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Soldier Kills Two Civilians in Papua

Two people died and three others were injured Friday when a solider opened fire on a group of civilians in Indonesia's restive Papua province, a military official said Friday.

Papua military spokesman Teguh Pudji Rahardjo said the incident began when a soldier was attacked by a mob in Timika.

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Student Shot Dead at U.S. University

A student died early Friday after being shot at a U.S. university in the state of Georgia, in an altercation that triggered a temporary lockdown of the campus.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta metropolitan area, died at a local hospital following an "altercation" late Thursday at Savannah State University's student union building, the school said.

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Three Islamic Militants Killed in Philippine Military Clash

Three Islamic militants were killed after the Philippine military on Friday launched a second attempt in two weeks to rescue hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf rebels, the army said.

About 300 Abu Sayyaf fighters retreated after the hour-long firefight in the jungles of the remote southern island of Jolo, said Brigadier-General Alan Arrojado, the military commander in the area.

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Austria Truck Victims Likely Syrians, Include Four Children

The 71 people found dead in an abandoned truck in Austria were believed to be Syrian migrants and included a toddler and three young boys, police said Friday.

Three people including a man thought to be the truck owner remain in custody in neighboring Hungary over the tragedy.

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Mediterranean Migrant Crossings Top 300,000 in 2015

More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have risked their lives crossing the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, and some 2,500 more have died while making the perilous journey, the U.N. said Friday.

Nearly 200,000 people had landed in Greece since January, while another 110,000 had made it to Italy, Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency, told reporters in Geneva.

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German Town Scraps Refugee Party as Police Unable to Ensure Safety

German authorities canceled Friday a party to welcome refugees in the town of Heidenau, recently the scene of violent far-right protests, saying the public's safety could not be guaranteed due to a shortage of police.

The decision came as police reported an apparent arson attempt against an asylum-seekers' shelter in another town.

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Turkey PM to Form Cabinet ahead of November Polls

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due Friday to submit for presidential approval the makeup of a provisional cabinet which will run Turkey until new elections in November.

The meeting between Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take place at 1445 GMT, the presidency said in a statement.

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Thai Police Question Uighur trio over Bangkok Blast

Thai police on Friday said three Uighur Muslims, among dozens detained in the kingdom for illegal entry last year, have been questioned over the deadly Bangkok bombing.

Eleven days on from the bombing at Erawan shrine, which killed 20 people and wounded scores more, authorities are hunting for a prime suspect who police describe as a foreign man.

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South Sudan Army Ordered to End Fighting ahead of Ceasefire

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has ordered all government troops to cease fighting rebel forces as part of a peace agreement, his spokesman said, ahead of a full ceasefire on Saturday.

Kiir has ordered all the army "to stop shooting and remain in their barracks where they are, but they can shoot in self defense once attacked," spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told AFP on Friday.

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Ex-Archbishop Dies ahead of Pedophilia Trial

Josef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop who had been due to be first cleric tried in the Vatican for child sex abuse, was found dead on Friday.

Wesolowski, 67, was found at dawn at his residence in the city state, a Vatican statement said.

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