Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Islamic militants hit hotel in Sinai

A brazen militant attack involving a suicide car bombing and claimed by the Islamic State group targeted a hotel in Egypt's restive northern Sinai region on Tuesday, killing seven people, including two judges, the state MENA news agency said.

The attack on the Swiss Inn hotel in the coastal city of El- Arish was the latest violence convulsing the troubled peninsula, where Egyptian troops are struggling to put down an Islamic insurgency. The attack was quickly claimed by the Islamic State's affiliate based in Sinai.

The assault came a day after Egypt held the second round of parliamentary elections. Judges who supervised the vote in Sinai were staying in the heavily guarded hotel.

MENA's report said four policemen and a civilian were also among the seven killed, and that at least 10 people were wounded. The agency cited an unnamed security official as it often does.

MENA gave a higher death toll than the casualty tolls provided by the military and police in statements issued earlier in the day. The military said 12 people were wounded in the attack. It was not immediately clear why the army did not update its tolls later on Tuesday.

Toxic dump in Kenya embodies pope's concern * Using hooks or their bare hands, men, women and children traipse through the murky sludge that pools around the mountains of garbage, hunting for bottles, plastic bags and anything else that can be recycled to earn themselves enough for their daily bread.

The scavengers at Nairobi's notorious Dandora dump are some of the poorest of Kenya's poor and they are likely to be on Pope Francis' mind when he makes his first trip to Africa Thursday to bring his message of environmental stewardship and care for society's most marginalized. His message will take on an even more poignant ring on a continent long wracked by poverty, war and disease.

One of Francis' most anticipated speeches will be to the Nairobi- based U. …

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