SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stocks bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and slow-paced Federal Reserve interest rate hikes but European markets were tepid as investors turned attention to the upcoming U.S. jobs report.
Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab said their gunmen were holding Christian hostages after attacking a Kenyan university on Thursday in an ongoing assault in revenge for Nairobi's troops fighting in Somalia. The gunmen divided students at the northeastern Garissa University between Muslims and non-Muslims, letting the Muslim students go, insurgent spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP by telephone. "Kenya is at war with Somalia.. our people are still there, they are fighting and their mission is to kill those who are against the Shebab," Rage said. The Kenya Red Cross which is leading the medical response to the attack said there were "an unknown number of student hostages" although "50 students have been safely freed".