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Trump is peddling 'lies' on Syria-IS link

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United Nations, Oct 22 (AP) - The U.N. special investigator on counterterrorism and human rights accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday of peddling "lies and xenophobia" by claiming a link between Syrian refugees and Islamic State extremists.
British human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson told a press conference "there is no evidence that terrorist groups take advantage of refugee flows to carry out acts of terrorism, or that refugees are somehow more prone to radicalization...

Under fire in Mosul, IS attacks another Iraqi city

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Iraq, Oct 22 (AP) - Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, killing at least 14 people and setting off fierce clashes with Kurdish security forces that were still raging after sundown.
The assault appeared aimed at...

Opposition cries dictatorship after Venezuela blocks recall

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The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start.
In a related move, a court appeared to issue a ruling Friday blocking key...

UN expert urges next UN chief to focus on ending tax havens

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United Nations, Oct 22 (AP) - A U.N. human rights expert urged the next U.N. secretary-general on Friday to make the elimination of tax havens a priority to ensure that corporations, billionaires and "kleptocrats" pay their fair share of taxes.
Alfred de Zayas, an American law professor, also...

Overloaded train derails in Cameroon, killing at least 53

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Cameroon, Oct 22 (AP) - An overloaded train derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities on Friday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300, the government said.
The injured could not be evacuated until rail travel is re-established, said government spokesman Issa...

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