Somalia attack results in deaths and injuries, reports say; Americans said to be among casualties

At least a dozen people, including an unknown number of Americans, died during a more than 14-hour-long siege on a Somali hotel carried out by gunmen with ties to the global Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, reports said.  

South African army descends on Cape Town to combat spiraling gang warfare

South Africa is sending in the big guns to wrest back control of some of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Cape Town - announcing a three-month deployment of the army aimed at tackling spiraling gang-related violence that has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 this year so far.