30 Sep 2016

Five militants killed in Algeria

“Algerian counterterrorism forces on Thursday killed five armed militants in Tazoult of Batna province, 480 km southeast Algiers. The operation is still underway. Troops have managed to retrieve machine guns and large quantity of ammunition, Xinhua quoted Defense Ministry as saying.” Source: Five militants killed in Algeria

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30 Sep 2016

Congo Won’t Hold General Election Before Early 2018

“General elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, originally scheduled for late November, won’t take place until early 2018, the country’s electoral commission said Thursday, risking further violence that could upend the fragile stability of the resource-rich nation.” Source: Congo Won’t Hold General Election Before Early 2018 – WSJ

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30 Sep 2016

Germany closes motorway in bomb scare near Austria

“German police closed a motorway at the Austrian border overnight after stopping a car carrying suspected bomb-making materials. During a routine check at the Kiefersfelden border crossing, police found ‘explosive-like’ materials in a Polish-registered car. The discovery triggered a major security operation.” Source: Germany closes motorway in bomb scare near

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30 Sep 2016

Philippines’ Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would ‘be happy’ to exterminate three million drug users and peddlers in the country.” Source: Philippines’ Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users | Reuters

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30 Sep 2016

Myanmar man jailed for calling president ‘crazy’ on Facebook

“A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar’s president ‘crazy’ in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday (Sept 30), in the latest use of a junta-era defamation law under the new civilian government.” Source: Myanmar man jailed for calling president ‘crazy’ on Facebook, SE Asia News

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30 Sep 2016

Zika in Asia: CDC says pregnant women should postpone travel to 11 countries

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted today Zika virus-related special travel considerations for 11 Southeastern Asian countries. CDC now recommends that pregnant women should consider postponing nonessential travel to these countries because of the uncertain risk of Zika virus infection. CDC is issuing these special travel considerations so

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30 Sep 2016

FBI’s Controversial Surveillance Program Declined After Snowden

“The FBI’s use of a controversial program that collected Americans’ phone records decreased significantly after Edward Snowden exposed it to the world in 2013, a new report has found.” Source: FBI’s Controversial Surveillance Program Declined After Snowden – The Daily Beast

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30 Sep 2016

Attacks on U.S. troops in Somalia leads to airstrikes on al-Shabab

“U.S. troops in Somalia came under fire in two separate attacks this week, requiring U.S. Africa Command to launch two ‘self-defense’ airstrikes and killing 13 al-Shabab militants, a defense official said.” Source: Attacks on U.S. troops in Somalia leads to airstrikes on al-Shabab

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30 Sep 2016

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

“The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo.” Source: US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo

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30 Sep 2016

Amnesty: Hundreds Trapped in Libya’s Benghazi Amid Fighting

“An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.” Source: Amnesty: Hundreds Trapped in Libya’s Benghazi Amid Fighting – ABC News

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