Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss, plus the ones you should keep an eye on for Thursday:
- There’s breaking news from Iraq, where the army claims to have retaken Hawija. The town was ISIL’s last stronghold.
- In Asia Pacific, the trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam – the brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un – continues in Malaysia. A chemist has testified that the nerve agent believed to be have been used by the two female suspects was found on one of their shirts. More about that here.
- In southwest Niger, five Nigerien and three US special forces were killed and others wounded in an ambush on a joint patrol. Wednesday’s attack marks the first US combat casualties in Niger, where Washington provides training and security assistance in the fight against armed groups in the Sahel region.
- To the Middle East, and confusion surrounds the timing of legislative and presidential elections in the aftermath of a Kurdish vote to secede from Iraq. What’s next?
- And, it’s been 60 years since the launch of Sputnik. Does your country have a satellite orbiting the Earth right now? Find out here.
- We speak to the families of Muslim victims of lynchings in India two years on, as well as to some of those accused of carrying out the horrific killings.
- Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is due to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin today, having arrived in Moscow on Wednesday. What does this historic trip mean? Our reporter explains.
- And we will break down the details of protests in Togo. Thousands of Togolese took to the streets of the country’s capital Lome on Wednesday to protest the 50-year-rule of the Gnassingbe family and demand the president’s immediate resignation. The rallies began last month and turned violent; there were claims that security forces killed a 10-year-old boy.
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Source: Al Jazeera News