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Shooting at a strip mall in Houston

Several people were injured by a shooter in Houston, Texas, on Monday and the suspect was shot by police officers, the Houston Police Department said on its Twitter feed. Local media reports said the incident took place by a strip mall, where the gunman was firing upon vehicles. At least seven people were injured, the reports said.

“At this time, the shooting scene is believed to be contained,” the city said on its emergency page.

People who were shot by the suspect were transported to area hospitals and the exact extent of their injuries was not yet known, Houston police said.

A police bomb squad was dispatched to the area to investigate a vehicle, Fox 26 TV reported.

Live video streams showed the presence of numerous police cars and ambulances in the area. There were also a few vehicles seen with bullet holes. (Reuters)

Photos: (from top) Bob Levey/Getty Images, Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP, Bob Levey/Getty Images, Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP (2)

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The Fight Against Al Shabaab by Tobin Jones
“My name’s Tobin Jones and I’m a photojournalist who has been working throughout Somalia over the past four years with the African Union and the United Nations. Somalia is a country that has suffered more than two decades of civil war, during which time it came to epitomise to the world the definition of a failed state. With the help of the African Union and several different African armies, though, today the country has a functioning government and is slowly coming out of conflict. As a photographer working in Somalia my role has been to follow this transition process, both photographing the African Union’s successes against Al Shabab, as well as the country’s slow transition towards peace.”

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Grieving the death of José Fernández

Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

Fernandez’s heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

Authorities didn’t know the time of the crash. The capsized boat was found shortly after 3 a.m.

Photos: (from top) Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters, asen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters,  Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas, Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

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TAKE THE LEAP

By Lee Litumbe

It’s now been forty-eight hours since I arrived in Dakar, Senegal. Forty-eight glorious hours filled with connecting with incredibly talented creatives, drinking Bissap and eating my weight in Thieboudienne since I left my old life back in Atlanta - a life I had been desperately trying to break free from for years. Even with all the hard work I’d put in, it still didn’t feel real. Not when I emptied ten years worth of memories from my house to move in with a childhood friend. Not when I gave notice, then quit my corporate day job after living a double life for the past two years. Not even when I sold my car and pretty much everything else I owned. Maybe it’s because I was still existing in a fear filled fog, too scared to dare risk jinxing my plans by truly believing my move was real. But as I packed up my entire life into two and a half suitcases a few hours before my flight (yeah, yeah I know – I’m terrible), it finally hit me. The idea I had been willing, wishing and working vigorously towards for the past few years and dream that inspired the creation of this website (hence the name Spirited Pursuit) was actually happening. Finally. read more

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Shooting rampage at Florida nightclub

A gunman killed at least 49 people and injured 53 others in a crowded gay nightclub in Florida early on Sunday before police shot him dead in what U.S. authorities described as a “terrorism incident.”

A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse club exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m., police officials said.

A hostage situation quickly developed, and three hours later a squad of officers entered the club and shot dead the gunman. It was unclear when the gunman shot the victims.

“Do we consider this an act of terrorism? Absolutely, we are investigating this from all parties’ perspective as an act of terrorism,” said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Danny Banks. (Reuters)

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“This is the thing: When you hit 28 or 30, everything begins to divide. You can see very clearly two kinds of people. On one side, people who have used their 20s to learn and grow, to find themselves and their dreams, people who know what works and what doesn’t, who have pushed through to become real live adults. Then there’s the other kind, who are hanging onto college, or high school even, with all their might. They’ve stayed in jobs they hate, because they’re too scared to get another one. They’ve stayed with men or women who are good but not great, because they don’t want to be lonely. … they mean to develop intimate friendships, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don’t do those things, so they live in an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than when they graduated. Don’t be like that. Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?” Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love, and with people who believe life is a grand adventure. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.” - Unknown

Sharing Scenes of Iraqi Life with Ahmad Mousa

To see more of Ahmad’s photography, follow @ahmadmousa on Instagram.

Documentary photographer and video reporter Ahmad Mousa (@ahmadmousa) has his #EyesOn Iraq. “Many people around the world who don’t know much about Iraq hear the name and they think of it as a war zone because of what they see and read in the news,” the 25-year-old says. Ahmad exposes people to a more human side of his country through @everydayiraq, the collaborative photography project he started. “I wanted to share the everyday life scenes with everyone, document it and put it there in history,” Ahmad says. “Everywhere in the world, people want to live a happy life; kids want to play and go to schools, families want to gather happily at dinner and youth want to help develop their society.”

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World reacts to Orlando mass shooting

Reaction to the Florida mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub Sunday when police say a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle opened fire before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, at least 49 people were killed and dozens of others wounded. (AP)

Photo credits: REUTERS/David McNew (2), REUTERS/Lisa Richwine, REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan, AP Photo/Oded Balilty

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Chefchaouen, Morocco || I’m not sure why, but I’ve always had a strong connection to blue. So as you can imagine, I am currently in heaven basking in all the shades painted as far as my eyes can see. Africa, I love you so much ✨🌟✨