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Women, children killed in new attack in east DR Congo: official GOMA: Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been killed in a new attack in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday.The attack left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. It occurred some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the town of Beni in the North Kivu province, where rebels slaughtered 26 people with machetes on Thursday, raising doubts about government claims that the Ugandan rebels who had been terrorising the area for the last two decades had been defeated. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


UN Security Council urges world to step up help to Iraq UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday urged the world to step up support for the Iraqi government and its security forces in their intensifying battle against fighters. In a unanimous statement, the 15-member council condemned the "vicious string of suicide, vehicle-borne and other attacks" in Baghdad and surrounding provinces carried out by the Islamic State (IS) organization. The council "urged the international community, in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand ...

Lab half a world away at center of West Africa Ebola fight WINNIPEG: A soldier with a fever and a bad cough walked into a Canadian hospital and was swiftly quarantined, while his blood was tested for Ebola here at one of the world's few "level four" labs.Days earlier, he had travelled to Sierra Leone as a member of an aircrew that delivered 128,000 face shields to doctors and nurses fighting an outbreak that has claimed more than 4,000 lives.His blood sample was sent from the Belleville, ...

Mexico catches gang's 'maximum leader' in missing students case ACAPULCO: Mexican authorities announced Friday the arrest of the "maximum leader" of a drug gang accused of colluding with crooked police in the disappearance of 43 college students.Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the arrest of Guerreros Unidos kingpin Sidronio Casarrubias would open a "new line of investigation that can quickly and more easily get us closer to the truth" in the case.The announcement came hours after thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco to demand ...

Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal edges closer MILAN: Ukraine and Russia both signalled progress towards settling their festering row over gas Friday, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict embroiling the Soviet-era allies.Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Ukrainian counterpart three times in the space of ten hours in Milan Friday, twice in the company of various European Union leaders then, finally, in their first private meeting since late August."We have some certain progress (on the gas issue) but ...

Japan industry minister to resign over make-up scandal: report TOKYO: Japan's industry minister is set to resign over claims she spent political donations on make-up, local media reported Saturday, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid to restart nuclear power.Yuko Obuchi was named as the country's first female minister of economy, trade and industry -- a powerful portfolio that includes oversight of the energy sector -- in September.She was the most prominent of a new wave of women picked to leading Cabinet ...

Indonesia to inaugurate first president without ties to ex-dictator JAKARTA: Joko Widodo will cap a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum when he is sworn in as Indonesia's president Monday, but takes power amid doubts about his ability to enact much-needed reforms.Indonesia's first leader without deep roots in the era of dictator Suharto, Widodo will be sworn in at a ceremony in parliament attended by foreign dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. After ...


 



 
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