Al-Qaida militants struck an upscale hotel and nearby cafe late Friday that were popular with Westerners in Burkina Faso's capital, taking an unknown number of hostages and forcing others to hide for their lives as gunfire and explosions rang out. The country's troops backed by French forces were still trying to retake control of the building more than nine hours later.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Sean Penn denounced the Mexican government's narrative that his meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was 'essential' to the drug lord's capture. But a former DEA agent says the perception alone that Penn was involved in Guzman's arrest could put his life at risk.
Around 20 people have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a hotel in the capital of Burkina Faso on Friday, according to the director of the university hospital who spoke to patients wounded in the attack. There are people with bullet wounds and people who are injured because of falls," said Robert Sangare, director of Ouagadougou's university hospital center.
Chicago on Thursday released video footage of a fatal Chicago police shooting of a black teenager in 2013 after a court ruling, as protesters renewed criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the handling of police killings. Images from neighborhood surveillance cameras showing the killing of Cedrick Chatman, 17, in January 2013 had been sealed under a protective order. One 10-second segment of video shows two officers chasing Chatman, who then runs around a corner out of sight.
Donald Trump speaks at Convocation at Liberty University, near Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., left, and Michele Bachmann, right, in Lynchburg, Va., on Sept. 24, 2012. In the face of opposition from students, Liberty University officials are defending the school’s invitation to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak on campus Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A peaceful protest is planned by demonstrators who will hold signs and sing when Trump speaks at “convocation,” a thrice-weekly student gathering at the evangelical Christian school in Lynchburg, Va.
The world breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as a two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 and triggered a global health alert was declared over, with Liberia the last country to get the all-clear. The deadliest outbreak in the history of the feared tropical virus wrecked the economies and health systems of the three worst-hit west African nations after it emerged in southern Guinea in December 2013. At its peak, it devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with bodies piling up in the streets and overwhelmed hospitals recording hundreds of new cases a week.