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January 16, 2019 | Via CNN

At Least 14 Killed as Kenya Hotel Siege is Declared Over

Armed men burst into a hotel complex in Nairobi with gunfire and explosions, killing at least 14 people in an attack that lasted hours and ended Wednesday morning, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said. The coordinated attack started Tuesday afternoon local time at the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities in the capital of Nairobi. Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

January 16, 2019 | Via BBC

El Chapo ‘paid $100m bribe to former Mexican president Peña Nieto’

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100m bribe from drug cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a witness has testified. Alex Cifuentes, who says he was a close associate of Guzmán for years, told a New York City courtroom that he had told authorities of the bribe in 2016. Guzmán is accused of being behind the Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was the largest US drug supplier. Mr Peña Nieto served as the president of Mexico from 2012 to 2018.

January 16, 2019 | Via The Guardian

YouTube Bans Dangerous Pranks after Bird Box Challenge

YouTube has banned creators from depicting “dangerous challenges and pranks”, after a wave of incidents prompted by a viral challenge involving driving blindfolded pushed it to act. The so-called Bird Box challenge, inspired by the Netflix film of the same name, saw YouTubers imitating scenes from the movie in which characters must perform common tasks while blindfolded. YouTube has banned the depiction of such behaviour completely, citing similar memes such as the tide pod challenge (eating laundry detergent) and the fire challenge (setting yourself on fire)

January 16, 2019 | Via Sky

Grace Millane: New Zealand Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering British Backpacker

The New Zealand man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane has pleaded not guilty at Auckland High Court. The 26-year-old, whose identity remains protected by New Zealand law, will face trial on 4 November. Ms Millane, from Wickford in Essex, had begun a year-long journey around the world in October – starting in South America – and arrived in New Zealand on 20 November. She disappeared on Saturday 1 December, the night before her 22nd birthday.

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