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Thousands of angry protesters demonstrated across Mexico as outrage grows over student killings.
Thousands of angry protesters demonstrated across Mexico as outrage grows over student killings.

ISIS CONTROLS ONE-THIRD OF KOBANI
Despite airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters in and around the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, the jihadist group has seized more than one-third of the city, Reuters quotes the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. While Turkey’s inaction as the battle unfolds on its border has been heavily criticized, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was “not realistic to expect Turkey to conduct a ground operation on its own.” He reiterated calls for a no-fly zone over Syria, as Turkish officials are holding meetings with NATO and U.S. officials. In an editorial entitled, “Erdogan’s Dangerous Game”, The New York Times denounces the Turkish president’s “cynical political calculations” and slams his behavior as “hardly worthy of a NATO ally.”

PROTESTS OVER MEXICO STUDENT MASSACRE
Thousands of angry protesters demonstrated yesterday in cities across Mexico as outrage grows over last weekend’s discovery of a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of missing students, The Guardian reports. “They took them alive. We want them alive,” demonstrators chanted in Mexico City.

YEMEN SUICIDE BOMB KILLS DOZENS
At least 43 people were killed in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa this morning in a suicide explosion that targeted supporters of the Shia insurgent group, the Houthis, which have controlled the city for a month, AFP reports. Later, at least seven soldiers were killed by a suicide car bomb on an army position in the eastern part of the country. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Al Jazeera explains they have the hallmarks of the local branch of al-Qaeda. The two attacks come one day after the country’s Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigned, just 33 hours after having been appointed by the president amid protests from the Houthis, who denounced the move as “foreign interference,” Reuters reports.

WORLDCRUNCH-TO-GO
As Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Nataly Bleuel writes, there’s a new supermarket in Berlin, but there is no cardboard there, no shrink wrap, no bottled or canned foods. Which is why it’s called Original Unpackaged. “The first time I went, I have to admit I felt anxious about the new experience,” Bleuel writes. “More precisely, I felt nervous about unscrewing all those lids, turning the little faucets on and off. Uncomfortable, I stood in the store for a while to wrap my mind around this new reality. I thought again of my grandma and what a wonderful thing it is to put your purchases in a basket instead of coming home, unpacking everything and throwing out a whole garbage bin worth of packaging.”
Read the full article, Muesli In Bulk, Vodka On Tap: This Package-Free Berlin Store Could Change The World.

EBOLA DEATH TOLL NEARS 4,000
The latest figures from the World Health Organization show that 2,799 new cases of Ebola were detected in the past three weeks, taking the total number of identified patients to 8,011. Nearly half of them, 3,857, have died, including Thomas Eric Duncan, who died yesterday, the first patient to succomb in the U.S. after having contracted the disease in Liberia. Starting Saturday, five major U.S. airports will increase their security screenings for travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Focusing on the economic impact of the fatal virus, the World Bank forecasts that the West African countries face a $32.6 billion economic hit if the epidemic is not contained. Read more from the Financial Times.

VERBATIM
“When he was 23, he used to joke that he looked like he was 12,” journalist Anuschka Roshani told Germany’s ZeitMagazin of Truman Capote, whose lost stories were published by the German publication today. “But when he was 12, he wrote like others did aged 40.”

INDIA-PAKISTAN TENSIONS HIGH
Week-long exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops on the disputed Kashmir border have already killed at least 12 Pakistani and 8 Indian civilians, and both countries are pointing the finger at the other. Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley accused Pakistan of “adventurism” and said it would make the cost “unaffordable” for Islamabad, The Indian Express reports. Pakistani officials argued they have been “exercising utmost restraint and responsibility” despite India’s lack of cooperation. Yesterday, the BBC reported that hundreds of villagers were fleeing their homes in the region.

STREET VIEW, DESERT EDITION
Google’s 360-degree, street-view cameras just got a surprising upgrade in the name of Raffia, a camel the search giant uses to take pictures of the Arabian desert with minimal disruption to the environment.

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War In Ukraine, Day 279: New Kherson Horrors More Than Two Weeks After Russian Withdrawal

Shelling in Kherson

Anna Akage, Bertrand Hauger and Emma Albright

While retreating from Kherson, Russian troops forcibly removed more than 2,500 Ukrainians from prison colonies and pre-trial detention centers in the southern region. Those removed included prisoners as well as a large number of civilians who had been held in prisons during the occupation, according to the Ukrainian human rights organization Alliance of Ukrainian Unity.

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The NGO said it has evidence that these Ukrainians were first transferred to Crimea and then distributed to different prisons in Russia. During the transfer of the prisoners, Russian soldiers also reportedly stole valuables and food and mined the building of colony #61.

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