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October 23, 2017

First Line News Articles for Monday, October 23 2017

World

Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

A typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on election day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

Military operations in Iraq this past week were one-sided, with Iraqi government forces using superior numbers and firepower to reclaim disputed areas that had been controlled by separatist Iraqi Kurds since 2014.

Militants Kill Egyptian Security Forces in Devastating Ambush

Militants carried out a devastating ambush on a convoy of Egyptian police and security officials deep inside the western desert late Friday in the deadliest such attack in years, security officials said on Saturday.

Spain Catalonia: Foreign minister denies ‘coup’ by Madrid

The Spanish Foreign Minister, Alfonso Dastis, has denied that his government’s move to reassert control over Catalonia amounts to a “coup”.

Russia Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Released From Prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced his release from jail Sunday by posting a selfie on Instagram and offering an upbeat account of his time behind bars.

Italians vote in autonomy referendums in shadow of Catalonia crisis

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy began voting on Sunday in referendums for autonomy, ballots that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Robert Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador amid outcry

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may be one of the longest-serving leaders, but his stint as a goodwill ambassador was anything but.