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Syria evacuees bomb attack death toll rises to 112: monitor

The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns has risen to at least 112, a monitoring group said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 98 evacuees from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya were killed when an explosives-laden vehicle hit their buses at a transit point west of Aleppo on Saturday.

© AFP Ibrahim YASOUF

© AFP Ibrahim YASOUF

N. Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

A new North Korean missile test failed on Sunday, the South’s defence ministry said.

“North Korea attempted to test an unidentified type of missile from Sinpo area in the South Hamkyong Province this morning, but we suspect the launch has failed,” the ministry said in a statement.

© AFP Ed JONES

© AFP Ed JONES

Trump hits back at tax protests, asks ‘who paid’ for rallies

US President Donald Trump on Sunday hit back at nationwide protests calling for him to release his tax returns, questioning “who paid for” the “small” rallies.

“Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!” the president tweeted Sunday morning.

© AFP Mandel Ngan

© AFP Mandel Ngan

US VP Pence near DMZ after failed N.Korea missile: AFP

Mike Pence arrived at the gateway to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Monday, an AFP correspondent reported, in a show of US resolve hours after North Korea failed in its attempt to test another missile.

The US vice president flew by helicopter into Camp Bonifas, a US-led United Nations command post just a few hundred metres (yards) south of the DMZ. From there, he was expected to move to the truce village of Panmunjom that straddles one of the most heavily militarised borders on Earth.

© AFP JUNG Yeon-Je

© AFP JUNG Yeon-Je

Tense Turkey braces for crunch referendum on Erdogan powers

Turkey on Sunday votes in a referendum on expanding the powers of the head of state under President Tayyip Erdogan that will determine its future political destiny but whose outcome remains in doubt after a bitterly-contested campaign.

Over 55.3 million Turks are able to vote in the referendum on sweeping changes to the president’s role which, if agreed, would grant Erdogan more power than any leader of Turkey since its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his successor Ismet Inonu.

© AFP BULENT KILIC

© AFP BULENT KILIC

Tears and cheers greet China’s new economic zone

Business owner Hu Weibing weeps at the prospect of losing everything, including his home, after China’s surprise announcement to transform a rural spot outside Beijing into a modern metropolis nearly three times the size of New York City.

Hu’s family run-clothing factory in the northern province of Hebei could close at the expense of a new special economic zone similar to those in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

© AFP STR

© AFP STR