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13 killed in attack on police station in China’s Xinjiang

SHANGHAI: Thirteen people were killed in an attack on a police station in China's restive region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The 13 killed were described as "mobsters", while three police were wounded in the attack on Saturday morning, the news agency said citing local government. China has been cracking down after a spate of recent attacks centred around the far-western Xinjiang province. (Reuters)

Sunni insurgents close in on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery

TIKRIT: Sunni insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group extended their control from the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday to an area further south that includes Iraq's biggest oil refinery in a devastating show of strength against the Shi'ite-led government. Security sources said militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - Sunni militants waging sectarian war on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier - drove into the town of Baiji late on Tuesday in armed vehicles, torching the court house and…