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At least 20 dead as huge truck bomb rocks Somali capital

A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise.

“Initial reports from emergency departments indicate more than 20 bodies picked up off the street and many more are under the wreckage of buildings destroyed by the blast,” said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior police officer.

Government security official Mohamed Aden said that bombing took place in a busy part of the city. Witnesses said the blast, which threw a thick cloud of smoke into the sky that could be seen across the city, badly damaged a nearby hotel and left scenes of devastation on the busy road.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab carries out frequent suicide bombings in the capital and elsewhere as it fights to overthrow the internationally-backed government.


Academy kicks out disgraced Harvey Weinstein

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Harvey Weinstein amid mounting sexual harassment, assault and rape accusations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

An emergency meeting of its 54-member board of governors voted "well in excess of the required two-thirds majority," it said in a statement.

"We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over," the statement read.


British man on year-long world trip with wife dies after falling from temple in India

A British man who was on a year-long round-the-world trip with his wife has died after falling to his death while taking photos at a temple in India.

Roger Stotesbury, 56, and his wife Hilary were on a "middle-aged gap year" when he fell 9m from the Laxmi Narayan temple in Orchha, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

The couple were blogging about their trip.


Expelled refugee student kills seven in Kenyan school, then is lynched by angry mob

An expelled student shot dead six of his former schoolmates and a security guard at his school in northern Kenya, and was then himself lynched by a furious mob.

The attack took place at a school in the remote town of Lokichogio in Kenya's Turkana region, close to the border with war-torn South Sudan. At least six other students were flown to hospital with bullet wounds.

The assailant was a 17-year-old from South Sudan - one of thousands of refugee children who have been living in Kenya and going to school there since civil war broke out in their country in 2013.


Football: City crush Stoke with magnificent seven, Palace stun Chelsea

Manchester City maintained their blistering start to the season as the Premier League leaders demolished Stoke City 7-2, while champions Chelsea crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace.

With second-placed Manchester United settling for a drab stalemate at Anfield earlier in the day, it was their Manchester rivals who provided the thrills as City moved two points clear at the top.

Capping a dramatic day, Arsenal trail nine points behind City after Watford came from behind to snatch a surprise 2-1 win.