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A group of hostage-takers murdered 20 foreigners, hacking many of their victims to death, before six attackers were gunned down by Bangladesh commandos at the end of an overnight siege Saturday at an upmarket restaurant. As the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the carnage at the start of the Eid holiday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she was determined to eradicate militancy in the mainly Muslim nation. Survivors told of how the hostage-takers separated locals from the foreigners who were eating side-by-side before embarking on a killing spree which was brought to an end 11 hours later in a fierce gunbattle.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer and humorist Garrison Keillor served up a bittersweet farewell for some 18,000 fans at the Hollywood Bowl as he hosted his final episode of the old-style radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion."
Voting stations in the crucial states of Queensland and New South Wales shut at 6:00 pm (0800 GMT), along with Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, with those on the west coast to close two hours later. Early exit polls showed conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull, who has the backing of the nation's powerful media, and Labor challenger Bill Shorten in a dead heat. A poll by Channel Nine of 25 marginal seats taken before voting ended showed the two major parties at 50-50, reinforcing the closeness of the eight-week campaign where neither man has been able to decisively take the lead.