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Scores drown after boat capsizes off Egypt's coast

Dozens of refugees drown

At least 43 people have died and 154 have been rescued after a boat carrying hundreds of refugees capsized off Egypt's coast.

State news agency MENA reported on Wednesday that the boat, believed to be carrying around 600 people, capsized off the coast of Kafr al-Sheikh governorate, about 140km north of Cairo.

Officials said 31 bodies had been recovered - 20 men, 10 women and one child. A correspondent for Reuters news agency later saw a fishing boat bring in 12 more bodies, bringing the total to 43.


Thousands flee fire at refugee camp on Greece's Lesbos

Fire in Lesbos

Thousands of people were forced to flee to safety on Monday after a fire, set on purpose according to police, tore through a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

No casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were "almost entirely destroyed" and containers that provide additional accommodation and health and registration services were damaged, a police source in Athens told AFP.


Syria: Deadly aid-convoy bombing as ceasefire ends

Seadly convoy bombing in SyriaSyrian or Russian warplanes bombed aid trucks near Aleppo after a fragile week-long ceasefire ended as it appeared the bloody five-year war was fully back on late on Monday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 32 people were killed in dozens of air strikes launched in and around Aleppo after the truce officially came to an end at 1600 GMT.


Protesters rally across Germany against mega trade deal

TTP protestTens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Germany in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord.    

In Berlin, as in Munich, there was a sea of flags on Saturday as people flocked to join the rallies despite the rain, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, NGOs, political parties and unions.    

"People are not letting their mood be ruined" by the weather, a spokeswoman for the organisers, Kathrin Ottovay, told the AFP news agency.


United States will not recognize outcome of Russian Crimea elections

US will not recognize Crimean election The United States announced that it will not honor the results of the Russian parliamentary elections planned in Crimea.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned the elections planned for Sunday, which will be the first time Crimea will elect members of the lower house of parliament since it was annexed by Russia in 2014, according to Al Masdar News.

"The United States does not recognize the legitimacy, and will not recognize the outcome, of the Russian Duma elections planned for Russian-occupied Crimea on September 18th," he said. "Our position on Crimea is clear: the peninsula remains an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea-related sanctions against Russia will remain until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine."



One in three Saudi air raids on Yemen hit civilian sites, data shows

Saudis killed many civilians in YemenMore than one-third of all Saudi-led air raids on Yemen have hit civilian sites, such as school buildings, hospitals, markets, mosques and economic infrastructure, according to the most comprehensive survey of the conflict.

The findings, revealed by the Guardian on Friday, contrast with claims by the Saudi government, backed by its US and British allies, that Riyadh is seeking to minimise civilian casualties.


Pakistan mosque bombing kills dozens; Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims credit for attack

Pakistan mosque bombingA suicide bombing killed more than two dozen people at a mosque during Friday prayers in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal area near the Afghan border, officials said.

More than 30 others were injured in the attack.

The Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed credit for the attack. The group claimed that the attack targeted members of a resistant tribal militia. It warned members of such militias to "stop opposing Islam and jihad," the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Mohmand area, near the Afghanistan border, is known to have bases for the Taliban and other militant groups.



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