Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Latest Communal Violence in Central Nigeria Kills 55

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Latest Communal Violence in Central Nigeria Kills 55

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Thousands demonstrate in Taiwan against China

Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to express their disapproval of China's stance toward their island.

China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has been ratcheting up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan in a bid to compel Tsai to agree to Beijing's insistence that the self-governing island is a part of China.

In an Oct. 10 National Day address, Tsai called on China not to be a "source of conflict" and pledged to boost Taiwan's defenses against Beijing's military threats. China and Taiwan separated in 1949, but China considers the island part of its territory.

55 killed in 'worrisome' bout of violence in Nigeria - Nigeria's government says 55 people have been killed in the latest eruption of communal violence in north-central Kaduna state.

A spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the fighting that led to Thursday's killings in Kasuwan Magani and that "frequent resort to bloodshed by Nigerians over misunderstandings that can be resolved peacefully is worrisome."

Kaduna's governor said that more than 20 people had been arrested. Central Nigeria has seen bouts of communal violence that some blame on ethnic and religious differences.

Napoleon's army defeated again - Hundreds of history buffs have re-enacted the 19th-century Battle of Leipzig, which saw the defeat of Napoleon I's army by combined forces from Prussia, Austria, Russia and Sweden.

Enthusiasts from across Europe, dressed in period costumes, fired muskets and cannons at each other Saturday as spectators looked on near Germany's city of Leipzig.

The Battle of Leipzig took place Oct. 16-19, 1813. It is considered one of the bloodiest battles in European history.

Terrorism charges against Sri Lankan dropped - The family of a Sri Lankan man living in Australia says terrorism charges against him have been dropped.

Kamer Nizamdeen, an employee at the University of New South Wales, had been under investigation for terrorism since he was arrested by Australian authorities in August. Police said they found in his notebook plans to carry out terrorist acts in Sydney.

Nizamdeen's family, which maintains that the handwriting in the notebook isn't his, said the charges were dropped on Friday. Nizamdeen, 25, was kept in solitary confinement for weeks before he was released on bail last month.

Nizamdeen's attorney said his client would seek legal costs and other compensation from Australian police. …

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