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August, 31, 2016

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The government of South Sudan, whose economy has been ravaged by years of war, has adopted an ambitious budget for 2016-2017. The budget of around US$1billion, three times as big as the previous year's.
Police beat anti-Mugabe protesters
Zimbabwe's opposition supporters set up a burning barricade as they clash with police during a protest for electoral reforms on Aug. 26 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Riot police in Zimbabwe fired tear gas, beat up protesters and blocked off the site of an opposition rally in Harare on Aug. 26, the latest in a string of demonstrations to hit the country. The rally -- which was authorized by a court -- was to demand electoral reforms before 2018 when 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African country for decades, will seek re-election.
Day of mourning in Italy as funerals held for quake dead
Italy prepared for an emotional day of mourning Saturday with flags across the country to fly at half mast in honour of the 281 victims of a devastating earthquake.
Tears as evacuation starts in besieged town
Syrian rebels and civilians, many in tears, began Friday evacuating the Syrian town of Daraya after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.
UN council condemns N.Korea missile launches, vows new measures
The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned North Korea for test-firing ballistic missiles and agreed to take "significant measures" in response the latest series of launches.
Bolivia deputy minister killed by miners amid protests
Bolivian miners kidnapped, tortured and beat to death a deputy minister who tried to negotiate with protesting workers on Thursday, in what the government condemned as a brutal murder.
Hope for survivors fades as Italy quake toll climbs
An increasingly forlorn search for victims of the earthquake that brought carnage to central Italy entered a third day Friday as the confirmed death toll climbed to 267.
Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo
Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.
France's top court to rule on burkini ban
France's highest administrative court will decide Friday whether to overturn bans on wearing the full-body burkini swimsuit which have sparked controversy at home and abroad.
Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.
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