climbed to 44 Thursday. Turkish state media identified two of the three attackers as Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov. The men hailed from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The three men opened fire with guns at an airport security checkpoint Tuesday night before blowing themselves up, Turkish officials said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that all signs point to the Islamic State group, while CIA director John Brennan said the attack “bears the hallmarks” of the terrorist group’s “depravity.”

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Bodies Found as Kenya Charges 3 Policemen Over Missing Men

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Body of rights lawyer found in river as Kenya to charge 3 policemen with murder of missing men

White House Counts 64 to 116 Civilians Killed by CIA Drones

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The Obama Administration has announced its estimate of civilians killed by drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa.

Clashes Amid Italy’s Crackdown on Its Chinese Community

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A crackdown by Italian authorities on the increasingly powerful Chinese community in Tuscany resulted in new searches Friday in Italy’s Chinatown and clashes this week that drew the ire of China’s Foreign Ministry

Attackers Take Hostages at Bangladesh Restaurant

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Local media report that a group of up to nine attackers took hostages inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh’s capital

Sierra Leone Diplomat Kidnapped in Nigeria; $40M Ransom

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Sierra Leone and workers at that country’s embassy in Nigeria say kidnappers in northwestern Nigeria have abducted a diplomat and demand a $40 million ransom

Shrimp Slaves Wait for Justice 8 Months After Thai Raid

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Nearly eight months ago, migrant worker Tin Nyo Win thought he was doing the right thing to help free his pregnant wife from slavery inside a Thai shrimp peeling shed

Attackers Open Fire, Take Hostages at Restaurant In Diplomatic Zone of Bangladesh Capital

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Attackers open fire, take hostages at restaurant In diplomatic zone of Bangladesh capital

Turkey Identifies Two of Three Suicide Bombers in Istanbul Airport Attack

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ABC News(ISTANBUL) — Turkey has named two of the three suicide bombers who struck Istanbul’s international airport on Tuesday night.

Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov were identified Friday as two of the attackers by Turkish state media, which cited an unnamed prosecution source close to the investigation. ABC News has contacted Turkey’s prime minister’s office and the interior ministry for confirmation.

Kyrgyzstan’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying Turkish authorities had identified two of the suicide bombers and that both held Russian passports. In the statement, the ministry provided the same names as reported by the Turkish state media but did not specify whether either of these men were also citizens of Kyrgyzstan.

The three attackers were from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, according to the Turkish prime minister’s office. A Turkish official said the Russian attacker was from the country’s restive Dagestan region, the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency against the Russian state.

The trio shared a home in Istanbul for the past month, according to Turkish officials. Neighbors said the men lived in an apartment with a reinforced steel door for several weeks.

Neighbors described suspicious activity at the apartment, including shades that were always drawn shut.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told ABC News there was a chemical smell coming from another apartment, and on Sunday the smell was so strong she thought there was a gas leak and called the landlord. But the massacre at the international airport happened before the landlord could investigate, she said.

Turkish officials said the attackers opened fire with guns at a security checkpoint before blowing themselves up at Ataturk Airport Tuesday night.

Authorities have arrested 24 people in Istanbul after a series of anti-terror raids. Of those arrested, three were foreign nationals. Their nationalities were not identified and it was unclear whether the raids were directly linked to the attack.

The initial overnight operation into Thursday morning consisted of 16 raids at different addresses in Istanbul, according to Turkey’s ministry of the interior. State-run media reported the addresses were in the city’s Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli neighborhoods.

Although no one has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said all signs point to the Islamic State group. CIA Director John Brennan said the attack “bears the hallmarks” of ISIS’ “depravity.”

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Turkey Identifies 2 of 3 Istanbul Airport Attackers

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Turkey has named two of the three suicide bombers who struck Istanbul’s international airport on Tuesday night.

Wales Votes ‘Leave’ Despite Millions in EU Support

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Even though Wales receives hundreds of millions annually in EU funding, most people voted for Britain to leave the EU. Puzzling many analysts, the ‘leave’ vote was strongest in areas that have arguably benefited the most from EU support

6 Killed in Suspected Al-Shabab Attack in Northern Kenya

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6 killed in suspected al-Shabab attack in Kenya’s north, a day after US travel warning

UN Human Rights Envoy: Displaced Rohingya Still Suffering

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The U.N.’s special envoy on human rights in Myanmar says conditions in camps for members of the Muslim Rohingya minority, forced from their homes four years ago by communal violence, remain poor

Antarctica’s Ozone Hole Is Shrinking, Study Shows

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A study published in the journal Science on Thursday found that the Antarctic ozone hole is getting smaller and occurring later in the year.

Palestinian Kills Israeli, Wounds Family in West Bank Attack

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The Israeli military says an Israeli was killed and his wife and two children were wounded after a Palestinian opened fire at a family car traveling in the West Bank

Girl, 13, Stabbed to Death in West Bank as She Slept Was US National, Officials Say

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GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A 13-year-old U.S. national was stabbed to death, as she slept, by a 17-year-old Palestinian in a West Bank settlement in what officials were describing as an “outrageous terrorist attack,” according to the U.S. State Department.

The teen, identified by the State Department as Hallel Ariel, was killed Thursday after the Palestinian youth broke into her home in a West Bank settlement, said U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the outrageous terrorist attack this morning in the West Bank where a 13-year-old girl, Hallel Ariel, was stabbed to death in her home,” he said. “This brutal act of terrorism is simply unconscionable. We extend our deepest condolences to her family. We also understand another individual who was responding to the attack was wounded by the attacker. We extend our hopes for a quick and full recovery.”

The teen’s murder received global condemnation, and was described as a terrorist attack by many nations.

“There can be no justification for such acts of terror,” the European Union said in a statement. “The European Union extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.”

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, tweeted, “Condemn today’s horrific terrorist attack. Can be no possible justification for murder of 13 year old girl in her bed.”

The French embassy in Israel tweeted, “FR condemns heinous murder of Israeli teenager in #KiryatArba, deeply worried about ongoing violent & terrorist acts.”

Dave Sharma, Australia’s ambassador to Israel, tweeted, “Thoughts are with family of 13yo girl Hallel Ariel, z”l, brutally stabbed to death in terror attack whilst sleeping. Horrific and barbaric.”

The Palestinian teen, identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as Mohammed Tarayreh, from the nearby village of Bani Naim, was shot and killed by securiy guards after the incident, which is the latest in a nine-month wave of violence.

“The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after an emergency meeting with his Defense Minister.

The home is in Kiryat Arba, a hard-line Jewish settlement located near the Palestinian city of Hebron, which has been a focal point in the current wave of violence.

Since last September, Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbings, shootings and vehicular ramming attacks that have killed 33 Israelis and two American tourists.

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Death Toll Climbs to 44 in Istanbul Airport Attack

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ABC News(ISTANBUL) — The death toll from Tuesday’s terror attack at Istanbul’s international airport climbed to 44 Friday after a 25-year-old victim died in the hospital, Turkish authorities said.

The three attackers were from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, the Turkish prime minister’s office confirmed to ABC News. A Turkish official said the Russian attacker was from the country’s restive Dagestan region, the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency against the Russian state.

But they shared a home in Istanbul for the past month, according to Turkish officials, where they became inconspicuous during the several weeks they lived an apartment with a reinforced steel door, according to neighbors.

Neighbors described suspicious activity at the apartment, where they say the shades were always drawn shut.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told ABC News there was a chemical smell coming from another apartment, and on Sunday the smell was so strong she thought there was a gas leak and called the landlord.

Meanwhile, 13 arrests were initially made in Istanbul after a series of overnight/early Thursday morning anti-terror raids, according to Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior. Of those arrested, three were foreign nationals. Their nationalities were not identified and it was unclear whether the raids were directly linked to the attack. Then, on Friday morning, the number of arrested has jumped to 24.

The overnight operation consisted of 16 raids at different addresses in Istanbul, the ministry said. State-run media reported the addresses were in the city’s Pendik, Basaksehir and Sultanbeyli neighborhoods.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but Turkey’s interior minister has said “all findings show it’s ISIS.” CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday the attack “bears the hallmarks” of ISIS’ “depravity.”

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Girl, 13, Stabbed to Death in West Bank Was US National

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The teen was stabbed in her sleep by a 17-year-old Palestinian.

China Factory Activity Slips Again as Slowdown Weighs

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Chinese manufacturing deteriorated again last month, according to surveys released Friday, signaling further weakness in the world’s No. 2 economy as it undergoes a prolonged slowdown

Vietnam Finds Taiwanese Company Responsible for Fish Deaths

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Vietnam’s government has found a Taiwanese-owned steel plant responsible for massive fish deaths along the central coast and says the company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation

AP PHOTOS: Fidel Castro’s Birthplace Sees Rise in Visitors

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AP PHOTOS: At the end of a dirt road lined with fields of sugar cane, royal palms and fruit trees, a cluster of wooden houses painted yellow, blue and white draws thousands of Cuban and international tourists a year to see the birthplace of Fidel Castro

Puerto Rico Faces Historic Default as Rescue Bill Approved

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Puerto Rico faces a historic default Friday as the U.S. territory prepares to enter unchartered waters under the guidance of a newly enacted federal control board to oversee the island’s finances amid a dire economic crisis