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10th-Sep-2018

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21 killed plane crash in South Sudan
AP, South Sudan
An overloaded commercial plane crashed into a lake in South Sudan on Sunday and killed 21 people, a local official said.
The 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane had been traveling from the capital, Juba, the minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek, told The Associated Press.
Officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

China holds maritime drill with Australia for first time
Reuters, Sydney
China is participating for the first time in Australia's largest maritime exercise as more than 3,000 personnel from 27 countries engage in joint training off the strategic northern port of Darwin.
Exercise Kakadu is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region, enabling them to establish familiarity which helps to prevent conflict on the high seas and to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Ugandan policeman assassinated
AFP, Kampala
An outspoken and critical Ugandan policeman has been assassinated, a police spokesman said Sunday, in the latest in a series of murders of senior officers and politicians.
Muhammad Kirumira was gunned down at the gate of his home along with a female companion in the Kampala suburb of Bulenga on Saturday night, said police spokesman Emillian Kayima.

Far-right tipped to win big as Swedes vote
AFP, Stockholm
Swedes go to the polls in legislative elections Sunday, with the far-right expected to post a record score as voters unhappy about immigration punish one of the few remaining left-wing governments in Europe.
Polling institutes have suggested support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) could tick in anywhere between 16 and 25 percent, giving it significant influence and making it impossible to predict the make-up of the next government.