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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Iraqi Shiite militia says 40 of its fighters killed in Syria
A powerful Iraqi Shiite militia said today that at least 40 of its militiamen were killed in an attack the previous day on its positions across the border in Syria. The militia blamed the US-led coalition for the assault but the Islamic State group claimed its fighters had targeted the militiamen. The deputy head of the militia, known as Kattaib Sayeed al-Shuhadaa, accused US forces of carrying out the early Monday assault.

Pak-origin man in UK jailed for beating wife to death
A Pakistani-origin man was today sentenced to life imprisonment by a UK court after he was convicted of beating his wife to death with a hammer for not cooking him a meal. Jamal Khan was found guilty of the murder of 42-year-old Humera Khan at Preston Crown Court in Lancashire, north-west England and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years behind bars. The 52-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of wounding after the attack in February, but was later rearrested on suspicion of murder following his wife's death in hospital.

8 killed, 17 missing in landslide in China
A landslide triggered by heavy rains today hit a village in China's southwest Sichuan province, killing eight persons and injuring five, authorities said. Seventeen people were also missing in the landslide which struck at around 6 AM (local time) in Puge county's Gengdi village in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, according to the information office of the prefecture government. Rescue work was underway, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Mass deportation of Chinese from Fiji in fraud crackdown
Fiji has deported 77 Chinese nationals accused of running a phone and online scam targeting victims in mainland China, the latest in a series of overseas crackdowns orchestrated by Beijing. The mass arrest and expulsion was part of a month-long operation involving both Fijian and Chinese law enforcement agencies, and echoes similar joint operations carried out in Indonesia and Cambodia last week.

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