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At least 16 dead in Somalia suicide bombings: Police

At least 16 people were killed in Somalia on Saturday in suicide bombings that targeted a restaurant and coffee shop, police said. Suicide bombers walked into the two locations in the southwestern city of Baidoa and detonated their vests within minutes of each other, according to witnesses.   The blasts came a day before the first anniversary of a truck ...

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27 dead in floods, landslides on Indonesia’s Sumatra island

Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said on Saturday. A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 29 children were swept ...

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Trump vows ‘severe punishment’ if journalist killed by Saudi

US President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned Washington would inflict “severe punishment” if he was murdered.   The Saudi critic has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with Turkish officials accusing Riyadh of murdering him inside the diplomatic ...

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Saudi-led airstrike kills 17 in contested Yemeni port city

Yemeni rebel officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels has killed at least 17 people in the port-city of Hodeidah.   A spokesman for the Houthi-rebel-run Health Ministry, Youssef al-Hadari, says that beyond the 17 killed there were also 20 wounded in the Saturday strike on the Gabal Ras area.  Hodeidah, with its key port installations ...

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Floods, landslides in Indonesia leave 22 dead, 15 missing

Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 22 people, mostly children at a school, and leaving 15 others missing, officials said Saturday.   A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 21 ...

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11 suspected migrants killed in Greece car crash

Greek police say they have recovered the bodies of 11 people believed to be migrants who recently crossed from Turkey, after the car they were travelling in crashed in northern Greece. Police said the crash occurred just after 5 a.m. (0200 GMT) Saturday near the town of Kavala. The car, which had been heading to the main northern city of ...

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Voting opens in Malaysia by-election for PM-in-waiting Anwar

Voting opened Saturday in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar was designated the successor to Mahathir, his former foe turned ally, after they set aside a bitter political feud and joined hands ...

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South Korea ex-president Lee appeals 15-year jail term

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will appeal a court verdict that last week sentenced him to 15 years in prison for corruption, his lawyer said Friday. Lee was found guilty of bribery and embezzlement charges — becoming the latest of the country’s former leaders to be jailed after leaving office.   The conservative politician, who helmed Hyundai Construction before ...

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34 die in Uganda mudslides triggered by heavy rains

At least 34 people have died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains in a mountainous area of eastern Uganda that is prone to such disasters, a Red Cross official said Friday. More victims are likely to be discovered when rescue reams access all the affected areas in the foothills of Mountain Elgon, said Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita.   People ...

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7 dead, 9 missing in collapse of northern Mexico mall

A shopping mall under construction in the Mexican city of Monterrey collapsed Thursday, killing at least seven people and leaving another nine missing, officials said. Local council secretary Genaro Garcia told a press conference that 15 people were injured, in addition to the dead, and all the victims are believed to be construction workers.   Work on the three-story structure ...

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