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U.S President Barack Obama arrives in Kenya under tight security

U.S President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya on the first visit to his father’s home as serving US president. BBC reported that Obama's Air Force One touched down at Nairobi's international airport shortly before 20:10 local time ( 17:10 GMT).

According to reports, Mr. Obama was received at the airport by Kenyan  President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace. BBC says Mr Obama also hugged his half-sister Auma, who then travelled in the presidential limousine to the hotel where the US leader is staying.

U.S: Gunman opens fire at cinema killing one person and self in Louisiana

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a gunman  opened fire at a cinema in the US state of Louisiana, officials said according to BBC. The gunman, a 58-year-old white male armed with reportedly turned the gun on himself and died on spot

Witnesses said the man opened fire about 20 minutes into a screening of a film at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. Police chief Jim Craft reportedly  said officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 19:30 local time (01:30 GMT).

U.S President Barack Obama applauds Russia’s Putin over Iran nuclear deal

In what analysts describe as a surprise, U.S. President Barack Obama applauded Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's role in achieving the Iran nuclear deal in a phone call Wednesday, according to  Xinhua.

Sources say Mr. Obama and his Russian counterpart Putin discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached among the European Union, Iran, and the P5+1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, regarding Iran's nuclear program, according to a press release of the White House.

Al Shabaab claims bombing Kenyan Police vehicle killing 3 people

Somali based rebel group al Shabaab militants have reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on Kenyan police vehicle which killed at least two officers and a civilian on Monday, Reuters reported.

Kenyan police reportedly said a bomb blew up their vehicle in Kenya's coastal county of Lamu. At least four others were wounded in the midday blast that a senior police officer said was caused by an improvised explosive device planted in the middle of the road.

18 Kenyan students threaten to commit suicide over U.S president Barack Obama’s visit

If US president Barack Obama fails to visit their university when he visits Kenya this month, 18 students of University of Nairobi (UON) said they will commit suicide, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Monday.

According to reports,  the Chairman of Students Organization of Nairobi University (SONU), Mr Babu Owino,  said at least 18 students have threatened to kill themselves if president Obama does not visit their university.

U.S condemns al-Shabab attacks in Somali capital Mogadishu

A U.S. State Department statement has said U.S strongly condemns the recent al-Shabab attack on two hotels and an African Union force position in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

VOA says at least 16 people were killed in the attacks on the Weheliye and Siyad hotels on Friday; adding that mortar rounds were also fired Friday at Mogadishu's former football stadium, which now serves as a key AU base. No casualties were reported in that attack.

Suicide bomber kills 25 people in southeastern Afghanistan

At least 25 people were on Sunday killed by a suicide bomber who reportedly detonated his explosives-packed car near a security checkpoint in southeastern Afghanistan, VOA  quoated provincial police chief General Faizullah Ghyrat  as saying the victims included women and children.

According to reports, the bombing in Khost province also wounded dozens of others. Most of the victims are said to be civilians. The violence happened not far from an American military base in the Afghan province, which borders Pakistan.

21killed, hundreds injured in ethnic clashes in Algeria's southern province

At least 21 people were killed and hundreds others injured in ethnic clashes between Berber and Arab communities in Algeria' southern province of Ghardaia, local sources told Xinhua Wednesday.

A security source reportedly said the clashes erupted when a group of unknown youngsters with knives and firearms assailed a private bus. The overnight clashes continued until dawn, according to reports from Xinhua.

Nigeria’s rebel group Boko Haram kill 18 people in Chad

At least 18 villagers were killed by Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants in Monday's attack on Memorom, a Chadian village near Lake Chad, local media reported Wednesday.

According to Xinhua, local people who were quoted by the media said the attack took place while the villagers gathered for meal which broke the Ramadan fasting.Reports indicate that the governor of Lake Region, Yunus Kedallah Hamid, went to the site on Tuesday and said the attack left 3 people killed and a dozen injured.