Somalia

Gunmen kill 14 at hotel

Militants forced their way into a hotel and a nearby public garden in Mogadishu on Friday night, exchanging fire with hotel guards in attacks that left at least 14 dead and many others wounded. A suicide bomber rammed his car into the SYL hotelís entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing gunmen to fight their way past hotel guards at the first security barrier, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Four gunmen and the suicide bomber were killed, he said, adding that the attackers did not get past the last security checkpoint. He said at least nine dead bodies of civilians could also be seen outside the hotel after the attack there, which was claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab.

Israel

Palestinian attacks troops

A Palestinian was shot and killed while trying to stab soldiers in the West Bank, the military said Friday hours after an Israeli man was seriously wounded by a Palestinian armed with an ax and a knife, the latest in months of near-daily Palestinian assaults on Israeli forces and civilians. The military said a Palestinian brandishing a knife tried to stab soldiers on duty near Ramallah Friday afternoon before forces at the scene opened fire and killed him. In the early hours, an Israeli man was brought to hospital in a serious condition with multiple wounds sustained from a knife and ax attack in Maaleh Adumim, an Israeli settlement near Jerusalem. Police said an initial investigation indicates it was ďmost likelyĒ a Palestinian assailant who carried out the attack and then fled.

Mexico

Monarchs make comeback

Monarch butterflies have made a big comeback in their wintering grounds in Mexico, after suffering serious declines, experts said Friday. The area covered by the insects in the mountains west of Mexico City this season was more than three and a half times greater than last winter. The butterflies clump so densely in the pine and fir forests they are counted by the area they cover rather than by individual insects. This December, the butterflies covered 10 acres, compared to 2.8 acres in 2014.

Haiti

Interim prime minister named

Economist Fritz Jean, the former governor of Haitiís central bank, has been named as the countryís new prime minister in an interim government. Jean was chosen by Haitiís provisional President Jocelerme Privert late Thursday from a field of six candidates.

Compiled from wire reports