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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

Heron Gate mass eviction: ‘We never expected this in Canada’

Heron Gate mass eviction: ‘We never expected this in Canada’

Ottawa, Canada - Binto Mohamed hasn't had a good night's sleep since May. That's when she received a letter telling her that her family of 10 had 120 days to find a new home. "There's a piece of me missing, because of the stress," she says, standing in the middle of her dimly-lit kitchen, the…
ISIL claims attacks on security forces in Russia’s Chechnya

ISIL claims attacks on security forces in Russia’s Chechnya

A series of coordinated attacks against security forces were reported on Monday in Russia's volatile autonomous republic of Chechnya, with authorities claiming to have killed at least two attackers. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the violence, the SITE monitoring group reported, citing the…
Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis

Deadly cattle raids in Zamfara: Nigeria’s ‘ignored’ crisis

Zamfara state, Nigeria - Besides Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and the pastoralist crisis across the central region's lush vegetation belt, a lesser-known conflict is brewing in the northwest, and casualties are rising. Cattle thieves are carrying out daily killings and kidnappings in Zamfara state.  Hundreds have died this year alone. In early August,…
Kerala floodwater starts to recede, as fear of disease spreads

Kerala floodwater starts to recede, as fear of disease spreads

Indian health authorities have started preparing defences against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state, as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace. By Monday, the death toll in the southern state had reached 370 and the number of people displaced was upwards of a million. Incessant rain since August 8 has caused…
Lebanese FM: No reason for Syria refugees to stay in Lebanon

Lebanese FM: No reason for Syria refugees to stay in Lebanon

Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has said parts of neighbouring Syria are peaceful and stable, adding that his country sees no reason for Syrian refugees to remain on its territory. Bassil's remarks at a news conference on Monday came after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Several thousand Syrian refugees in Lebanon…
Greece graduates from EU bailout, but needs work

Greece graduates from EU bailout, but needs work

Athens, Greece - On June 22, at three o'clock in the morning, Eurozone finance ministers meeting in Brussels declared a victory for the Eurozone's last intensive care patient after eight years of public spending cuts, and cleared Greece to borrow from markets after August 20. Austerity has brought some important results. Greece balanced its budget,…
Iraq’s Sairoon and Nasr coalitions in talks to form largest bloc

Iraq’s Sairoon and Nasr coalitions in talks to form largest bloc

Iraq's Sairoon Alliance led by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr is in talks to form a coalition with the Nasr alliance led by outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, along with two other parliamentary groups. The parliamentary blocs of Sadr-backed Sairoon and Abadi's Nasr met on Sunday with the Hikma bloc led by Shia cleric Ammar al-Hakim and…
Taliban fighters kidnap over 100 people after buses ambushed

Taliban fighters kidnap over 100 people after buses ambushed

Security forces have freed 149 bus passengers, including women and children, who were abducted by the Taliban fighters hours earlier in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province. More than 100 people were taken hostage after Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of buses in Khan Abad district on Monday. "Security forces conducted a rescue operation and managed to…
Turkey: Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara amid deepening row

Turkey: Shots fired at US embassy in Ankara amid deepening row

Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the US embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties, police reported. The attack coincided with a deepening row between Ankara and Washington over the trial of a US pastor in Turkey. A police officer told…
New Ecuador passport rules leave hundreds of Venezuelans hopeless

New Ecuador passport rules leave hundreds of Venezuelans hopeless

Tulcan, Ecuador - Jorge Briceno made it 1,400km across Colombia after fleeing his home in Venezuela more than week ago. After exiting Colombia on Saturday, he was just metres from the Ecuadorian town of Tulcan, before he found himself stuck with an encampment of migrants who were huddled at the border checkpoint as nightfall approached. By…

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