Gunmen kill 15 in Kenya hotel compound attack claimed by Somali Islamists

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people and sending workers diving under desks to escape an attack claimed by Somalia-based Islamist group al Shabaab. Nearly 11 hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex,…

Iran satellite launch fails after U.S. warning

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran’s bid to launch a satellite has failed, Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said on Tuesday, after it ignored U.S. warnings to avoid such activity. Washington warned Tehran this month against undertaking three planned rocket launches that it said would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution because they use ballistic missile technology.…

Vice President Pence calls Venezuelan opposition leader in show of support

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks after a meeting with President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats about the U.S. government partial shutdown and the president's demand for a border wall in the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said…

Venezuela Congress and U.S. government ratchet up pressure on Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition-run Congress declared President Nicolas Maduro a “usurper” on Tuesday, and the U.S. government indicated its support for an opposition leader, ratcheting up pressure on the socialist president as he embarks on a disputed second term. Juan Guaido, President of the Venezuela's National Assembly, attends a session in Caracas, Venezuela January…

Wounded victims of militant attack still trapped inside Kenya hotel complex: emergency responder

A policeman takes position at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI (Reuters) - Multiple wounded victims of a militant attack are still trapped inside an upscale Kenya hotel complex nearly eleven hours after the attack began, an emergency responder told…

British, American killed in militant attack in Kenya capital: mortuary

Security forces surround the Dusit hotel compound, where gunmen are holding out, in Nairobi, Kenya January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Baz RatnerNAIROBI (Reuters) - A British man and an American man were among 15 people killed in a militant attack in the Kenya capital, a mortuary worker told Reuters on Wednesday. The bodies were identified based on…