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TURKEY

Police raid jihadist houses

Police yesterday detained about 30 Islamic State suspects in a dawn raid, a day after a deadly shootout with a group of the jihadists, local media reported. Simultaneous operations were launched against Islamic State group cell houses in the conservative central Anatolian city of Konya, the Dogan news agency reported. On Monday, two policemen and seven Islamic State suspects were killed in a gunbattle in the Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to press ahead with operations against all “terrorists,” including the Islamic State and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

IRAN

‘Advisors’ sent to Syria

A top official yesterday said the Revolutionary Guard has sent more military advisers to Syria to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against insurgents. General Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, said on state television that the deployment has led to more advisors’ deaths in the conflict, although he did not give any specifics for the death toll or for the number of troops dispatched. He said Tehran’s forces are also trying to mobilize volunteers in Syria to help al-Assad push back rebels, though he did not say if those included Western-backed rebel groups fighting in Syria.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Referendum backs change

More than 92 percent of voters approved a change to the constitution that will allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third consecutive term in next year’s elections, results of a referendum showed yesterday. Turnout in Sunday’s referendum was 72 percent, according to figures read by the electoral commission on radio. The opposition boycotted the poll and a senior opposition leader said it should be annulled due to low turnout.

RUSSIA

Caviar hidden in hearse

Police in the Khabarovsk region stopped a hearse speeding on a highway — only to find half a tonne of caviar stashed inside. The Ministry of the Interior’s department in the region yesterday said the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk to a city further north. When police officers asked the driver to open the car they saw plastic containers with caviar hidden under the wreaths lying next to a casket. More caviar was found inside the casket, which did not contain a body. The driver and his partner, who both work for a funeral director, told the police they had been hired by a man in a village outside Khabarovsk who asked them to take the casket with the body of a female relative to a city morgue. The men insisted that they had no idea what was inside the casket. The government strictly regulates caviar production and limited to about 50 sturgeon farms.

CHINA

Record fried rice bid fails

Guinness World Records has denied Yangzhou’s attempt at a new mark for the biggest serving of fried rice ever cooked, saying the city violated rules by wasting 150kg of the feast. Organizers said 4 tonnes of cooked fried rice was distributed to five different outlets, but one portion had been handled inappropriately, violating the organization’s rules requiring that the food be edible and not be wasted. Media reports said the record attempt on Thursday last week involved 300 cooks frying up the dish in individual woks before ladling it into one giant bowl for presentation.

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