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World in Brief August 17 2018

AFGHANISTAN: Islamic State (Isis) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 34 students in Kabul yesterday.

The terror group bragged that it had killed or injured over 200 in the attack on young Shia women and men preparing for university entrance exams at an educational centre.

LIBYA: A court sentenced 45 people to death yesterday for killings committed as forces loyal to former leader Muammar Gadaffi clashed with jihadist rebels in Tripoli in 2011.

The executions by firing squad are for people who fought on the Gadaffi government’s side, while the widespread killing of Gadaffi supporters, black people and the lynching of the former leader himself have not been punished.

TURKEY: The lira is recovering following a pledge by Gulf kingdom Qatar to invest $15 billion in the country.

Following US tariff increases against Turkish steel and aluminium, Qatar’s support may be revenge for Washington’s alliance with Saudi Arabia, which has led a blockade of the tiny kingdom.

GERMANY: Chemicals giant Bayer says it has sold off some Monsanto assets as required by competition regulators and is now ready to integrate the agricultural corporation into its structures.

This means it will now “become actively involved in defence efforts” related to Monstanto’s Roundup weedkiller, it said.

Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages last week to Dewayne Johnson, a school groundkeeper who developed terminal cancer after long use of Roundup, which Monsanto denies is carcinogenic.

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