It's not over, Somali terrorists say after mall attack that killed 67
We're not done yet.
That was the message terrorists of Al-Shabaab gave to Kenya on Wednesday, as officials still sorted through rubble and clues left in the wake of the recent massacre that took 67 lives at a Nairobi shopping mall.
The Somali militant group handed the threatening statement to regional media, which passed it on to CNN.
For four days, starting on September 21, Al-Shabaab fighters spread gunfire and flames through Nairobi's Westgate Shopping Mall, leaving it partially destroyed, stained in blood and littered with bodies.
Clashes erupt as chemical weapons inspectors begin mission in Syria
International inspectors in charge of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons left their hotel in Damascus on Wednesday to begin their work as deadly clashes raged on the edge of the capital.
The inspectors' mission — endorsed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for Syria's chemical stockpile to be scrapped by mid-2014 — faces the tightest deadline ever placed before the experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Government shutdown begins over health care feud
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services.
The National Zoo's popular online "panda cam" went dark around 8 a.m. The White House grounds cut back to a skeletal staff. The U.S. Capitol canceled tours not personally led by Congress members.
With the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate at a stalemate, it was unclear how long a temporary bill needed to finance government activities would be stalled. The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Dick Durbin of Illinois, called the failure to pass a budget "conduct unbefitting a responsible Congress" and said he hoped it could be resolved by the end of the day Tuesday.
By Andrew Taylor - Associated Press
Shutdown nears as House passes funding bill that delays Obamacare
A government shutdown is more likely after House Republicans voted late Saturday to fund the government and delay "Obamacare" for a year, upping the ante in their fiscal showdown with President Barack Obama.
In spite of a veto threat from Obama, Republicans led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, doubled down on their strategy of using the specter of a government shutdown to extract concessions from the president on the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature domestic achievement.
The House voted largely on party lines to fund the government through Dec. 15, but attached to that measure were amendments to delay Obamacare for a year and repeal a politically unpopular tax on medical devices. Specifically, the House voted 231 to 192 on a measure to continue government funding and to delay the health care law for a year.
World powers reach deal on removal of Syrian chemical weapons
World powers have reached a deal to compel Syria to hand over its chemical weapons — a resolution that includes enforcement language but is not explicit on military action, diplomatic sources told NBC News on Thursday.
The United States and Russia have been at odds on how to force the handover. Those two countries negotiated the deal, and France played a large role in helping come up with compromise language, the sources said.
The deal includes a resolution with so-called Chapter 7 authority, a reference to a United Nations provision that allows member countries to take military and nonmilitary action to confront threats to peace and security.
Somalia to world: We need weapons and cash to fight terror
Somalia's defense minister made an international plea to aid its struggling government, saying it cannot fight the terrorist group behind Kenya's mall massacre without more funding and weapons from the global community.
"We are not looking at jet fighters. It’s small arms," Abdulhakim Haji Faqi told NBC News. "We need the funding and resources."
He warned that the attack on the Westgate mall should be a wake-up call illustrating that Somalia-based terror organization al Shabaab was now a “global problem.”
Death toll climbs to at least 327 after powerful Pakistan earthquake
The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck northwest Pakistan rose to at least 327 early Wednesday, authorities said.
The Pakistani military said it had rushed almost 1,000 troops to the area and was sending helicopters in the wake of Tuesday's temblor.
Most of the victims were killed when their houses collapsed. At least 350 people were injured.
The quake – initially recorded at magnitude 7.8 – hit 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin, in the remote province of Balochistan -- which is near the Iranian border. It was felt as far away as New Delhi, the Indian capital, some 740 miles away.
Kenya mall siege will help terror group recruit in US, say experts
The grisly massacre at an upscale Kenyan shopping mall by al-Shabab militants is a “great shot in the arm” to the Al Qaeda-linked group’s efforts to recruit fighters from the West, including the U.S., terror experts tell FoxNews.com.
At least 62 people have been killed and nearly 200 others were injured in the Saturday attack by al-Shabab, an extremist Islamic group believed to have roughly several thousand fighters, including a few hundred foreigners. Some of those include recruits from Somali communities in the United States and Europe and intelligence analysts said Monday those numbers could grow now that al-Shabab militants have attacked, running counter to the Obama administration’s claims that Al Qaeda and its global affiliates are weakening.
Angry Christians protest Pakistan church bombing; death toll rises to 81
Angry Christians blocked roads on Monday in protest at Sunday’s suicide bomb attack on a church that killed 81 people in what is thought to be Pakistan's deadliest attack on members of the faith.
Carrying batons and sticks and barricading roads with burning tires, demonstrators demanded better government protection for Christians who make up about four percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million.
They brought a number of major arteries to a halt in cities including roads in the Islamic nation’s capital, Islamabad, and in Karachi where protests turned violent and police were forced to launch a baton charge.
'Gone is the age of blood feuds': Iran's Rouhani follows in Putin's footsteps with op-ed
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared an end to "the age of blood feuds" and called for the U.S. and other governments to work together to solve issues such as the Syrian conflict and terrorism in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday.
Rouhani, who was elected three months ago on a more moderate platform than predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for a "constructive approach to democracy."
"Gone is the age of blood feuds," he wrote. "World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities."
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He said that a "Cold War mentality" benefits no one.
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