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Women Win 30 Seats In Iceland's Parliament — More Than Any Party

Women win 30 seats in Iceland electionIf they were a political party, women would need only two more seats to form a majority government in Iceland, after winning a record 30 seats in this weekend's national elections. Voter turnout was just under 80 percent — local media say that's a record low for Iceland.

With female candidates winning nearly half (48 percent) of the 63 seats, Iceland now has the "most equal Parliament in the world" without a quota system, according to the country's Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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Turkey sacks 10,000 more civil servants, shuts media in latest crackdown

Turkey sacks 10,000Turkey said it had dismissed a further 10,000 civil servants and closed 15 more media outlets over suspected links with terrorist organizations and U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed coup in July.

More than 100,000 people had already been sacked or suspended and 37,000 arrested since the failed coup, in an unprecedented crackdown the government says is necessary to root out all supporters of Gulen from the state apparatus.

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Third earthquake brings down buildings in central Italy

Italy earthquakeA powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 has rocked central Italy, sending already quake-damaged buildings crumbling after a week of tremors that have left thousands homeless.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or death.

Residents already rattled by a constant trembling of the earth rushed into piazzas and streets after being roused from bed by Sunday's 7:40 am quake.

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Yemen: Dozens killed in Saudi-led coalition air raids

Yemen: Dozens killed in attack on prisonArab coalition fighter jets have hit a prison facility run by Houthi rebels in western Yemen's Hodeidah city, killing dozens of people, including inmates, local officials and medics said on Sunday.

There were conflicting reports on casualty figures, but the AFP news agency said at least 38 people were killed in the overnight bombing that targeted a security building used as a prison in the district of Zaydiya.

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ISIS 'executes' 232 near Mosul, takes thousands as human shields, UN says

ISIL executes hundredsISIS has "executed" 232 people near the Iraqi city of Mosul and taken tens of thousands of people to use as human shields against advancing Iraqi forces, the United Nations says.

The terror group carried out the mass killings Wednesday, punishing people who had defied its orders, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights arm told CNN.

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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.

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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.

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