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Three Americans were killed in an attack by terrorist group al-Shabab Sunday morning on a military base in Kenya's Lamu County used by American and Kenyan military personnel, U.S. Africa Command confirmed in a statement Sunday.

The big picture: One U.S. service member and two Defense Department contractors were killed, while another two Defense Department members were injured but are "currently in stable condition and being evacuated," per the statement. Al-Shabab is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

  • The Kenya Defence Forces said in a statement earlier Sunday that the Manda Bay Airfield was deemed safe after the "attempted breach" was "successfully repulsed."
  • The Kenyan military said later five bodies of the "neutralised terrorists" were recovered, along with munitions including four rocket launchers and a hand grenade.

Go deeper: Don't forget al-Qaeda

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details about the Americans killed, recovered Al Shabab members' bodies and the munitions seizure.

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Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
11 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.