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Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp

TRIPOLI: More than 100 east African migrants escaped from a camp in the Libyan town of Bani Walid where they were being held hostage and tortured, international agencies and local sources said on Saturday. The migrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia fled on Wednesday night to a mosque in the town where they were taken in by local associations and residents. The hospital in Bani Walid said around 20 of them were being treated for injuries from torture. According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in a statement…

Four FC personnel martyred in suicide attack near Quetta

QUETTA: Four Frontier Constabulary personnel were martyred and eight others were martyred after suicide bomber struck in the outskirts of Quetta, ARY News reported.  The incident occurred in the Khonitalab Nawhisar area on the outskirts of the provincial capital. Rescue services said that injured have been shifted to nearby hospital where they are being administered medical aid. Two of the injured are said to be in critical condition. The blast reportedly occurred when security agencies were conducting a search…

‘Yes’ camp edging tight Turkey poll on Erdogan powers

ANKARA: The 'Yes' campaign to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers was ahead of its rival on Sunday in a bitterly-contested referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny, initial results said. The 'Yes' campaign had won 52.1 percent of the vote while the 'No' campaign had mustered 47.9 percent, the election commission said in figures quoted by state news agency Anadolu, in an initial count based on 92 percent of the ballot boxes. In a nail-biting end to a frenetic campaign, the 'No'…

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria ‘kills 52 civilians’

ABUJA: At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency, as food was being distributed to displaced people. There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed "the fog of war" for the mistake, but one senior commander described the…