World News Digest

Thailand arrests two with tiger body parts

Thai authorities have arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle tiger bones and meat to Vietnam on a bus, police said on Thursday. The two suspects are Vietnamese nationals who allegedly paid around $900 for the products in Tak province on the Myanmar border, and planned to sell them back home for consumption.

AGENCIES, Oct 12 2018

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Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said on Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.

AGENCIES, Oct 12 2018

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Cyclone Titli: 300,000 evacuated from eastern India

A cyclone packing winds of up to 150 kilometres (95 miles) per hour and heavy rains hit eastern India early Thursday, with over 300,000 people evacuated from low-lying areas and two men reported killed.

AGENCIES, Oct 12 2018

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Syria buffer free of heavy arms

A planned buffer zone in northwest Syria has been cleared of heavy armaments ahead of time but a new deadline loomed Wednesday for the tougher task of Turkey convincing jihadists to pull out their fighters.

AGENCIES, Oct 11 2018

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Ebola response tightens in Congo

Congolese authorities announced a ban on Wednesday on harbouring suspected Ebola patients and promised police protection for health workers at burials, in a bid to fight back against local resistance to efforts to combat the disease. Residents of eastern Congo have attacked health workers and refused to cooperate with government efforts to combat Ebola there, the country’s second major outbreak of the disease this year, which is believed to have killed 118 people since July.

AGENCIES, Oct 11 2018

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Study: British troops suffer higher rates of PTSD

Members of the British armed forces are suffering increased rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), principally among those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, new research revealed on Monday.

AGENCIES, Oct 09 2018

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Sri Lankan MP held for hailing Tamil rebels

A Sri Lankan MP who called for the return of the outlawed Tamil Tiger rebel group because she said they were better at enforcing law and order than the police was arrested on Monday.

AGENCIES, Oct 09 2018

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Ex-doctor avoids conviction in Spain ‘stolen babies’ case

A Spanish court found an 85-year-old former doctor guilty on Monday of taking a newborn away from her mother under the Franco dictatorship but refrained from convicting him, in the first trial of the so-called “stolen babies” scandal.

AGENCIES, Oct 09 2018

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China: Security dialogue postponed at US request

China has postponed upcoming security talks with the United States at the request of Washington, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between the two sides over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the two sides had initially agreed “in principle” to hold the second round of security talks in October.

AGENCIES, Oct 03 2018

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At least 13 dead in suicide attack on Afghanistan election rally

At least 13 people were killed in a suicide attack on an Afghan election campaign rally on Tuesday, officials said, in the latest violence ahead of this month’s legislative vote.

AGENCIES, Oct 03 2018

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Cameroon tense on anglophone ‘independence’ anniversary

Cameroon’s restive anglophone regions were in lockdown on Monday as separatists marked the first anniversary of a symbolic “independence” declaration just a week before a nationwide presidential poll

AGENCIES, Oct 02 2018

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UN envoy wants transparency over CAfrica arms imports

A top UN envoy called on Thursday for transparency on arms flowing into the Central African Republic from Russia, China or the United States, urging diplomatic “coherence” as Moscow seeks a larger role in the war-torn sub-Saharan country.

AGENCIES, Oct 02 2018

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Protest in Hong Kong over China suppression

Protesters marched in Hong Kong Monday against suppression by Beijing as fears grow that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are seriously under threat. Official numbers were way down on last year’s event with organisers estimating 1,500 had turned out, compared with tens of thousands in 2017.

AGENCIES, Oct 02 2018

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