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Self-styled Muslim cleric saw himself as martyr

GUNMAN
IN SYDNEY
In this
April 18, 2011,
file photo of
suspected
hostage-taker,
ManHaronMonis,
speaks to the
media as he left
Downing Center
in Sydney,
Australia, after a
pretrial hearing. AP

He wrote letters to the grieving families of troops killed in Afghanistan that compared them to “Hitler’s soldiers.” He was accused of assisting a woman kill his ex-wife, whose body was found stabbed and set alight.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mourning in Australia: Sea of flowers for 2 slain hostages

Staff members from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe with their arms linked pay tribute to their colleague who lost his live during a siege at the popular coffee shop at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. AP

Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe.

Posted: December 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Police: 3 dead, including gunman, in Sydney café siege

An injured hostage is wheeled to an ambulance after shots were fired during a cafe siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.  AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH

Sydney police said three people had died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

A injured hostage is carried to an ambulance after shots were fired during a cafe siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.  AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH

A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of downtown Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Police storm Sydney cafe where gunman holds hostages

Armed police officers point as they stand at the ready close to a cafe under siege at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith.  AP PHOTO/ROB GRIFFITH

A flurry of loud bangs erupted early Tuesday as a swarm of heavily armed police stormed a downtown Sydney cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 16 hours.

Posted: December 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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