One day after panic and confusion took over a shopping mall in Nairobi, survivors' accounts and photographs provide a close-up perspective of the scene. Their stories have given new detail to the chaos that erupted after attackers used grenades and guns to begin a standoff that lasted into Sunday.
Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 9:33 am
Two suicide bombers struck the All Saints Church following a service in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, killing more than 70 people and wounding more than 120, according to the AP and other news outlets. The victims are believed to include many children.
A Chinese court has sentenced Bo Xilai, the former Politburo member who was snared on graft charges, to life in prison. The sentence for offenses that include bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power, completes a shocking fall for Bo, who had been a rising star in China's political system.
"Bribes received directly by Bo or via his family totaled 20.44 million yuan (about 3.3 million U.S. dollars), the court decided," reports state news agency Xinhua.
Kenyan soldiers secure a section of Nairobi's upscale Westgate Mall, in this image taken from AFP TV. At least 68 deaths have been reported as a result of Saturday's midday attack by gunmen at the mall.
A wounded woman escapes to safety outside the mall on Saturday. There was some good news on Sunday, as Kenyan media reported that several people in hiding in the mall escaped to safety, suggesting that not everyone who is still inside being held.
The bodies of victims lay on the shopping center floor on Saturday. The rebels said the attack was retribution for Kenyan forces' 2011 push into Somalia. Kenyans and foreigners were among those confirmed dead, including French, Canadians and Chinese.
The Kenyan military remained in a tense standoff with Islamic extremists Sunday, as the toll rose to 59 dead, including children, and 175 wounded in the attack at an upscale mall, a Kenyan minister said.
Other civilians fled the mall as police and Kenyan forces moved in on Saturday."The priority is to save as many lives as possible," Joseph Lenku said, reassuring the families of the hostages in the mall. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said.
The body of a man lies on the ground as plainclothes policemen try to gain entry into the Westgate mall on Saturday. Ten to 15 attackers remain in the mall and Kenyan forces control the security cameras inside the shopping center, Lenku said.
Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 4:26 pm
This post was last updated at 5:25 p.m. ET.
A standoff that began with a shocking attack at Kenya's Westgate Mall Saturday is in its second day, with civilians held hostage by gunmen in the upscale shopping center.
The authorities say they have isolated the attackers. As of Sunday afternoon, Red Cross officials reported 68 deaths and at least 200 wounded in the assault, with 49 people still missing. We'll add news to this post as it emerges.
The death of a long-time, part-time professor in Pittsburgh is gathering the attention of instructors nationwide. The trend of relying on part-time faculty has been in the works for decades, and Margaret Mary Vojtko's story is seen by some as a tragic byproduct.
Last spring, months before her death, Vojtko showed up at a meeting between adjunct professors at Duquesne University and the union officials who had been trying to organize them. The professors are trying to organize a union affiliated with the United Steelworkers.
Omar Hammami grew up in the small of town of Daphne, Ala., but ended up in southern Somalia on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list. Last week, Hammami was reportedly killed by members of al-Shabab, the al-Qaida-linked militant group, after a falling out with its leadership.
The extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a mall Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya. Just to the east of Kenya, Somalia has been desperately trying to drive the Islamist group out of its towns and cities.
Credit Ed Ruscha / Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Ed Ruscha's first artist book Twentysix Gasoline Stations featured simple black-and-white snapshots of gas stations that he photographed along Route 66 on his road trips from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City. The book would go on to influence a generation of artists with its industrial style and casual look.
Credit Ed Ruscha / Courtesy of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
The Getty currently holds the archive for all of Ruscha's Los Angeles street shoots (his negatives are estimated to number in the millions), including this hand-made mock-up of his iconic 1966 book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip.
Credit Ed Ruscha / Courtesy of the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Ruscha published numerous artist books in the 1960s and '70s, most of them focused on mundane aspects of the urban landscape. Shown here: 1018 S. Atlantic Blvd, an image from Some Los Angeles Apartments, published in 1965.
For a seminal work of art, Twentysix Gasoline Stations doesn't look like much. It's a small, thin paperback book resembling an old industrial manual — just 26 black-and-white photos of gas stations that Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha self-published 50 years ago, when he was 26.
"If I showed the book to somebody who worked in a gas station, they might be genuinely interested in it, saying, 'Oh yeah, I remember that place out on the highway.' "