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Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq.

Some 77 people, most of them Shia pilgrims from Iran and Afghanistan, have been killed in a truck bomb attack in Iraq, officials say. The blast struck at a petrol station and restaurant near Hilla, some 100 kilometers south of Baghdad. Busloads of pilgrims had stopped there on their way home from commemorating Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala. Some 40 people were wounded. The jihadist group Islamic State said it carried out the attack.

Myanmar wants ethnic cleansing of Rohingya - UN official.

Myanmar is seeking the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority from its territory. Armed forces have been killing Rohingya in Rakhine state, forcing many to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, says John McKissick of the UN refugee agency.

The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been conducting counter-insurgency operations since coordinated attacks on border guards in October. It denies reports of atrocities.

Power station collapse kills 40 in China

At least 40 people have been killed when a platform collapsed at a construction site in China's Jiangxi province. The accident took place at a power plant in Fengcheng where a cooling tower was under construction.
China's Xinhua news agency reported, there were a number of people still trapped at the scene. Jiangxi province's fire services said 32 fire trucks and 212 soldiers had been deployed. A total of 68 people were at the construction site at the time of the accident.

Trump picks Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos as first women ministers for cabinet

US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed the first two women to his incoming administration. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was nominated as US envoy to the UN and Betsy DeVos as education secretary.


India vows 'retribution' after soldier killings in Kashmir attack.

The Indian army has vowed to avenge the killing of three of its soldiers in the disputed Kashmir region as tensions keep rising with Pakistan. Militants from across the border had ambushed Indian troops and mutilated the body of one soldier, the army said.


Colombia to sign a new peace deal with FARC

Colombian government says it will sign a new peace accord with FARC rebels tomorrow, after a previous deal was rejected in a referendum last month. The new revised agreement will be submitted to Congress for approval, rather than put to a popular vote.

But the opposition groups say it still does not go far enough in punishing rebels for human rights abuses. The deal is aimed at ending more than 50 years of civil war, in which more than 220 thousand people have been killed.

Japan lifts post-quake tsunami advisories

Japan has lifted the tsunami advisories issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast. The quake struck near Fukushima at about 06:00 a.m. local time, triggering initial warnings of 9.8 feet high waves.
The waves which eventually hit the coast were much smaller.

Thousands were asked to evacuate the area and minor injuries were reported. An earthquake and tsunami struck the area in 2011 killing 18,000 people. That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a massive clean-up operation is still going on. Officials have said there is no sign of damage to the plant this time.

Meanwhile, an earthquake has struck central New Zealand, little more than a week after a powerful tremor centered in the upper South Island rocked the country and killed two people. Reporting of the magnitude of the quake varied; US Geological Survey said it was of 6.3 in magnitude, while Geonet reported it as magnitude 5.4. Today's quake was centered off the coast of the North Island, 138 kilometers from Palmerston North at a depth of 37 kilometers at 1.19 p.m. local time. It was the strongest of more than 15 tremors in the region in the past hour alone.

Afghanistan Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people at a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say. At least 35 more people were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque in the west of the city. The attack came as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony. So-called Islamic State said that it was behind the blast. It is the latest of several recent attacks on Afghanistan's Shia community claimed by the Sunni Muslim militant group.

Kabul mosque suicide attack kills dozens.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in an attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Another 35 were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque. Officials said the attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

US urged to save countries from the climate change

The next head of the UN global climate talks has appealed for the US to "save" Pacific islands from the impacts of global warming. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that the islands needed the US now as much as they did during World War Two.


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