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- Thailand will begin its royal cremation ceremony for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej after a year-long mourning period. The ceremony, held in Bangkok’s old royal quarter, is said to have drawn in as many as 250,000 people from across Thailand. The revered king reigned for seven decades.
- Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi rejected the Kurdish government’s offer to freeze the result of its independence referendum, saying that Baghdad won’t accept anything short of canceling the vote’s result. The Kurds had proposed a dialogue with Baghdad and a halt to all military operations following days of clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
- Violence has erupted between police and protesters in Kenya as voters go to the polls in the rerun of Kenya’s presidential election. The polarizing second vote, which is being boycotted by the main opposition leader, came about because the supreme court overturned the initial results – which awarded victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 8.
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- Fake news is flooding the Philippines, according to a New York Times op-ed. According to the piece, “dubious” independent news sites and partisan blogs have been publishing content supporting current president Rodrigo Duterte since his election.
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