World News Digest

Big support for Duterte’s drugs war: Survey

Nearly nine out of 10 Filipinos support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and almost three quarters believe extrajudicial killings are taking place in the bloody crackdown, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

Agencies, Oct 17 2017

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Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia’s deadliest attack in a decade.

Agencies, Oct 17 2017

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31-yr-old Austrian projected to triumph in poll

Austria’s political “whizz-kid” Sebastian Kurz, 31, looked on course Sunday to become Europe’s youngest leader, likely in coalition with the far-right, after his conservative party was projected to come first in elections.

Agencies, Oct 16 2017

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Man-eating tiger dies after being electrocuted

A tiger which killed four villagers in central India has died after being electrocuted, an official said on Sunday, ending a hunt by armed rangers for the beast.

Agencies, Oct 16 2017

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NKorea ‘not ready’ to hold talks with South in Russia

Politicians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programme despite attending the same event, Russian news agencies said on Sunday.

Agencies, Oct 16 2017

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7 killed in Kenya high school shooting

Gunmen suspected to be from neighboring South Sudan shot dead seven people, including six students, in a raid on a high school early Saturday that appeared to be a revenge attack, a Kenya police official said.

Agencies, Oct 15 2017

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Catalonia separatist leader urges unity

One of Catalonia’s top separatist leaders pushing for a break from Spain has called for unity as disputes over strategy threaten to split the secessionists.

Agencies, Oct 15 2017

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Kenya bans oppn protests as poll crisis deepens

Kenya’s government on Thursday banned protests in main city centres, citing lawlessness during opposition rallies against the electoral commission ahead of a scheduled presidential poll re-run.

Agencies, Oct 13 2017

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At least 23 dead, hundreds missing in California fires

Firefighters struggled overnight to halt the spread of wildfires known to have killed 23 people in North California, preparing for winds to shift after one town threatened by flames evacuated all residents.

Agencies, Oct 13 2017

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Smoking ban on Thai beaches

Thailand is introducing a smoking ban on beaches across the country with those caught violating the law facing up to a year in prison.

Agencies, Oct 12 2017

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Talks held on civilian exit from Syria’s Raqa

Talks for the safe exit of civilians trapped in Syria’s Raqa were underway Wednesday, as US-backed forces prepare a final push to recapture the city from the Islamic State group.

Agencies, Oct 12 2017

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‘Murdered Kim Jong-nam was carrying $100k’

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was carrying $100,000 in cash in his backpack at the time of his murder, the police officer investigating the case told a Malaysian court on Wednesday.

Agencies, Oct 12 2017

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