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Top ISIS leader killed in U.S led drone strike in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's intelligence agency said Saturday that a former Taliban leader thought to be ISIS' leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, CNN reported. According to CNN, Hafiz Saeed was killed along with 30 other insurgents in a strike on their compound in the Achin region of Nangarhar Province, the National Directorate of Security reported in a statement.

34 killed as boat carrying 173 passengers capsizes in central Philippines

At least 34 are believed to be dead so far after a boat carrying 173 passengers capsized in central Philippines minutes after leaving port, CCN reported on Thursday.

CNN quoted  the Red Cross as saying the vessel had departed Ormoc City, Leyte Province bound for Camotes Island, east of Cebu on Thursday when the disaster occurred.

Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon told CNN he understood the boat overturned because of heavy winds.

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince to donate his entire $32 billion to charity

Saudi Arabian Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) fortune to charity, BBC reported Wednesday quoting the billionare Prince as saying had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997.

The money will go to the prince's charitable organisation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, to which he has already donated $3.5bn.

Rebels kill 20 civilians, injure 41 others in Aden

At least 20 civilians were killed and 41 others wounded early Wednesday after rebels fired on a residential district of Yemen's battleground second city Aden , medical sources said according to AFP.

The Houthi Shiite rebels and their allies pounded the city's loyalist-held Al-Mansura district with 15 Katyusha rockets from their positions in the Dar Saad neighborhood, loyalist forces spokesman Ali al-Ahmadi told AFP. The rocket fire reportedly began before dawn when the streets were busy ahead of the daytime fast observed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, Ahmadi said.

Indonesian plane crash death toll climbs to 141-police

Police in Indonesia said Wednesday that the death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force transport plane in the city of Medan has risen to 141, AFP reported.

"We have received 141 bodies," Agustinus Tarigan, a police official at a hospital in the city, told AFP. The Hercules C-130 plane crashed and exploded in a ball of flames in a residential area of the western city on Tuesday, heavily damaging buildings and reducing cars to flaming wrecks.

Sodas, sugar drinks may ‘kill’ some 184,000 people a year-study report

(By Bonny Apunyu)

According to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation, SODAS and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, AFP reported. The report, which is being termed as a first, reportedly analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks.

Iraq: 44 killed in U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A U.S.-led coalition air strikes and clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq on Tuesday killed at least 44 people, security sources said, according to Xinhua.

A leader in a Kurdish force tasked with freeing Sinjar from IS, told Xinhua  that in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, the coalition aircraft carried out an air strike at dawn on three vehicles carrying IS militants in Bara area near the IS-seized town of Sinjar, Luqman al-Khansouri.