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Violence kills 20 in Mogadishu

Somalia

Violence leaves 20 dead in Mogadishu

Militants carried out a suicide attack on the court complex in Mogadishu, and a bomb was detonated later on the airport road, in a wave of violence Sunday in the Somali capital that left at least 20 people dead, officials said.

Al-Shabab, the Islamist militant group that dominated the area for years, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were among the deadliest in Mogadishu since al-Shabab was driven out of the capital in 2011. Though there had been sporadic attacks since then, security around Mogadishu had been considered much improved.

Around noon Sunday, a suicide bomber blew up the gate to the court compound, and several gunmen wearing vests packed with explosives ran in through the breach, witnesses said. A gunbattle followed.

Officials gave conflicting death tolls and were unclear about how many of the dead had been attackers, guards or civilians.

Canada

Justin Trudeau elected leader of Liberal Party

Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the embattled Liberal Party of Canada on Sunday, 45 years after his charismatic and contentious father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, assumed the same political position.

Justin Trudeau, 41, is faced with reviving a party that was once the dominant force in Canadian federal politics, especially during many of his father's 15 years as prime minister. The party has waned to the point that, for the first time in its history, it is neither in government nor the leading opposition party in Parliament.

Netherlands

Bieber criticized for Anne Frank comment

Justin Bieber wrote an entry into a guestbook at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, saying he hoped the Jewish teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp "would have been a Belieber" — or fan of his — if history were different.

The message triggered a flood of comments on the museum's Facebook page Sunday, with many criticizing the Canadian pop star for writing something they perceive to be insensitive.

Calls and emails to Bieber's publicist and agent in Los Angeles weren't immediately returned.

Washington

Baby girl is born to Jenna Bush

The newest member of the Bush political dynasty? A baby girl to Jenna Bush Hager, 31, and husband Henry Hager, 34.

The baby was born Saturday night in New York, according to a statement released by former President George W. Bush on Sunday. Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager is the first grandchild for the former president and first lady.

The baby is named after both her grandmothers — a family tradition, it seems: Jenna and twin Barbara were named after their grandmothers, too.

Elsewhere

Syria: Syrian government warplanes carried out airstrikes on a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus and a village in the country's northeast on Sunday, killing at least 25 people, including a dozen children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

China: Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday.

Fairbanks, Alaska: A 9-year-old boy on a snowmobile was feared dead Sunday after falling an estimated 200 feet into a crevasse on an Alaska glacier.

Times wires

Violence kills 20 in Mogadishu 04/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:53am]
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