A car bomb claimed by al Shabaab Islamist militants killed five soldiers outside the president's palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu and badly damaged two nearby hotels, police said. Reuters witnesses said gunfire could be heard after the explosion and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen above the president's palace, outside which were the remnants of the car and splattered blood. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for several recent explosions in Mogadishu, including a car bomb and gun attack last week at a popular beach restaurant in the capital that killed 10 people.
Turkey's military push into northern Syria risks causing an escalation of the conflict, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday, calling on all parties to end fighting and a return to peace talks for the country. Hollande told a gathering of French ambassadors that almost a year after Russia intervened behind the regime of Bashar al-Assad, "today it is Turkey that has made the choice to deploy its army on Syrian territory to defend against Daesh (Islamic State)." "Those multiple, contradictory interventions carry risks of a general flare-up," Hollande said.
China's foreign ministry on Tuesday condemned a car bomb attack on its embassy in Kyrgyzstan, which it said wounded three embassy staff, calling it an "extreme and violent attack". China also urged Kyrgyz authorities to "get to the bottom of the incident", spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing. The three staff suffered minor injuries and have been taken to hospital, Hua said.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back taxes from the U.S. technology company, plus interest.