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Somalia: Al-Shabab Attacks Kill 17

The al-Shabab militant group launched a series of attacks since Saturday that led to the death of at least 17 people in Somalia. Lower Shabelle region officials told VOA Somali that the militants attacked the town of Qoryoley late Saturday using rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing nine people. The town’s Mayor Sayid …

Trump Defends Supreme Court Justice Over Fresh Misconduct Claim

US President Donald Trump mounted an angry defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday as the controversial judge faced calls for an investigation over fresh allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump blasted the media and “Radical Left Democrats” after a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh alleged that the jurist — one of the most senior …

Zimbabwean Doctors Protest over Disappearance of Strike Leader

A young Zimbabwean doctor who led a recent doctors’ strike over poor government salaries disappeared Saturday, in a move his colleagues say is an overt warning to all public-sector doctors in the country. The events could exacerbate an impasse between the doctors and the government over their demands for a salary increase, as doctors say …

Saudis Scramble to Restore Oil Production After Drone Attacks

Saudi Arabia scrambled Sunday to restore operations at its key oil fields after drone attacks cut the kingdom’s production in half, while also saying it would tap its vast reserves to shore up exports to the world market. Meanwhile, there was widespread uncertainty about responsibility for the attacks that cut the Saudi oil production by …

NATO Commander Expects Violence, to Work for Safe Afghan Elections

It’s been a rocky week in Afghanistan peace talks, and NATO’s operational commander said allies “anticipate increased violence” on the ground as Afghan presidential elections inch closer. U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), told a small group of reporters that Afghan elections “probably won’t be perfect,” but the 29-member …

Reports: Arrested Canadian Official Oversaw Russia Probe

A senior Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) intelligence officer arrested this week for allegedly stealing sensitive documents oversaw an investigation into the laundering of stolen Russian funds, Canadian media reported Saturday. The Globe and Mail said Cameron Ortis’ arrest was linked to a major corruption case that was first revealed by Sergei Magnitsky, who went …

UK’s Johnson, Likening Himself to Incredible Hulk, Vows Oct. 31 Brexit 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened himself to the unruly comic book character The Incredible Hulk late Saturday in a newspaper interview in which he stressed his determination to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31.  The Mail on Sunday reported that Johnson said he would find a way to circumvent a recent Parliament vote ordering him to delay …

Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities Knock Out Half Kingdom’s Supply

RIYADH/DUBAI/LONDON – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group said it attacked two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry on Saturday, knocking out more than half the kingdom’s output, in a move expected to send oil prices soaring and increase tension in the Middle East.  The attacks will cut the kingdom’s output by 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd), according to a …

Afghan Government Says Elections First, Peace Deal Afterward

The Afghan government will consider making a “legitimate” peace with insurgents only after national elections are held this month, an official told reporters Saturday, despite the atmosphere of political uncertainty following the sudden halt in U.S.-Taliban peace talks.    President Donald Trump abruptly called off talks to end American’s longest war last week. The Afghan government was …

Tropical Storm Humberto Forms Near Bahamas

A tropical depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said late Friday night. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the northwest Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, meaning that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours. The agency said the storm …