QWorld: White House Race Tightens; 240 Migrants ‘Drown Off’ Libya

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Hilary Clinton’s supporters nervously eye polls as White House race tightens. (Photo: AP)

1. Democrats Face Growing Concerns as White House Race Tightens

Hillary Clinton's supporters nervously eye opinion polls showing the Democrat with a tenuous lead over Republican rival Donald Trump as the White House candidates race through vital battleground states ahead of next week's US presidential election.

2. Islamic State Leader Says 'No Retreat' From Mosul Assault

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers on Thursday there could be no retreat in a "total war" against the forces arrayed against them, as advancing soldiers battled into their northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.

3. UK Court Says Brexit Needs Parliament's Approval, Complicates Government Plans

A British court ruled on Thursday that the government needs parliamentary approval to start the process of leaving the European Union, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans.

4. Paris Climate Pact Enters Into Force, Focus Shifts to Action

The global accord to combat climate change agreed in Paris last year officially entered into force Friday, putting pressure on nearly 200 countries to start executing plans to slash their greenhouse gas emissions

5. South Korea's Park Says "Heart Is Breaking" Over Political Scandal

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in a tearful apology on Friday that her "heart was breaking" over a political scandal that has engulfed her administration and said she will cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation.

6. US Envoy Chides Malaysia's Najib, Says Rhetoric Sounded Like Mahathir

The top US diplomat for East Asia chided Malaysia's Prime Minister for reported critical comments of the West that "sounded a little bit more like" his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad, but said he does not see evidence of a tilt towards China.

7. UN Says 240 Migrants Drowned off Libya in 48 Hours

At least 240 migrants drowned off Libya, possibly as unintended consequence of European efforts to stop people-smugglers and to train Libyan coast guard, UN's migration agency said.

8. Russia Says UN South Sudan Mission 'in Ruins' After Firing

Russia criticised UN chief Ban Ki-moon's decision to fire a Kenyan peacekeeping commander in South Sudan as premature, saying the mission there is now "in ruins" after Kenya vowed to withdraw all its troops in response to the move.

9. Indonesian Security Forces, Businesses Brace for Hardline Islamic Protest

Military trucks and police officers are put on high alert near shopping malls and business areas in Jakarta as residents in the Indonesian capital brace for a large-scale protest planned by hardline Muslim groups.

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