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Clashes, drone strike kill dozens in Yemen

Fighting between Shiite rebels and Sunni tribesmen allied to Al-Qaeda has left dozens dead in central Yemen, while a suspected US drone strike killed 10 jihadists, tribal sources said Saturday. The rebels, known as Huthis, have been facing fierce resistance from Al-Qaeda fighters and tribesmen as they seek to expand[…]

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IS kills 8 Iraq soldiers

Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed in fighting with jihadists south of Baghdad as the army battled to secure the route used by hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims, officers said Saturday. Pilgrims taking part in Ashura commemorations, which mark the death of Imam Hussein, one of the most revered figures[…]

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Hong Kong protesters to vote on talks offer

Protesters in Hong Kong have said they plan to hold a spot referendum on whether to stay on the streets or accept a government offer for more talks and clear their protest camps. The three main groups behind the demonstrations said on Thursday that they would register public opinion on[…]

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Governor quits over missing Mexico students

The governor of Guerrero, the Mexican state where 43 students vanished last month in the city of Iguala, has said he is stepping aside from his position, in a move he hoped would help the investigation into the disappearances. “I have decided to take my leave from the state parliament,”[…]

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WHO hopes for Ebola vaccinations this year

Mass trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine could start in West Africa in December and several hundred thousand doses could be available by the first half of next year, the World Health Organisation has said. The WHO’s assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny said on Friday that two potential vaccines were[…]

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Tensions over planned leaflet launch on Korea border

South Korean activists vowed Friday to push ahead with a political leaflet launch over the border with North Korea, despite threats of retaliation from Pyongyang, appeals for restraint from Seoul and the angry opposition of local residents. The activists plan to release balloons carrying around 40,000 leaflets criticising the North’s[…]

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New York City doctor infected with Ebola

A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned from West Africa recently has tested positive for Ebola at a New York City hospital, the city’s mayor confirmed. The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement on[…]

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More than 1,700 bombs dropped in war on ISIL

US and allied aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the American military said. The flights for “Operation Inherent Resolve” include thousands of mid-air fueling runs, surveillance sorties and 632[…]

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