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Mozambique votes to elect fourth president

Maputo : Mozambicans went to poll Wednesday to elect the country's fourth president since its independence in 1975.

The presidential race will largely be a showdown between former defence minister Filipe Nyusi of the ruling Frelimo party, leader of the main opposition Renamo Afonso Dhlakama, and leader of the second-largest opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) Daviz Simango, Xinhua reported.

More than 10.7 million people are registered to vote in the country's 11 provinces.

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Austrian anti-terror chief warns of IS threat

Vienna : Austria is under "a certain kind" of threat of terrorist attacks from the extremist group of Islamic State (IS), a senior security official said.

"About 150 people, most of whom have Russian citizenship and are believed to be Chechens, have travelled from Austria to take part in conflicts in Syria and Iraq," Peter Gridling, director of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter Terrorism, said in an interview to the Kleine Zeitung newspaper, reported Xinhua.

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US Telugus contribute $100,000 for cyclone Hudhud relief

Washington: Telugu Association of North America (TANA), the largest Telugu organization outside India, has announced that it will be making an initial contribution of $100,000 for relief efforts for the victims of cyclone Hudhud.

Expressing shock at the unprecedented disaster caused by cyclone Hudhud in the northern districts of Andhra Pradesh, TANA President Mohan Nannapaneni said TANA intends to help with both immediate relief and long term rebuilding measures.

Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 mn to fight Ebola

Washington: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on that social networking site that he and his wife, Priscilla, have donated $25 million to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

"We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio," he said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

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Over 1 mn Somalis facing starvation risk, UN envoy

United Nations: The UN envoy in Somalia has warned that despite some political and security gains, the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa country has deteriorated, with over 1 million Somalis who do not have enough to eat.

This number is up 20 percent compared to six months ago, Xinhua quoted the UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, as telling the Security Council Tuesday while briefing it on the situation in the country.

US offers $45 mn bounty for eight terror leaders

Washington: The US said Tuesday it is offering rewards totalling up to 45 million dollars for information on eight key leaders of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organisation.

The US State Department said its Rewards for Justice Programme is offering rewards of up to 10 million for information leading to the location of Nasir al-Wahishi, AQAP's top leader, and up to 5 million dollars each for the information on seven of the group's leaders, Xinhua reported

Pakistan briefs diplomats on border tensions, raises Kashmir plebiscite issue

Islamabad: Pakistan Tuesday briefed the entire diplomatic corps here on the border tensions with India and reiterated its "principled position on the Kashmir dispute" of demand for an impartial plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Resolutions.

The ministry of foreign affairs briefed the diplomatic corps on the situation arising from the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) by the Indian armed forces, a statement said.

US national shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The two Americans were shot in a petrol station on the east side of Riyadh, the report said.

Police later arrested the attacker. The assailant's identity has not been revealed yet, as an investigation is still underway.

Heathrow starts screening for Ebola, Sudanese patient dies

London/Berlin/Monrovia : London's Heathrow airport Tuesday began applying new precautionary measures to detect possible cases of Ebola virus disease in passengers arriving from West African countries even as a Sudanese national infected by the virus died in Germany.

A Heathrow spokesman told Efe news agency that the new measures went into effect Tuesday morning and were being applied by the staff of Public Health England (PHE), the authority under Britain's Public Health Service (PHS) that manages medical tests.

Russian cyber spies target NATO, Ukraine: Report

Madrid : Russian hackers have exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSIGHT Partners.

The company reported Tuesday on its website that it had detected a five-year cyber espionage campaign dubbed "Sandworm" to infiltrate the Microsoft Windows operating system of NATO, Ukrainian officials, a government organisation from western Europe and European energy and telecommunications companies.

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