Islamist militants rammed a car bomb into the gate of a hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, jumped clear and stormed inside on Wednesday, killing 28 people, government and medical officials said, according to Reuters.Gunfire rang out as four militants burst into the Dayah Hotel, which is popular with politicians. A second explosion shook the area shortly afterwards, injuring several journalists and other people nearby."Well-armed mujahideen (militants) attacked the hotel and now they are fighting inside the hotel," said an announcer on Andalus radio, which is linked to the al Shabaab jihadist group. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.Security forces eventually shot dead all four militants and managed to secure the building, according to Abdifatah Omar, the Mogadishu municipality spokesman. Government websites confirmed this, quoting the security minister."We have confirmed 28 people died and 43 others injured in the two blasts at the hotel," Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Mogadishu's ambulance services, told Reuters.
The carpet samples by Azerkhalcha carpet company are being demonstrated at the DOMOTEX International Exhibition in Hannover, Germany.Spread across 12 exhibition halls, DOMOTEX 2017 features the world's biggest offering of carpets and floor coverings. The innovations on display span multiple product categories, including machine- and hand-made carpets, textile and resilient floor coverings, parquet, laminate and wood flooring, outdoor flooring solutions, and application and installation technology. DOMOTEX gives front and center stage to exhibitors' latest and greatest innovations, helping them get all the attention they deserve.
“In Italy, in line with the Single Authorisation permit granted by the Ministry of Economy on 20 May 2015, TAP continues to progress its secondary permitting activities,” TAP Head of Communications Lisa Givert told Azertac.“Construction activities began in May 2016. Over the summer of 2016, TAP carried out the unexploded ordnance (UXO) and archaeological surveys as well as phytosanitary treatment (spraying of olive trees along TAP’s route, in preparation of moving the olive trees). With the surveys conducted on the San Foca beach in early October and in the maquis in December, all geological studies for the micro-tunnel construction have been concluded.”TAP will transport natural gas from the giant Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Europe. The approximately 878 km long pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) at the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before reaching Southern Italy.TAP's routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others. TAP's landfall in Italy provides multiple opportunities for further transport of Caspian natural gas to some of the largest European markets such as Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria.TAP will promote the economic development and job creation along the pipeline route; it will be a major source of foreign direct investment. With first gas sales to Georgia and Turkey targeted for late 2018, first deliveries to Europe will follow approximately in early 2020.TAP's shareholding is comprised of BP (20%), SOCAR (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagás (16%) and Axpo (5%).
Social media giant Facebook announced on Sunday that it would introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe's largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year, according to the Local."It's important to us that the reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable," a blog post on the Silicon Valley firm's German website read.German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October.Facebook's new German initiative targets "unambiguously wrong reports" being shared on the social media platform.The firm said it would offer a simpler reporting process for users to flag suspected fake news, display warnings next to statements identified as false by independent fact-checking organizations, and cut off advertising revenue to fake news sites presenting themselves as real news organizations.
At least 32 people, including six children, were killed when a cargo plane crashed near Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek on Monday, according to a Kyrgyz official, Anadolu Agency reports.The aircraft on a flight from Hong-Kong to Bishkek crashed during a landing approach due to bad weather conditions at 7:31 local time (01:31 GMT), Kyrgyzstan Deputy Prime Minister Muhambetkaliy Abulkaziyev announced.The Bishkek airport authorities said the cargo plane, which belongs to ACT Airlines, crashed into a residential area.The flight had five crew members on board, and one of them survived, as the plane crashed in a residential area, Kyrgyz Health Ministry informed.The ministry also said there were four injured people receiving treatment in hospitals currently.
China's auto sales reached a record high of 28.03 million in 2016, up 13.7 percent year on year, boosted by favorable purchase tax policies on smaller cars, according to Xinhua.The growth rate marks the highest since 2013, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said in an online statement.Total output also hit an all-time high, jumping 14.5 percent from one year earlier to 28.12 million units.Some 3.06 million vehicles were sold in December, up 9.5 percent year on year. The growth rate slowed from a 16.6-percent increase in November.Chinese auto sales growth peaked at 45 percent in 2009 and has fallen steadily as cities try to control smog and congestion by limiting new vehicles on the roads.Last year's boom was largely due to the favorable purchase tax policies, according to the statement.In October 2015, the government slashed the purchase tax on small cars by half to 5 percent. The tax break was applicable to cars with engine displacement of 1.6 liters or less and was in effect between October 2015 and the end of 2016.
A total of nine Daesh terrorists were "neutralized" in northern Syria over the last 24 hours as part of the ongoing Operation Euphrates Shield, the Turkish military said Sunday, according to Anadolu Agency.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralized" in their statements to imply the terrorist in question was either killed or captured.According to a statement issued on Sunday by Turkish General Staff, a total of 186 Daesh targets including shelters, defense positions, command control centers, weapons and vehicles were hit with howitzers, tanks multiple-launch rocket launchers.Separately, Turkish jets destroyed 12 other Daesh targets including a control point in air raids on al-Bab and Bzagah regions, the statement added.The Turkish army is supporting Free Syrian Army fighters in liberating Al-Bab, a strategic city for Daesh, from the terrorist group. Sunday marks the 145th day since the city was surrounded in order to liberate it.The operation is part of the Turkish-led Operation Euphrates Shield, which began in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border using FSA fighters backed by Turkish artillery and jets.In total, 43 landmines and 2,927 makeshift explosives have been defused since the start of the operation on Aug. 24.
The Armenian armed units shattered ceasefire with Azerbaijan a total of 42 times throughout the day using 60, 82, 120-mm mortar launchers, Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry said.The Armenian armed forces, stationed in Armenia`s Aygepar and Chinari villages and nameless hills in Berd district subjected to fire the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces located in Aghbulag, Alibayli and Kokhanabi villages in Tovuz district.The ceasefire was also violated in Garaqashli village in Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand district, Horadiz and Garakhanbayli villages in Fuzuli district as well as nameless hills in Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavand, Goygol and Fuzuli districts.
Global oil prices will witness "much more volatility" in 2017 even though markets may rebalance in the first half of the year if output cuts pledged by producers are implemented, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said according to Reuters.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Nov. 30 to cut output by 1.2 million bpd to 32.5 million bpd for the first six months of 2017, in addition to 558,000 bpd of cuts agreed by independent producers such as Russia, Oman and Mexico."I would expect that we will see a rebalancing of the markets within the first half of this year," said Fatih Birol, executive director of IEA, the Paris-based global energy watchdog."But what I want to say (is) that we are entering a period of much more volatility in the market ... the name of the game is volatility," he told.Prices fell on Friday and ended the week 3 percent lower on lingering doubts over the extent of OPEC cuts, with sentiment worsened by concerns over the economic health of the world's second-largest oil consumer, China, after it reported the steepest falls in overall exports since 2009.Birol said although the OPEC agreement could signal higher oil prices, it would also encourage more production from the United States and elsewhere. Higher prices could also weaken global demand for oil, he added.He added that a recent trend of declining Chinese oil production due to low prices could be reversed if the market strengthened.