Political Unrest
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Fire at Ukrainian ammunition depot blamed on possible sabotage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/27/17, 08:39 am

A Ukrainian emergency response agency evacuated 30,000 people from their homes in central Ukraine after a huge fire late Tuesday set off several explosions at a military ammunition depot. Officials on Wednesday said the government has closed the airspace over the region and will investigate the fire as possible sabotage. The explosions occurred at a military base near Kalynivka, 120 miles southwest of Kiev. The fire damaged four residential buildings, and Ukraine’s emergency service reports of at least one injury.

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Palestinian man kills three Israelis near Jerusalem

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/17, 10:58 am

A Palestinian man on Tuesday shot and killed three Israeli security officials and injured a fourth outside a West Bank settlement northwest of Jerusalem. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker, identified as 37-year-old Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, approached a police checkpoint at the back entrance of the Har Adar settlement when the officers asked him to stop. The man opened fire at close range before police shot him dead. The Israelis killed in the attack include a police officer and two private security guards. Dr.

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Iraqi Kurds hold independence vote despite opposition

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/17, 10:34 am

Iraqi Kurds in the country’s autonomous region headed to the polls Monday for an independence referendum despite fierce regional opposition. Polls opened across the region’s three provinces and other disputed territories like Kirkuk, claimed by both the Kurds and the Iraqi government in Baghdad. In a televised address Sunday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called the referendum unconstitutional and said “it threatens Iraq, peaceful coexistence among Iraqis, and is a danger to the region.” Kurds also live in Turkey, Iran, and Syria.

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