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230 dead in Somalia truck bomb

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say.

Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the war between militant group Al-Shabab group and the government started in 2007. As yet it is not clear who staged the bombing

Read more: Somalia: Past, Present and Future

 

Harvey Weinstein accused of sexual assault

More than two-dozen women – among them actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow _98229848_gettyimages-474397284and Rose McGowan – have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape.

New York police and the UK’s Metropolitan police are also investigating claims against Weinstein, including rape and sexual assault.

The Hollywood film producer has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Weinstein, 65, is a huge figure in the film world, where his productions have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81.

 

Segregation in UK Muslim school is discrimination, court rules

Al-Hijrah-School_2921549kA court has ruled that an Islamic faith school’s policy of segregating boys and girls is unlawful sex discrimination.

The case was heard at the Court of Appeal as Ofsted challenged a High Court ruling clearing the Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham of discrimination.

Ofsted’s lawyers argued the segregation left girls “unprepared for life in modern Britain.”

Appeal judges ruled the school was discriminating against its pupils contrary to the Equality Act. However, the court did not accept the argument the school’s policy had disadvantaged girls more than boys.

Read more: Its not controversial, Muslim social events should be segregated

 

Hamas and Fatah reconcile in Egypt

Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday.

A Hamas official told Reuters the news in Cairo, where unity talks between the rival factions began on Tuesday.

The Western-backed mainstream Fatah party lost control of Gaza to Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the West and Israel, during clashes in 2007. But last month Hamas agreed to cede powers in Gaza to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-backed government in a deal mediated by Egypt.

Egypt has helped mediate several attempts to reconcile the two movements and form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank. Hamas and Fatah agreed in 2014 to form a national reconciliation government, but despite that deal, Hamas’s shadow government continued to rule the Gaza Strip.

 

 

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