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Yemeni rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on Oct 8, 2016.
Yemeni rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa on Oct 8, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Attack on mourners in Yemen kills 82 - acting health minister

Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 82 people when they struck mourners at a hall in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the acting health minister in the Houthi-run administration said, but the coalition denied any role in the incident.

Ghazi Ismail also said that 534 other people were wounded in the air strike in the southern part of the city, where a wake was taking place for the father of the administration’s interior minister, Jalal al-Roweishan, who had died of natural causes on Friday.

The death toll was one of the largest in any single incident since the Saudi-led alliance began military operations to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power following his ousting by the Iran-aligned Houthis in March 2015.

Sources in the Saudi-led coalition said there was no Arab coalition air role in the strike.


Weakened Hurricane Matthew kills at least 9 as it buffets US south-east

Hurricane Matthew slammed into South Carolina, packing a diminished yet still powerful punch after killing almost 900 people in Haiti and causing major flooding and widespread power outages as it skirted Florida and Georgia.

Now weakened, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007 left flooding and wind damage in Florida before moving slowly north to soak coastal Georgia and the Carolinas.

Wind speeds had dropped by nearly half from their peak about a week ago to 120kmh, reducing it to a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on the Saffir-Simpson scale of 1 to 5.


German city Chemnitz on terror alert over Syrian bomb plot suspect

The German city of Chemnitz was in lockdown after armed police launched a huge manhunt for a Syrian suspected of planning a bomb attack, as the country grapples with a weakened sense of security following recent terror assaults.

Police, who told people to stay in their homes, named the suspect as 22-year-old Syrian Jaber Albakr. Photographs posted on social media showed armed police clad in black balaclavas and helmets at an apartment building in the eastern city.

Officers later said they had arrested two people, according to Reuters, but did not say if one of the two was Albakr.


Trump vows to stay in race after calls for him to quit over lewd remarks

US presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to remain in the race even as his campaign was thrown into crisis as both his wife and running mate criticised him and more than a dozen prominent Republicans withdrew support and urged him to drop out following news of a recording of him making lewd comments in 2005.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday morning “zero chance I’ll quit.”

The 2005 video of Trump talking on an open microphone showed the then-reality TV star speaking openly about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman.

In a statement, Melania Trump called her husband’s words “unacceptable and offensive to me.”


Football: Southgate makes winning start with England

First-half goals by Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli earned England a laboured 2-0 win over minnows Malta in interim manager Gareth Southgate's first game in charge.

Southgate has stepped into the breach following the departure of Sam Allardyce, who was brought down by a newspaper sting, and saw his side secure a successive World Cup qualifying victory.

Sturridge and Alli struck within nine minutes of each other at a nearly full but subdued Wembley, but England were unable to swell their lead despite monopolising possession and they were jeered late on as they ran out of ideas.