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U.N. Security Council Taps Former Refugee Agency Head as Next Secretary General

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Security Council unanimously agreed Wednesday that Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres should be the next secretary-general of the United Nations. Guterres served as the U.N.’s high commissioner for refugees until December and has been vocal in his calls for greater aid for people fleeing violence in war-torn regions of the Middle East and parts ...

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Brussels attacker shot after ‘terrorist’ police stabbing

Sky NEWS 19:10, UK,Wednesday 05 October 2016 The knife-wielding man tried to get away but was shot in the leg – there are reports he is a former member of the Belgian army. Two police officers in Brussels have been stabbed in a suspected terrorist attack in which the suspect was shot while trying to escape. The man knifed one ...

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Gülen’s 61-year-old brother joins other relatives under custody

by Turkey’s Purge One of the brothers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, Kutbettin, has been detained in the western province of İzmir, Turkish media reports said on Sunday. Kutbettin Gülen was detained at a relative’s house in Gaziemir district as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, which has been labelled as a terrorist organization by the ...

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Turkey extends emergency rule by three more months

IANS  |  Ankara Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that Turkey’s emergency rule will be extended by an additional three months, media reports said. Kurtulmus told reporters the cabinet followed the National Security Council’s advice to extend the state of emergency, Xinhua cited Anadolu news agency as saying. Turkey’s National Security Council, which convened for a nearly six-hour ...

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Colombia referendum: voters reject peace deal with Farc guerrillas

Sibylla Brodzinsky in Bogotá Monday 3 October 2016 12.10 BST President Juan Manuel Santos fails to win approval as voters balk at an agreement that included amnesty for war crimes Colombians have rejected a peace deal to end 52 years of war with Farc guerrillas, throwing the country into confusion about its future. With counting completed from 98.98% of polling stations, ...

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Ethiopia: many dead in anti-government protest at religious festival

  Reuters in Addis Ababa Opposition party says stampede kills at least 50 people in chaotic scenes in restive Oromiya region Police in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region fired teargas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede the opposition party said killed at least 50 people. The government did not give a precise death toll ...

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OFFICIAL CORRECTION-First U.N. special envoy for Somali refugees amid ‘asylum fatigue’

(UNHCR corrects refugee populations in paragraph 6) By Katy Migiro NAIROBI – The United Nations has appointed its first special envoy for Somali refugees to ensure they receive protection, following accusations by a rights group that Kenya has been forcing them out of the world’s largest refugee camp in a bid to close it. Kenya, which says the returns are ...

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UPDATE 2-Islamist group bombs Somali restaurant, at least 3 dead

  (Adds al Shabaab claim of responsibility) MOGADISHU Oct 1 – Somali Islamist group al Shabaab bombed a restaurant frequented by members of the security forces in Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least three people, officials and the group said. Police said a suicide car bomb rammed the Blue Sky restaurant in the capital, which is located near a detention ...

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US imposes sanctions on top DRC officials after election delay

The Guardian Congolese general and former police official have US assets blocked About 50 killed in clashes since President Joseph Kabila postponed vote The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo in an apparent warning to President Joseph Kabila to respect the constitution of the vast, unstable African country and call elections ...

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