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Thursday, October 19, 2017

UN Elects Congo to Human Rights Council Despite Abuses

UNITED NATIONS — The United States and human rights groups sharply criticized Monday's U.N. election for 15 new members of the Human Rights Council, singling out conflict-torn Congo's victory despite accusations of serious rights abuses and an investigation by the U.N.'s top human rights body.

Wild Elephants Attack Rohingya Camp, Killing 4 in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Wild elephants attacked a new camp where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children in southern Bangladesh, an official said Sunday.

276 Killed in Deadliest Single Attack in Somalia’s History

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia's capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country's information minister said early Monday, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll was expected to rise.

Passengers Describe Terror Aboard Indonesia AirAsia Flight

PERTH, Australia — Passengers on an Indonesia AirAsia flight to the holiday island of Bali described a panicked flight crew announcing an emergency and oxygen masks dropping from the ceiling before the airliner turned back to the Australian city of Perth.

Rohingya Refugee Influx Inspires Bangladeshi Aid; Worry

DHAKA, Bangladesh — They had seen the images of Rohingya Muslim refugees arriving hungry and exhausted after traveling days without food to reach Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. They had heard the stories of gunshot wounds and midnight escapes from angry mobs and soldiers.

Minnesota Doctor Faces Deportation to Malaysia

ROCHESTER, Minnesota — A Rochester physician who left her Malaysian village as a teenager could be deported to her birth country as early as next week.

Next American Withdrawal: UNESCO

PARIS — The United States is pulling out of UNESCO because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental...

Catalonia Closely Watched From Thailand, Philippines to Indonesia

LONDON — When Catalans voted for independence 10 days ago, Scottish independence activist Math Campbell-Sturgess traveled to Spain to observe the voting process, which was marred by thuggish attacks by police trying to shut down the disputed referendum.

Catalan Leader Stakes Claim to Independence, Then Delays It

BARCELONA, Spain — Catalan separatists on Tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain to cheers and applause in the regional parliament. Catalonia's president said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance.

Shark-Suit Wearer Runs Afoul of Austria’s ‘Burqa Ban’ Law

VIENNA — An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim – a man wearing a shark suit.

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