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Monday, October 24, 2016

At least 48 cadets and guards have been killed after militants attacked a police college in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say. A major security operation lasted for hours after the attackers entered the building and opened fire.

Opium production in Afghanistan has increased by 43% in the past year, United Nations officials have said. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said the area used to farm the poppy plant, the source of opium, increased by 10% to 201,000 hectares. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of the substance, which is the main ingredient in heroin. Growing opium is a crime in the country, but it is still a major cash crop for impoverished farming communities. BBC South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt visited poppy farms, where one farmer told him the local government knew about his crop, but "they also know it is the only way anyone can make decent money."

The famed American anti-war activist Tom Hayden has died in his home in Santa Monica, California, after a lengthy illness. He was 76. Hayden became an activist during his time at the University of Michigan, where he helped to found Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). He was a member of the Chicago Seven charged with conspiracy over anti-Vietnam war protests in 1968 and eventually acquitted. Hayden later served in the California state assembly and Senate for nearly two decades. He was married to actress Jane Fonda from 1973 and 1990. Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery said, "Tom Hayden lived a cinematically full life; any one of these chapters worth a biopic."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

More than 1,200 police and officials in France are preparing for the clearance of the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais.

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US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said she no longer cares what her Republican rival Donald Trump might say and will focus on issues instead. "I debated him for four and a half hours," she said, recalling their acrimonious exchanges. "I don't even think about responding to him anymore."


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