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Japan snap elections: All you need to know

A total of 1,180 candidates are running for the lower house of parliament [Toru Hanai/Reuters] Japanese voters will head to the polls on Sunday for snap general elections, a year ahead of schedule. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament and called for fresh polls last month to renew his mandate to cope with a “national crisis” amid nuclear tensions with North Korea. A low voter turnout is expected on October 22 in the country’s 48th parliamentary elections. Following a short stint as prime minister in 2006, Abe has been in power since December 2012. Al...

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Iraq forces in full control of Kirkuk province

Shia Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) celebrated on the outskirts of Kirkuk [Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters] Iraqi forces have claimed control of all of Kirkuk province after intense fighting against Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The army says it captured the last town, Altun Kupri, near Erbil, with the help of Shia paramilitaries early on Saturday after a three-hour battle. Peshmerga were sending reinforcements to fight the army and their allied militias on the frontline north of Kirkuk, while Iraqi forces were trying to push the Peshmerga further towards Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital. The fighting continued around Altun Kupri, about 40km northwest of...

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Mogadishu bombing death toll rises to 358

The number of people killed in last week’s devastating bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 358, according to the government. As well as the confirmed death toll, 228 people were injured in what was the deadliest attack in the country’s history, Somalia’s news agency quoted the information and internal security ministers as saying late on Friday. The announcement came as a car bomb exploded outside Mogadishu, killing the driver, police said, with a witness saying there were at least two bodies. The explosion happened around noon in the village of Markaz, about 20km northwest of Mogadishu,...

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Is there a way forward in Afghanistan?

The latest wave of Taliban attacks calls into question both US strategy and the Afghan government’s capabilities. It’s two months since US President Donald Trump unveiled a new American strategy in Afghanistan. His announced intention was to give military commanders more flexibility, while increasing troop numbers and leaving the US presence open-ended. On one level the changes have been dramatic. US Air Force figures show a 68% increase in the average number of missions it flies in support of Afghan forces each month from 51 to 86. The US is also dropping significantly more munitions as part of those...

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Egyptian police suffer casualties in raid

Security officers have been increasingly targeted by armed groups since 2013 [Reuters] More than a dozen Egyptian police officers have been killed in a shoot-out during a raid on a suspected hideout of fighters in the country’s Western desert, security sources say. Reuters news agency quoted sources as saying the deaths occurred on Friday when the officers were following a lead to an apartment thought to house eight suspected members of Hasm. Hasm is a group that has claimed several attacks around Cairo targeting judges and policemen since last year. The suspected fighters tried to flee after the exchange...

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