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World news briefs — compiled Sept. 1

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IRAQ

Fatalities at exile camp

Deadly violence erupted at a contentious Iranian exile camp inside Iraq early Sunday, leaving international observers scrambling to determine the cause of the bloodshed and the number of casualties. The dissidents alleged that more than 50 were killed and accused the Iraqi government. Baghdad said an internal dispute was to blame. And the United Nations mission to Iraq, which has been closely involved in trying to find a viable long-term solution for the dissidents, acknowledges it does not have a clear picture what happened. “The only thing we can confirm is there are a lot of casualties,” said Eliana Nabaa, the spokeswoman for the U.N. mission to Iraq. “How, why, when? It’s difficult to assess.” If the exiles’ claims of the number of casualties are proved true, it would mark a stunning blow for the remaining core of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq members still living at Camp Ashraf. The Saddam Hussein-era community had been home to only about 100 members of the MEK before Sunday’s events.

CHINA

New corruption allegations

Chinese authorities announced an investigation into the head of a commission that oversees China’s state-owned companies in the country’s latest high-profile corruption case. The Ministry of Supervision said in a brief statement Sunday that Jiang Jiemin, director of the Cabinet’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, is being investigated over suspected serious disciplinary violations. The vague term is often shorthand in official Chinese announcements for allegations of corruption by a government official or manager of a state company.

PERU

Deadly cold snap in Andes

Freezing temperatures and snow in the high plains of Peru and Bolivia have claimed at least six human lives in the past week and killed more than 30,000 domestic animals including sheep, llamas and alpacas. Peru declared a state of emergency through Sept. 20 for its southern mountains, where most of the animal deaths occurred. The cold snap has affected about 80,000 mostly poor highlanders who depend completely on their livestock and crops, which also have been damaged.

Compiled from wire reports.


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