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Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals begin

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The death toll from Saturday’s truck bombing in Somalia’s capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it’s ever experienced.

Dr. Abdulkadir Adam of Aamin Ambulance service said more people had died of their wounds in the past few hours.

US-Canadian family held 5 years by militants leaves Pakistan

WASHINGTON — Five years after they were seized by an extremist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children ‚Äî all three born in captivity are free after a dramatic rescue orchestrated by the U.S. and Pakistani governments and have left Pakistan, officials said Thursday.

Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment centre sent

JOHANNESBURG — With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment centre to the island nation.

The World Health Organization said 561 cases have been reported so far, with another in the Seychelles.