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  1. Sydney Police Storm Cafe, End Siege

    Australian Army commandos flooded the Lindt Chocolate Cafe today, where an Iranian refugee, Man Haron Monis, had taken patrons and staff hostage for 16 hours. Two of the captives were killed in the raid, along with the gunman. Distressed hostages were forced to stand in a window holding a black flag bearing the Shahada, a profession of Islamic faith often appropriated by militants, as Monis  a self-proclaimed sheikh — reportedly demanded to speak with the prime minister.

    CNN, BBC, The Guardian, NYT

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