1. Kenya attack: 21 confirmed dead in DusitD2 hotel siege
Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday.
Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya's Red Cross said 19 are still missing.
Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which triggered a 19-hour security operation.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers "eliminated.”
Kenya has been a target for al-Shabab since October 2011, when it sent its army into Somalia to fight the jihadist group.
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2. TORONTO: New questions arise about Danforth shooting
Enough rounds of ammunition to kill hundreds. Donations to a mosque fund in Pakistan. An Islamic headdress. Conspiracy DVDs that dispute al-Qaeda’s role in 9/11.
For almost six months, speculation has been rampant about what caused Faisal Hussain to indiscriminately open fire on innocent citizens on the Danforth this past July, a horrific mass shooting that ended with the murders of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and the injuring of 13 others before the 29-year-old turned the gun on himself.
His family quickly blamed mental illness. Those who questioned whether terrorism was the motive were just as quickly branded Islamophobes and shut down. [...]
Heavily redacted portions of the search warrant used by Toronto police for Faisal’s Thorncliffe Park apartment were unsealed Tuesday and they are alarming: just hours after the attack, a police explosives dog led investigators to a drawer beneath a sleigh bed in the killer’s bedroom where police uncovered a cache of ammunition large enough to have turned the Danforth into a war zone massacre.
3. FGM Trial: African couple cast black magic spells on police, doctors, Court hears
Cows’ tongues bound in wire with nails and used in a black magic spell to “silence the police and the doctors” were found in the freezer of a Ugandan woman accused of committing female genital mutilation against her three-year-old daughter, the Old Bailey has heard.
The 37-year-old woman and the Ghanaian man, 43, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are on trial accused of mutilating their daughter and for failing to protect her from FGM on August 28th, 2017.
The BBC reports that the mother had an interest in witchcraft and that when police searched her east London home, they found the animal parts prepared in a ritualistic manner.
According to WhatsApp messages between the mother and father the day after the alleged mutilation, these items may have been used as part of a spell to silence those involved in the investigation, the prosecution alleges.
4. On the trail of women “lured to ISIS-territory” from the UK and elsewhere
In Syria, the ISIS caliphate has crumbled. Thousands of fighters have been killed and thousands are on the run, most recently after the Kurdish forces captured the town of Al-Shafa. But what is happening to the women from around the world who say they travelled there in the promise of a pure Islamic life? Some volunteered. Others say they were duped. Hundreds now find themselves with children, unwanted by the countries of their birth. Are they prisoners of war or refugees? Or both? A group of them, some from Britain, spoke to independent film-maker Jana Andert in this exclusive report for Channel 4 News by Darshna Soni.
5. Syria: Manbij Health Committee confirms 13 people died in the suicide attack
Manbij Health Council released a statement about the suicide attack that was carried out in front of the Qeser Al Umaraa restaurant on the Sindis street in Manbij city center Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Council, the attack left 13 people dead, including three US soldiers and two fighters of the Manbij Military Council, while many other people were wounded.
The dead and wounded US soldiers were retrieved from the scene by US military helicopters and taken to hospital.
The civilians killed or wounded in the attack were also taken to various hospitals in the city.
Manbij Health Council Committee official Ehmed Hito stated that 13 people died as a result of the suicide attack, among them three US soldiers and two fighters, while 18 other people got wounded. Hito said 5 of those injured are in critical conditions.
In the meantime, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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6. World War 3: Iranian TV shows missiles striking popular TOURIST LANDMARKS after US threat
SHOCKING footage broadcast on Iranian State TV has shown the country’s missiles striking tourist targets across the world in a terrifying warning to Western forces.
Iranian State TV has aired a shocking animation to prove that the country’s military missiles can obliterate key global landmarks. The terrifying television report, broadcast on Iran’s Channel 1, was intended to showcase the Iranian missile capabilities. European capitals were among the targets pictured, as well as the Taj Mahal, the pyramids, and the Kremlin.
On December 22, 2018, Channel 1 (Iran) aired a short animated video about the Iranian missile capabilities. The report said: "In 2015, Iran tested for the first time its long-range ballistic missile, which can be controlled and guided until it hits the target. The Emad Missile has a range of 2,500 km and can easily hit targets in Russia, Eastern Europe, western China, north-eastern Africa, and large parts of India." The report also showed an animation of the missile flying around the globe and passing the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Kremlin, and other landmarks.
7. Honduras: Riot police stop migrant caravan at Guatemalan border
Hundreds of Honduran migrants reached the Agua Caliente border crossing with Guatemala on Wednesday, where they were met by cordons of riot police preventing them from entering the country.
Several tents were set up nearby, where the authorities reportedly demanded that the migrants provide personal documents to continue the journey northwards.
'We made the decision because in San Pedro Sula the situation is difficult. This a decision which is being taken by many people, and I hope, if God's willing, we'll continue advancing,' said Pedro Aguilar, a migrant.
The new migrant caravan set off on their way to the United States on Tuesday. Whole families, men, parents with newborn children, and elderly people, could be seen among the marchers, who claim they are in a search for a better life.
8. USA: Border rancher: “We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal”
LORDSBURG, N.M. — Ranchers and farmers near the U.S.-Mexico border have been finding prayer rugs on their properties in recent months, according to one rancher who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by cartels.
The mats are pieces of carpet that those of the Muslim faith kneel on as they worship during their unauthorized trek into and through the United States.
“There’s a lot of people coming in not just from Mexico,” the rancher said. “People, the general public, just don’t get the terrorist threats of that. That’s what’s really scary. You don’t know what’s coming across. We’ve found prayer rugs out here. It’s unreal. It’s not just Mexican nationals that are coming across.”
The rancher, who lives with her family in a remote, southwestern part of the state, said the discoveries raise questions about how many people who illegally entered the U.S. in Hidalgo County, N.M., traveled thousands of miles from overseas to sneak across the southern border.
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10. BBC announces “Diversity” season to “celebrate history of multicultural Britain”
BBC Four has announced it will air a number of new shows focused on the “hidden” history of ethnic minorities in Britain next month, as part of a season which will “celebrate British diversity.”
One of the four titles in the line-up, A Very British History, “is a quest to discover more about the history of communities in multicultural Britain,” according to a BBC press release.
Broadcasters from different ethnic backgrounds will explore “untold stories… [both] joyful and tragic” relating to people from their own communities, and present accounts of “the harsh reality many… faced when searching for a new life in Britain.”