KABUL, Afghanistan – A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said.
The gunman held many of the worshippers hostage for several hours as Afghan special forces, helped by international troops, tried to clear the building. At least one of the dead was a child. Within hours, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the gunman was avenging the plight of Muslims living under severe restrictions in Indian-ruled Kashmir, India's only Muslim-dominated state.
US agent held by Iran declared dead
The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran, his family said Wednesday.
Shortly after the family's announcement, President Donald Trump told reporters that “I won't accept that he's dead,” even though his own acting national intelligence director appeared to confirm the news with a statement conveying sympathies for the Levinsons.
Levinson disappeared March 9, 2007, when he was scheduled to meet a source on the Iranian island of Kish.
New Zealand gunman pleads guilty
One year after killing 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques, an Australian white supremacist accused of the slaughter on Thursday changed his plea to guilty.
Twenty-nine-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism. The killing spree was the deadliest in New Zealand's modern history and prompted the government to rush through new laws banning most semi-automatic weapons. Tarrant faces life imprisonment on the charges.
Slices of pop history join national list
Dr. Dre's classic debut rap album “The Chronic,” Selena's sophomore release “Ven Conmigo” and the worldwide disco hit “Y.M.C.A.” by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.
The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Tina Turner's “Private Dancer,” Glen Campbell's “Wichita Lineman” – written by Jimmy Webb – and Whitney Houston's No. 1 hit and cover of Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year.