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World news briefs — compiled Sept. 14

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MEXICO

Hurricane Ingrid forms

Ingrid became the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season off Mexico on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of several thousand people while Tropical Storm Manuel threatened to cause flash floods and mudslides on the opposite side of the country. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that if Ingrid stays on the forecast track, it’s likely to reach the coast of Mexico on Monday.

NIGERIA

Vigilantes kill policeman

Angry youths in the vigilante Civilian Joint Task Force mobbed and killed a policeman and threatened others Saturday in retaliation for the killing of one of their members in Maiduguri, police and military officials said, causing further friction in an area tense with violence from the Islamic militant sect Boko Haram. It was not immediately clear if the attacked policeman was the same officer who had shot dead the vigilante.

RWANDA

2 die in grenade blasts

Rwandan police said Saturday that two separate grenade blasts killed two people and wounded 22 in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, ahead of parliamentary elections on Monday. A grenade exploded Friday night at a busy marketplace in the Kigali suburb of Kicukiro, killing one person and wounding 14, police spokesman Damas Gatare said. Another grenade was detonated on Saturday in the same area, killing one person and wounding eight, Gatare said.

POLAND

Protest draws 100,000

Threatening a general strike, throwing smoke grenades and blowing whistles, around 100,000 Polish union members marched through Warsaw on Saturday to vent their anger against the government’s labor and wage policies. Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government is rapidly losing support after recently raising the retirement age, announcing a reform of the pension system and relaxing some labor code provisions that allow for longer daily and weekly working hours.

Compiled from wire reports.


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