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Season’s Most Powerful Typhoon Rocks the Philippines

The storm is forecast to reach southern China by Wednesday. “A powerful typhoon battered the northern Philippines on Monday, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rain across cities and food-growing plains. The storm left at least two people dead and 44 missing. Typhoon Utor, described as the strongest globally this year, slammed ashore in mountainous eastern Aurora province with sustained winds of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph (130 mph).” (Yahoo! http://yhoo.it/15wodx1)

Scores Killed in Attack at Northern Nigeria Mosque

The radical islamist group Boko Haram is suspected for carrying out the attack on co-religionists. “At least 44 worshippers have been shot dead at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, officials in Borno state say. The killings took place during dawn prayers on Sunday morning, although news only emerged on Monday. The attack occurred in the town of Konduga, 35km (22 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.” (BBC http://bbc.in/15wmW8X)

Former PM Wins Mali Presidential Elections

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won yesterday’s run off elections after his opponent Soumaila Cisse conceded the result. Hours earlier, the Cisse camp leveled accusations of voter fraud. “This election, from a democratic standards point of view, is a success,” said the head of a European Union observer mission, Louis Michel. “It is an election that allows Mali now to start finishing the process that it has begun: the return to a normal democracy.” (VOA http://bit.ly/1brlgDq)

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