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Armenian riot police guard a police station taken over by gunmen - photo Vahan Stepanyan/AP
Armed gunmen in a standoff with police for the last ten days have taken four ambulance staff hostage in a police station in Yerevan, Armenia. The ambulance staff were sent in to treat the gunmen's wounds from a fight with police that happened the week before. 

On July 17, attackers raided a police post, had a shootout with police, and then barricaded themselves inside. One police officer was killed and many more were taken hostage. The attackers released the final police hostages over the weekend. 


On Wednesday, two doctors and two nurses were sent to the attackers to treat their injuries from the fight with police. The gunmen have now taken this medical staff hostage.

The attackers are acting in defiance to the arrest of political opposition leader Zhirair Sefilya and want him released. 

Sefilyan is the leader of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front. He and six of his supporters were arrested in June because the government accused them of planning to seize government buildings and other facilities in Yerevan.

Police are now negotiating with the assailants for the release of the hostages. 



Vocabulary

armed - with weapons (guns)
standoff - a situation where two opposing forces cannot reach an end or result to their conflict
ambulance - a large vehicle used to transport (drive) sick / injured people to a hospital
staff - the workers at a place of employment
to take hostage  - to take (kidnap) as a prisoner
to treat - to help medically
to raid - to attack
shootout - a gun fight
to barricade - to block / defend so no one can come inside
defiance - open disobedience

to release / released - to free / freed
political opposition - a political group that is against the ruling political group
to accuse - to say someone did something without showing proof (yet)
to seize - to take by force
hostages - people who have been kidnapped as security for the fulfillment of demands

assailants - attackers

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Armed gunmen in Yerevan, Armenia want the release of opposition leader Zhirair Sefilyan - photo Vahan Stepanyan / Reuters
 
 
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Special police secure the streets of Munich, Germany where gunmen have shot and killed multiple people - photo by Felix Hoerhager / EPA
Special police forces in Germany have entered the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany to search for a shooter and/or shooters who have shot and killed multiple people.

Some witnesses said they saw three attackers with long guns. 

Other reports say that there has also been a shooting at a train station nearby the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall.


Vocabulary
multiple - more than one or two
 
 
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Melania Trump speaks tonight at the Republican Convention - photo by Paul Sancya / AP
The 2016 Republican National Convention kicked off this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and will present Donald J. Trump as the party's 2016 USA presidential election nominee.

Authorities and officials in Ohio have been concerned over the security of the event due to racial tension and to the recent gun murders of police officers during a Black Lives Matter-protest in Dallas, Texas and the gun murders of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. Police are also on increased alert because Ohio allows citizens to openly carry guns in public.

So far, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters at the event have been peaceful.

Donald Trump's wife, model and business woman, Melania Trump will headline tonight's events by giving a speech at the convention.



Vocabulary
convention (noun) - a formal meeting usually of many people
to kick off (verb) - to start an event (usually lasting some days)
party (noun) - a political group
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people
on alert - very focused
to headline - to be the main event

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus opens the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday- photo by Aaron Josefczyk / REUTERS
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Anti-Trump protesters at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio - photo by Sam Hodgson / NY Times
 
 
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Three officers are dead in Baton Rouge shooting - photo by Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
Three police officers are dead and three are injured in hospital after an ambush shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA early Sunday.

Law enforcement are using a robot to check for explosives near the dead body of a suspect that has been killed by police. Two other suspects are still at large. 

This police shooting-incident occurs amid street protests and adds to the racial tensions felt in Baton Rouge following the police shooting of black community member Alton Sterling.


Vocabulary
ambush - a surprise attack
law enforcement - police force

suspect - someone who police think committed (did) a crime
explosives - bombs

at large - not captured;  free on the streets and not with police or in jail
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people


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Police ambushed in Baton Rouge - photo by The Guardian