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Medical workers arrive at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu. Photo: -/AFP via Getty Images

A suicide car bomb that targeted a government official in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has left at least nine people dead and another eight injured, AP reports.

State of play: A spokesperson for al-Shabab, an extremist group that has been linked to Al-Qaeda, told Reuters that it was responsible for the attack. A Somali police spokesperson said Mogadishu's police commissioner, Farhan Mohamud Qaroleh, was the target of the attack, adding that he is safe, per AP.

The big picture: A bombing in Mogadishu last week targeted a teashop and killed at least 10 people, AP notes.

  • Last month, a suicide bomb attack took place at a military base in the city. At least 15 people died.

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Oct 10, 2021 - World

Police arrest Indian minister's son after deadly protests

Farmers carry effigies to burn with the pictures of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others during a protest in Amritsar, India, this month. Photo: Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Police in India said Saturday they've arrested the son of a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government after nine people died during protests against new farming laws, per AP.

The big picture: It's the latest escalation in massive ongoing demonstrations against the laws, which were introduced in 2020 to deregulate India's agriculture. Farmers say it's driven down crop prices and benefits big corporations.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest — triggering widespread power outages and flooding.

Why it matters: The strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood.

“You blew it”: GOP activist turns on corporations over vaccine mandates

The chairman of the American Conservative Union said on "Axios on HBO" he accepts "Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed," but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — with greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.

The big picture: In a joint interview with his wife, Mercedes, Matt Schlapp also refused to share their vaccination status. And he told corporate America "you blew it" by embracing vaccine mandates and liberal social stances that have alienated GOP voters and politicians.