From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
A large explosion rips through the main square in Ankara: The blast Sunday in Turkey killed at least 34 people and wounded more than a hundred. Officials said the blast occurred in Kizilay square, a key shopping and transportation hub near foreign embassies. The Turkish government says the attack was carried out by a Syrian man with links to Kurdish militia groups.
Six gunmen killed 14 civilians and two soldiers in an attack Sunday on three hotels in the Ivory Coast beach resort of Grand-Bassam. Witnesses said the assailants wore hooded face masks and arrived on foot at the Southern Star hotel. The hotel was full of foreign expatriates. Al-Qaida's North African affiliate claimed responsibility.