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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for July 24, 2015.

Lafayette theater gunman's motive remains a mystery

While authorities continue to search for the motive in the Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater shooting that left three dead, including gunman John R. Houser, the shooter's troubled past begins to come into focus. Officials say he had a history of mental illness, and his family feared him.

[Read more from Yahoo! News]

Putin dismisses 110,000 government employees

In a bid to ease his country's economic crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought the axe down on more than 100,000 government officials on Friday. The mass firing is part of a 10 percent "across the board" reduction in government spending.

[Read more from CNN]

Obama visits extended family in Kenya trip

President Barack Obama was greeted by cheering crowds in his first visit as president to Kenya, his late father's home country, on Friday. On his official agenda is a conference on African entrepreneurs, but the commander-in-chief did take some time to dine with his extended family members, including his step-grandmother and sister.

[Read more from Reuters]

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