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HEAD OF ISLAMIC STATE IN AFGHANISTAN KILLED
Authorities announced that the head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group's hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night.  
Other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground rifle and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces.  
 
A large amount of heavy and light weapons and ammunition were destroyed during raids on Islamic State hideouts.  
 
The provincial governor of Nangarhar said Erhabi was the 4th Islamic State leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2017.  
 
More than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan security forces this month in the northwestern province of Jawzjan, where the group is fighting for control of smuggling routes into neighbouring Turkmenistan.
BOBI WINE REARRESTED, TO FACE NEW CHARGES OF TERRORISM
Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine will now be charged afresh at a civil court. This comes after the State withdrew earlier charges of illegal possession of firearms.

On Thursday morning, Bobi Wine broke down when the court announced that charges against him had been dropped. He was released but re-arrested a few moments later outside the General Court Martial in Gulu. Bobi Wine has been handed over to Ugandan Police and will appear before Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu.

Lawyer Medard Lubega Segona, who is also the Busiro East MP, had urged the court to release him to seek medical attention on claims he was “beaten and his rights were abused.” Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was also arrested on Thursday morning for trying to leave his home that had been surrounded by police and military personnel.

US-CHINA TRADE WAR: NEW TARIFFS COME INTO FORCE
US President Donald Trump's trade war against China has moved up a gear as it brings in a 25% tax on a second wave of goods worth $16bn (£12.4bn). The move ratchets up the dispute which began in July. The US imports far more goods from China than it exports to it. There are fears that more tariffs could cause further damage to companies and consumers. Goods affected this time include motorcycles and aerials. China immediately imposed retaliatory taxes on the same value of US products.

President Trump has been sounding off about unfair trade since even before he became president. During the 2016 election campaign, he said China engaged in the "rape" of the American economy. He ordered an investigation into Chinese trade policies in August 2017 and has been steadily imposing tariffs on Chinese goods since January this year.

ROHINGYA REFUGEES PROTEST AGAINST MYANMAR CRACKDOWN ANNIVERSARY
Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have held protests on the first anniversary of Myanmar's crackdown on the predominantly Muslim minority. Protesters in the world's largest refugee camp in Bangladesh demanded justice and brandished a banner proclaiming: "Never Again." Myanmar's military launched its crackdown on the ethnic group after Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Rakhine state on 25 August. More than 700,000 have now fled.

The United Nations described the military offensive in Rakhine as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and refugees who have fled the violence have told horrific stories of sexual violence and torture. According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), at least 6,700 Rohingya, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the first month after the violence broke out.

But Myanmar's government says it is fighting Rohingya militants and says it is not targeting civilians. "The Myanmar military raped and killed our women, destroyed our properties," Rakib Hossain told BBC Bengali. "They have to be punished. We want justice." Ashiya Begum, whose husband was killed during the violence in Rakhine, called camp life "miserable".

IMRAN KHAN’S CABINET BANSFIRST-CLASS AIR TRAVEL FOR TOP OFFICIALS
The cabinet of newly-appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the President, Chief Justice, Senate Chairman and the National Assembly speaker. The move comes after the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Friday revised working hours in government institutions, abolished discretionary funds of the Prime Minister, federal ministers and members of the National Assembly.

Another important decision taken by the cabinet was the formation of task forces for upgrading shanty settlements across the country and launching tree plantation in main cities. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had spent 51 billion Pakistani rupees ($417,825,150) government funds only in one year by exercising his "discretionary powers".

ZIMBABWE ELECTION: OPPOSITION REJECTS  COURT RULING ON RESULT
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader has refused to accept a court ruling upholding Emmerson Mnangagwa's win in last month's presidential elections.

Nelson Chamisa said he had a "legitimate claim" to lead the country and would lead peaceful protests. His MDC Alliance party has alleged fraud, but on Friday the constitutional court said it had no evidence.

It was Zimbabwe's first election since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was ousted from power last year.

Two days after the vote, at least six people were killed in clashes between the army and MDC Alliance supporters, who alleged that party leader Nelson Chamisa had been robbed of victory.



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