• Pakistan frees Christian woman facing death penalty for blasphemy

    Pakistan frees Christian woman facing death penalty for blasphemy

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    On October 8, the top court had reserved its judgment on the appeal of the Christian mother of four, who in 2010 became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law. A trial court had convicted Aasia Bibi and sentenced her to death. No one has ever been executed in Pakistan on blasphemy charges even though dozens have been jailed or extrajudicially killed, at times, in mob lynchings.
  • Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc due in court

    Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc due in court

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    He's charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.
  • US Praises Saudi Decision on Slain Writer's Son

    US Praises Saudi Decision on Slain Writer's Son

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    Erdoğan reiterated during an address to parliament on Friday that Riyadh must disclose the location of Khashoggi's body and identify who ordered his killing - a sign that Ankara is willing to keep up the pressure on the beleaguered kingdom and its de facto ruler, the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman .
  • Kandahar goes to the polls in Afghan parliamentary vote delayed by violence

    Kandahar goes to the polls in Afghan parliamentary vote delayed by violence

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    The bodyguard opened fire at a group of officials after a meeting with General Scott Miller, the commander of the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan . "The explosion happened 20 metres from the vehicles of the IEC employees", Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told AFP . A balance sheet four times higher than that reported by afghan authorities, who are believed to have deliberately under-estimated the violence so as not to frighten the voters.
  • Merkel to step down as party leader, ends era of German politics

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    It was the second regional vote in quick succession to disappoint the conservative camp, after a battering in Bavaria two weeks ago. Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and partial counting, gave the CDU 27-28 per cent support and the centre-left Social Democrats almost 20 per cent.
  • Strong 6.8 magnitude quake strikes off Greece

    Strong 6.8 magnitude quake strikes off Greece

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    The United States Geological Survey said the epicenter of the 6.8 magnitude quake was 35.9 kilometers (22.3 miles) southwest of Lithakia in the southern part of the island. Attention was focused on the island of Zakynthos, where reports indicated power was out. Three people were taken to hospital on the island, two of them slightly injured, a spokesman for Greece's civil protection agency said.
  • Israeli army says Syria ordered Gaza rocket fire with Iran backing

    Israeli army says Syria ordered Gaza rocket fire with Iran backing

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    Islamic Jihad's spokesman has announced an immediate halt to Gaza rocket fire on Israel . Israel said its forces were attacked with grenades and explosive devices hurled by some of the protesters, some of whom breached the border. Another night where parents are ushering terrified children to cover. "Palestinian Islamic Jihad cement factory", the IDF said on Twitter. Islamic Jihad, the second largest militant group in Gaza, hailed the rocket fire in a statement as a response to "Israeli ...
  • Woman slashes at least 14 children in China kindergarten attack

    Woman slashes at least 14 children in China kindergarten attack

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    School security guards attempted to restrain the woman while bystanders began to take matters into their own hands, kicking the woman once she was subdued. Police said the assailant was unemployed and carried out the attack "to take revenge on society". There have been reports in the media of two of the victims dying as a result of the attack, but this has not been confirmed by police so far.