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Dozens of Migrants Rescued Off Southern Spanish Coast

Almost 200 migrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa were rescued overnight as they tried to reach southern Spain in makeshift vessels, Spanish coastal rescue officials said Sunday.

"Maritime rescue services picked up 188 people from seven craft," a spokesman told AFP.

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Myanmar to Sign Peace Deal with 8 Rebel Groups on October 15

Myanmar's government will sign a long-negotiated ceasefire on October 15 but with only eight rebel forces, officials said Sunday, as several major insurgent groups declined to ink an agreement that excludes some factions.

More than two years of talks to end decades of civil war in the nation's rugged borderlands have gained momentum in recent weeks, with the government eager to reach a deal before November's general election.

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Turkey Launches New Overnight Air Raids against PKK

Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and eastern Turkey overnight, in a new air operation against the Kurdish militant group, the army said Sunday. 

Turkish F-16 fighters hit 17 PKK positions in northern Iraq, destroying shelters used by the militant group, the army said on its website, listing three locations. 

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Report: Turkey, EU Agree to Migrant Action Plan

The European Union and Turkey have agreed in principle to a plan of action to help ease the flow of migrants into the bloc, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said the European Commission and Turkish government representatives struck the accord last week and that it would be approved during talks Monday in Brussels between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU leaders.

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Thick Cloud Hampers Search for Missing Indonesia Plane

Thick cloud and mountainous terrain hampered the second day of a search for a plane carrying 10 people which went missing on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, an official said Sunday.

The Aviastar Twin Otter DHC-6 aircraft carrying four adult passengers, three children and three crew lost contact with air traffic control shortly after taking off from the remote Masamba airport in North Luwu regency en route for the provincial capital Makassar on Friday.

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Francis Defends Marriage, Hetero Couples after Gay Priest Bombshell

Pope Francis on Sunday defended marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest.

During a mass to mark the three-week meeting of Roman Catholic bishops, the pope delivered a homily on "solitude, love between man and woman, and the family".

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Ten Suspected IS Recruiters Arrested in Spain, Morocco

Police have arrested 10 people in Spain and Morocco for allegedly recruiting and indoctrinating fighters for the Islamic State group, the Spanish interior ministry announced Sunday. 

The suspects were part of a "network of recruitment, indoctrination and sending foreign fighters to fight for Daesh (Islamic State) in the regions of Syria and Iraq under its control," the ministry said in a statement.

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Iran Nuclear Review Panel Says Deal Flawed

A panel of Iranian lawmakers said Sunday that the inspections regime underpinning the country's nuclear deal with world powers represented a security threat, but the agreement should go ahead anyway.

The 15-member committee spent weeks reviewing the text of the July 14 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), for what it said could be breaches of negotiators' "red lines".

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Multiple Blasts Heard near NE Nigeria's Maiduguri

Multiple explosions were heard Sunday on the outskirts of Maiduguri, a city in northeastern Nigeria that has repeatedly been attacked by Boko Haram jihadists, locals said. 

They said loud explosions were heard from the areas of Kayamla and Dalori, three days after the insurgents attacked Maiduguri, leaving 10 dead and many more injured.

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Typhoon Roars into South China; Tens of Thousands Evacuated

A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving more than a dozen fishermen missing in the Philippines.

Tens of thousands of people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province just after 2 p.m., according to the National Meteorological Center.

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