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Italian forces rescue 4,400 migrants off Libyan coast

Italian forces have rescued 4,400 migrants off the coast of Libya in in just one day after responding to requests for help from more than 20 vessels, Italy's coast guard said Sunday according to VOA. According to reports, Italy has been routinely carrying out similar rescues, bringing hundreds of migrants to its shores, but the scale of Saturday's operation was unusually large.

Norway: Court jails alcohol drinking co-pilot, captain still in custody

A Norwegian court has sentenced to six months in jail,  a Latvian co-pilot who admitted drinking whisky and beer hours before an airBaltic flight from Norway to Crete, BBC reported Tuesday adding that the  38 year old was found to have a blood alcohol level of almost seven times the legal limit.

Thailand: Explosion kills 22 people in Bangkok

Eight foreigners are among some 22 people killed in an explosion late Monday near a popular tourist site in Thailand's capital Bangkok.VOA reported that the blast hit central Bangkok's commercial Ratchaprasong intersection, close to the open-air Erawan Hindu shrine leaving more than 120 wounded.

VOA also reported that the explosion targeted an area that draws tourists and shoppers with five-star hotels and upscale stores. Surveillance cameras caught the moment the bomb went off as cars and motorcycles passed through the busy corner.

U.S: Donald Trump to spend $1 billion on Presidential campaign

According to a CNN report, Republican Presidential aspirant, Donald Trump said Saturday that he's prepared to spend $1 billion on his campaign if necessary.

"It's irrelevant," he reportedly said when asked by CNN's Jeremy Diamond outside the Iowa State Fair on how much he has spent so far on his campaign. "I make $400 million a year, so what difference does it make? What I want to do is make the country great."

Iraq: 13 killed, 52 others wounded by car bomb in Baghdad

At least 13 people were killed and 52 others wounded on Saturday at by a car bomb at a popular auto dealership in a Shi'ite-majority suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said according to VOA.

Reports say the explosion hit the Habibiya neighborhood of Sadr City, the same district where a massive truck bomb ripped through a wholesale vegetable market just two days before, killing 67 people — one of the worst attacks in Baghdad in a decade.

China: Over 100 dead after massive explosions in port of Tianjin

According to the latest official sources, the death toll from massive explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 104 including 21 firefighters, state media reported Saturday according to VOA.

Agencies reported that Chinese authorities ordered an immediate mandatory evacuation near the site of the massive fire and explosions that devastated an industrial neighborhood in the northeastern city.

Libya: 40 migrants dead, over 300 rescued in Mediterranean Sea

A total 320 were rescued from an overcrowded smuggling boat in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, VOA reported Saturday adding that  40 migrants had been reported dead.

The Italian navy was quoted as saying the fatalities were believed caused by what appeared to be inhalation of exhaust fumes in the hold of the boat, although the death toll was not yet final.VOA says Europe has been flooded by tens of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing poverty and armed conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East.

Norway: Pilot, 3 crew fail ‘alcohol breath test’ before take off

Norwegian police said a Latvian Air Baltic pilot and three crew members were pulled off a Greece-bound passenger plane in Oslo early Saturday after failing a breathalyser test before take-off, The Irish Times reported.

"Results of the breathalyser tests confirmed that four of the five crew members ... were above the legal alcohol limit of 0.2 promille," Romerike police prosecutor Edith Ek Sorensen reportedly told AFP.

Somalia: Over 100 Al Shabaab fighters allegedly surrender to Govt forces

According local media in Somalia, over one hundred Al Shabaab fighters have surrendered to Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers in Bakol region of southwestern Somalia, Garowe online reported Wednesday quoting a security official.

Garowe online says the commander of Somali National Army (SNA)’s 8th division Abdirahman Mohamed Osman (Tima Adde) confirmed the surrender of 120 militants and accomplices to VOA Somali Service.

Chad: Government forces kill 7 Boko Haram militants

As Chad grapples to secure islands on Lake Chad used by Nigeria’s rebel group Boko Haram as hideouts and bases to launch attacks, Chadian forces have reportedly killed seven of the rebels in a clash on Wednesday, a security source said.

Last week Chad said it killed 117 Boko Haram fighters as part of a two-week offensive on the lake that borders Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, according to Reuters.