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BBC news, with David Austin. The African Union force in Somalia says 3 of its peacekeepers and a civilian contractor had been killed in an attack on its headquarters in the capital Mogadishu. An AU statement said Al-shabab militants entered the base disguised as Somali government troops. Ground Ferrick reports. This was an sustained assault on the heart of the international effort in Somalia. They fought fight aside next to Mogadishu’s International Airport, host the headquarters of UN operations in Somalia and British and Italian embassies. It’s also the main base for the 20000 strong African Union force. An AU spokesman said the attack on the officers mass inside the base was void. Shootings and explosions were still being heard several hours after the fighting began. As well as 3 peacekeepers and a civilians, the AU said 5 Al-shabab attackers were killed and 3 others captured. Pope Francais has used his annual Christmas message to condemn what he called the brutal prosecution of minorities in Syria and Iraq. This report is from James Venols in Rome. A marching band headed along a main avenue towards the Vatican. Thousands of tourists took photos and then walked to St. Peters Square. They looked up to the balcony of Posillico. They cheered as the Pope stepped out to deliver his Christmas message. I ask him, the savior of the world to look upon our sisters and brothers in Syria and Iraq who for too long now have suffered the effects of ongoing conflicts and who together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups are suffering a brutal prosecution. For the Pope’s fellow Catholics then, there is a lot to pray for. Police in Sweden said a fire that destroyed a mosque in the town of Eskilstuna was caused by Arsen. Alcon Babara reports. Witnesses have told Swedish media that they saw a man hold something through the windows of the mosque which is in the basement of a block of flats. There was an explosion and flames quickly took hold, gutting what’s known as the Dawer center. All of those inside managed to escape, most in bare feet. 5 people were taken to hospital, including 2 suffering from smoking halation. Eskilstuna is an industrial town 100 kilometers west of Stockholm and it has a sizable immigrant population. Earlier this year, it was the seen a violent clashes involving 2 neo-Nazi groups which vigorously opposed the country’s general silent policy. The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has appealed to his capturers to treat his son well. Speaking to reporters in the Jordanian capital, Amman Youssef al-Kasaesbeh said he wanted to remind the militants that his son was also a Muslim. World News, from the BBC. 2 Saudi women detained for nearly a month after violating the kingdom’s driving ban on women have been referred to a court established to trail terrorism cases. Lawyers for the women have appealed against the decision. One of the women Loujain al-Hathloul was detained after she tried to drive into the kingdom from the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Maysa al-Amoudi a U.A.E. based Saudi journalist arrived at the boarder to support Ms. al-Hathloul and was also arrested. Several people close to the 2 women say they have been charged not for defiling the driving ban but for the opinions they’ve voiced online. Thousands of Indonesians have hold a memorial at the grand mosque in Banda Aceh on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The 19th century mosque is one of the few buildings that remain standing in the city. Those attending said the service help them come to terms of what have happened. Hopefully by doing this, everyone will feel peace in mind and peace in hearts. The pray session makes us remember the tsunami and be thankful that we are safe. The tsunami destroyed the city but it also blessed us. God has brought love among the people and actually we received so much health from the outside of the world because of the disaster. Governor thanked Indonesians and the outside world for helping Aceh recover from the tragedy, which left 170000 people dead or missing across the province. In her annual Christmas broadcast, Queen Elizabeth has highlighted the need for reconciliation between opposing sides. The Queen referred to the Christmas date truth 100 years ago during World War I. She said it was a reminder that even the unlikeness took place, hope could still be found. The Queen also said she had been deeply touched by the selflessness of aid workers and medical volunteers who helped victims of conflicts or diseases such as Ebola. And those are the latest stories from BBC. 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20141228/BBC-NEWS-2014-12-27.html
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