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Philippine mayor killed in police shootout

Philippine mayor shotPhilippine anti-narcotics officers gunned down a town mayor and nine of his men in a clash in one of the bloodiest operations since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a crackdown on illegal drugs.

Samsudin Dimaukom, mayor of the southern town of Saudi Ampatuan, was one of more than 150 local government officials, judges and police identified by Duterte earlier this year as being involved in the illegal drug trade.


10,000 Iraqis flee homes as battle for Mosul rages

Iraquis flee before Mosul battleMore than 10,000 Iraqis have fled their homes since the start of an offensive to retake Mosul from ISIL this month, according to the UN.

That figure is just a fraction of the displacement that aid groups expect to see when Iraqi forces reach the city limits and some of the million-plus people thought to be inside attempt to flee.


For First Time, U.S. Abstains On U.N. Resolution Criticizing Cuba Embargo

Cuban blckade voteThe U.N. General Assembly votes every year on a resolution calling for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba. The U.S. has always opposed the symbolic measure.

But today, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N Samantha Power told the General Assembly that for the first time, the U.S. would abstain.

It's part of a new approach by the Obama administration, she told the member states: "Rather than try to close off Cuba from the rest of the world, we want the world of opportunities and ideas open to the people of Cuba. After 50-plus years of pursuing the path of isolation, we have chosen to take the path of engagement."


'Jungle' camp in Calais set ablaze amid migrant relocation

Jungle camp in Calais set afireSections of the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp in France were set ablaze overnight after authorities began to disassemble the troubled area in Calais.

One fire was lit early Wednesday but by 11 a.m., dozens of tents and shacks were ablaze. The fires follow several clashes this week between French police and some migrants who refused to leave amid orders to disassemble the camp.


Quetta attack: LeJ kills 60 in Pakistan police academy

Pakistan attackAt least 60 people have been killed in an attack on a police training centre in the city of Quetta in Balochistan province, Pakistani officials say.

The announcement on Tuesday came at the end of a military counter-operation.

About 200 trainees were stationed at the facility when the attack occurred late on Monday, officials said, and some were taken hostage during the attack, which lasted five hours.


Four killed in accident on river rapids ride at popular Australia theme park

Dreamworld accident kills fourFour people were killed on Tuesday in an accident at a popular theme park on Australia's east coast, officials said.

Two men and two women died while on a river rapids ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state's Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Todd Reid told reporters.


Somali pirates release 26 hostages held for 5 years

Somali pirates release 26 hostagesTwenty-six hostages taken nearly five years ago by Somali pirates have been freed, officials said.

The release came about after negotiations with the Hostage Support Partners, a mediation organization, CNN reported.

Of the 29 crew members seized along with their boat in 2012, one died during the hijacking and two succumbed to illness during captivity. The hostages were men from Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Cambodia. They were on board the vessel Neham 3, which sailed under an Omani flag, when they were captured.


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