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World news briefs — compiled Nov. 9

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VENEZUELA

U.S. reporter released

Authorities have released a Miami Herald reporter they detained almost two days ago while he reported on the South American country’s economic crisis. The Miami Herald reported on its website that Jim Wyss was released from a detention facility in Caracas on Saturday afternoon and handed over to U.S. Embassy officials.

COLOMBIA

8 dead in club shooting

Police said eight people were killed and six injured after a man entered a nightclub in the city of Cali and opened fire. Police captured the suspected assailant after the shooting, which occurred around 9 p.m. Friday in the club “La Barra de la 44.” Authorities believe the shootings may have been a revenge attack launched by one criminal gang against another.

MALI

Three separatists killed

Malian officials and Tuareg separatists said three Tuareg fighters were killed by the army in northeastern Mali on Friday. The Malian Ministry of Defense on Saturday said four rebels also were wounded about 62 miles east of Menaka, near the Niger border. The deaths were confirmed by Mossa Ag Attaher, press officer for the Tuareg force. Attaher said that despite the clash the Tuareg separatists are planning to hand back to the government the governor’s administrative offices and the local radio in the northern center of Kidal on Nov. 14. The rebels have held the buildings since early 2012.

NIGERIA

Shootouts shatter calm

After months of relative calm in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, shootouts early Saturday morning killed two soldiers and five suspected Islamic extremist insurgents, said military officials. The fighting began after security forces stormed two homes at about 3 a.m. Residents were accused of plotting to carry out suicide attacks in Kano and the capital, Abuja, in the upcoming holiday season. Security across the state of Kano has been tightened as rebels from the extremists group Boko Haram flee the three northeastern states currently under emergency rule.

Compiled from wire reports.


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