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Toto Riina, Mafia 'Boss Of Bosses', Dies In Jail Aged 87

Pic: Reuters ("Toto" Riina in his 1993 police mugshot, after Italy's most powerful Mafia boss was finally captured)

Notorious Sicilian Mafia "boss of all bosses" Salvatore "Toto" Riina has died from cancer in jail, aged 87.

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Syria: Russia Blocks Extension Of Chemical Attacks Probe

Pic: Reuters (A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people)

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Egypt Orders Suspected Libyan Militant, 14 Others Be Held Over Desert Attack

CAIRO - The Egyptian public prosecutor ordered that a suspected Libyan militant and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an investigation of their role in a deadly attack in Egypt’s western desert last month, state news MENA reported on Friday.

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Zimbabwe Latest: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance

As Chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University, Mr Mugabe was the graduation guest of honour (Pic: EPA_

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

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Erdogan Says Turkey Must Clear Syria's Afrin Of YPG Militia

Pic: Reuters (A general view shows the Kurdish city of Afrin, in Aleppo's countryside, Syria March 18, 2015.)

ANKARA - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents.

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China Faces Waste Hangover After Singles' Day Buying Binge

Pic: ReutersSHANGHAI: China’s Singles’ Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over $38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages - and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste.

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Injured Defector's Parasites And Diet Hint At Hard Life In North Korea

Pic: ReutersSEOUL: Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

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Philippines' Department Welcomes AU$1.5 Mln Relief Supplies From Australia

MANILA, Nov 17 -- The head of the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) thanked the Australian government for its gift of 60 million Philippine pesos (AU$1.5 million) worth of relief goods and associated funds, Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

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UN Envoy Urges Greater Support For Rohingya Victims Of Sexual Violence

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 -- A United Nations envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among thousands of Rohingya refugees who have settled around Bangladesh's city of Cox Bazar, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

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Turkey Targets 42 University Staff Over Failed Coup

ISTANBUL, Nov 17 -- The Turkish authorities on Friday issued detention warrants for 42 personnel with Marmara University in Istanbul in their continuing crackdown on a network accused of orchestrating last year's failed coup, China's Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media.

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